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Poll Shows Eric Cantor Potentially Vulnerable?

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Yeah, I'm highly skeptical about any poll that shows Eric Can'tor as truly vulnerable this year - or any year, for that matter, in a district that's strongly "red" leaning and with the huge financial and other (e.g., he's go the Republican Times-Disgrace in his back pocket) advantages Can'tor holds. Still, I found this poll conducted in November (but still relevant, I'd think) by Keith Frederick - who has polled for Mark Warner, Steve Shannon, and many other Democratic and Independent candidates for more than 30 years - to be intriguing. If nothing else, it indicates that Eric Can'tor is not particularly popular in his district, as "red" as it is. A few highlights from the polling memo.

*Cantor's "40% 'reelect' score shows a base vote well below 50%. Just 34% of Independents support his reelection."
*"His 51% 'favorable' is extremely weak.  It shows absolutely no cushion of likeability to draw undecided or swing vote to his side.  With nearly total name recognition, the polarizing Eric Cantor has no room to expand support."
*"Other tests in the poll clearly show that Congressman Cantor's deep ties to Wall Street, his defense of Wall Street hedge fund managers' tax breaks, lack of constituent service, and public support of key pieces of the Republican House agenda are big problems with solid majority of CD7 voters. In fact, after exposure to Cantor's public record, his vote support drops well below 50%."

So, now it's up to Democrats to find out whether this poll was an outlier, or whether it's on to something real. The three Democratic candidates right now are Wayne Powell, David Hunsicker, and Jim Phillips (for whom this poll was conducted). May the best man win, and then, hopefully, proceed to give Eric Can'tor a run for his (ill-begotten) money!

Call Out Cantor for Watering Down the STOCK Act

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It's definitely time to call out Eric Cantor for his watering down of the STOCK Act. As the petition says, "Insider trading in Congress must come to an end, and the American people's interests should come before special interests." Please tell Eric Cantor he "should not have watered down the STOCK Act just to appease special interest supporters, which is vital to achieving transparency for Members of Congress." Thanks.

Virginia Republicans Flunk Latest Congressional Conservation Scorecard

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The latest Congressional scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters flunks every single Virginia Republican, including House members like Scott Rigell, Rob Wittman and Frank Wolf who'll be trying to sell themselves as moderate in November. Committed opponents of clean air & water, public health, and wildlife like Eric Cantor, Randy Forbes, Bob Goodlatte, Morgan Griffith and Robert Hurt all scored in the teens. Meanwhile, Virginia House Democrats Gerry Connolly, Jim Moran and Bobby Scott all scored 100%. On the Senate side, both Sen. Mark Warner and Jim Webb scored 100%, though given that both support oil drilling off Virginia's shores and Webb has opposed clean air regulations, neither is perfect on conservation.

What drew the LCV's ire? Every single Republican voted for the House Republican budget resolution to gut the Clean Air Act & Clean Water Act, to protect billions in tax giveaways for oil corporations that banked $137 billion in profits in 2011, and to weaken offshore drilling safety rules even as they pushed to bring oil drilling to the Virginia coast:

Ezra Klein Discusses Can’tor FAIL on The Ed Show

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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.).

Rep. Eric Cantor Named Earth’s #2 Enemy in Congress

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Rep. John Boehner,  Rep. Eric CantorThe Los Angeles Times editorial board has named the "10 most powerful and outspoken opponents of clean air, clean water, conservation and climate action." Number two is House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA):
2. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va. The House Majority Leader released a memo in late August listing the top 10 "job-destroying regulations" his party would battle in the remainder of the congressional session. Seven were environmental rules opposed by the fossil fuel industry, including restrictions on emissions from industrial boilers and cement plants, and proposed rulemaking on smog, farm soot and greenhouse gases. None of these rules really threaten jobs, but failing to approve them would certainly threaten lives.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) has rightly called this year's group, led by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) & Rep. Cantor, "the most anti-environment House in the history of Congress." A new report from Rep. Waxman, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) & Rep. Howard Berman (R-CA) details 191 House GOP votes targeting our air, water, wildlife & public health - an average of more than one anti-conservation bill per day the House has been in session.

And the number of job creation bills? Oh, right.

Cantor Bashes Obama’s Jobs Bills Publicly, Lauds Them Privately

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From Newsweek (via Andrew Sullivan):
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Republican leadership's tether to the Tea Party, flutters the hearts of the government-bashing, budget-slicing faithful with his relentless attacks on runaway federal spending. To Cantor, an $8 billion high-speed rail connecting Las Vegas to Disneyland is wasteful "pork-barrel spending." The Virginia Republican set up the "You Cut" Web site to demonstrate how easy it is to slash government programs. And he made the Department of Housing and Urban Development the poster child for waste when he disclosed that the agency was paying for housing for Ph.D.s.

But away from the cameras, Cantor sometimes pulls right up to the spending trough, including the very stimulus law he panned in public. Letters obtained by Newsweek show him pressing the Transportation Department to spend nearly $3 billion in stimulus money on a high-speed-rail project-not the one he derided in Nevada, but another in his home state. "Virginia ... will demonstrate that this historic investment in rail will create jobs, reduce congestion, spur economic growth and improve our environment," says a letter he signed with other Virginia members in October 2009, cribbing President Obama's own argument for the stimulus.

Cantor signed several such letters, including an earlier one seeking rail funds a month after he went on national television attacking the Vegas project.

Boy, when he thinks no one's listening, Cantor sounds ... well, downright progressive on government investment in high-speed rail, doesn't he?

But if that's how he feels about jobs bills like President Obama's American Jobs Act in private, why does he bash them in public? Why is he throwing up political roadblocks instead of trying to create more Virginia jobs? If you live in the 7th district, call Cantor's DC office at (202) 225-2815 or his Culpeper office at (540) 825-8960 and let us know what they say in comments.

Can’tor Constituent at Philly Protest: “I had to travel 300 miles...

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Dee Jacobson from Cantor's district speaking in Philadelphia yesterday:
I came up here today...to stand in solidarity with you because I am disgusted with what my Congressman, Eric Cantor, is doing. I want to thank each and every one of you for being here today. I know there are thousands of Virginians who wish they could be here standing beside us. It's an outrage that I had to travel 300 miles to another state just to seem my Congressman. And then he has the nerve to cancel. This doesn't surprise me. Representative Cantor rarely holds public meetings in his district and does not put out a public schedule. I once went by his district office 5 different times in 1 week...

Eric Cantor for GOP Presidential Nominee!

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It has to be too good to be true, right? There's speculation reported by TPM Rep. Eric Cantor might have his eye on higher office:
One Democratic operative suggested that the video looks like a presidential campaign ad from the man once known as Overdog. The source also notes the fluffy video was paid for with taxpayer funds.

"We finally found Eric Cantor's jobs plan - hiring taxpayer funded staffers to spend every day photographing every minute of his life and producing videos his staff can watch and tell him how great he is," the operative said. "Viewers are left wondering if this taxpayer funded self-promotion video is just the groundwork of a VP bid or just a highly active morning of undermining Speaker Boehner."

I mean, I was pretty excited about the GOP nominating Millionaire Mitt or Like Dubya But Meaner. But Eric Cantor? The millionaire whose only private sector job was working for his dad? The one who brags about creating Washington gridlock? Who held disaster aid for his own district as a political hostage? Who has an enitre Tumblr (NSFW-language) dedicated to what a smarmy jerk he comes across as?

Run, Eric, run!

GOP’s Income Inequality Spokesman: Millionaire Eric Cantor

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Rep. Eric CantorFrom the International Business Times via TPM:
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., who has had plenty of criticism for the Occupy Wall Street protesters, plans to address this week an issue that the 99 percent movement has made the central part of their platform: income inequality.

Cantor is scheduled to speak Friday at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he'll discuss income disparity and what the GOP believes government's role should be in fixing it. An aide for Cantor told Politico that the speech will address how lawmakers in Washington can help average citizens such as single mothers and small business owners, as well as "how we can make sure the people at the top stay there."

The Virginia congressman has said some Occupy Wall Street protesters -- as well as the Democrats who support them -- are essentially pitting "Americans against Americans," something he's trying to distance Republicans from by emphasizing how Americans can all "work together" to solve the nation's economic problems. However, it was only last month that many congressional Republicans used the term "class warfare" to attack a move by the Obama administration to increase taxes on millionaires.

According to OpenSecrets.org, Rep. Cantor's net worth on his most recent disclosure form in 2009 was between $2.2 million & $7.5 million. And Cantor didn't pull himself up by his bootstraps - working for his dad's real estate firm is his only private-sector job that I'm aware of. Between Rep. Cantor and top GOP presidential candidate & member of the top 1% Mitt "Middle Class" Romney, could President Obama ask for better examples of how the GOP is part of the problem?

Eric Can’tor Elaborates on Difference Between Tea Party and Occupy Wall...

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Can anyone make sense of the latest inane, non-sensical blather from Missing Village Idiot Eric Can'tor?
"The Tea Party is very different," said Cantor. "The Tea Party were individuals that were attempting to address their grievances, seeking redress of their grievances, from the government they elected. It's different, from what I see, of the protesters on Wall Street and elsewhere, that are pitting themselves against others outside of government in America. That's the difference. As far as what Steny said... all I can tell you is, folks who were involved and continued, and continue to be so, in the Tea Party, are worried about government and its policies. It's not pitting one part of our country against another. And you didn't hear most of [Republicans] us encouraging any type of violent behavior, or whatever, when that was occuring. Everyone in this country has the right to speak out. That's the beauty of our system. But when elected leaders come in, and condone attacks on others in our country, that's not how it was [with us], it's not leadership."

A short while later, Politico's David Rogers pressed on part of the answer.

"Do you not see the government as part of the people?" asked Rogers. "You said before, the Tea Party was asking for redress against the government. Do you regret using the word mob? I mean, You say these people are divisive against other Americans."

"I did not say that," said Cantor.

"You said they were pitting themselves against other Americans," said Rogers.

"I said they are aiming their ire at others in our society," said Cantor.

"You made a distinction between that and aiming their ire against the government," said Rogers.

"Right," said Cantor. "The ire, from the Tea Party standpoint, is at Washington. It's at the government and its policies."

"And do you not see the government as representing the people?" asked Rogers.

"Sure," said Cantor, "it's of the people...

Again, can anyone make any sense of this blather? I can't(or), except to the extent that this petulant, nasty, smarmy little man-child with the IQ of an eggplant but an ambition level that knows no bounds, is working to position himself politically as the leader of the teahadists and their corporate (Koch, etc.) puppetmasters. Even if it requires him to make statements that are patently absurd, laughable, self contradictory, and just plain idiotic. What's any of that to someone like Eric Can'tor, an individual who has betrayed all the values his faith teaches him (e.g., "tikkun olam"), and who has even shown himself willing to destroy the American economy - or whatever else it takes - to advance his own political agenda. The question is, why would anyone listen to this creep?