Stewart: Cantor’s Loss Ends Congress’ ‘Golden Age Of Cooperation’ (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart admitted on Wednesday’s “The Daily Show” that for once, the 24-hour cable news cycle lived up to the hype when political newcomer David Brat defeated sitting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).

As Stewart pointed out, Cantor was “basically the fourth most powerful Republican in Washington behind Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and an AR-15 that fires baby eagles dressed like Jesus.”

So how did an upstart like Brat defeat a political Goliath like Cantor? He made a point of painting Cantor as “too liberal,” but Stewart didn’t buy that unless Brat was referring to the “pre-Enlightenment” definition of liberal.

It’s even harder to draw a broader lesson from Cantor’s loss, Stewart said, but the pundits tried to anyway — immigration reform will be deader than dead, congressional gridlock will get even worse, and Democrats and Republicans will talk to each other even less than they already do.

“Oh, no! Congress’ current golden age of cooperation and productiveness is over!” Stewart cried.

Watch below in two clips, courtesy of Comedy Central:

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