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That comes just as word has spread — mainly by his own people — that Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, an unknown to most Americans, is considered a top candidate for Sen. John McCain’s vice-presidential pick. Cantor is viewed as a conservative in the vein of Ronald Reagan, but unlike other high-profile GOPers in the House, he has little or no legislative or policy hallmarks to inform the general public.
“He’s great with PR and having his staff post on blog sites and jumping on the bandwagon for issues, but when it comes to actually getting those issues framed and set up, he hasn’t done much heavy lifting,” says an aide to Rep. Roy Blunt, the House GOP whip. “His strength is fundraising and as a face for the camera. And that’s probably what McCain needs right now.”
Cantor is a prolific fundraiser, however, particularly along the “K Street” corridor in Washington. Those ties to lobbyists are largely what has the McCain campaign concerned and are the focus of the campaign’s vetting.p> CHINA SHOWDOWN br> At a time when Olympics host Communist China, which in the past several years has hacked the Pentagon’s communications network and stolen human rights data from congressional computer hard drives, is coming under increasing pressure from conservatives and segments of the media, some conservatives are coming to the Chi-Com’s defense. /p>
In the past several weeks columnist Robert Novak, a conservative well known to be soft on mainland China for free-trade reasons, has published a broadside attack against Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, a member of House GOP leadership and leading voice in the anti-Chi-Com Caucus.
Just a day after McCotter helped lead what amounted to a sit-in on the House floor after the Democrats shut down debate on oil drilling legislation, a staffer for the White House Writers Group, which has done work for from pro-Chi-Com-U.S. trade organizations, has also indirectly attacked McCotter, criticizing in a Wall Street Journal online commentary the work of the Republican Policy Committee, which he chairs.
Given China’s actions against the United States government, as well as the current beating it is taking over its clamp down on speech, travel, and association for the Olympics (for example, the Chi-Coms spent days forcing bars and nightclubs around Beijing to agree to bar black athletes from entering their establishments), some House members are feeling uncomfortable with their “free trade” position on China.
“We’re going to have re-think some of this, I think, leading into the election,” says one House member well known as a supporter of free trade with China. “The balancing act we’ve been able to make is becoming a bit more untenable as China’s behavior in other areas becomes more apparent to voters. The Olympics may be the last straw.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online