Today’s inductee is a man whose hypocrisy has reached a level rarely seen in American history. I am speaking of Virginia Congressman and House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor.
In an op ed piece for The Washington Post. Cantor had this to say:
“For three years, Congress and the White House have been building to this moment. Not the debt limit or Obamacare specifically, but this clarifying moment of Washington dysfunction. President Obama has led us here by continually thwarting the will of Congress and dismissing its role in our constitutional republic. This must end.
The president not only has refused to negotiate on issues of debt and spending but also has mocked the very idea of engaging with Congress. President Obama has repeatedly made clear that he feels it is beneath the office of the presidency to work in a bipartisan way with the legislative branch.”
Wow Mr.Cantor, how terrible that someone would thwart the will of congress and not be bipartison. But that is exactly what you and the house republicans have done when you passed HR368.
Under the normal rules of the house, any member of the house can make a motion to vote on a senate resolution, but on October 1st, the republican dominated rules committee passed HR368. HR368 removed the privilege to call for a vote from any member of the house and gave that privilege solely to the majority leader (Eric Cantor) or his designee.
So here we have Cantor piously lecturing the president of the United States about not acting in a bipartisan way and thwarting the will of congress, when the Republicans purposely rigged the rules so that Cantor alone can call the vote to end the shutdown. Is that acting in a bipartisan way, Mr. Cantor? You respect the will of Congress so much that you made it impossible for them to vote without your permission. You know that such a vote would end the government shutdown before you could advance your partisan agenda.
You speak of Washington dysfunction, when you are the poster boy for Washington dysfunction. You sir are a hypocrite pure and simple. I am aghast that you would have the nerve to write such an op ed accusing the president of the very acts you yourself have blatantly committed.
For hypocrisy, demagoguery, and being a very sad excuse for a congressman. Eric Cantor, you are hereby inducted into the Hall of Shame.
For those who would like to learn more about HR368 and how the republicans rigged the game, you can watch this video. http://youtu.be/0Jd-iaYLO1A