If you do get into trouble, even the traditional weaponry might not save you. Cantor outspent his opponent 20-to-1. Cantor had the power to deliver things to his district. Cantor was seen as next in line to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House, which would have meant even more power and prestige for his district.
This is how a statist thinks: A representative’s insider Washington connections mean power and prestige for the voters who elected him. But of course they don’t. They mean power and prestige for the politician himself, and nobody else.
One of the biggest raps on Cantor, aside from his obvious readiness to sell out the voters of his district on Scamnesty, was the fact that they didn’t think he actually gave a damn about them, their desires, or anything at all but himself.
They were right, of course.