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Rep. Eric Cantor’s “Strategic Sneer” at America’s Economy


Dana Milbank absolutely destroys Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and his slick upper lip:

He draws out the vowels in a style that is part southern, part smarty-pants. Had young Cantor spoken like this at his prep school in Richmond, the bigger boys may well have wiped that sneer off his face. Yet even then, Cantor was accustomed to having things his way. According to Cantor’s hometown Richmond Times-Dispatch, the quotation he chose to accompany his yearbook photo was “I want what I want when I want it.”

What Cantor wants now is power – and he is prepared to risk the full faith and credit of the United States to get it. In a primacy struggle with House Speaker John Boehner, he has done a deft job of aligning himself with Tea Party House members in opposition to any meaningful deal to resolve the debt. If the U.S. government defaults, it will have much to do with Cantor.

From Rappahannock to Richmond, do voters in Virginia’s 7th Congressional district really want their representative playing chicken with destroying America’s economy to build his own personal power?


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