Mission Impossible: Humanizing Eric Cantor

No matter who faces him for the White House, Barack Obama starts 2012 with one advantage against the GOP—-the poster boy for intransigence, Eric Cantor, who proves again on 60 Minutes that there is no way to “humanize” him.

In an interview, the usually genial Lesley Stahl starts by saying flatly, “President Obama’s nemesis throughout the year was 48-year-old Congressman Eric Cantor of Virginia, the majority leader of the House, who played a major role in the Republican strategy.

“The White House blames Eric Cantor, more than anyone else, for disrupting the president’s first term. Especially for scuttling one set of deficit reduction talks after another…the president’s keying on him has taken its toll. He’s been picketed and heckled.

“He has fallen in the polls and so has his party as, according to a CBS News poll, the public blames them more for the gridlock in Washington.”

Stahl presses the indictment: “Eric Cantor was the one who went out in 2010 and recruited most of the freshmen who are conservative and backed by the Tea Party.

“He meets with them regularly, and several of them told us Cantor is their inspirational leader and father figure. But Eric Cantor does not want to be seen as unreasonable.”

To that end, Cantor’s people obviously sought the 60 Minutes interview, inviting cameras into his home to meet his family.

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Author: ROBERT STEIN

12 Comments

  1. “Eric Cantor was the one who went out in 2010 and recruited most of the freshmen who are conservative and backed by the Tea Party. He meets with them regularly, and several of them told us Cantor is their inspirational leader and father figure.”

    The “ick” factor there is just off the charts.

  2. I watched the interview. I first got the impression that he was just naïve and led by those whom are hiding the facts from him. After a bit, I realized he was simply ambitious, and, manipulative. But he’s not very smart because his handlers cut off the interview before he confirmed that truth for all to see and hear.

    You cannot stand on principal if your principal is not based in fact. Cantors facts, even about Ronald Reagan, his supposed hero, are so far from truth a sixth grader could see them for what they are. The man is out of his league.

  3. Yeah, he shouldn’t have combed his hair so cleverly to hide those horns. The cloven feet are easier in modern trimes what with shoes and all.
    Humanizing him, what a travesty, true Americans, those with a heart, like liberals, don’t need to even know he has a family (probably actors), it will distract them from telling the government to spend more money than we have.
    And, what’s with those perfect teeth, humans don’t have teeth like that.

  4. I think it would be more difficult to humanize the morons that put him in office.

  5. Duck-

    Cantor wants to balance the budget upon the backs of the poor and elderly, while the wealthy pay nothing in the name of creating jobs they refuse to create without federal guarantees of tax-free, and, federally guaranteed, profit.

    I call that a demon.

  6. Allen…what they really want to do is export all of the jobs. Why else would Reps want to kill the Dept of Education? Why educate people for jobs that won’t exist in 10 years? at least not in the US.

  7. ShannonLee..I offer that ther Republicans want to eliminate the Department of Education since it has provided littel in the improvement in Education since its inception.

    One only needs to compare the results of the education system prior to the department being created and more and more requirements coming out of Washington to the system before its inception with more local input into the local school systems.

    Can you provide information as to why this department is needed when a much smaller division of another agency could develop basic education requirements that the federal government may need to play a part in? What is this agency really doing to warrant all the funds it now spends? Are wqe really educating kids for jobs that will be available in 10 years? I have my doubts since few people working for the government seem to do any strategic planning for 10 years out.

    My concern is the fact more and more dollars are going to this agency and the educational results keep dropping. I would like to see positive results from the investment made by the government.

  8. Considering that most of the countries that are killing us in education have their own versions of the Dept of Edu, I would think that we would be much worse off without it.

    Another problem is Bush’s failed policy of No Child Left Behind, which has raised the depts budget by 33% and left everyone behind.

  9. SL: “I think it would be more difficult to humanize the morons that put him in office.”

    I don’t blame, or moronize those that put Obama in office as much as I blame, but don’t demonize, him either.
    They were sold a utopian, hopey changey thing, and I can’t fault them for that. As far as Obama is concerned, a nice guy over his head and add all the other negative stuff that has been said by HIS heart-broken, now awakened, voters.

  10. Duck-

    We weren’t sold anything but a path. Only the most daft or desperate among us would have ever considered that path a short one. Especially after Bush’s rape of domestic expenditure and total destruction of the budget surplus in favor of useless defense spending and spending and spending.

    I consider those whom want to kill off our poor and elderly in the name of profit demons of the highest and most despicable genre.

  11. duck… I moronize many of those that voted for Obama…for the very reasons you stated.

    Allen…”I consider those whom want to kill off our poor and elderly in the name of profit demons of the highest and most despicable genre.”… truth, absolute truth! The Ryan plan was a disgusting piece of legislation that was fully supported by the Republican party.

  12. SL, we are making progress, now it is only “many of those” that are morons for voting for their chosen candidates.

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