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Republican Whip Eric Cantor Fires Back at Critics – Roll Call

April 3, 2009

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By Jackie Kucinich – Roll Call Staff

April 3, 2009, 2:51 p.m.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is firing back at his critics, calling recent attacks on him and his family “laughable,” and warning that he isn’t shy about engaging in bare-knuckle combat with Democrats.

“It’s never pleasant, obviously,” Cantor said of the Democratic attacks. “But that’s how the game is played. But we intend to engage in the battle of ideas, and we will win.”

Democrats are unlikely to find even a moderately competitive challenger to Cantor in his conservative district next year. But with a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee decision in February to run a series of ads in the district targeting Cantor, some political observers have suggested that the increased attention may have shaken him up — a charge Cantor dismisses.

“That is so ridiculous,” Cantor said. “No doubt this is a competitive arena, [and] there is no question that a tremendous amount of resources and money” have flowed into Democratic political organizations. The organizations are helping to fund a series of attacks targeting not only Cantor’s record and public statements, but also the fact that his wife works for a banking company.

Cantor said he has always taken his campaigns seriously and has never taken his “common-sense conservative district” for granted. He added that he is more than willing to engage Democrats aggressively.

via Cantor Fires Back at Critics – Roll Call.

  1. mrj permalink
    April 4, 2009 6:09 AM

    Wife works at a bank? That’s it? The Dems had Duane Feinstein making decisions on defense contracts for her husband’s firm. The president himself had is wife getting a gargantuan raise in her hospital salary after he won election to the state senate.

    If the game is now “which Congressman’s spouse has a conflict of interest”, no problem. There are plenty of targets on the other side. Get the list ready.

    Cantor is being targeted because he’s emerged as a leader. Democrats and their media have no way to prevail on the merits of their ideas alone. When they’re debated, the Democrat side loses. Therefore, they have to personally destroy anyone who symbolizes Republican or conservative views. Think of all the conservatives who have been tarred and feathered over “offenses” far less egregious than your average Democrat persists in on a daily basis.

    And these one-sided personal attacks on anyone conservative could not happen without the willing and eager cooperation of the media.

  2. Jerry Gibbs permalink
    April 4, 2009 8:10 AM

    Blame it on the media? Bottom line is that this guy is not a good leader and has screwed up everytime he opens his mouth. Every time he talks he fails to make any case whatsoever. He is a main voice for the party of no. Look at the big announcement of the Repub budget this week. Very funny. They need to understand that the people are behind Obama because of this great leadership in the repub party. They need to develop ideas and spend less time trying to beat Obama up. This isn’t Bill Clinton, it won’t work.

  3. Jim_J permalink
    April 4, 2009 9:04 AM

    Eric Cantor is being targeted for what he said. His position in the House GOP leadership gave him the pulpit from which to speak and the media is doing its job when it reports statements made by political leaders. MRJ believes that Democrats, through their allies in the media, are picking on Cantor. Isn’t that the same thing that the Republicans do to Democratic House and Senate leadership using their allies on talk radio. Turn on Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly or Glen Beck and you will constantly hear one sided irrational attacks on Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Steny Hoyer.

    The days of the “liberal broadcast media” are gone. Most of the broadcast media is now owned by corporations who are allied with the Republican Party because it was the Republicans who changed the rules to allow these corporations to own an unlimited number of radio and TV stations. Lets also not forget that NBC is owned by General Electric, the world’s largest defense contractor, CBS is owned by Viacom, a world-wide conglomerate that has always been close to the Republican party. ABC is part of the Disney empire and FOX is owned by Rupert Murdoch, a very staunch conservative and certainly no friend of the Democrats.

  4. mrj permalink
    April 4, 2009 9:47 AM

    Jim J, I didn’t say they were “picking” on Cantor. I said instead of engaging on the ideas involved in spending and budgeting, they look for personal foibles, and start attacking families. Is it so hard to stick to the issues, and explain the reasoning behind the gargantuan spending the Dems advocate, and why racking up deficits is superior to limiting spending to what we can afford?

    I will guarantee you now we’ll have a host of Democrat spouse conflict of interest articles, and meanwhile the heart of the matter — how to formulate a responsible and affordable budget — goes unaddressed.

    Don’t mistake anything the talkers say as being representative of conservative opinion — it isn’t. And if you think NBC, CBS or ABC are Republican-oriented, you haven’t watched them lately. Their news content is alot of things, but one thing they’re not is conservative.

  5. Carl permalink
    April 4, 2009 11:55 AM

    “Is Cantor being ‘PALINED?””

    Smugging the place up even as his own clumsy mistakes (like going to a Britney Spears concert and voting for a bonus tax which presented his party as divided and reactionary) drag him down? I say yes.

  6. lauderforbes permalink
    April 4, 2009 9:52 PM

    So his wife works at a bank? Big deal. Tim Geitner evaded the IRS and was caught red-handed. Democracts are so desperate.

  7. April 5, 2009 1:21 AM

    Politics are always nasty no matter which side wins. The reality of the current administration and their outrageous budget will hit home when it affects all of us personally with the huge taxes that are on the way and our dollar won’t be worth the paper it’s printed on. Apparently the word ‘trillion’ has no meaning to the public.

    And for what it’s worth for the Fox network haters – Bill O’Reilly’s show is celebrating its spot as the #1 show this week for the last 8 years. Not too shabby…

  8. JoeMac permalink
    April 5, 2009 6:14 AM

    There’s much more going on here. The Left’s “take down” politics is much more insidious than even the Nixon-era dirty tricks. It started early in the campaign (or more accurately, during the Clinton campaigns). The basic intent is not to counter contrary voices, but rather, to shut them down altogether. Failing that, you shout them down so nobody can hear what they have to say. If that too fails, then you go for the knees. Find their weakness, and take the hammer to it. For now, however, do it in a way that allows the White House plausible deniability. Mark these words. It’s only a matter of time before the guys at the top will throw all caution to the wind and announce the game plan in plain English from Gibbs’ podium.

    On a related note, Cardin of MD wants the public to subsidize newspapers. Imagine what these will be like if they no longer have to rely on business advertising to survive! Moderation out the window. My guess is that the next step will be Congress insisting that, if they are going to live off the dole, then someone in Washington will have to sit on their editorial board, as well as oversee operations to ensure that they are spending OUR money responsibly. And it goes on and on and on…


  9. Claudette Siar permalink
    April 7, 2009 6:53 PM

    Eric Cantor’s has a new scheme, using this right wing puppets to interrupt newly elected democrats with canned interruption speeches while on the floor. This man is out of ideas in a time of war and economic turmoil in America! Democrats donate to your new representatives re-election campaign in your state every time they pull this bully stunt! We have real problems Eric.


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