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McCain-Cantor? That's the Winning Ticket
The Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Apr 23, 2008 | Bob Raynor

Posted on 07/17/2008 7:46:42 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

ONE LOCAL pol whose name has not been mentioned could make the perfect running mate -- for Republican John McCain.

Rep. Eric Cantor is 44. McCain is 71.

As a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Cantor brings the clout and experience on economic and tax issues that many believe McCain lacks. He was a businessman before being elected to the House in 2000 and has been an eloquent spokesman for pro-growth policies ever since.

Cantor would energize economic conservatives in a way that McCain has not, and he possesses the skill and expertise to attack the Democrats' high tax, anti-trade, big government platform as precisely the wrong medicine for a struggling economy. (His wife, Diana, also plays in the financial major leagues, serving for more than a decade as executive director of the Virginia College Savings Plan. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Media General, which owns this newspaper.)

As the Republican chief deputy whip in the House, Cantor is one of the youngest members of the congressional leadership. And in this year of group firsts, Cantor would be the first Jewish nominee on a national Republican ticket.

His consistent, staunch defense of Israel's interests could strengthen McCain's already respectable standing among traditionally Democratic Jewish voters, many of whom are growing nervous about Obama's pastor's embrace of the anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan. Jimmy Carter's get-together with Hamas terrorists offered another reminder that left-wing Democrats often lend tepid support to Israel.

The congressman from Richmond would keep Virginia and Florida in the GOP column and could help McCain in Northeastern states, such as New Jersey, where the Arizona senator appears to be running better than recent Republican presidential candidates.

(Excerpt) Read more at inrich.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 110th; 2008veep; ericcantor; mccain; rino; rjc; va2008
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To: fieldmarshaldj

So who ARE you OK with for VP?


51 posted on 07/17/2008 9:40:11 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Norman Bates

It’s all tainted.


52 posted on 07/17/2008 9:40:35 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: txflake

Post #10.


53 posted on 07/17/2008 9:41:01 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Norman Bates
But he governed as I'd say right of center

Balderdash. He implemented gay "marriage," completely homosexualized state government and the public schools, passed socialized medicine complete with taxpayer-funded abortions, and signed a permanent "assault" weapons ban, saying, "Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts. These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people."

If you think that's "right of center," in my opinion you need to run a check on your political/moral compass. Something's gone seriously awry.

54 posted on 07/17/2008 9:41:13 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (McCain/Romney - The "Big Dig" for the Republican Party)
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To: Norman Bates

I could care less who y’all pick. A hundred tons of ballast dumped on the deck of the Titantic makes little difference after the iceberg has already been struck.


55 posted on 07/17/2008 9:43:38 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (McCain/Romney - The "Big Dig" for the Republican Party)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I’m terrified we’re gonna get Crist. Did you see he just got ‘engaged’ to a pretty latina?


56 posted on 07/17/2008 9:43:41 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Ok, fair enough. We both know where we stand but what do you mean by this: “That money is dirty and comes with the kind of strings that will end up choking the party.”?

Like any candidate Romney got most of his support from regular folk. I don’t see any special strings. Granted he will get much more from fellow Mormons than any other candidate but I see that as good because it’s bringing more Republicans into the process who normally incline to sit out.


57 posted on 07/17/2008 9:44:11 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Salvation

I know we disagree on this. Just ignore me here. ;-)


58 posted on 07/17/2008 9:45:24 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: txflake
Did you see he just got ‘engaged’ to a pretty latina?


59 posted on 07/17/2008 9:49:26 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (McCain/Romney - The "Big Dig" for the Republican Party)
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To: EternalVigilance
Unless I'm mistaken that was the courts that pushed for homosexual marriage. I've already said I disagreed with his health care but at the same time it is not government run care, it is simply (and wrongly) mandated private care. Yes, there were abortions in it and that was wrong too but that was inserted by the veto-proof Massachusetts legislature. As for the last thing, that was no different than what Mr. Bush, the senior, said. Yes, it again was wrong, I disagree with it.
60 posted on 07/17/2008 9:50:38 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: BillyBoy

If McCain wants the Jewish vote, I can think of a certain senator...


61 posted on 07/17/2008 9:51:14 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: Norman Bates
I see that as good because it’s bringing more Republicans into the process who normally incline to sit out.

Mormons vote in high percentages. Mostly for Republicans.

So, what do you mean by "bringing into the process"? Money again, I take it.

62 posted on 07/17/2008 9:52:10 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (McCain/Romney - The "Big Dig" for the Republican Party)
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To: EternalVigilance

So according to you the country is just sunk and gone. How sad. Good night.


63 posted on 07/17/2008 9:52:51 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: EternalVigilance

Money is what allows campaigns to put up signs, host rallies, run commericials. It in itself is not inherently evil.

So yes, Romney will bring in money - money from his base, even money from Mormons. Point out what’s inherently wrong with that.


64 posted on 07/17/2008 9:54:23 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: EternalVigilance
lol. Remember, Jeb, with the pretty latino wife and

son are also primed.

I actually like Jeb.

65 posted on 07/17/2008 9:55:16 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: txflake; Clemenza

Ewww. Yeah, Crist has a nice beard, don’t he ?

BTW, she should go talk to Dina McGreevey and Mrs. Senator Craig before she actually walks down the aisle (or at least makes sure that when Crist has got to get some “action” down at the Purple Pickle in Key West and the public finds out, and it always does, she gets a nice fat settlement from the divorce).


66 posted on 07/17/2008 9:55:30 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Norman Bates

Very weak. I almost feel sorry for you folks. It’s bad enough that you have to defend McCain, now you have to regurgitate the lying Romney spin that constantly seeks to recreate reality.


67 posted on 07/17/2008 9:55:31 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (McCain/Romney - The "Big Dig" for the Republican Party)
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To: Norman Bates

With his tainted money, *omney is going to feel he is OWED big time and that entitles him to be in control. We’ve already seen what he did when he was in control of a party apparatus in Massachusetts. We’d be better off turning over the GOP to Howard Dean or Michael Dukakis. Not even those two could kill the GOP in VT and MA when they ran the show.


68 posted on 07/17/2008 9:57:43 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: July 4th

Barbara Boxer ?


69 posted on 07/17/2008 9:58:13 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: EternalVigilance

And on your part, very arrogant. Arrogant enough to think that no one could possibly offer any retort or even differing viewpoint on some point of contention you apparently hold dear. That’s bad enough by itself.


70 posted on 07/17/2008 9:59:21 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: txflake
The man you picture, George P. Bush, will make a good candidate for the Democrats one of these days.

And Jeb, after his unwillingness to do his sworn duty in the protection of the unalienable right to life of Terri Schindler Schiavo from her judicial murderers, in keeping with Article One, Section Two of the Florida constitution, isn't fit to be elected dog catcher.

71 posted on 07/17/2008 9:59:40 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (McCain/Romney - The "Big Dig" for the Republican Party)
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To: Norman Bates

Hey, it’s you whose whole political universe now revolves around money. Good luck with that.


72 posted on 07/17/2008 10:01:07 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (McCain/Romney - The "Big Dig" for the Republican Party)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

He would be owed. It’s called being picked veep. But being owed doens’t mean it’s tainted. It’s only natural that we would offer him a spot for his help, and that being offered a spot he would help.


73 posted on 07/17/2008 10:01:55 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’d rather have it be someone outside of Washington. Mark Sanford is my first choice. Sarah Palin is my 2nd.


74 posted on 07/17/2008 10:03:35 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in - Michael Corleone)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Crist looks like he should be hanging out on a yacht shirtless and in speedos in Mykonos harbor with pretty young things named Stavros and Yanni.


75 posted on 07/17/2008 10:04:52 PM PDT by Clemenza (We are a REPUBLIC, not a "Will of the People" Mobocracy)
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To: EternalVigilance

Only a someone arrogant would interpret a few non-personal comments as a legitimate view into a soul. I have clearly stated several reasons for picking Romney. I - to my own misfotune here chose to stress his financial aspects to a pennypincher political puritan such as yourself, who would take such comments to their illogical extreme. My mistake.

But what about you? What does your politcal universe, as you put it, revolve around? I grow bored...


76 posted on 07/17/2008 10:06:01 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Norman Bates

With this guy, everything Republican he touches, he ruins. I’m not going to just sit here and pretend he did NOT do what he did up in Massachusetts. That doesn’t sit well with my conscience. The man is BAD news.


77 posted on 07/17/2008 10:07:03 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Darren McCarty

“Mark Sanford is my first choice.”

*BUMP*


78 posted on 07/17/2008 10:07:33 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: July 4th
>> If McCain wants the Jewish vote, I can think of a certain senator... <<

The only "Jewish Senator" I can think of on the GOP ticket is Norm Coleman. McCain/Coleman would be tolerable. The other Jewish Senators are all socialists. And the ultra-liberal pro-abortion, gun-grabbing, illegal alien loving Joe LIEberman stood by side-by-side with Al Gore when then conspired to throw out of the overseas millitary votes. I wouldn't want him for dog catcher, let alone Vice President.

79 posted on 07/17/2008 10:07:35 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Support Operation Chaos!)
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To: Clemenza

He could resign now and go pursue that dream !


80 posted on 07/17/2008 10:08:56 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: EternalVigilance
I didn't say I wanted Jeb to run. I said I just like the guy.

The point is, Crist would be a hispandering coupe de gras.

That worries me. I'd be happier with Cantor than anybody else, but Eric was not on the short list, or even long list. I wish he was/is.

81 posted on 07/17/2008 10:09:08 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: wendy1946
>> I still like J.C. Watts. <<

You realize J.C. Watts has said he's "considering" voting for Obama, right?

82 posted on 07/17/2008 10:09:25 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Support Operation Chaos!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
As far as I'm concerned he didn't do anything that wasn't already LONG coming to that miserable, miserable common"wealth".
83 posted on 07/17/2008 10:09:30 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Norman Bates

Norm, EV is a rock-solid Conservative. Some of us still do exist, and we’re not going to drink the Kool-Aid when the cost is our souls.


84 posted on 07/17/2008 10:10:36 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: txflake

Cantor’s real goal is to become the first Jewish House Speaker.


85 posted on 07/17/2008 10:11:36 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Norman Bates
What does your politcal universe, as you put it, revolve around?

Starting from scratch.

I grow bored...

Don't worry. Lots more bread and circuses coming your way from the two-party cartel. They'll keep you well entertained.

86 posted on 07/17/2008 10:11:44 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (McCain/Romney - The "Big Dig" for the Republican Party)
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To: Norman Bates

But yet he did it. And with that kind of attitude, imagine that happening to state after state like falling dominoes.

Remember, if that can happen to a formerly premier Republican state, it can happen ANYWHERE.


87 posted on 07/17/2008 10:13:26 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Funny you bring up Key West. The gray gays in the southernmost city are the only folks keeping disco alive these days, aside from the guidos in Staten Island, of course. Maybe the two groups should be introduced.


88 posted on 07/17/2008 10:15:24 PM PDT by Clemenza (We are a REPUBLIC, not a "Will of the People" Mobocracy)
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To: Clemenza

Well, if they love disco, they can’t be all bad.


89 posted on 07/17/2008 10:16:51 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Clemenza

Do you think Travolta has crossed over from the latter to the former these days ?


90 posted on 07/17/2008 10:18:05 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Travolta hits on both sides of the plate, in more ways than one.

Crist, on the other hand, is too much of a selfish bastard to do anything but pitch...

91 posted on 07/17/2008 10:19:50 PM PDT by Clemenza (We are a REPUBLIC, not a "Will of the People" Mobocracy)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
I seriously doubt anyone's soul is in danger because they voted for Mitt Romney. I didn't vote for Mitt Romney, regardless. Heck, I was mad enough at him at one point in the campaign because he was beating my guy - and I would offer up every fault and excuse to justify it (many true and some perceived). But it's over. (For me.) For others, no.

There is no perfect candidate. Picking McCain over Obama is not drinking the koolaid. Allowing Obama to walk to the presidency unhindered because of what in reality amounts to small beans or even a moderately decent hill of beans however may well be drinking it.

I happen to be a rock solid conservative. I just also happen to realize I will have no effect over policy by handing the keys over to the other side. (And simply hoping to take back congress SOMETIME in the foggy future isn't good enough for me.)
92 posted on 07/17/2008 10:21:02 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Matt Blunt really never made any long or short list, I always thought he seemed competent, but I don't know anybody from MO to confirm that.

Palin's the obvious star, maybe even more so than Jindal, but neither can play in '08. Palin is a new mother to a down's syndrome child; Jindal needs to spend a few years cleaning up LA.

I think together they're the perfect team '12.

Like I said, anybody but Crist. I think the gay, murderous Rs in FL and a couple other SE states need to be frogmarched and prosecuted, not elected.

93 posted on 07/17/2008 10:21:24 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: EternalVigilance
Starting from scratch.

How did you say it? Good luck with that.
94 posted on 07/17/2008 10:24:09 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Yeah, he did it. But...what exactly was it? Because presidential party primaries have a way of twisting things.

Let me sum up: Everything I’ve heard is true. Yes? :-)


95 posted on 07/17/2008 10:27:24 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“Remember, if that can happen to a formerly premier Republican state, it can happen ANYWHERE.”

Please, DJ, I’ll laugh myself awake. Let’s both agree Romney made mistakes. But please the Kennedy’s captured the hearts of Massashusetts for the democrats long before Romney, Swift, Cerlucci, or Weld shown up. Yes, the GOP had a remarkable second-wind run at the governorship but that was due more to Duke screwing the state so badly. That wind has past now and the asylum is back in the inmates’ hands.


96 posted on 07/17/2008 10:31:06 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

G’night. See you on the flipside.


97 posted on 07/17/2008 10:32:39 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Norman Bates

Yes I agree unless Cantor is extraordinary good-looking who would appeal to soccer moms who’s likely to vote for Obama this year.


98 posted on 07/17/2008 10:32:54 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Norman Bates

Soul, conscience, sense of integrity... I stand for certain principles, and I expect the GOP to as well. Perhaps some find that laughable, but I don’t. One is something basic, and that’s honesty. When this party promotes an incompetent, pathological liar, it’s no longer a party I can support in good conscience. I expect the lowest-rent trash from the Democrats, not from the GOP.

22 years ago, I was asked to go along to get along for a Democrat in my state who had a high tolerance for corruption, and I refused to do so. And in part for doing so, I had my academic career ruined for my speaking out openly against the man and becoming a Republican. I stay a Republican until its principles are sacrificed and we demonstrate the same diseased morals and values of our opponents. I felt dirty endorsing a deceitful RINO in a key race in 2006 somebody I knew had no business serving in the Senate. I’m not doing that again, not for any race. I am heartsick to see a lot of soulless cretins shilling for that certain ex-Governor. Facts and record to them be damned. That’s NOT my party.


99 posted on 07/17/2008 10:33:51 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: txflake

Blunt troubles me, because he just up and decided to quit rather than face a tough, but winnable reelection this year. As it stands now, his former, future Democrat opponent is going to waltz into the office in November. I don’t like these cut and run types, they’re not leaders.


100 posted on 07/17/2008 10:35:29 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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