26 March 2010

Your Weasel of the Week: Eric Cantor

Shorter Eric Cantor (R-VA): "We only shouted 'fire;' we never said 'trample people while trying to run out of the theatre."
"I've received threats since I assumed elected office, not only because of my positions, but because I am Jewish," Cantor said. "I've never blamed anyone in this body for that. Period."
Wonder how many of Mr. Cantor's colleagues publicly characterized his position or his faith as socialism or an assault on our freedom, resulting in "armageddon" that will "ruin the country, and put seniors to death?
"It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain," he said. He called out DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen and DNC Chair Tim Kaine by name as those who are "dangerously fanning the flames by suggesting that these incidents be used as a political weapon."
Seems to me if these incidents death threats are coming over the passage of legislation, they are already a political weapon.

Cantor has some nerve daring to lecture anyone about what is or isn't "reckless" following the unhinged rhetoric of the past year. As if it would've taken a crystal ball to foresee that abandoning policy-based criticism for months of relentless demonization, painting your opponents as being the second coming of StalinMaoHitler who will literally kill peoples' grandparents, could have adverse effects.

Cantor's disingenuous whining about "political gain" is nothing but a dodge, a lame attempt to distract people from the underlying fact that one group's political gains are often the result of another group being held accountable for their words and actions.

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