Eric Cantor, U.S. Congressman from Virginia
A youthful 46, Cantor is routinely and accurately - described as a rising star, becoming Minority Whip a year ago after eight years in the House of Representatives. The only Jewish Republican in Congress, he advocates a strong US-Israeli alliance and led a Republican congressional delegation to the Middle East in August to rouse support for Israeli settlements that he felt the White House overlooked.
Although a strong conservative across the board, he aims to help return the Republicans to power by becoming less ideologically focused on social issues and more concerned with economical issues. He believes 60 per cent of America is with us in believing in a Main Street, common-sense conservatism" but that Republicans struggle to connect with voters for reasons of image.
During his first year as Whip showed no qualms about taking on liberal big beasts such as Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank, excoriating them for politicising the first bailout bill. He regularly consults Newt Gingrich for inspiration about how the party can repeat his success of 1994 but it will be up to Cantor and his colleagues to produce eye-catching policy ideas if they really want to capitalise on disenchantment with the Democrats.
posted on 05/10/2010 2:51:13 PM PDT
by Josh Painter
("Every time a Democrat mocks Sarah Palin, an independent gets its wings." - JP)
To: Josh Painter
Cantor didn’t think of the slogan. Some nitwit did and it sucks.
Now that is common sense I CAN believe in.
Now why would you think I would lack the common sense to belive Cantor was behind this?
posted on 05/10/2010 3:58:30 PM PDT
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