BREAKING: Eric Can’tor is a Bonehead!

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    Alright, I’m sorry, it isn’t breaking news at all that Eric Can’tor is a bonehead, empty suit, etc. But it’s usually on policy issues where he’s particularly idiotic, not necessarily on Machiavellian political maneuvering. Except, now it turns out that Can’tor’s a bonehead in that way too.

    As Scott’s excellent rundown of tomorrow’s Illinois primaries shows, the contest between Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill, and Don Manzullo, R-Ill., will be a very important test of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s clout – and, even more importantly, his political judgment.

    Cantor took the unusual step of taking sides in the Republican primary contest endorsing Kinzinger, an up-and-coming freshman, over the crusty conservative Manzullo, who has been an occasional thorn in leadership’s side. Raising the stakes of the gamble, a super PAC tied to Cantor (YG Action Fund) spent $50,000 worth of radio ads endorsing Kinzinger – in the group’s first advertising foray.

    The problems with this move, as the National Journal article explains, are multifold. In sum: 1) “if Manzullo wins re-election (there is no Democratic candidate running in the district), he’ll probably be even less of a reliable Republican vote – and fully steamed at his own party’s leadership for trying to oust him;” 2) “the optics of spending money against a member of your own party is never good, especially when GOP leadership has been critical of conservative outside groups for occasionally targeting too-moderate incumbents;” and 3) “if Cantor was going to take the bold step of endorsing against a colleague, he should’ve gone all in” (“The super PAC’s five-figure radio buy on Kinzinger’s behalf was enough money to draw significant attention, but not significant enough to make a real dent in the race.”).

    Brilliant, huh? Yep, that’s our Eric Can’tor!

    • kindler

      Can’tor thinks that once he proclaims his preference, the heavens will part, angels will start singing and mankind will fall in behind him.

      Nice thought. But all these politicians who’ve been riling up the Tea Party don’t realize they’re riding a tiger. He’s not their leader, he’s their follower, and they’ll dispose of him as soon as they don’t find him useful any more.

      For more info, see “French Revolution, History of”

    • Bumble Bee

      Ride the tiger, because when you fall off the tiger will turn and eat you!

    • fishersvillemike

      56% to 44%.

      Cantor was right.