The House Republican leadership, so solid in its opposition to President Obama, was torn apart Tuesday by the defeat of its most influential conservative voice, Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader. His demise will reverberate all the way to the speaker’s chair, pull the top echelons of the House even further to the right and most likely doom any ambitious legislation, possibly through the next presidential election.First off, who besides the Times sees House Republican leadership solid in its opposition to Obama? Speaker Boehner and the GOP elites talk the game, but actions fall short. Take immigration reform for example; the touted GOP leadership position is only a slight rebranding of what progressive Democrats are trying to sell.
Yes, the Republicans often talk the opposition game. They just don't get around to actually carrying it out.
Labeling Cantor a conservative is also a stretch. At least for many of us who live outside the Beltway, and beyond the influence of the New York Times.
Cantor was just another Republican, albeit a powerful one, more interested in personal and party power than he was in putting America back on track.
When we see Republicans put distractions like immigration reform back in the box, and refocus on key issues like the unsustainable runaway federal budget, and do so in a meaningful way, maybe then we can go back to applying the conservative label to the GOP.