Eric “Lean and Hungry” Cantor, the House Majority Leader, is right where I like to see him — “in damage control mode,” according to Politico.*
Cantor’s EricPAC gave $25,000 to a super PAC, the Campaign for Primary Accountability (CPA), that is devoted to kicking out incumbents, including many of the Republican congressmen whom Cantor is supposed to serve as Majority Leader. This is a huge stab in the back to those who have put him in a leadership position.
One of the major funders of CPA, Leo Linbeck, told CNN that Cantor’s behavior was “forward-thinking.” I guess forward-thinking is a new synonym for suicidal.
“House GOP Leadership aides…said they were perplexed by Cantor’s decision to donate to a group that was openly trying to take down sitting incumbents of his party.
“‘It’s just a mess,’ said one leadership aide.
“‘People are a little bit stunned,’ said a senior House GOP aide.”
I imagine John Boehner is delighted. I think he hates Cantor, who is always breathing down his neck trying to replace him as Speaker, more than he hates President Obama. Obama isn’t vying to become Speaker. If Boehner smooths things over for Cantor, then Cantor will owe him big-time, and Boehner will have him right where he wants him, in his back pocket.
* “Cantor donation roils House GOP,” Alex Isenstadt and John Bresnahan