Mulligans: Eric Cantor's Confederacy
How's this for a rebel yell?
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the man who will be the next House majority leader, has put his weight behind an obscure constitutional amendment that would allow states to nullify federal laws. Cantor was identified by the speaker of Virginia's house, William Howell, as a supporter of the "Repeal Amendment," which would strike down federal laws opposed by two-thirds of the states. Cantor's office issued a statement confirming:
The Repeal Amendment would provide a check on the ever-expanding federal government, protect against congressional overreach, and get the government working for the people again, not the other way around. In order to return America to opportunity, responsibility, and success, we must reverse course and the Repeal Amendment is a step in that direction.
The notion that states can reject federal laws is a radical one -- but it's not new in Cantor's district. After all, Richmond was capital of the Confederacy.
Politico's Ben Smith reports that Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), following her town of Detroit's decision to drop out of the bidding for the 2022 World Cup, is introducing a resolution stating that vying for international competitions such as the World Cup and the Olympics is "harmful to the welfare of our nation's children" because K-12 physical education isn't sufficiently funded. Given the timing -- two days before FIFA makes its decision -- the dozen cities still participating in the U.S. bid should be awarded a penalty kick.
| November 30, 2010; 6:15 PM ET
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