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Posted at 6:15 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Mulligans: Eric Cantor's Confederacy

By Dana Milbank

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.

Yellow card!

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.

By Dana Milbank  | November 30, 2010; 6:15 PM ET
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The “Repeal Amendment” is obviously designed to repeal “Obamacare”. But as soon as it is used to repeal tax cuts for the rich, you can be sure that Republicans will introduce the “Repeal the Repeal Amendment Amendment.”
Lame duck Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick was defeated in the Democratic primary, so it’s pretty “cheeky” of her to try to prevent the U.S. from hosting the World Cup.

I think she’s just trying to punish all of us because her son, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, is in prison for corruption and lying under oath about an extra-marital affair. (Hey, Bill got away with it!)

If Ms. Kilpatrick is really concerned about childhood obesity like she says in her resolution, maybe she should start “The Kids Are Too Damned Fat Party.”

Posted by: divtune | November 30, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Kilpatrick's son's problems don't make her wrong, just an easy target. Her rationale for the bill--spend billions on American kids before a European-dominated soccer boondoggle sounds good to me. I can't believe the Tea Party hasnt jumped on this sham yet, especially given the amount of Spanish speakers that will pour over Americas southern border to watch their favorite sport in our country. Soccer at World Cup level has a tiny base in the US. The economist Dennis Coates said the last time the US hosted it--in 1994--it was crushing economically. This is another financial disaster made by and for elites.

Posted by: johncrocker | December 1, 2010 4:55 AM | Report abuse

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