Commentary by Kirby Harris
Eric Cantor just keeps going and going and going – in the wrong direction.
I have been raised in the Republican party since I was a small child and have drifted in and out of Republican party politics my whole life. I got heavily involved in my college years in the 1990s, then dropped out because nothing changed, because in my mind the Democrats were to evil and underhanded, and the Republicans to honest to win the evil game of politics. Boy was I wrong.
Then in mid 2000s I got back into Republican politics, and as a low information conservative voter I believed the false rhetoric from the Republican and democratic Party that Eric Cantor was a real conservative. Then I did something radical, I started looking at his voting record and realized it was all a game, and that he had a big government voting record. And his conservatism was a façade, and that he voted correctly on all the conservative hot button issues, while voting bog government every where else he could.
So it comes as no surprise that Cantor is going in this direction. I came across this letter by Conservative activist and stalwart Brent Bozell, president and founder of the Media Research Center. He wrote this open letter to Eric Cantor on his decision to headline an anti-Tea Party event this weekend in Florida.
Dear Majority Leader Cantor:
Conservative leaders were stunned to learn that you will be headlining a conference in Florida this weekend that is, purely and simply, a direct attack on Tea Party conservatives. Worse still, this event is sponsored in part by ultra-liberal financier/activist George Soros and organized labor – both of which have openly, repeatedly – and often viciously – waged war on conservatives and Republicans for years.
What has possessed you to headline this event? Do you think so little of conservatives that you would directly insult them by attending?
Since Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2012 presidential election a substantial rift has opened between the GOP’s congressional leadership and rank-and-file Republicans, grassroots conservatives and Tea Party supporters – the very activists who provided the energy, enthusiasm and mobilization that fueled the historic Republican victory in 2010 and gave you and your colleagues the House majority you hold today. You would not be Majority Leader today but for Tea Party conservatives. And you’re headlining an event sponsored by a leftist organization committed to its destruction.
As we head in to midterm elections later this year, it would seem incumbent upon Republican leaders to do everything they can to actually heal this rift. Instead you are widening it further.
It is our understanding that Speaker John Boehner had planned to attend but is no longer doing so. We expect no less from you. Attending this event shows you are siding with the Democrat donors, unions, and other Soros-backed groups who have contributed over $1 million to attack conservatives.
Your position makes you one of the top Republican leaders in the country and places extraordinary responsibility upon you to honor the commitments you made to those who worked so hard to provide Republicans the majority, and you the position of Majority Leader. Aligning yourself with extreme opponents of the Republican Party would be an astonishing turn of events — with consequences.