The Democratic National Committee has a website set up to attack potential McCain running mates as “The Next Cheney” (if only); if you want to see there are pages dedicated to Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney, John Thune, Tom Ridge, Tim Pawlenty, Carly Fiorina, Charlie Crist, Fred Smith and Eric Cantor. Lest there be any doubt as to the origins of this site, there’s a disclaimer at the bottom of each page: “Paid for by the Democratic National Committee — 430 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington DC 20003.”
If you go to the page on Congressman Cantor, you will see a grainy image of a grimacing, disembodied headshot of Cantor, and then the meat of the attacks, starting with the shocking revelation that a member of the House GOP leadership frequently votes with the GOP, and then moving on to various efforts to tie Cantor to Jack Abramoff based on having done some fundraisers with the prolific fundraiser.
Where this gets creepy, though, is the persistent focus on Cantor’s faith. We should associate Cantor with Abramoff, the Democrats tell us, because “Both Abramoff and Cantor are Jewish”. Then we get this item that is supposed to make us fear Cantor:
At Fundraiser, Jack Abramoff Named Sandwich After Eric Cantor — Cantor Asked To Switch Sandwiches. “At a January 2003 fundraiser for Cantor, who had just become chief deputy whip, Abramoff unveiled the Eric Cantor sandwich, ‘a tuna-based stacker,’ which, lamentably, was ‘not quite [the] power lunch befitting’ the only Jewish Republican in the House. Hence a request by Cantor … to switch his eponymous sandwich to roast beef on challah, ‘a deli special that exudes Jewish power.'”
Oooh, that scary Jewish sandwich power! Head for the hills!
In fact, in a webpage that runs just 660 words, the word “Jewish” appears five times, which I suppose in some circles is a really devastating indictment of Cantor. You can see a screenshot of the page below the fold.