Is it too early to talk about Eric Cantor for V.P.?
Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 08:27am 22 Comments
Eric Cantor has been fighting the good fight for years. Why not?
Here’s the audio (h/t Ace sidebar) of his account of the blow up with Obama yesterday:
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Cantor is a squish. He talks the talk but he sells out quickly.
I have been impressed with Eric Cantor since his book GOP:Young Guns was published. He is pro-Israel (has met with Mr. Netanyahu several times), Pro-life, a squeaky clean attorney with a long history in political life back to interning while an undergraduate, and Jewish who has publicly spoken out against the U.S. foreign aid to the Jordanians who the lamestream media inaccurately called Palestinians.
Do you really think that he is electable? He would be an incredible VP but in the anti-semitic atmosphere currently in this country, it is more likely a woman would be elected than a person of Jewish ancestry. There has never been a Jewish VP (Levi Morton was Presybterian and Levi was his birthname). In your previous posting it said that the non-religious Jews read the NYT like it is the Torah and vote Democrat regardless of how anti-semitic the candidate is Look at the 2008 election results, 77% voted for the most anti-semitic candidate in American history. Eric Cantor is the lone Republican of Jewish descent in the entire Congress.
In my view,the VP candidate’s purpose before the election is to broaden the appeal of the ticket. After the election, the VP is usually relegated to the bone pile. It is true that many VP’s have become President, but during the waiting period, they are typically not doing much.
I would hate to see men the caliber of Rep. Cantor taken out of a position of affectiveness. Same with Rubio, West, etc. Then again, if Rubio can bring home the bacon, maybe he can cut a deal not to be such a minor player in the VP position? While I think Cantor is an excellent man, I don’t see him bringing home the bacon.
Actually it’s not true “that many VP’s have become president”, if you exclude those who did so by their president’s death or resignation. For a sitting VP to be elected president is extremely rare. Before George H. W. Bush managed the feat in 1988, I don’t think it had been done since Martin van Buren in 1836.
The reason is that presidents almost always become unpopular around their 6-year mark, and by the time they’ve had their 8 years people are tired of them and want someone new; voting for their VP is usually seen as voting them a “third term”. Even Nixon and Gore, following relatively popular presidents, were defeated in their attempts to succeed them, if only barely. Nixon was later elected in his own right, but that would almost certainly have happened even if he’d never been VP; indeed, had he not been the sitting VP he might even have eked out a win in 1960.
Well of course Cantor won’t bring home the bacon! But maybe he can bring the pastrami, or the lox…
What jumps out at me is that the numbers the administration is pushing keep dropping every time they come to the table. Honestly it sounds like a real frog boil going on here.
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