Cantor takes the high road in announcing he’ll step down as majority leader

posted at 6:11 pm on June 11, 2014 by Allahpundit

After so much blather about him on the site today, you deserve to hear from the man himself. Here’s the transcript. No knocks on Dave Brat, no swats at the tea party, just thanks to his colleagues and staff plus a call for party unity ahead of the midterms. The most objectionable thing he said was that he was home in his district at least once a week. I’d be curious to see that fact-checked, but even if it’s technically true, the perception that his mind and ambitions were elsewhere probably sunk him. Quote:

Conservatives have solutions that can help alleviate the middle-class squeeze and provide opportunity to all regardless of their circumstance in life. And I will continue to fight for each and every American who’s looking to better themselves and help their families by pursuing the American dream. While I will not be on the ballot in November, I will be a champion for conservatives across the nation who are dedicated to preserving liberty and providing opportunity.

Truly, what divides Republicans pales in comparison to what divides us as conservatives from the Left and their Democratic Party. I hope that all Republicans will put minor differences aside and help elect a Republican House and Senate so that we may all benefit from a proper check and balance that leaves our nation more secure, more prosperous and freer.

And no, he didn’t back down on amnesty:

Q: Mr. Leader, what message do you believe that this sends about the future of immigration reform? Should it be stopped at this point or do you think it should go forward? And would you — what have you talked to Speaker Boehner about?

REP. CANTOR: Well, first of all, what I would say, again, on the political piece of that I’ll let you all do the analysis, but I will say that my position on immigration has not changed. It didn’t change from before the election, during the election or the way it is today.

Watching him, it’s palpably clear that he’s going to run for something again, whether or not that involves a detour to K Street first. Don’t forget that Virginia bars its governors from running for consecutive terms (they can run for multiple terms, just not consecutively), which means Terry McAuliffe is out by 2018. And that means the state GOP will be looking for a Republican with high name recognition to contest the open seat. Cantor’s an obviously possibility, which may explain why he’s unapologetic about his position on DREAM. He’s got lots of friends in high places, too: Cantor’s PAC showered cash on other congressional Republicans, more than twice as much as the next most generous group. He’ll either be a candidate for something again or he’ll be very, very rich and influential as a lobbyist. Don’t cry too hard for him.

Here he is on immigration from today’s presser, via Gateway Pundit. The election for the new House leadership, by the way, is next Thursday, June 19th. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers has declined to run so it looks like it’ll be a McCarthy/Hensarling (and maybe Pete Sessions) race for majority leader after all.


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I hope the GOP will elect a WOMAN as the next Majority Leader

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

So who’s getting the sex change: McCarthy or Hensarling?

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 7:55 PM

So who’s getting the sex change: McCarthy or Hensarling?

Bitter Clinger on June 11, 2014 at 7:55 PM

You might be right – they may be the favorites – too bad.

GOP men have had their shot – IMO

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

High road my behind! He is bowing out early so they can ram
through another rino repup estab puppet. There will be no time
for discussion or debate.

Amjean on June 11, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I need clarification on what Mr. Cantor thinks should be done about this newest crop of dreamer children. Since they came on their own with the encouragement of our fearless leader.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Pork-Chop on June 11, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Exactly right. I listened to Cantor’s speech driving home today and was appalled. It was typical political boilerplate mush, incoherent, insincere, and obtuse. Cantor failed to even mention Brat’s name, although he did refer to Brat as “another candidate” a couple of times. Real classy.

I guess it just hurts real bad to be beaten senseless in a Republican primary by “a liberal college professor”.

Bye, bye, Young Gun.

Joseph K on June 11, 2014 at 8:08 PM

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 7:29 PM

lolz..That always helps..:)

PS..Cantor was a good congressman who in the end “forgot” about his district and paid the price..:)

Dire Straits on June 11, 2014 at 8:20 PM

The HIGH ROAD would be quitting NOW and seeing to it that his successor could get some seniority to fight for their constituents.

Cantor ignored his constituents to hold hands with Obama!

Obamatrix on June 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Vacancies in the House are filled by election, not appointment, and if Virginia is the typical state, it is too late to fill even the lame-duck portion of Cantor’s remaining term before the general election.

Steve Eggleston on June 11, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I like:

Kristi Noem – South Dakota
Marsha Blackburn – Tenn

I don’t know much about them. In fact I don’t know anything about them but there really isn’t a woman in position for the job.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 8:23 PM

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

McCarthy will replace Cantor..Hensarling or Sessions will become GOP Whip..imho..:)

Dire Straits on June 11, 2014 at 8:24 PM

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Rodgers from WA state is..:)

Dire Straits on June 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Did Hensarling have a father in politics or something? The name keeps coming up in my memory.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Rodgers from WA state is..:)

Dire Straits on June 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Maybe a woman for whip.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Don’t know if she wants it..:)

Dire Straits on June 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

McCarthy will replace Cantor..Hensarling or Sessions will become GOP Whip..imho..:)

Dire Straits on June 11, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Interesting – I suspect you have more knowledge on this issue than me.

I have a wish list – you have an insiders feel – it seems

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Trying to take your nuts out of a demographic vice is a high crime among conservatves.

Harrumph! Harrumph! Harrumph!

Tlaloc on June 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

No, adding 30+ million Democrat voters to the rolls is the “high crime.”

Furthermore, there wouldn’t be a “demographic problem” if we weren’t importing millions of illegal immigrants every year to begin with.

But of course, you already knew that, and are just mad you might not get an amnesty now.

Doomberg on June 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Sorry – I like women – and mine still function.

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 7:45 PM

We know ya do, darlin’

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 8:42 PM

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 8:32 PM

No insider info..Jut listening to the “talking heads” and reading some folks blogs and columns..:)

Dire Straits on June 11, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Did Mr. Cantor throw his support to Prof. Brat? Too soon?

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 11, 2014 at 8:48 PM

en. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, on defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: ‘Cantor’s defeat does not change the fundamental fact that Republicans will become a minority party if they don’t address our broken immigration system’ – via @NBCNews

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Isn’t it refreshing how concerned Chuck Schumer is for the future prospects of the Republican party?

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Isn’t it refreshing how concerned Chuck Schumer is for the future prospects of the Republican party?

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

There Goes the Neighborhood:

The Image,..Chucky with a smirk,
one hand on the gas can, the other
with a match!—————————-:0

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Dire Straits on June 11, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Hello! I’m catching you early tonight.

Cindy Munford on June 11, 2014 at 9:12 PM

PS..Cantor was a good congressman who in the end “forgot” about his district and paid the price..:)

Dire Straits

Partying with the George Soros crowd in Florida will do that.

xblade on June 11, 2014 at 9:15 PM

For god’s sake, cantor will endorse brat in the near future. Everyone should chill. Counterproductive and mean-spirited to expect otherwise.

matthew8787 on June 11, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Bids to replace Rep. Eric Cantor in House leadership
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Report: Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is telling House members on floor he has half the GOP conference locked up for majority leader position, @jonward11 says
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Ryan Grim @ryangrim · 1m

Question is how much we should believe Kevin McCarthy’s whip count, given his track record of botching whip counts

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Justin Amash @repjustinamash · 12m

Secret ballot. Commitments mean 0. RT @costareports: McCarthy is moving FAST to wrap this up… Hensarling needs to make a decision soon…
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Jim Morrell @jimcmorrell · 15m

1st Rule of Ldrshp Race: Get in fast, or don’t run. MT”@costareports: Votes up for McCarthy – Hensarling/Sessions debate who should run.”
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Paul Kane @pkcapitol · 13m

@costareports Votes finish 12:30 pm Thurs for week, House won’t return until 6:30 pm Tues. Face-to-face time almost non-existent for races.
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Jon Ward @jonward11 · 3m

Knock on McCarthy is he can’t count votes. (https://twitter.com/redsteeze/status/476894892170297344 …). But one GOPer said today: “he can count them better than Hensarling”

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Jon Ward @jonward11 · 6m

Am told McCarthy is telling members on floor he has half the GOP conference locked up

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 9:27 PM

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