By Lynn R. Mitchell
Not only did the Richmond Times-Dispatch endorse Congressman Eric Cantor for Tuesday’s Republican Primary, they did so solidly, enthusiastically, and with conviction:
The initial impression proved accurate and enduring. In 1991, Eric Cantor first ran for a seat in the House of Delegates. He dropped by our offices to introduce himself to the Editorial Board. The meeting impressed the participants, as Cantor projected a maturity seldom seen in politicians with far more experience. We anticipated great things. In 2000, Cantor won election to the House of Representatives. The Times-Dispatch subsequently called him “indispensable.” The Almanac of American Politics cited the description.
Cantor remains indispensable. He has risen to a congressional position — House majority leader — more elevated than any held by a Virginian in modern times. His responsibilities rely on his skills and must tax his patience. The congressional caucuses for both parties seldom resemble garden clubs. Floor leaders not only lead but also serve at the pleasure of their members. And they have an obligation to govern. Cantor presides over a kindergarten; Democrats, who seemingly have not graduated from preschool, control the Senate and the presidency. House Republicans cannot always get what they want.
Cantor effectively has encouraged them to make their case. As whip he rallied his Republican colleagues to unanimous opposition to Obamacare. The House has passed numerous bills that offer alternatives to the Obama administration’s agenda. Harry Reid labels most of the GOP initiatives dead on arrival when they have reached the Senate.
One line especially stood out to me:
Cantor reflects Reagan’s optimism and shuns the politics of resentment that pollute today’s climate.
And there’s plenty of the politics of resentment in the 7th Congressional District as proven by the vitriolic writings of those who are for Cantor’s opponent.
The endorsement ended with this:
This is not the moment for the U.S. to diminish its presence on the global stage. Cantor is situated to reset the reset.
A curse says: May you live in interesting times. The times are interesting indeed. Republicans tempted to dismiss Cantor as a lackey ought to ask: Would Nancy Pelosi consider Eric Cantor an insufficiently zealous supporter of the conservative cause? Would Harry Reid? Would Barack Obama? It is preposterous to suggest he is. Cantor leads from conviction.
Citizens in the 7th House District should vote for him on Tuesday, June 10.
Voting on Tuesday, June 10, is from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the regular polling places. Please vote for reasonable, rational leadership. Please vote for Congressman Eric Cantor.