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What Obama Hath Unleashed Against Eric Cantor

It’s been about nine months now since Democrats, dripping with sanctimony, suggested conservative rhetoric was what caused a lunatic to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and it was time to “change the tone.”

That this was actually a transparent attempt to silence conservatives is now all the more apparent as President Obama and his Democratic allies proceed with their plan to destroy House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

I wrote two weeks ago about about Obama’s anti-Cantor campaign. I said it probably wouldn’t stick. I was mistaken.

There is nothing wrong with criticizing the Republican leader. Cantor takes strong stands, and it’s everyone’s right to argue against them with due vigor.

But what’s going on is an effort to make Cantor the emblem of all the evil Democrats are sure is residing within the dark hearts of Republicans. They need symbol to run against, and it’s better politics to run against the Devil than a flawed Saint.

In a piece this running this morning, Politco describes Cantor’s effort to recover his identity.

The Virginia Republican has been portrayed as an insensitive, combative conservative who wants to withhold disaster relief from the storm stricken and protect Wall Street from the “mobs” who occupy it.

Cantor’s negatives are up, and his public appearances have drawn hundreds of protesters. Unions have stepped up activity in his congressional district.

So now Cantor is trying to rehab his public image. The No. 2 House Republican wants to show he’s a serious lawmaker who’s curious about policy and has been unfairly vilified by the left while trying to find common ground with Democrats.

Notes Cantor:

From what the president has decided to do, as well as the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee], unions [and] advocacy groups on the left [that have been] coming into my district repeatedly, I just think it’s clear that they want to go promote the sort of description of me that I don’t think is necessarily accurate. It’s all about the contentiousness in Washington and sort of painting me with that; it’s just not what I’m about.

Here’s a flavor of the presidential politics of personal destruction that has led Cantor to even invite a 60 Minutes camera crew into his home – bad move – to follow him around so everyone can see for themselves that he’s not eating kittens for breakfast.

October 4 in Mesquite, Texas:

OBAMA: Yesterday, the Republican Majority Leader in Congress, Eric Cantor, said that right now he won’t even let this jobs bill have a vote in the House of Representatives.

AUDIENCE:  Booo!

OBAMA:  This is what he said.  Won’t even let it be debated.  Won’t even give it a chance to be debated on the floor of the House of Representatives.  Think about that.  I mean, what’s the problem?  Do they not have the time?  (Laughter.)  They just had a week off.  (Laughter.)  Is it inconvenient?

Look, I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what exactly in this jobs bill does he not believe in.  What exactly is he opposed to?

Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges?  Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help our veterans?

Mr. Cantor should come down to Dallas and look Kim Russell in the eye and tell her why she doesn’t deserve to be back in the classroom doing what she loves, helping our kids.  Come tell her students why they don’t deserve to have their teacher back.

Come tell Dallas construction workers why they should be sitting idle instead of out there on the job.

Tell small business owners and workers in this community why you’d rather defend tax breaks for folks who don’t need them — for millionaires — rather than tax cuts for middle-class families.

Get it? Cantor is not just wrong on the merits of an argument. Cantor hates veterans. Cantor hates construction workers. Cantor hates students and their teachers. Cantor hates someone named Kim Russell.

Now let me ask you. Suppose Eric Cantor is meeting with constituents at a supermarket back in his district in Richmond and someone steps up and shoots him?

What are we supposed to say and think then? What’s going on with Cantor is a lot worse than Sarah Palin’s bullseyes on some Congressional districts.

Shouldn’t Obama and his Democratic allies, the deeply caring types who were insisting Republicans to tone it down just months ago, be billowing with concern over such an eventuality?

Or are they overflowing with hypocrisy instead?

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42 Responses to What Obama Hath Unleashed Against Eric Cantor

  1. They are hypocrites Keith. How many times has Reid failed to bring House Republican passed bills to the floor of the Senate? Maybe it’s time for Representative Cantor (my rep and the best one I’ve ever had) to play the theology card since he is the highest ranking Jew in Congress. We know how much Obama loves the Jews.

  2. What is more frightening than the hissyfit/ finger pointing/ blame game is his decision to bypass Congress and use Executive priviledge which, according to Carney, is something he intends to use every chance he gets. Imperial edicts ? Can martial law be far behind?

  3. There is a big difference between conservatives and leftists. The leftist has no compunction about using violence and intimidation to achieve their goal. Alinksy taught them that the end justifies the means.

    What Cantor hasn’t learned is that you can’t compromise with leftists. They want it all and they want the rest of us to pay for it. He also hasn’t learned that the press is not his friend. They will pretend to show an interest in him just so they turn around and tear him down. Once Cantor walked back every principled Republican statement he made, he lost a lot of support from conservatives. Now he is going back to the leftists to get some love and that will never happen.

    Don’t compromise your principles Mr. Cantor.

      • You sure do get touchy when your radical pal’s name gets mentioned…must be hitting a nerve. Don’t worry, Bill Ayers and his lovely wife Bernadine Dorhn, who delighted in the method of death suffered by an unborn child in the Tate murders, love your hero Alinksy just as much as you.

        • Yeah Russ. The unions are why you are getting kicked out of your house. The unions are the ones who sent out platinum cards to anyone with a pulse. The unions are the ones who received the TARP bailout. Always the unions.

          • Kicked out of house= Brawney Frank and Fannie Mae
            Platinum cards= Dodd Frank
            Progressive Pals=Barry Soetoro

            I guess the mentioning of unions totally confused you to that as a progressive you are senstive to the damage to our freedoms that unions have wrought on us.
            FYI, I and others beside Susan mention your comrade Alinsky.

          • Russ-

            Fannie Mae is just one player in the mortgage bubble. The matter of credit cards and the trouble they caused, the so-called “democratization of credit” has its origins in the 90s and has nothing to do with Dodd-Frank.

            “Barry Soetoro”? Lemme just google that… ah, yes. Keep hammering the nails in that Tea Party coffin, Russ.

          • Better read that book I referred to you earlier. The crooks Dodd and Frank are indeed up to their eyeballs with the housing & banking failure. Also, the anointed one admits he was adopted by Lolo Soetoro and went by the name Barry before he found his roots and took his muslim name. You have got to stop depending on Jon Stewart for the news. He’s a self-described comedian, not a newsman.

          • Susan, if you want to keep wallowing in this birther bullshit, have a blast. I tuned out that Soetoro stuff the first time I heard it and as far as I’m concerned its white noise.

            Dodd-Frank, as I stated, is unrelated to the credit card usury issue.

  4. When this administration was depicting the good people of Arizona as rabid, racist killers of small children what was it MrCantor said to deny those viscous charges and denouce the vitriiol? uh, he said nothing.

    When ordinary citizens protested the massive spending and accompaning debt that Congress adopted as a means to get earmarks for their constituents, what was it that MrCantor said to support the tea party? uh, he said nothing.

    When this administration called out concerned citizens who are opposed to big govenment and described them as racist, terrorists, hostage holders, haters, rednecks, and bitter clingers of their guns and their bibles, what was it that MrCantor said when he demanded that MrO and his supporters stop villifiying American citizens? uh, he said nothing.

    So, a boo-hoo to MrCantor and every other elected official who said nothing while Americans were cast as the devil’s spawn, who said nothing when the MSM unmercifully attacked MrsPalin, who said nothing when MrO announces that he’s tired of waiting for Congress to act and threatens to bypass our Constitution. Boo-hoo.

  5. Good article, Keith. The sad thing (besides Eric Cantor being vilified) is that some people buy into President Obama’s stand up comedy routine. When he talks like this, he’s not speaking as a leader, he comes across as a late-night comedian. Very little substance, just trying to garner support like an eighth grade school girl. ‘We both hate Eric Cantor, so we can be friends- we have something in common.’

    So very sad.

  6. Obama is the worst president but I’m beginning to think he was more skilled as a community organizer than anyone gave him credit. What he is doing to Cantor truly scares me. Yet, I have to agree with srdem. Our Republican leaders have been silent far too long.

  7. The Dems/BHO are hypocrites–why don’t they call out this actor for his statements?

    “Orlando Jones slammed for tweets calling on liberals to ‘kill Sarah Palin'”
    http://entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/10/26/orlando-jones-slammed-for-tweets-calling-on-liberals-to-kill-sarah-palin/

    I am so sick and tired of their “do as I say, not as I do mentality”–why doesn’t BHO come out and tell Orlando to “tone it down”? Of course he won’t–he wouldn’t tell Hoffa to tone down his “SOB” rhetoric, why would he tone down his own rhetoric.

    Incidentally, let them call us all “SOB’s”–Sick Of Barack!!!

  8. Class warfare is what this poison man is all about. I can’t believe he mocked the House of Reps for taking a week off, considering his work ethic. What an asshole.

  9. Slash, flail, bury in snideness…so unattractive–like someone’s ex-husband. I feel the same about his phony-baloney Leno appearance. And Leno himself? Ed McMahon without the talent.

  10. Perfect description of Obama and his comrades…

    “The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principles.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

  11. Keith, Keith. The false equivalence is based on the very short drive from character assassination to the actual kind down at the Piggly Wiggly that exists for lovers of the NRA. The Democratic haters will likely be packing nothing more lethal than a didgeridoo if they occupy Mr. Cantor’s home district.

    Seriously, it is just politics. Obama’s not calling him a crypto-Muslim alien that hijacked America, just saying he hates poor people.

    • Nice to hear from you Billm!

      I submit to you Obama’s friend Bill Ayers for your consideration.

      It’s not just politics for a president to do this. I don’t remember any previous president targeting someone in this manner. Bush had trouble even saying “Democrats” – he usually referred to “Congress.” He didn’t want to be so divisive. Not this crew. Obama has broken all the taboos and brought a taste of Chicago to Washington, and unfortunately not deep dish pizza.

      Which I love.

  12. As a trial lawyer of 26 years experience, I have always thought that if my opponent is reduced to attacking me personally, he is bankrupt of substantive argument. Any nod to fact and law goes out the window. That is also the surest sign I am winning.

  13. Eric Cantor is jewish and Obama’s reason to hate him, like he hates Bibi or as a matter of fact all jewish people who do not support him (the phony ones). Barry doesn’t need to say it, it’s obvious – my father always said ‘tell me who your friends are, and I tell you who YOU are”.
    Barry, the agitator and community organiser, is who he is, who was helped by affirmative actions alone -without merit climbing the ladder.
    And he’s surprised that voters reject him?

  14. The difference between a leftie and a rightie-a rightie is not going out to shoot someone related to hate instilled by a party or parents or whatever has cause the hate in you little beings; a rightie isn’t going to be stupid enough to cut a B on their face and blame it on the other party; a rightie is smart enough to see pass Eric Cantor’s bs. I hope he is unseated next election. God sees all of this and it is just a matter of time before the GOP goes down with their antiquated thinking.