cantor? sit down and shut up. ;-)

Washington Post

Dana Milbank: Eric Cantor has perfected the strategic sneer.

It comes, frequently, when he answers a reporter’s question about something President Obama has said: The House majority leader’s lip curls up on the left side and a look of disgust washes over his face….

Cantor … is answering calls for compromise with contempt. He shook his fist during a news conference Tuesday and said that Obama’s thinking is “unfathomable to me.” To Obama’s complaint that the wealthy are not sharing in the budget sacrifice, he scoffed: “There is plenty of so-called shared sacrifice.” Asked about Obama’s belief that people like him should pay more in taxes, Cantor retorts: “You know what? He can write a check any time he wants.”

He draws out the vowels in a style that is part southern, part smarty-pants. Had young Cantor spoken like this at his prep school in Richmond, the bigger boys may well have wiped that sneer off his face. Yet even then, Cantor was accustomed to having things his way. According to Cantor’s hometown Richmond Times-Dispatch, the quotation he chose to accompany his yearbook photo was “I want what I want when I want it.”

What Cantor wants now is power – and he is prepared to risk the full faith and credit of the United States to get it. In a primacy struggle with House Speaker John Boehner, he has done a deft job of aligning himself with Tea Party House members in opposition to any meaningful deal to resolve the debt. If the U.S. government defaults, it will have much to do with Cantor…..

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53 Responses to “cantor? sit down and shut up. ;-)”

  1. 1 PoliticalJunkessa
    July 13, 2011 at 9:55 am

    This smarmy mofo! 😈

    Don’t he know his arms too short to box with POTUS?

  2. 2 Fred
    July 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

    the President should have told shut up ish! 😡

  3. 3 nintendowii10
    July 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

    A great read from Salon.com:

    Call me crazy, but if we set aside the question of whether or not we agree with the massive concessions offered by President Obama to get a debt ceiling deal, it seems clear to me that he has made a real proposal: Big cuts in return for smaller tax increases. The Republican response, however, has been a little more difficult to interpret, because, on the surface, it just seems utterly disconnected from reality.

    So here’s a little translation guide to help readers get some clarity.

    What they say:

    Michele Bachmann, explaining the only circumstances under which she would vote for raising the debt ceiling.

    “They’d have to cut an enormous amount, including they would have to defund Obamacare,” she said on Fox News in response to a question about the circumstances under which she’d vote to raise the debt ceiling. “Because that’s the largest entitlement in the history of the country.”

    What she means:

    My solution to bringing down the budget deficit is to get rid of the only part of the social safety net that is (a) paid for and (b) projected by the Congressional Budget Office to actually reduce the deficit.

    What they say:

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, explaining why there will be no “real solution” to the debt problem.

    “After years of discussions and months of negotiations, I have little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office a real solution is probably unattainable,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor.

    What he means:

    As long as the president of the United States — a Democratic politician who has already agreed in principle to bigger cuts in Medicare and Social Security than any previous Democratic occupant of the White House — as long as he continues to refuse to unilaterally give in to every single one of our demands, we will continue our policy, established on the very first day of his presidency, of opposing with all our force everything he does.

    What they say:

    John Boehner:

    “Where’s the President’s plan?” asked House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) at a press stakeout after a GOP caucus meeting. “When’s he going to lay his cards on the table? This debt limit increase is his problem.”

    OK — this one is kind of hard. The president offered a plan last week and, at least as far as outraged members of his own party are concerned, laid his cards on the table. And since it is House Republicans who are refusing to raise the debt ceiling, thus putting at risk the credit of the United States, you would think that maybe, just maybe, Boehner bears some responsibility for the current mess.

    But here’s my best shot.

    What he means:

    I would love to cut a “grand bargain” deal that would make a real stab at deficit reduction and prove that I am a real statesman. However, (a) such a deal would also be good for the president, which is bad for Republicans; (b) I have no actual power to make any deals because my caucus refuses to compromise on anything; and (c) House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is standing behind me with a knife ready to stab into my back. Therefore, my only option is to blame the president for my failures.

    Hmm. Guess what — rhetoric that looks insane on the surface, turns out to be equally insane when you dig down. This does not bode well for the future. We’ve got three weeks to go before the debt ceiling deadline, and if the last 24 hours are any indication, we’ll all be gibbering madmen long before time runs out.


    • 4 PoliticalJunkessa
      July 13, 2011 at 10:08 am

      One could *almost* feel sorry for the hapless Orangina……..*almost*…..but not really because he has no principles, morals, or integrity. The writing is on the wall for him and Turtle.


    • 5 Regster
      July 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      With due deference, Salon is home to so many PL’ers as to render them useless. This article basically says that the President is “caving in” and the rethugs are too stupid and racist to accept this horrible deal (my interpretation of the powers-that-be’s thinking at Salon). The President knows that he has to get SOME revenue increases to make this work and fund the government – especially since the state and local rethugs are giving EVERYTHING to the corporations and taking from the poor and middle class.

      This “article” is dripping with condescension for POTUS – why not also link to Huff~n~Puff?

      Nintendowii – I love your posts and witticisms – dude, you have me rolling most of the times – but I think Salon is nothing more than HP with paid bloggers and writers. No difference.

      Obama/Biden 2012 – I’m definitely in!!!!

    • July 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      Well let me say this, the ones who voted those crazy Tea-Republicans in control of the House in 2010, even those who didn’t go vote in 2010, well this is all your fault. In the most difficult times we were going through, are going through, we needed leaders in Congress with some darn sense. We don’t have that, specially on the right.

  4. 7 Ikonos Youros
    July 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Cassius Cantor, of the ‘lean and hungry look’, Julius Boehner’s ‘friend’ and ‘ally’…

    I love it.

    The Teabaggers and their completely deluded ideas as to how government works will destroy the Republican Party from within.


    • 8 PoliticalJunkessa
      July 13, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Ooooooo, I love the Shakespearean reference. “Cassius Cantor” indeed — perfect 😛 !!!

      • 9 Anonymous
        July 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

        I betca this sniveling, snarling, greedy, no-count little pussy got his ass beat in school, on a daily basis.” Wanna take on the President, do ya Cantor? Do you know the President will eat yo ass, and pick his teeth with your bones?” Y’all, please excuse my French, but I cannot stand to even look at that evil, evil, snide butthole. His is the kind that would put a hit out on the President and bat not one eye. I wish nothing more than for him to go to hell.

        —— edp4bho

        • 10 PoliticalJunkessa
          July 13, 2011 at 10:43 am


        • 11 ChristiMtl
          July 13, 2011 at 10:53 am

          Tell us how you really feel about Cantor? lol…..

          • 12 utaustinliberal
            July 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm

            Anonymous, I am right there with you. I’m not a violent, angry person, but I want to call him every fucked up cuss word I can think of and then I want to smack him hard and just kick him until my feet get tired, then I can I use my hand again and pimp slap the shit out of him. The feckless assface. He grows up uber wealthy and has the audacity to sneer at a giant of a man and leader who rejected a cushy clerkship with the Supreme Court to become a community organizer. Cantor should just hope I never get to meet him at any point in my life; because I will make sure to kick the everlasting shit out of him so hard that my foot will be stuck so far up his ass and he’ll be coughing up crap for days. Fucktard.

        • July 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm

          Do you know the President will eat yo ass, and pick his teeth with your bones?” ……. ROFL, Lol

    • 14 isonprize
      July 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Cassius Can’tor. Love it.

  5. 16 Mae who love our CIC
    July 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

    When Cantor angrily asked the POTUS about some papers. I know Prez probably wanted to ask who the uck you think you are talking to. That’s my gut reaction. You watch Cantor. It will not be a good end for him.

  6. 17 meta
    July 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

    From Dana Milbank at WaPo:

    According to Cantor’s hometown Richmond Times-Dispatch, the quotation he chose to accompany his yearbook photo was “I want what I want when I want it.”


    So powermonger Cantor wants to take us all down with him. Disgusting creep.

    • 18 PoliticalJunkessa
      July 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Yeah, this mofo is my rep — thus my white-hot disdain for this asshole. 👿

      • 19 MoObama
        July 13, 2011 at 11:31 am

        What’s with all the love for Cantor on the Southside of Hampton Roads? I am glad to say he’s from Virgina Beach!

  7. 20 nintendowii10
    July 13, 2011 at 10:41 am

    During Bush Presidency, Current GOP Leaders Voted 19 Times To Increase Debt Limit By $4 Trillion

    After pushing the government to brink of shutdown last week, Republican Congressional leaders are now preparing to push America to the edge of default by refusing to increase the nation’s debt limit without first getting Democrats to concede to large spending cuts.

    But while the four Republicans in Congressional leadership positions are attempting to hold the increase hostage now, they combined to vote for a debt limit increase 19 times during the presidency of George W. Bush. In doing so, they increased the debt limit by nearly $4 trillion.

    At the beginning of the Bush presidency, the United States debt limit was $5.95 trillion. Despite promises that he would pay off the debt in 10 years, Bush increased the debt to $9.815 trillion by the end of his term, with plenty of help from the four Republicans currently holding Congressional leadership positions: Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl. ThinkProgress compiled a breakdown of the five debt limit increases that took place during the Bush presidency and how the four Republican leaders voted:

    June 2002: Congress approves a $450 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $6.4 trillion. McConnell, Boehner, and Cantor vote “yea”, Kyl votes “nay.”

    May 2003: Congress approves a $900 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $7.384 trillion. All four approve.

    November 2004: Congress approves an $800 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.1 trillion. All four approve.

    March 2006: Congress approves a $781 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.965 trillion. All four approve.

    September 2007: Congress approves an $850 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $9.815 trillion. All four approve.

    Database searches revealed no demands from the four legislators that debt increases come accompanied by drastic spending cuts, as there are now. In fact, the May 2003 debt limit increase passed the Senate the same day as the $350 billion Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

    When Bush was in office, the current Republican leaders viewed increasing the debt limit as vital to keeping America’s economy running. But with Obama in the White House, it’s nothing more than a political pawn.


    The Republicans voted 5 TIMES during the Bush years to increase the debt ceiling, yet now they REFUSE to do so while Obama is in office, and I believe we all know the reason why 😉

  8. 21 CEB
    July 13, 2011 at 11:01 am

    1. Kill them with facts!
    2. Boehner needs to grow a pair to put this twerp in his place and to do what he knows must be done.
    3. The president is still, unfortunately, the only adult in the room. The rest, on both sides, need to “eat their peas” so that they can grow strong and tall like the grown-up PBO and get the country that they profess to love moving.
    4. PBO is cleaning their clocks, kicking ass and taking names! When he gets tired of them wasting his time, he will deliver the coup degrace.

  9. 22 Anonymous
    July 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Yeah, okay. Per the writing by Milbank, I say the only reason this miscreant didn’t get his ass kicked is because he was protected by going to prep school. He needs to spend a day in the hood where brothas would be glad to wipe that curl off his lips. Hell, Rev Al would welcome the opportunity. He’s the kind of privileged white boy I never could stand…..as if his shit doesn’t stink. And he feels more than entitled to PBO’ s job. After all……”Look at me. I’m white. He’s black. Do the math. ” Gotta bow out of this subject for now, or I’ll bring on a hot flash….LOL !

  10. 26 gd4obama
    July 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Good for PBO, putting that nasty weasel in his place. That disgusting little creep needs to be smacked into the next century. I feel for you Mr. President, having to deal with these clowns.

  11. July 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Cantor is clearly spoiled and seems to be in some much macho man contest with the president. Cantor is so out of his league its not even funny. He has an epic smack down coming and I can’t wait to see it.

  12. July 13, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Boy, do I love this President. He’s doing his usual outstanding job. What an amazing man.

    Canter isn’t even piffle, he’s piffle lite No, that is giving piffle a bad name. Hmmm. Cantor is pond scum. No, wait…pond scum nourishes frogs and other critters. Ah well, no need to get fancy. I’ll go teabagger on him. Cantor is a moran!

  13. July 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

    The Republicans and their agenda are out in the open for all to see. They are on camera. They are on video. They are on YouTube. They are quoted in the papers. After this, they cannot hide.

  14. 31 virginia
    July 13, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Cantor will fall, and he will fall HARD. They always do. He’s a jerk, and they tend to fall harder. Stay tuned.

    • 32 Anonymous
      July 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      My grandpa always said “Don’t poop on the ladder on your way up ’cause you have to step in it on the way back down.”

    • July 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      My grandpa always said “Don’t poop (he didn’t say poop) on the ladder on the way up ’cause you have to step through it on the way back down.”

  15. 34 TrumpDog
    July 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I saw this last night and laughed. People think President Obama is a wuss because he does not throw hissy fits and yell when he doesn’t get his way. The Repubs know Obama is not a pushover and they can’t stand that people don’t see him like they want him to be seen. It’s driving them crazy and is shown by their unchecked anger. Obama has them punked.

    I also love how he lavishes praise on Boehner and how it’s driving a wedge against him and the rest of the Repubs.

    Well played, Mr. Obama. Well played.

  16. 35 Anonymous
    July 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Cantor dyes his hair. He’s 48 years old and expects people to believe he doesn’t have any gray? He’s a phony and is all about show.

  17. 36 m
    July 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I love this from PBO. He answered Cantor’s question with style and grace but he certainly and most definitely put Cantor in his place! Cantor’s question phrased in that way makes me think back to the racist birth certificate business. You know the woman who spoke (on Maddow I think) after President Obama showed the long form birth certificate from Hawaii. She spoke with emotion about the story of her relative being told to show his papers and then going to jail because he did not have his “papers.”

  18. 37 HZ
    July 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Cantor is a selfish, rude and evil person. Look at the his actions. He is playing with fire. You better back off, Mr. Cantor.

  19. 38 cuphalffull
    July 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Now that is an amazing use of the triangle, President Obama. I cannot believe our President. He knows just when to use the dark side of these critters against themselves. Cantor wants to discredit Obama but also Boehner. Shakespeare would have loved this. It is certainly worthy of his pen. Move out of the way “King Lear”, “Hamlet”, “Julius Caesar”, “Othello”, we have Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, Murdoch, Rove, Norquist, the Koch’s, the Bachmann types plotting against President Barack Obama.

  20. 39 auntydee
    July 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Most people who go up against the Pres, usually end up eating crow on a silver platter…Watch Cantor your next.

  21. July 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Cantor is a weasel.plain and simple. He likes the attention, as he flagrantly undermines Boehner, and, like the donkey brays big and bold, with the sarcasm and the sneers, but when you get right down to it,…. has nothing much else to offer!

  22. 41 Sandy1110
    July 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    PBO has a great talent for getting his opponents to show their asses.

    The more he can’t be rattled, the angrier they get, and back and forth. Now they just can’t hide their true motivations and attitudes any longer.

  23. 42 carolyn
    July 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Boehner is a long time pol, and I think he might be working with the President, unwittingly, to give Cantor enough rope to hang himself, Cantor’s kind always does do himself in. Boehner has survived a long time through bad times and good. Cantor’s narcissism knows no bounds, it is being shown to everyone now. I bet he’s made someone really mad who will look into his background for whatever scandal can be found…..American people do not like sneerers. We may take them for a short time, but Cantor’s moment will not last long. I subit that at least 2/3 of those tea party Repubs will not be re-elected.

    • July 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      Little Lord Pompous-Ass has a permanent sneer affixed on his ugly mug. Even in pictures when he laughs it’s a nasty mixture of a sneer and intransigent facial muscles stretching beyond their usual limits.

  24. 44 Brezzydee
    July 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Anyone notice that everyone who try and do President Obama wrong shortly afterward start to fall. And really hard. Even some Dems. Think about it. The Dems that ran away from him or badmouthed the Healthcare Bill was NOT reelected in 2010. And it seems one by one in congress the people who are bashing the President is going down. ( Weiner) for one. There are a few more I can’t think of right now. Boner(on purpose) is being marginalized by Canter. He won’t last long either, because he will put his ego ahead of what is best for America. And wall street will kick him out.

    Now Murdock. His company is falling like a rock. And there is no end to trouble in sight. Fox news and his newspapers just may be next. I would not be surprised. People in high places are calling for investigations now. They have made it their business to hound the Obama Administration. Now they need a friend within the Administration, in case their FCC license is pulled. Who is going to be next Limbaugh? I sure hope so.

    I love that his name Barack means Blessed in swahili. He sure is. A higher power is removing all obstacles so he can proceed with his vision for America.

  25. July 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    “where is your paper” he asked angrily.

    I dunno about the rest of you, but I have the impression we are at most two steps away from:

    “You lie, boy”.

    After which, curtain.

  26. 46 HZ
    July 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    The hole that these people have been digging for President Obama and his Administration has now begin to swallow them up and they are falling in it each and every day. You need to be very careful of how you keep your heart intack with the proper goodness of a decent, respectful, and love that is constantly bathed in a sweet smelling fragrance of a kind, gentle, gracious, and loving spirit. “Life is fragil.” Not trying to eat and tear apart the decent men like Presisdent Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

  27. 47 HZ
    July 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    should be Stop.HZ

  28. 48 roh108
    July 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Mr. Obama has GOD on his side. This Man is God sent. His name alone means “The Blessed” and i believe it 100% I Love President Obama. 😀

  29. 49 roh108
    July 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Cantor is a WEASEL, Cantor is a WEASEL, Cantor is a WEASEL, Cantor is a WEASEL, Cantor is a WEASEL, Cantor is a WEASEL!!!!!!!!!

    • July 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      roh108, you know if the weasel could talk, it would ask you what have he ever done to you for you to compare him to something like Eric Cantor.

  30. 51 nathkatun7
    July 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I just signed a petition being circulated by the DCCC. We really need to bombard Boehner, Eric Cant, and McConnell with e-mails, petitions, faxes, and phone calls, urging them to stop their nonsense and raise the debt limit. I also wish Democrats in Congress could find a way to force a vote so we can clearly see who is for plunging the country in economic chaos.

  31. 52 Julie
    July 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Just want you to know this came out on top when I searched “Eric Cantor is full of shit” on Yahoo.

  32. 53 S. Holland
    July 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Cantor is a loathesome piece of trash……..no respect for anyone, anything…except money and even more important to him, power!

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