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Cantor Simultaneously Complains About Gridlock & Brags About Creating It

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Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) addresses the spring 2010 President's Club meetingHouse Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) to New York Magazine:

In early January, at a closed-door retreat for the GOP caucus in Baltimore, Cantor gave a speech trying to reframe the debt ceiling as “a leverage moment” over Obama. “I made the point that, look, this is an opportunity for us because we are in essence a blocking minority in Washington,” he told me.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) at a Capitol Hill news conference:

“I think at this point Washington has become so dysfunctional that we’ve got to start focusing on the incremental progress we can make,” Cantor said.

The New York piece by Jason Zengerle is worth reading in its entirety to get a complete sense of how full of himself Rep. Cantor really is (and how he surrounds himself with sycophants who remind him if he ever forgets). But these quotes are as much of an indictment of the Beltway media as of Cantor himself. Why NOT talk out of one side of your mouth to your base & another to sound reasonable to the general public as long as the media refuses to point that out? All we get is, “Obama says one thing, Cantor says another, who can say who’s reasonable? We’ll have to leave it there.”