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In Eric Can'tor's hyper-ideological, immune-to-facts world, Ronald Reagan is a mythological hero who never compromised on his principles. In reality, as pointed out on The Ed Show, Reagan raised taxes 12 times in his presidency, including a 3-year, $100 billion tax hike (largest since World War II) and the largest corporate tax hike in history to that point. Reagan, of course, also backtracked and ended up negotiating with the Soviet Union (offering to give up all our ballistic missiles, no less!), which he had earlier called "the Evil Empire." Reagan also signed a large-scale amnesty for "illegal immigrants" into law, expanded government greatly, racked up huge amounts of debt, and pretty much violated every "principle" Eric Can'tor and his merry band of Teahadists holds dear. It's truly astounding that someone this hollow, this ignorant, and this mindlessly ideological can be House Majority Leader, in line to possibly be the next Speaker of the House. What an embarrassment (to Virginia, humanity, etc.).
We know, after the non-performance of the Senate these past two years, that we do not have to wait for Republican dominance in Congress to see gridlock. It is not all due to Republicans' calculated recalcitrance, however. The Senate just adjourned with major business left undone, but it did finally confirm 54 of President Obama's nominees, including two of his three nominees for the Federal Reserve. As Ezra Klein pointed out on Thursday in The Washington Post, the rather miraculous approval came at a price exacted by Mitch McConnell, (R-KY) Senate Minority Leader. The price: the Senate will not be fully in recess; it will be "kept in pro forma sessions" over the next 6 weeks so that the President cannot make "recess appointments," thus by-passing the requirement for Senate confirmation.