In case anyone misses the message, it’s tough to find a Cantor press release these days without some mention of “moms,” “dads” and “families.”

Cantor’s move to the middle comes as many national Republicans are looking to broaden the party’s appeal after a disastrous election in which they failed to win the White House or the Senate and lost seats in the House. A message beyond balancing budgets and fiscal brinksmanship could help on that front…

Of course, he has personal motivations. Boehner won’t be in that job forever, and Cantor would be a natural candidate for the job should it become available. A few legislative achievements on the national level could bolster his résumé in what could be a crowded race for speaker…

Cantor paid $66,500 to a polling firm ahead of his policy tour. His office declined to say what that expenditure was for, but in an email said, “Like every elected leader and political and policy organization in Washington, we examined public opinion after the election in order to learn lessons.”…

That AEI speech in February was the rollout for Cantor’s Making Life Work plan, and he’s been on the march ever since. He visited a private school in New Orleans to push education reform. He walked in Alabama, posting photos on his website of himself with civil rights leaders. That came after a visit to a school in the Petworth section of Washington — a neighborhood northwest of Capitol Hill that’s undergoing gentrification.