Cantor: Say, maybe we can get something done this year

posted at 4:31 pm on January 21, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

“Coming out of the election,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told CBS News this morning, “the message from the people was that they want a government that works.”  Really?  The election sent the same dysfunctional leadership right back in their current jobs after two years of not getting anything done. The only indication of a mandate at all is for stasis … but since it’s Inauguration Day, perhaps a little optimism is understandable:

Interestingly, Norah O’Donnell credits Republicans with a more “conciliatory” attitude coming out of the House GOP retreat last week, with their offer to pass a short-term debt-ceiling hike in exchange for an actual budget from the Senate.  O’Donnell asks Cantor whether that will be a harbinger of a more productive Congress, and Cantor agrees … to a point:

“There’s some very weighty issues — some extremely challenging items that we’ve got on the agenda,” he said. “I do hope though, we can begin to get down to work as soon as possible, try and set aside the differences that have been plaguing Washington over the last couple years and actually get something done.” …

“I think times demand as much,” he said. “It’s time that Washington get with it, and that is why I believe, hopefully, the Senate can see clear to doing a budget, putting a spending plan out there for the world to see… So we can begin to unite around the things that bring us together, set aside the differences, and get some results.”

Returning to normal-order budgeting would be a huge step in the right direction, of course.  Other than that, I suspect that most conservatives are worried about what kind of “things” are likely to get done in the next two years, but there are some opportunities that could benefit both parties.  A comprehensive reform of tax policy for both individuals that reduces or eliminates the intervention of government in economic policy while broadening the tax base would be a very good start, but I’ll refrain from holding my breath on that, at least until we see normal-order budgeting.

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Cantor can go to Hell. He knew the truth about Benghazi, weeks ahead of the election, and kept quiet.

He is an azzhole as big as Boehner. To Hades with both, and all related.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2013 at 4:33 PM

He’s been sucking up to Scooter all day on Twitter.

kingsjester on January 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Please don’t. You’ve done far too much already. To heII with the lot of you!

Bmore on January 21, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Republicans should not be seeking solutions for the insane debt at this moment… They need to publically oppose Obama socialism, taxing and spending, but then lend him few votes in the House to get all his destructive spending pass and thus crushing the economy… This is the only way that Republicans can win in 2014 and 2016…

mnjg on January 21, 2013 at 4:36 PM

I’d like a government that doesn’t consist of gladhanding fools selling out the rest of us to keep their seats in Congress.

Bishop on January 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

So we can begin to unite around the things that bring us together, set aside the differences, and get some results.”

Since their differences are whether or not to reform entitlements, that means they will be set aside (i.e., kick the can down the road).

WashJeff on January 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

The twit had a chance to step forward and offer himself as an alternative to the crying douchebag with a fake tan. Now, all I have for them both is my warmest wishes for a month-long bout of diarrhea.

Archivarix on January 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Lol! It would probably be easier to get things done, if you didn’t have to lie & cover up for the TRAITOR-in-chief. But then, you would have to admit your collusion to arm Al-Qaeda and supply Military Grade Weaponry to Drug Cartels and Rival Drug Gangs. It would probably be easier if you didn’t have to do your “Dog & Pony Show”, in order to convince the Morons, you’re fighting the Butcher of Benghazi, instead of helping him & colluding with him, to Radically Change America!

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America!

paratisi on January 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Not an ounce of “fight” there. He’s basically accepting the status quo with his Party in permanent minority status. Gonna work with it, are you?

Cleombrotus on January 21, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Now, all I have for them both is my warmest wishes for a month-long bout of diarrhea. Archivarix

I am cleaning my screen and keyboard of coffee. Now that was funny!

CoffeeLover on January 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Cantor reminds me of a used car sales manager (and I apologize to used car sales managers everywhere for the comparison).

bw222 on January 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

As long as we have a$$ kissers like Cantor, soldout will be on the menu daily. People say the tea party is destroying the GOP. Thank God for that. The only way to build something great is to tear down that which stands in the way.

rik on January 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

So we can begin to unite around the things that bring us together, set aside the differences, and get some results.”

That’s just insane.

There’s a mad dog chewing my leg off but I’m going to set aside our differences and work with it.

Cleombrotus on January 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM

You really want to do something? Shut the damned place down.

Bmore on January 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM

You really want to do something? Shut the damned place down.

Bmore on January 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Send it into orbit and nuke it. It’s the only way to be sure.

rrpjr on January 21, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Shut the damned place down.

Bmore on January 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM

That would take, first, sight to see that there’s a problem; second, principles that are opposed to what’s being put forth; and third, guts and integrity.

Cleombrotus on January 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM

He’s been sucking up to Scooter all day on Twitter.

kingsjester on January 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

What a visually-pleasing squish he is.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 21, 2013 at 4:52 PM

“… with their offer to pass a short-term debt-ceiling hike in exchange for an actual budget from the Senate.”

That’s just greaaaaaaat … why don’t they instead threaten to impeach Harry Reid for his serial criminal acts in not even entertaining a budget, let alone passing one — per the law — in exchange for an actual budget from the Senate?

Not even one morally courageous individual among the GOP House willing to make that bargain?

Nah, didn’t think so …

ShainS on January 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM

gop……….dead, dead, dead.

Twitching, Rotting stinky dead.

PappyD61 on January 21, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Cantor reminds me of a used car sales manager (and I apologize to used car sales managers everywhere for the comparison).

bw222 on January 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Actually, that is an unfair comparison. The used car sales managers I’ve met are a lot more aggressive and results-oriented than this milquetoast pushover douchebag.

UltimateBob on January 21, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Interestingly, Norah O’Donnell credits Republicans with a more “conciliatory” attitude coming out of the House GOP retreat last week,

Who gives a sh*t. Oh, wait a minute – Cantor does. The opinion of O’Donnell — not us, not America, not conservative principles — is what he REALLY cares about. It’s why he and Boehner and the rest of their Vichy tribe get up and go to work every day — to win those scraps of validation, acknowledgment and, yes, love, from the MSM.

rrpjr on January 21, 2013 at 4:58 PM

You really want to do something? Shut the damned place down.

Bmore on January 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM

As odd as it sounds on the surface we’d probably be better off. But that being said, if society were to start all over, we’d be in the same place a few decades from now…or less.

We can’t simply erase a century of brainwashing on the part of the Obama loving types, nor the inertia we on the right seem to partake in to our own detriment.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 21, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Our wonderful Republicans. About as useful a tits on a bull.

RdLake on January 21, 2013 at 5:02 PM

If the media says anything remotely positive about Pubs we’re in trouble. A more conciliatory attitude means they’re getting bowled over.

Slade73 on January 21, 2013 at 5:08 PM

If the media says anything remotely positive about Pubs we’re in trouble. A more conciliatory attitude means they’re getting bowled over.

Slade73 on January 21, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Yeah, I love how “compromise” has come to mean “the GOP’s giving in”, or “the GOP won’t budge so they’re the ones screwing everything up.”

Newspeak.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 21, 2013 at 5:16 PM

America had it’s throat slit by Bill Clinton and a two party alliance of traitors when NAFTA(which Obama swore to repeal by the way) and Chinese free trade were passed. It will take her a while to bleed out but she’s dead on her feet. The globalization vultures have already begun pecking out our eyes.

“Our constitution was written for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate to the governing of any other.” John Adams. He was right and our new rulers will have a very different set of rules.

bluesdoc70 on January 21, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Boehner, Cantor, McConnell….have as said yet today how much I loathe them, and that they all make me sick?

tencole on January 21, 2013 at 5:17 PM

kingsjester on January 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Which prompted me to check Twitter. He’s unbelievable! He sounds more like a Democrat than many democrats. Just sick.

MustLoveBlogs on January 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Mr Cantor – your time has passed — we (I) want new leadership for the GOP

jake-the-goose on January 21, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Cantor? Republican’s?? LOLZ

Good luck raising a thin dime douchebag.

Mr. Arrogant on January 21, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Don’t do anything except stop Obama. That’s all I want you R’s to do. Shut down the government. Impeach him….whatever it takes.

BetseyRoss on January 21, 2013 at 6:02 PM

The U.S. has gone years without a budget. Anyone can see they are irrelevant until the GlobeProggers can use them to further harm the country. I look forward to the Ministry of Socialist Messaging, after 3 years of silence, trumpeting the importance of an open, honest budget discussion to distract the citizenry from yet another behind-the-scenes power grab.

Gonna be a long four years….

ROCnPhilly on January 21, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Don’t do anything except stop Obama. That’s all I want you R’s to do. Shut down the government. Impeach him….whatever it takes.

That’s all you’ve ever wanted. You make the Bush haters look like amateurs. Nihilist GOP dead enders. Thank god the adults are in charge. Ronald Reagan must be spinning in his grave when he sees the kind of lowlife bomb throwers who’ve taken over his party.

lostmotherland on January 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM

So, are these idiot capitulators going to de-fund obamacare? Yeah, I thought not. De-funding and gutting obamacare should be the Republicans’ number one priority, instead of just another forgotten promise.

Pork-Chop on January 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Thank god the adults are in charge.
lostmotherland on January 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM

The ones who have to pass bills to find out what’s in them? Those “adults”?

Fu*k you, anti-American creep. Reagan’s rolling all right but only because of the lying, seditious punks trying to crush due process and liberty.

rrpjr on January 21, 2013 at 7:48 PM

So we can begin to unite around the things that bring us together, set aside the differences, and get some results.”

…and what would that be Georgie Porgie?

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2013 at 8:26 PM

the kind of lowlife bomb throwers

lostmotherland on January 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM

…more self flagellating!
…projecting!

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Hey Eric just make it official.

You voted for both DNC Bills against 80% of your fellow Republicans.

Eric just join the DNC for real since you love them so much.

Steveangell on January 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM