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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Should he have brought flowers? Nancy says, 'No thanks, Eric.'

By Jennifer Rubin

I asked the spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) about reports that Cantor would be sitting with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). To my surprise, he replied, "Minority Leader Pelosi declined Eric's offer, which would have resulted in the two party leaders sitting together. Eric will be sitting at the traditional spot on the House floor reserved for the majority leader and will be joined by Rep. Bobby Scott, his friend and colleague from Richmond."

Oh my gosh! The entire House has paired up for the prom big speech, and Nancy blows off Eric? Was it something he said, or did he not ask on bended knee? Well, let's be forgiving of the former speaker. After all, she has been knocked from her perch and must sit among the ordinary folk. It's quite an adjustment.

You say this is all nonsense? I agree, as is the herd mentality that pressures grown adults into acting like high schoolers.

UPDATE (5:22 p.m.): To clarify, the "nonsense" is Pelosi's stand-offishness and the media infatuation with a meaningless gesture.

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 25, 2011; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  House GOP  
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Since it's Prom Night, can we forget the speechifying and just cut straight to the band?

Posted by: TominColorado | January 25, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Count me in if Jamie Lee Curtis is there; she sends me!

And now for something completely different: I owe an apology to Lawrence O'Donnell for misspelling his name "Laurence." Sometimes(most?) the proofreader's in the pudding.

And wasn't I precient about that Grecian Formula for POTUS? :)

Posted by: aardunza | January 25, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

As always Jennifer, no problem saying so when you're right. It's all silliness.

Posted by: johnmarshall5446 | January 25, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse


You forgot your usual mantra which is to suggest that in turning down an opportunity to sit with Cantor, Pelosi is obviously an anti-Semite. The relevance is a very junior, goofy looking, drawling Cantor wouldn't be majority leader were he not, Republicans scheme, a potential pipeline to New York money.

Posted by: Lazarus40 | January 25, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh well, one more contribution to the comment count can't hurt anybody: prescient. (or at least precious, whatyagonnado?):|

Posted by: aardunza | January 25, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh what the heck, Eric, Eddie, close enough: But can he do "If You Knew Suzie"?

(What makes the joke is that actually I once shook hands with the Great Rubinoff, so there! Plus the sarahdippity with Jen's last name...)

Posted by: aardunza | January 25, 2011 11:47 PM | Report abuse

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