GOP Congressman Peter King has perfectly encapsulated the fear running through establishment Republicans following the victory of tea party favorite Dave Brat, who won the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.
Defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Brat’s “miracle” victory has sent a shockwave through Washington DC, and has prompted King to warn that the GOP is in danger of a “take over” from libertarian conservatives and their supporters.
“We can’t allow [Eric Cantor’s] defeat last night allow the Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to take over the party, or their disciples to take over the party,” King said on MSNBC.
“I’m concerned that, for instance, that the Ted Cruz supporters, the Rand Paul supporters, are going to use this as an excuse to basically stop the government from functioning,” King said, adding that the government shutdown in October “alienated the country, which makes it very difficult to us to win in 2016 and for us to be a governing party.”
“What Ted Cruz did last year was suicidal. I hope that doesn’t become party policy… This is not conservatism to me. Shutting down the government is not being conservative.” King continued.
Paul and Cruz supporters would argue that toeing a party line that goes against your principles, while directly funding a big government takeover of the healthcare industry, which is what was at the core of the 2013 shutdown, is anything but conservative.
King said he hopes “the Ted Cruz types” don’t take over from his “friend” Cantor, adding “My concern is that a lot of things are going to be dead and pushed to the side.” King said, referring to legislation leading into the fall midterm elections, such as immigration reform.
“Thank God there’s no debt ceiling vote coming up.” King squawked, revealing the fear establishment Republicans are now feeling.
“Thank god there’s no way to shut the government down in the next few months, because I think we’ll get bogged down in those side issues. I think we’re going to see basically the status quo over in the next six months.”
King, a chair of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, has previously lambasted Rand Paul, labelling the Kentucky Senator as a leading figure in the “hate America crowd”.
King takes issue with Paul’s opposition to the use of unarmed drones, government sanctioned assassination, and the evisceration of the Fourth Amendment via NSA spying. Opposing these policies is now un-American, while supporting them is conservative, according to King.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.