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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 01/28/2011

Eric Cantor's trip to Davos canceled by snow

By Felicia Sonmez

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) got his share of snow this week -- but maybe not the kind he'd been expecting.

Cantor had been planning to head to Davos, Switzerland, to visit the annual World Economic Forum. But his flight was canceled due to the snowstorm that hit the Washington region, and the House majority leader got stuck, as most travelers did, in hours of traffic heading back to the metro area from Dulles Airport.

"Like thousands of others around the Beltway, Eric's travel plans became slightly more challenging, but he got to spend a lot of quality time with his Deputy Chief of Staff John Murray admiring the views of the Dulles Toll Road," Cantor spokesperson Laena Fallon said.

Cantor had been slated to appear on a panel with French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde and Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and had also lined up meetings with a number of government officials. The trip would have been Cantor's first visit to the international gathering of economic, political and media elites.

The Post's Ruth Marcus reported Thursday that the snow also put the kibosh on other lawmakers' plans to attend the conference, including Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 28, 2011; 12:43 PM ET
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Another Republican global warming denier gets what he deserves. For the past two decades global warming researchers have predicted heavier snow fall, heavier rain fall, ice storms, widespread flooding, drought and wildfires in various areas, all due to global warming. Well it looks like all this current activity is proving the global warming scientists right.

Republicans don’t understand simple physics, so allow me to explain. More heat means more evaporation which means more moisture in the air which means more snow and rain. Warmer air can hold more moisture, so when a storm gathers it can unleash massive amounts of snow. As long as the temperature remains below 32°F, it will result in blizzards rather than drenching winter rainstorms. As the planet continues to warm there’ll come a point where you’ll be complaining about massive flooding instead of snowstorms. To put it in simpler terms that you Republicans might understand, what evaporates up, must come down.

Global warming deniers are all fools who would rather listen to radio talk show hosts and ignorant politicians rather than scientists. Deniers should all be embarrassed by these snow storms because it vindicates the global warming scientists.

Heat drives the weather engine, any middle schools student knows this fact. The more heat input, the more extreme the weather. The trouble is, most deniers are ignorant of scientific facts because most of them either never finished school or slept through their science classes. The climate change deniers were wrong and the climate change scientists were right on the money. And we’re witnessing these extreme weather anomalies in our lifetimes. Better get a snow shovel and start shoveling all that propaganda you spread to others over the past decade, you deserve every shovelful of snow that you’ll have to heave. Welcome to your new man made world, brace yourself because it’s going to get a whole lot worse.

Posted by: wiserinvestor | January 29, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

cantor was UN-INVITED !!!

the whitehouse is afraid that the riots in Eqypt and Tunisia will spill over onto WALLSTREET

the GOP support for Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, wealthy 1%, hedgefund managers, and corporations in U.S. will be the spark that ignites a middleclass revolt across the nation -- and especially on Wallstreet.

the House and Senate GOP leadership are going to have an emergency meeting to create a new less aggressive agenda. they will consider pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan to meet their $100 billion deficit reduction plan ..

otherwise they are toast.

Posted by: FranknErnest | January 28, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

cantor was UN-INVITED !!!

the whitehouse is afraid that the riots in Eqypt and Tunisia will spill over onto WALLSTREET

the GOP support for Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, wealthy 1%, hedgefund managers, and corporations in U.S. will be the spark that ignites a middleclass revolt across the nation -- and especially on Wallstreet.

the House and Senate GOP leadership are going to have an emergency meeting to create a new less aggressive agenda. they will consider pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan to meet their $100 billion deficit reduction plan ..

otherwise they are toast.

Posted by: FranknErnest | January 28, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

cantor was UN-INVITED !!!

the whitehouse is afraid that the riots in Eqypt and Tunisia will spill over onto WALLSTREET

the GOP support for Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, wealthy 1%, hedgefund managers, and corporations in U.S. will be the spark that ignites a middleclass revolt across the nation -- and especially on Wallstreet.

the House and Senate GOP leadership are going to have an emergency meeting to create a new less aggressive agenda. they will consider pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan to meet their $100 billion deficit reduction plan ..

otherwise they are toast.

Posted by: FranknErnest | January 28, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

cantor was UN-INVITED !!!

the whitehouse is afraid that the riots in Eqypt and Tunisia will spill over onto WALLSTREET

the GOP support for Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, wealthy 1%, hedgefund managers, and corporations in U.S. will be the spark that ignites a middleclass revolt across the nation -- and especially on Wallstreet.

the House and Senate GOP leadership are going to have an emergency meeting to create a new less aggressive agenda. they will consider pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan to meet their $100 billion deficit reduction plan ..

otherwise they are toast.

Posted by: FranknErnest | January 28, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

cantor was UN-INVITED !!!

the whitehouse is afraid that the riots in Eqypt and Tunisia will spill over onto WALLSTREET

the GOP support for Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, wealthy 1%, hedgefund managers, and corporations in U.S. will be the spark that ignites a middleclass revolt across the nation -- and especially on Wallstreet.

the House and Senate GOP leadership are going to have an emergency meeting to create a new less aggressive agenda. they will consider pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan to meet their $100 billion deficit reduction plan ..

otherwise they are toast.

Posted by: FranknErnest | January 28, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

cantor was UN-INVITED !!!

the whitehouse is afraid that the riots in Eqypt and Tunisia will spill over onto WALLSTREET

the GOP support for Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, wealthy 1%, hedgefund managers, and corporations in U.S. will be the spark that ignites a middleclass revolt across the nation -- and especially on Wallstreet.

the House and Senate GOP leadership are going to have an emergency meeting to create a new less aggressive agenda. they will consider pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan to meet their $100 billion deficit reduction plan ..

otherwise they are toast.

Posted by: FranknErnest | January 28, 2011 10:41 PM | Report abuse

One wonders what of substance Mr. Cantor could have contributed had he gone. All he and his colleagues have to say about the economy are a few partisan campaign sound bite-type lines about job killing and shrinking the size of government. Details? Specifics? Any sort of thoughtful discussion? Not from him.

Posted by: AhClem1 | January 28, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

One wonders what of substance Mr. Cantor could have contributed had he gone. All he and his colleagues have to say about the economy are a few partisan campaign sound bite-type lines about job killing and shrinking the size of government. Details? Specifics? Any sort of thoughtful discussion? Not from him.

Posted by: AhClem1 | January 28, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know he was a skier.

Posted by: 21stCenturyCaveman | January 28, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Eric Cantor is fast becoming the Rodney Dangerfield of the U.S. Congress.

To wit:

1) When John Boehner turned out the President's invitation to the state dinner for the Chinese head of state, Cantor asked if he could substitute himself for the speaker. The answer was no.

2) Cantor asked Nancy Pelosi if he could sit with her at the State of the Union speech. She said no.

3) And now the snow prevented him from going to Davos. The weather gods said no to him too.

I don't know what all this means, but I hope he didn't have plans to use his Majority Leader status as a springboard to Bigger and Better Things.

Posted by: scrim1 | January 28, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Eric Cantor in Davos on a forum with the French Finance Minister? Eric Cantor with "economic, political and media elites"? Who's doing the casting in Davos? Eric Cantor? With apologies to John MacEnroe,you can't be serious. Has The Onion hacked the Washington Post site?

Posted by: SInop65 | January 28, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Soooo republicans have time for trips to Davos Switzerland but no time to put a jobs bill in the hopper. A jobs bill that should have been ready the day they assumed control of the house.

It's obvious republicans have no intention of working with Obama to put Americans back to work. See ya in 2012!

Posted by: knjincvc | January 28, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I hope Mr. Cantor's trip or the price of admission to the Davos conference is not paid for by the American taxpayers.

Posted by: Boybastos69 | January 28, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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