Voters gave Republicans a mandate, not a license for capitulation
Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor doles out advice to the new GOP-led House and Senate in this CNBC commentary in which he arrogantly offers guidance on how to lead.
“Republicans want to repeal the president’s health-care law and oppose his efforts to regulate climate change and his unilateral moves on immigration. The president opposes the Republican plans for entitlement reform and tax reform,” wrote Cantor. “It would be a disservice to the American people if the next two years are spent simply relitigating these differences.”
Instead, he says, Republicans and President Obama must come together to “focus on areas where they agree and where progress can be made.” Specifically, Cantor recommends the GOP avoid hot button, controversial issues like illegal immigration and repealing Obamacare and instead focus on such pressing issues as “moving swiftly on trade promotion authority and finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a new agreement with Europe (TTIP).
Sure thing, Mr. Cantor.
In a historic and unprecedented election —- no majority leader has ever suffered such a primary defeat —- stunning Washington insiders and the GOP establishment, Eric Cantor was soundly flattened last June in the Virginia (CD-7) Republican primary by conservative economics professor and first-time candidate Dave Brat. The 56-44 percent trouncing came despite Cantor outspending his novice rival by nearly 40-to-1.
Dave Brat piqued voter interest as he exposed Cantor’s support of granting legal status for illegals who ostensibly entered the U.S. as children —- although there is no reliable manner of verifying such age claims. Brat rightly called it “amnesty” and accused Cantor of being in “cahoots” with Democrats to push through an immigration plan this year.
This memory refresher explains why Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) are leading the charge to challenge House Speaker John Boehner. Freshman Rep. Brat (R-Va.), previously said he would back Boehner, but reversed course Sunday night. “While I like Speaker Boehner personally, he will not have my support for Speaker,” Brat wrote in an op-ed on Breitbart. Garth Kant, writing for WND names those brave souls who are lining up against the powerful Speaker. Arizona Republican Paul Gosar (CD-4) is the lone Arizona Republican on the list.
The election for Speaker takes place at noon (ET) today, Tuesday, January 6, 2015.