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5 Times Eric Cantor Pandered To The Right Wing That Booted Him From Office

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5 Times Eric Cantor Pandered To The Right Wing That Booted Him From Office

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The Grand Bargain

Photo: Jeff Malet

Photo: Jeff Malet

In an interview with Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker, Cantor boasted that it was a “fair assessment” to say he was a driving force behind the collapse of the 2011 “grand bargain” negotiations. Although budget talks had dominated politics that year, Cantor successfully convinced House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to pull out of discussions with President Obama and reject his offer to make significant spending cuts to the federal budget. Even with a government shutdown on the horizon, Cantor urged Boehner to refuse Obama’s offer to cut social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, and reduce government spending by about $300 billion over 10 years.

Cantor bragged that his influence ultimately derailed the deal that could have avoided sequestration and sidestepped the constant threat of fiscal crisis that now plagues the federal government. Why did he do it? Cantor hoped to use the budget crisis to his political advantage, and told Lizza that he wanted to “have it out” with Obama during the 2012 election. Considering that Obama won re-election, that didn’t exactly work out in Cantor’s favor.  

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  1. Daniel Jones June 12, 2014

    The reason Can’t-or-Won’t got nixed by his own putrid backers is that he got name recognition.
    Specifically, he became someone that could actually be blamed for the sins of the extreme right.
    So now they’re electing a new nonentity, while guiding Can’t-or-won’t into a cushy consultation or money laundering post.

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    1. johninPCFL June 12, 2014

      He’ll end up heading a PAC and keeping a few million $ for himself while following the teabagger tradition of spending none of the donated money on actual candidates.

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  2. jointerjohn June 12, 2014

    Despite the pandering he lost their support because the TP right are absolutists. With them it is all or nothing, no shades of gray in anything. In time all candidates will realize it is impossible to gain and hold their support, it simply can’t be done with such a bunch of rigid ideologues. If the republican party is to survive they will have to give this crowd the boot, and they all know it. They also know that when they do that they will be a minority party again for a few years while they rebuild a middle-right base to winning strength, and the gerrymandering they did in 2011 will make that even more difficult. Two choices now for that party and neither of them is good.

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    1. Independent1 June 13, 2014

      John, See this article:

      UPDATE: Eric Cantor Plotted to Sabotage US Economy in Secret Meeting with Hensarling & Luntz

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/11/1306103/-Eric-Cantor-Jeb-Hensarling-Kevin-McCarthy-Plotted-to-Sabotage-US-Economy-in-Secret-Meeting

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  3. charleo1 June 12, 2014

    “I’ve got a tiger by the tail it’s plain to see. And I won’t be much when she gets thru with me!” Buck Owens. It was a meeting that was to change the Republican Party forever. As thousands of jubilant supporters celebrated the election of a new President. The Country that Nov. was in the throes of a great financial crisis. No one one knew how deep, or how long it might last. The Country in a few weeks would also begin it’s 7th year of our longest war, with no end in sight. It was in this atmosphere then, that in that Washington restaurant, Republican leaders, including Cantor, decided to do whatever was necessary to scuttle the Presidency of Barack Obama. A part of that decision was to bring into their inner circles, and hook up with this disparate lot of far Right Wackos, conspiracy theorists, anti-government malcontents. Many carrying their dreams of armed insurrection, and retribution for places such as Waco, and Ruby Ridge, festering in their heads. To first absorb their energy and then, unwittingly, to become them. It is in this form of comeuppance then, that that, self serving, Party before Country, decision would come to cause the political demise of one of their own’s rising stars. And likely a whole lot more, before this is done. No, it is not quite, “Sic Semper Tryannis.” But damned close, in my opinion. More like, “Curae leves, loquutur isentes, stupent.” Small griefs speak, but great griefs leave us dumbfounded, and speechless. As the defeat of Cantor, has left the GOP.

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  4. Jack Hughes June 12, 2014

    As Cantor has now learned, there’s nothing more pathetic than shamelessly pandering to kooks and know-nothings — and still losing.

    For Tea Party theocrats, Cantor just wasn’t of the right tribe.

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  5. Independent1 June 13, 2014

    Unfortunately, Cantor did a lot more than pander to some groups, he agreed, along with a number of other GOP legislators, to do everything he could to sabotage the American economy on the day that Obama was inaugurated back in 2009. See this:

    UPDATE: Eric Cantor Plotted to Sabotage US Economy in Secret Meeting with Hensarling & Luntz

    In Robert Draper’s book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives” Draper wrote that on inauguration night, 2009, during a four hour, “invitation only” meeting with GOP Hate-Propaganda Minister, Frank Luntz, the below listed Senior GOP Law Writers literally plotted to sabotage, undermine and destroy America’s Economy.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/11/1306103/-Eric-Cantor-Jeb-Hensarling-Kevin-McCarthy-Plotted-to-Sabotage-US-Economy-in-Secret-Meeting

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