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Cantor: GOP will retake the House in November

By Matt DeLong
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) boldly predicted his party will retake control of the House of Representatives during an appearance Monday on CNBC.

"I think we're going to retake the House, as Mr. Gibbs suggested yesterday from the White House." Cantor said."That's going to change the dynamic for sure."

He later added: "When we regain the House, because I do think that we'll retake the majority, the president will have to deal with us."

Cantor was referring to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' admission Sunday that "there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control."

Though he is angling to succeed Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as House speaker, House Minority Leader John Boehner's (R-Ohio) recent midterm predictions have been a bit more reserved than those of his lieutenant. In an interview last month with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) stopped short of pledging to take control of the House. Several days later, Boehner told The Post's Dan Balz that there is a "great opportunity" for the GOP in November, but the party will face an "uphill battle."

Update: Just in time for campaign season, Politico reports that Cantor is releasing a new book with his House colleagues Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) titled "Young Guns: A new generation of conservative leaders." The book will "outline a new direction for the Republican Party." One wonders what the old generation of conservative leaders thinks about that.

(Via The Hill)

By Matt DeLong  |  July 12, 2010; 11:41 AM ET
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I see the liberal pukes are out in force today with the rants with no substance. America will grade the dems, both the congress and the agenda of the poser in the WH in Nov. and will find them severely lacking. November will be the first step in the recovery of the US.

Liberalism is a disease!

Posted by: steelers01 | July 17, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm not usually a political activist but I will do all that I can to help in the cause to dissuade any and all to vote against the heartless, selfish and motionless GOP. How dare they use politics to play with the very lives of their fellow countrymen? What a terrible mark they've left in our consciousness! The masses must respond to their consistent show of contempt and disdain for the unwealthy!

Perhaps there are young gun GOPS--but they demonstrate old ideas, perceptions and tactics at the cost of their citizens' lives. Shame on you--at least most of you--for taking the American people for granted.

Posted by: peacefl1 | July 15, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Of course they have... The Supreme fascists gave them all of the corporate money that they need so that their masters, big business can steal every election from now on. Welcome to the corporatocracy formerly known as America.

Posted by: joecoppo | July 15, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Oh, yes. By all means, let's have the Republicans back in charge so they can finish off the middle class in this country. And, my fellow Americans, you can look forward to Republican elites like Cantor to be in charge, and who will take care of "their own peer class" first and foremost. If you think the country is in bad shape now, wait till you people put the party back in charge who created these messes.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | July 15, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Didn't this same moron predict that he and his fellow Republicans would stop Obama from passing Health care reform? Boy was he wrong about that one. In fact he has not been right on any of his predictions so far.

Most people are opposed to gridlock - excepting those Republicans who want to stop Obama at all costs and the country be dammed.

Most people realize - or soon will - that any vote for any Republican is a vote for gridlock. And if they win the House - a vote for endless investigations and political games from the Republicans just like they did with Clinton.

If you wat to see the country make no progress at all on any of the issues it is facing, and want to see a reprise of the endless "Travelgate" like investigations for the remainder of the Obama term(s)-then you should vote for the Republicans.

Posted by: alfa73 | July 14, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The human "WEASEL". Sure played a joke on the repubs in VA.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | July 13, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the author's comment about Mr. Cantor's new book, "The book will outline a new direction for the Republican Party. One wonders what the old generation of conservative leaders thinks about that"; is that what one wonders? Thank you, One!

Posted by: billysings | July 13, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Cantor is banking on the distaste for the current congress running his caucus on to be determined. After seeing what was determined for 8 years and seeing the slogans promising the same with spending cuts(to be determined), I would not give them the time of day let alone my vote.

Posted by: jameschirico | July 13, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Though Republicans might take control of the House of Representatives, they will certainly make worser decisions on everything compared to Democrats.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | July 13, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Though Republicans might take control of the House of Representatives, they will certainly make worser decisions on everything compared to Democrats.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | July 13, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Though Republicans might take control of the House of Representatives, they will certainly make worser decisions on everything compared to Democrats.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | July 13, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Cantor may have a breath if it were not for the same tired old rhetoric that got us into this mess. One would think the GOP would change their diatribe given their ouster in 2008. Keep on dreaming; voters have NOT forgotten the GOPs performance in office.

Posted by: billbridgesmaccom | July 12, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

The question is do we really want it now that Fidel Obama has bent the frame..

Posted by: wewintheylose | July 12, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

When one does not have to be concerned with facts, or with the best interests of the Country, but rather chooses to put the party first, as does the Party of NO!, it is easy to win. People do not want to fact hard facts. The GOP is not being honest with the Public. They recite the same old mantra's, tax cuts, reduce spending invest in new businesses,(with what money from reduced tax revenue) but do not have a clue how to go about rebooting the economy. Their plan to cut taxes and cut spending, such as unemployment benefits extensions, will further drag down the economy, and turn this slowly recovering recession into the United States second depression. The GOP has no clue what to do, but their goal is clear, regain power, then they will try to figure something out. The Democrats need to get their act together, and become a party, and each settle for 80% of what they want, instead of all or nothing. Raise taxes on the very wealthy who have been getting a free ride for the past 9 years, cut spending where possible, cut pork, cut earmarks, cut waste, set up a small business loan agency to get people working again as their own bosses, who will then hire others, who will make money to spend for things produced and sold by others. The GOP offers nothing but more misery in the guise of fiscal responsibility resulting in the further contraction of our economy.

Posted by: atc333 | July 12, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Cantor may be correct. The GOBP has obstructed needed legislation, opposes, in lock step, bill after bill, has holds on several dozen Obama appointments to federal departments, and is backed up by the ultra-conservative loon media machine that pounds out the lies, hate and spin 24/7.

The Democrats only have the truth to lean on and that doesn't make the evening news. The truth doesn't create controversy and therefore isn't worthy of the corporate controlled MSM.

No, being stupid and uninformed almost alswys wins out. After all, didn't half the nation vote to re-elected GW Bush in 2004?

Posted by: voultron2 | July 12, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: theoldmansays | July 12, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I look at Cantor at just another person that needs to be removed from Congress; it's no wonder he never had any time to actually read any of the bills with any substance, he was always too busy complaining and, apparently, writing a book. And Boehner should go right along with him. They, along with McConnell, are some of the main reasons that nothing gets done in Congress. I can't imagine how people could forget so soon what the GOP has done, and frankly, I'd be embarrassed to claim that party.

Posted by: julieforBarack | July 12, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Things will stay pretty much the same with slightly closer parity. Maybe it's a good thing,since so many people think that having a majority makes the Democrats invincible. Maybe when there's no longer a great majority people will open their eyes and say, "wow, that Senate really IS dsyfunctional!" One person can hold up the works indefinitely???" And maybe the Democrats will stop being so phobic about threatened filibusters that they might actually try things that aren't a given and let the American people see what a jerk McConnell is. Nah. I was dreaming again.

Posted by: wd1214 | July 12, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

If the Republicans have proved anything it's it does not matter who has the Majority if the Minority Votes against them in an unified block.For Americia to prosper and the people's work to be done there must be some cooperating between the parties or it's a deadlock.That's where we are today and maybe the future.Republicans do not care about America or it's citizens only about their Political Party.

Posted by: swatsonmax56 | July 12, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Merely hypothetically, let's assume for a moment that Americans awakens on November 3rd, 2010 to the following Washington Post headline:


Ok, then what? America gets heretic Big Oil and Wall Street apologist chairmanships in Texas Rep. Joe Barton, Majority Leader Ohio Rep. Eric Cantor, and of course Ohio Rep. John Boehner as House Speaker? But What of the alternative course-corrective measures they've made public thus far?

Initially, Republicans will move to extend Bush 2001 and 2003 tax-cuts for America's top "1%" of income-earners, while further gutting policing regulations on Big Oil, Healthcare Insurance, and Wall Street.

Short of the "two-thirds" or 66% of congress-house and senate, required to override a Presidential Veto, merely needing "67" senate members alone guarantees there will be "No" repeal of the Healthcare Bill. Nevertheless, Republicans could "pull-the-plug" on any/all subsequent energy or immigration bills!

Remedies for Middle Class families and America's systemically unemployed:
Draconian fiscal-austerity legislation… social safety-net slashes bordering on medieval, adopted in a bogus attempt to thwart deficit-spending, but will only prolong today’s already record joblessness, foreclosures, and bankruptcies.

Safe from Republican’s Orwellianly-brutal austerity budget-cuts: $663.8-billion dollars in defense spending for fiscal 2010... "slush-fund de facto/de jure" to Republican benefactors like Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater, and the Carlyle Group to name a few?

And Poof! America's "Back to the future" at warp-speed: "2008: Great Depression II!" And "who you gonna call" to clean-up the carnage of twice-failed Republican governance? Democrats!

However, forced-out for failing to overnight...rather in “18-months," clean-up "10-years" of Republican "Irrational exuberance," Democrats opt to cede control to Republicans for perpetuity?

For Americans would have long known... via countless "Kinsley gaffes of truth by accident," that Republicans are implicitely beholden only to special interests: "Wall Street, BP, Healthcare Insurance companies, Fortune 500 CEOs, and America's rich and famous!"

Posted by: cbwHouston | July 12, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me...but Rep. Cantor is R-VA, NOT R-OH. These articles should be proof-read prior to publication.

Posted by: DRFJR | July 12, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Matt, Cantor is from Virginia, not Ohio.

Posted by: twhall | July 12, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

It is hard to give much credence to an article that asserts Cantor and Boehner both represent the same state. Good grief! Here's hoping Mr. DeLong or the site moderator corrects that asap.

As for Cantor's prediction, I'm glad to see he is that cocky, because it means he'll look truly foolish in November. Yes, midterms are never good for the party in power, but there is still very little chance the Democrats will lose 39 seats. (I'd say 15-20 is the most likely range.)

Sorry, GOP (and their media boosters), but this is NOT 1994, no matter how many times you say it is.

Posted by: DCSteve1 | July 12, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Our Cong. district is supposed to be a swing district. Lots of folks who are not partisans, lots of independents and 3rd party voters. Freshman Democratic incumbent who was a respected state legislator before that.

GOP nominee thinks snide remarks about Pelosi will make people ignore his own legislative voting record.

Stupid strategy--all that people will have to go on is that nominee's legislative voting record, which some of us think requires explanation for some votes.

Gingrich was right in saying anger can win some seats but it takes actual proposals to win majority.

GOP talking points seem to say "elect us because the country was better off when we were in control".

Those who disagree with that statement are not likely to give Eric Cantor his wish. Elections are decided by voters in indiv. districts, no matter how much the press and politicians want to "nationalize" this election.

Posted by: GHDEL | July 12, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for Obama to fire up his spin machine and remind the public of the great and wonderful things this Congress has accomplished since his inauguration. I'm sure he will forget to mention the additional $2T he has added to our debt while unemployment has remained just under 10%. Thank God there's probably not enough time to pass much more ridiculous legislation before Nov.

Posted by: cxn175 | July 12, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RealTexan1 "I long for the days when Dem's and Repub's were not too different, but the modern Democrats have turned into a monstrous party."
Have you noticed what the Republican party has morphed into? Pretty darn scarry as well.

Posted by: schnauzer2 | July 12, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

ummmm as sad as I am to say this, Cantor is froM VA not Ohio (I'd be THRILLED if he left VA as he isn't doing us much good ... but he is, in fact, a R-VA)

Posted by: CradleEpiscopalian | July 12, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

It's a little early to be making predictions.

Posted by: dcperspective | July 12, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I expect the Dem's to get hammered in this coming election. Will be interesting. Unfortunately, almost all elections since 1992 have been "interesting." I long for the days when Dem's and Repub's were not too different, but the modern Democrats have turned into a monstrous party.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | July 12, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

For him to make that bold prediction borders on speculation simply because the election is 5 months away and many factors will change the dynamic of it hence the reason why Boehner is reserved.

Posted by: beeker25 | July 12, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

rofl this is the same idiot who claimed his office was shot at by Democrats. Lick my balls, Cantor.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | July 12, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans think the coming wave is about them it is not it is that we are again put in the position that we have to vote for the lesser of 2 evils like we had to do in the last presidential election.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | July 12, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

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