The stunning defeat of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., in a GOP primary Tuesday re-energizes the tea party, which had been struggling. But it saps the energy out of legislative activity in the House, particularly on immigration. “Not only is immigration reform a no-go for Republicans in this election, but it may well be off the table – assuming Republicans control the House – for the next several years,” wrote Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post. He said that Republican lawmakers will “avoid doing anything – literally, anything – that could be used against them” in a primary and that “members will be afraid of their own shadows.”
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