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Palace Intrigue: Right Searches For Cantor Alternative ^ | 4/22/14 | Matthew Boyle

Posted on 04/23/2014 5:44:49 AM PDT by cotton1706

Eric Cantor has never been closer to wielding the speaker's gavel, but he may want to keep an eye over his right shoulder.

As speculation heats up about whether Speaker John Boehner will return in 2015, Cantor is in the midst of a kind of shadow job interview with House conservatives, and it isn't going all that well.

Cantor recently enraged many Republicans by sneaking a Medicare bill through the House by voice vote. Days later, a provision in the bill that expanded Obamacare coverage became public, prompting high-profile scrutiny from the Drudge Report. Making matters worse, Boehner had been out of town for the vote, putting blame for the incident squarely on Cantor's shoulders.

The Virginia Republican also drew flak for attending a tropical summit organized by a group working to undermine the Tea Party. ForAmerica President Brent Bozell described the move in a phone interview as providing “aid and comfort to an organization devoted to destroying the Tea Party.”

“It is betrayal. It’s also monumentally stupid,” Bozell added.

Weeks before that, he partnered with Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) on a flood insurance bill, ignoring the concerns of the House committee chairman who had just donated $1 million to the NRCC and happens to be Cantor's most formidable would-be rival for the speakership.

The dynamic on the flood insurance battle, in which Cantor overrode House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), could become a pattern. The two are likely to be at odds on a series of upcoming bills like reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 04/23/2014 5:44:49 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Weeks before that, he partnered with Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters”

…partnering with HER on ANYTHING, even a game of bridge, is enough to make me work harder for his opponent.

2 posted on 04/23/2014 5:50:56 AM PDT by albie
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To: cotton1706

Jeb Hensarling from TX is everything that Cantor is not Jeb is conservative and trustworthy. Cantor is another mistake from Virginia, the state that refused to back a conservative Republican for governor and now has that Clinton crook, Terry Macauliff, running the state. It’s time to dump Cantor before he does more damage.

3 posted on 04/23/2014 6:00:30 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: albie

Cantor “partnered with Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters”

‘Nuff said.

4 posted on 04/23/2014 7:11:20 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: txrefugee

Hensarling would be a way better choice. Cantor is no different from Boehner except he’s more of a weasel.

5 posted on 04/23/2014 7:50:47 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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