Conservatives look for alternative to Cantor

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April 23, 2014

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Eric Cantor has never been closer to wielding the speaker’s gavel, but he may want to keep an eye over his right shoulder.

As speculation heats up about whether Speaker John Boehner will return in 2015, Cantor is in the midst of a kind of shadow job interview with House conservatives, and it isn’t going all that well.

Cantor recently enraged many Republicans by sneaking a Medicare bill through the House by voice vote. Days later, a provision in the bill that expanded Obamacare coverage became public, prompting high-profile scrutiny from the Drudge Report. Making matters worse, Boehner had been out of town for the vote, putting blame for the incident squarely on Cantor’s shoulders.

The Virginia Republican also drew flak for attending a tropical summit organized by a group working to undermine the Tea Party. ForAmerica President Brent Bozell described the move in a phone interview as providing “aid and comfort to an organization devoted to destroying the Tea Party.”

“It is betrayal. It’s also monumentally stupid,” Bozell added.

  • ralfo

    It seems like the objective here is to pick the worst republican to lead the house. If that is true, surely we can find someone worse than the blubberer or Cantor. Get crackin’. Adios!

  • CTH

    There is one thing for sure that we do not need and that is a continuation of the current leadership of the Republican controlled House. There are a large number of Republican representatives who will be more capable than Boehner/Cantor et al.

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