Monday, October 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street is forcing Eric Cantor slowly to turn

What has Eric Cantor, hedge fund lackey and my personal candidate for the biggest asshole in congress, been up to recently? Recently, he disparaged the Occupy Wall Streeters as a 'mob'. But then he showed up on Fox News (no doubt having seen polling about the majority approval of OWS) and seemed to change his mind. Esquirer blogger Charles Pierce paints the corner Cantor is finding himself in:

To call Rep. Eric Cantor a stooge at this point is to insult all three Howard brothers, and the late Mr. Fine, as well.
Ever since the spittle-drenched results of the 2010 midterms swept him into being the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Cantor has demonstrated a remarkable ability to combine complete ignorance of practically every major issue with the unctuous personality of a third-string maitre d' at a fourth-string steakhouse. A couple of weeks ago, confronting the various Scribes and Sadducees that make up the "Values" wing of his party, Cantor was calling the Occupy Wall Street protesters a "mob," and warning the timorous and pharisaical suckers that the tumbrels would be arriving on their streets any day now. Lo and behold, the country seems now to disagree with him, and, on Fox News Sunday, Cantor announced his earthshaking discovery that the United States has a problem with income inequality, and that his Republican party is poised to do something about that. Of course, every single proposal to emerge from his caucus would work to use the tax code to cement that inequality from now until Eric Cantor VIII is flunking economics somewhere.

Pierce's invocation of the three stooges naturally made me think of Abbott and Costello, whose "Niagra Falls" routine expresses how I usually feel when I think of licksplittle Eric.

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