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

I did not know Cantor’s wife is a liberal democrat, but was just reading that.

Rational Thought on June 11, 2014 at 6:13 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

He does, and kudos to him.

The country and his party are more important than him.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

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.

True, and the only way he can do that is by doing what he just did.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

The high-road would have been aggressive endorsement of the Republican running for Congress from his district.

Rational Thought on June 11, 2014 at 6:16 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

It’s yet to be determined who his successor is.

V7_Sport on June 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

He does, and kudos to him.

The country and his party are more important than him.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Yes.

V7_Sport on June 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Southern gentlemen. Hope he endorses Brat and does everything in his power to help him, which includes money.

portlandon on June 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Notice he stated his support for McCarthy as House Majority Leader but said nothing about supporting Brat for his home district…he still doesn’t get it.

d1carter on June 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

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

Not to forget, though, that he had a big fight with all the big wheels in VA, ignoring his handshakes in the 7th, and he lost every single fight. His opponents all lined up against him. He went against the VA machine, in his aim to become speaker, and he lost.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

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

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

Identity politics are the stuff of door number 2. Say hello to Harry and Nancy for us.

Cheese Wheel on June 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I wish that he had said that he will support and assist Dave Brat in his quest for the 7th District seat but he was never asked that question… at least I didn’t hear it.

ExpressoBold on June 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

He did handle himself well last night and today, particularly considering he apparently never saw it coming.

cat_owner on June 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Cantor never did offend me as much as Boehner or McConnell. Too bad of the 3 he is the one to go. Still, at least one of em is out.

Daikokuco on June 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Bingo d1carter

cmsinaz on June 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM

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

Need to slap you hard again, huh?

Cheese Wheel on June 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Don’t cry too hard for him.

We’re not :)

Cathy McMorris-Rodgers has declined to run

Hallelujah…disaster on obama’care’ and amnesty, and weak image all around.

so it looks like it’ll be a McCarthy/Hensarling (and maybe Pete Sessions) race for majority leader after all.

Hanserling or Sessions – McCarthy is Cantor’s ‘twin’ brother.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

It’s yet to be determined who his successor is.

V7_Sport on June 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Aren’t you just praying that Brat loses to the Democrat? That’ll show ‘em.

LOL…

Go take a nap… you will wake up to Congressman-Elect Dave Brat.

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

He could have been in his districts 6 days a week and it wouldn’t have saved him. No one cared when he was in the district. But the rinos are desperate for some explanation other than their criminal sympathizing anti sovereignty agenda for Cantor’s shellacking.

Buddahpundit on June 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

I’d be fine with Cantor running for Gov in 2018. He’s got obvious name recognition and 4 years to rehab his image as a Beltway guy.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

You could hit some of them upside the head with a 2×4 and they still wouldn’t get it.

docflash on June 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

2014 US elections
1h

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., endorses Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for House majority leader – @NBCNews live video
End of alert
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1h
More: Eric Cantor will serve out rest of his term after stepping down as House majority leader in July – @NBCNews live video

1h
Virginia GOP Rep. Eric Cantor to step down as House majority leader on July 31 – @NBCNews live video

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House Republicans to hold elections for majority leader and majority whip on June 19, sources tell @Politico

1h
Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, says border security will be his top priority during run for House Majority Leader – @Reuters

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/bids-to-replace-rep-eric-cantor-in-house-leadership/

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Is Hensarling for sure running?

gophergirl on June 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Si se puede!

El_Terrible on June 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Good. On the other hand, I don’t know what road these hundreds of thousands of illegals, children (like 16 year olds), and women with babies, are taking to get to “our” country. And where is the border patrol?? It sounds like they’re just a mass of people just marching across the border unhindered.

Insane. And Obama and the Dems are to blame. This is an issue, the immigration outrage and nightmare, that we can win on. No more sweeping that issue under the rug, and sheepishly trying disappear on that issue. No, make it clear as day that we are running on the platform of halting this situation where we have in effect no borders and soon to be scores of millions of aliens literally taking over “our” country. We have to run for office on making it our country again, not “our” country.

Pete Sessions for Majority Leader.

anotherJoe on June 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

I’d be fine with Cantor running for Gov in 2018. He’s got obvious name recognition and 4 years to rehab his image as a Beltway guy.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

And just like in Texas, we will knock him down again.

Go ask Patrick Dewhurst.

Why is it that the GOP Establishment expect defeated conservative candidates to never show their faces again but never adopt that same “rule”?

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Maybe he’ll fall on hard times after leaving office as happened to Killary, we’ll find him grubbing for leftovers in a Taco Bell dumpster in about a month.

Bishop on June 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

I don’t think he has even congratulated Brat.

Wigglesworth on June 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Conference members better demand that no immigration legislation is brought to the floor in exchange for their leadership vote.

Wigglesworth on June 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

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

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/us-senate-immigration-reform-deal/

Congress debates immigration reform legislation
6h
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY: ‘Eric Cantor was never the solution on immigration, he was always the problem’ – @DSenFloor
End of alert

2014 US elections
2m
Sen. 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

Maybe he’ll fall on hard times after leaving office as happened to Killary, we’ll find him grubbing for leftovers in a Taco Bell dumpster in about a month.

Bishop on June 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

He can come to Seattle and make $15.00 an hour working in Taco Bell.

kcewa on June 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

…..he had some class!

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

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

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 1m

Brat on Immigration: “It’s the most symbolic issue that captures the difference between myself and Eric Cantor in this race”

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM

I never thought Cantor was a threat to take his ball and go home/implicitly endorse the Democrat. You look at the guys who did that, they were old guys like Lugar. Cantor’s young and still has a future, so torpedo’ing Brat would have sunk any future in elected office.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Cantor takes the high road …

Really?

Cantor didn’t congratulate Brat, nor did he call on the GOP establishment, and voters to rally behind him. And, he falsely claimed to be a “conservative” and then turned right around and pushed AMNESTY.

Cantor is as arrogant, delusional and out of touch as ever – he learned absolutely nothing from his landslide loss.

I guess the “HIGH ROAD” ain’t what it used to be.

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

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM

The is a very solid GOP district – I think Brat’s chances are very strong in November – VERY STRONG

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Why is it that the GOP Establishment expect defeated conservative candidates to never show their faces again but never adopt that same “rule”?

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Because Cantor wasn’t just a candidate, he served for a long time. He’s got name recognition which could help him the Governor’s mansion in 2018. I’m not saying he’ll be the best candidate, it’s 4 years away, but he’s certainly an option.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Hi I am Cantor, am I have a problem, my problem is wanting Democrats to win the White House for a long time. I want to give them millions of new voters. I want to turn Texas blue just like California. The Chamber of Commerce promise me that those poor people will not want welfare and free healthcare. That the Chamber of Commerce also told me the republican party was in control of the senate and the house in 1990, cause Reagan pass Amnesty.

BroncosRock on June 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 1h

Boehner’s Remarks to the House Republican Conference

https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller/status/476836633665228800/photo/1

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Truly, what divides Republicans pales in comparison to what divides us as conservatives from the Left and their Democratic Party.

Come November, nothing else matters.

ncinca on June 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

The system is not broken. The laws are not being enforced and that is because of people like Cantor. So rot in hell…

Blake on June 11, 2014 at 6:35 PM

By the way, this is INSANE what is happening with “immigration,” with the hordes of “undocumented individuals” just flooding across our border… right now …! We have to start making an issue out of it, and amnesty favoring Repubs better fade back into the woodwork. MAKE AN ISSUE OUT OF IT! And win on that. And let’s start with getting a Majority Leader like Pete Sessions, DON’T PICK AN AMNESTY SQUISH LIKE CA McCARTHY!

Look at the top article on Drudge right now:

‘FREE PASS’…
EX-BORDER AGENTS: IMMIGRANT FLOOD ‘ORCHESTRATED’…
Sheriff Likens Influx Of Illegals To Hurricane Katrina…
Arpaio Worries Of Disease Being Brought Into USA…
Illegals flagging down border patrol to gain entry…
Central American newspapers tout Obama amnesty…
DANGER: CONDITIONS DETERIORATE AT AZ SHELTER…
Widespread sexual activity…
Issa: ‘Flood Going To Mean Children Dying’…
Border Agent Issues Plea for Help…
PAPER: Influx ‘threatens to transform nation’…
‘Vast swaths’ of border unprotected, cartels ‘in control’…
Homeland Security chief: ‘Problem’…

anotherJoe on June 11, 2014 at 6:35 PM

The is a very solid GOP district – I think Brat’s chances are very strong in November – VERY STRONG

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Brat will win, barring something catastrophic. Cantor won 58/42 in a year with Obama at the top of the ticket. Brat’s opponent is a nobody. He should cruise in a wave year for the GOP.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 11, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Sessions’ voting record over the years looks good on illegal immigration, but Cantor’s did too. The statement on his web site looks tough until the last sentence where he says he is in favor of a ‘step-by-step approach to immigration reform’ which is exactly what pro amnesty Republicans in the House have been saying. Major red flag.

Wigglesworth on June 11, 2014 at 6:37 PM

VA has off year elections, so technically he’ll only have to wait until 2017.

swamp_yankee on June 11, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Really?

Cantor didn’t congratulate Brat, nor did he call on the GOP establishment, and voters to rally behind him. And, he falsely claimed to be a “conservative” and then turned right around and pushed AMNESTY.

Cantor is as arrogant, delusional and out of touch as ever – he learned absolutely nothing from his landslide loss.

I guess the “HIGH ROAD” ain’t what it used to be.

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

But Allahpundit wuvs him…

Blake on June 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

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

HA always gives the benefit of the doubt to the establishment scoundrels even when there is no doubt.

Wigglesworth on June 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

The greatest gift to mankind is arable land and clean water. Unless you are a man then you probably think the greatest gift to mankind is vajayjay. ;-)

coolrepublica on June 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Sen. 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

What a guy Chuck Schumer is, always worried about how well we Republicans are doing and helping us to prosper in the future.

Sadly, too many Republicans stupidly believe Chucky.

RJL on June 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

I’m sure Rothman does, too, since was idiotically snarky. a

Blake on June 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

The high road has a requirement that you at least perfunctorily congratulate your opponent when they win, Cantor hasn’t even done that? You know damn well he’s steaming behind the scenes, railing against all the little shiiteheads who dared to vote against him.

Bishop on June 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM

OT, Brett Baier is interviewing the pilot of the plane that flew into Benghazi to recover the bodies & evacuate the others.

Shocking revelation: apparently one of the Libyan guards was on the take from AQ and showed the attackers where the safe house was. I mean, a Muslim Libyan in the pay of AQ over infidel Americans? Who would ever expect such a thing?

Interview at foxnews.com

rbj on June 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Pelosium a month ago:

Barack Obama
1mo

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calls statements by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va, about Obama call over immigration ‘ridiculous,’ says it ‘confirms that the Republican leadership continues to stand in the way of legislation that would pass the House immediately if allowed to come to the floor’ – @TPM
Read more on talkingpointsmemo.com

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 6:41 PM

The high road has a requirement that you at least perfunctorily congratulate your opponent when they win, Cantor hasn’t even done that? You know damn well he’s steaming behind the scenes, railing against all the little shiiteheads who dared to vote against him.

Bishop on June 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I bet his hair actually moved.

Cheese Wheel on June 11, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Hope he endorses Brat and does everything in his power to help him, which includes money.

portlandon on June 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Well let’s hope. He would be breaking a mold.

J.B. Say on June 11, 2014 at 6:41 PM

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

I forget which thread it was, but I left you a comment on how great your messages are. I hope you saw. If not, this one repeats the sentiment.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 6:42 PM

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

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

Identity politics is for regressives.
They need to elect a conservative that is able to rally the troops and get conservatism passed.

astonerii on June 11, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Interview at foxnews.com

rbj on June 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Lots of shocking info during that interview. Baier says it is posted at Fox News website.

esr1951 on June 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Bishop on June 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM

So true. Last night he didn’t say “I called Dave Brat”. His wife looked more sour than Rosalyn Carter when they lost to Reagan.

Schadenfreude on June 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Truly, what divides Republicans pales in comparison to what divides us as conservatives from the Left and their Democratic Party.

How so?

The House leadership position on every issue is Go along & Get along with the Democrats or if Boehner is hung-over pretend to fight and then surrender by lunchtime.

RJL on June 11, 2014 at 6:44 PM

EX-BORDER AGENTS: IMMIGRANT FLOOD ‘ORCHESTRATED’…

I’ve been saying this all along. This didn’t happen spontaneously; it’s being coordinated and directed from the White House. They are probably also the ones who planted those stories in the Central American newspapers, urging foreigners to come here illegally.

The Washington Post had a story this morning saying the illegal alien minors have been “walking across Mexico” to get here. LOL. No mention of where they got that information; the writer probably pulled it out of his/her ass. These people are being transported across Mexico, likely with the full knowledge and aid of the Mexican and U.S. governments. Mexico, unlike the U.S., actually guards its southern border. So how, all of a sudden, do tens of thousands of foreigners, many of whom are minors, make it across Mexico’s southern border undetected?

AZCoyote on June 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Look at the top article on Drudge right now:

anotherJoe on June 11, 2014 at 6:35 PM

anotherjoe: From Minnesota!!
============================

immigration
4h
Hennepin County, Minn., sheriff says his department will no longer honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests for detainee holds – @AP

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 6:48 PM

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.

Good for him.
OK, he’s wrong on some things, but he seems to be a classy guy.
Yes, party unity is important now. A candidate who is not always right but is most of the time right is better than one who is mostly wrong, so let’s help the GOP crush the Dems in November.

itsnotaboutme on June 11, 2014 at 6:48 PM

I disagreed with Eric Cantor on immigration, but I appreciated him generally voting conservative (95% re ACU). He should not resign his seat. He was elected to a 2 year term and should serve the full time so the district is represented and an expensive special election is avoided.

It makes sense for him to resign the Majority Leader position sooner rather than later. His lame duck status would be a distraction.

Give the guy a little credit for being generally gracious, not trashing the victor, and being sensible enough to skip the write-in option. We should be able to count on these things, but many Republican candidates have ignored these basics in recent years to the party’s detriment – it’s nice to see someone behaving better in defeat.

Jill1066 on June 11, 2014 at 6:48 PM

I hope the GOP will elect a WOMAN as the next Majority Leader
jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I hope the GOP will elect a CONSERVATIVE as the next Majority Leader.

bluegill on June 11, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Of course the border surge was a set up. Next they will claim for health reasons no one can no longer be detained.

Blake on June 11, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Love the Brat Pack T-shirts! HT entagor

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 6:49 PM

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Aren’t you just praying that Brat loses to the Democrat?

No.

That’ll show ‘em.

LOL…

Show who what? I want the GOP to take the senate.

Go take a nap…

And you are?

you will wake up to Congressman-Elect Dave Brat.

So you are going to see to that? Get moving, time spent here is wasted time in that effort.

V7_Sport on June 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Cantor lost in a fair fight. These DC insiders think no one should have the right to run against them. It makes me sick. This was a free election and a fair election — something Cantor should be celebrating. It was America at her best. He should have said, “Congratulations to Dave Brat for a well-fought win. I’d like to shake his hand. I’ll certainly be voting for him in November.” That’s what men of honor do. Small men, tiny men, entitled, arrogant men like Cantor refuse to shake hands and stomp off the field muttering “It’s not fair, it’s not fair.” Shame on him.

Rational Thought on June 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

The United States of America is the greatest gift to mankind

Oops, he’s off of Obama’s xmas (holiday?) card list.

socalcon on June 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

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

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

Identity politics is for regressives.
They need to elect a conservative that is able to rally the troops and get conservatism passed.

astonerii on June 11, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Smart politics is for winners.
Like it or not, the GOP has an image problem.
If there’s a woman or a racial minority who is “a conservative that is able to rally the troops and get conservatism passed,” then why not choose her?

itsnotaboutme on June 11, 2014 at 6:51 PM

The high road has a requirement that you at least perfunctorily congratulate your opponent when they win, Cantor hasn’t even done that? You know damn well he’s steaming behind the scenes, railing against all the little shiiteheads who dared to vote against him.

Bishop on June 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Indeed – Allahpundit opines that Cantor made no “knocks on Dave Brat”, but, the fact that he did not congratulate him, or even mention him by NAME, was a slap in the face to Brat, and voters.

I can’t remember the last time that I saw a high-profile losing candidate act so rude, childish and arrogant. Cantor is disgusting – and obviously, he has absolutely NO IDEA why he lost.

Pork-Chop on June 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Smart politics is for winners.
Like it or not, the GOP has an image problem.
If there’s a woman or a racial minority who is “a conservative that is able to rally the troops and get conservatism passed,” then why not choose her?

itsnotaboutme on June 11, 2014 at 6:51 PM

If she is the BEST person for the job. If it is just putting a woman up, damn the consequences, then no.
You want to see an image problem? Put a not ready woman or minority person into a leadership position they cannot fill. Then you have an image problem.
Put someone competent in place. If it is a woman or minority, I am all for it. But do not do it because QUOTA!

astonerii on June 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I just realized Eric Cantor is Francis Underwood.

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

What high road did Cantor take?

Not congratulating Dave Brat? Refusing to admit that he was and is still wrong on AMNESTY? Accepting defeat graciously?

Cantor is despicable and I, for one, am glad that he was shown the door.

TheRightMan on June 11, 2014 at 6:56 PM

After his little speech he headed back to his office, and there was a trio of his constituents in his way in the hall. They saw him, wanted to ask a question, and before they got 2 words out of their mouths he simply bleeted :please, just get out of my way.

Nice guy. He got half of what he deserved last night.

Diluculo on June 11, 2014 at 6:58 PM

With the exception I speaking about school choice, Cantor gave a pair by numbers speech.

He says these things so easily even though his actions in leadership don’t follow the convictions he espouses.

h a p f a t on June 11, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Nice guy. He got half of what he deserved last night.

Diluculo on June 11, 2014 at 6:58 PM

I would say he got twice as much as he deserved. How did he break 30%?

astonerii on June 11, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Unless you are a man then you probably think the greatest gift to mankind is vajayjay. ;-)

coolrepublica on June 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

.
Well, that vajayjay sure does feel good… if the surrounding terrain is not constructed of spongy cellulite and fat blobs and if the smells aren’t related to sewerage and garbage dumps and if the teeth and gums aren’t a mess and… you know what, you don’t know schitt about men and vajayjay.

ExpressoBold on June 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

astonerii on June 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I just read the essay that follows your link. It is quite brilliant speculative analysis.

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Put a woman in the Majority Leadership.

Old white men have made a mess of everything for long enough.

Elect a women.

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

He didn’t treat the United States as if it’s the greatest gift to mankind.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

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

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

Ok, Jake, I’ll bite. Who did you have in mind?

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

He didn’t treat the United States as if it’s the greatest gift to mankind.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

No he didn’t. But thanks to the voters of VA-7, they just granted Cantor a pathway to private citizenship.

TxAnn56 on June 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

He didn’t treat the United States as if it’s the greatest gift to mankind.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

I agree. I think he is just paving his way for his next office run. A prudent politician doesn’t burn bridges.

If he’s for real he’ll come out supporting Brat.

davidk on June 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

He didn’t treat the United States as if it’s the greatest gift to mankind.

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

No he didn’t. But thanks to the voters of VA-7, they just granted Cantor a pathway to private citizenship.

TxAnn56 on June 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Heh. Good line.

davidk on June 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Cantor didn’t congratulate Brat, nor did he call on the GOP establishment, and voters to rally behind him. And, he falsely claimed to be a “conservative” and then turned right around and pushed AMNESTY.

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

I would say he got twice as much as he deserved. How did he break 30%?

astonerii on June 11, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Semantics I think. Cantor deserved to lose by 99% of the vote. If people knew what a rude let-them-eat-cake kind of guy he is, they might have really pounded him into the dirt.

Diluculo on June 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Ok, Jake, I’ll bite. Who did you have in mind?

crankyoldlady on June 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I like:

Kristi Noem – South Dakota
Marsha Blackburn – Tenn

I think the odds are not high – but I honestly would like to see women take leadership roles in the GOP.

Again – the old men have had their time/chance – and blown it

Thanks for asking

jake-the-goose on June 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Very refreshing to see Cantor take the high road..Good on him..:)

Dire Straits on June 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

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

Which ever road relieves us (me) of you soonest.

Bmore on June 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Very refreshing to see Cantor take the high road..Good on him..:)

Dire Straits on June 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

You’re right – he has handled this pretty well.

Maybe the prospect of making a boat load of money eases the pain?

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

The Booing?????????????????????????????????????????????

Eric Cantor Addresses the 7th District Republican Convention
Published on May 12, 2014
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkp2M1sMGUw

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 7:41 PM

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 7:42 PM

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

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

I find voting for genitals insulting.

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I find voting for genitals insulting.

katy the mean old lady on June 11, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Sorry – I like women – and mine still function.

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

That despicable scam Cantor cooked up with Guitierrez to portray himself to his constituents as a staunch amnesty opponent was the lowest road he could have possibly picked. Taking some sort of “high road” now won’t help. He’s still a conniving fraud.

lynncgb on June 11, 2014 at 7:45 PM

I think he fell asleep last night RELIEVED.

Tard on June 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM

I just read the essay that follows your link. It is quite brilliant speculative analysis.

libfreeordie on June 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Thanks.

astonerii on June 11, 2014 at 7:53 PM

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