Robert Costa at National Review Online got some feedback from Eric Cantor about what he expects may happen in the House if HarryCari™ passes the World’s Greatest Spending Body.
“Once in the House, it will be about what Nancy Pelosi wants to see happen,” says Cantor. “If it goes to conference, the public will have a better chance to understand what this bill means and to open up some discussion. We need to do that on a wide variety of issues, from life to the real costs inside this bill. The conference process would allow for a lot more deliberation. If not — if Speaker Pelosi tries to ram this though — that would be a real game-changer. That would be an extraordinary letdown for the American people.”
Cantor predicts that abortion would be the key issue in the House’s debate of the Senate’s bill. Pro-life Rep. Bart Stupak (D., Mich.) “has outlined very clear language” on abortion and “has made it clear that if it’s not included then he will vote against the bill,” he says. “There is a lot of reticence among many moderate Democrats. It’s unfathomable to think that pro-life Democrats would go for the Senate version. They know that the Senate’s bill is a 30-year record-breaking move to allow taxpayer dollars to fund abortion. I can’t imagine any of them supporting it.”
Mr. Cantor is, I think, living in an alternate universe. There are no “moderate Democrats” and there are no “pro-life Democrats”. None, zip, nada, bupkis, zero. Democrats are either hard core leftists or they are enablers of hard core leftists. They are either pro-abortion or they are liars and fools. There is no middle ground in either.
Nancy will allow some of her progeny to vote “no” on this piece of crap so long as she has the votes to pass it. If Stupak’s vote is needed to pass it he’s going to zip up and vote yes.
Oh, and if you wonder whether Mr. Cantor really is living in an alternate universe, how about this…
For now, Cantor says he’ll be watching the 1 a.m. cloture vote at home in Richmond and rooting for his Republican colleagues in the Senate. “Mitch McConnell, Jon Kyl, and the rest of their team have put up deliberative, constant efforts to thwart this bill. They’re still at it.”
Yeah, Eric. Right. Deliberative. Constant. I’ve got a great deal for you on some oceanfront property in Kansas Eric. You can’t really, actually SEE the ocean, but if you watch a beach movie or look at pictures of girls in bikinis you can THINK about the ocean. In a very deliberate way. Constantly.
God but I’m old. I can remember when Eric Cantor was one of the “good guys”.