"After Lauding Obama For Acting In Bipartisan Manner, Cantor Now Says Bipartisanship Has Been ‘Nonexistent’"
As ThinkProgress has noted, many intransigent right-wing conservatives are now placing blame at President Obama’s feet for not having acted in a bipartisan manner. For example, here’s what a spokesman for Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) — who just yesterday was taking pot shots at the labor union AFSCME — told Roll Call:
“Though the administration’s marketing of its bipartisan hard work has been outstanding, the actual work has been almost nonexistent,” said Brad Dayspring, spokesman for House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
That’s an odd comment coming from Cantor’s office, considering he was one of the many congressmen who lauded Obama’s bipartisanship just weeks ago:
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House Minority Whip, has met with Obama and is in frequent contact with Rahm Emanuel, the House member turned presidential chief of staff, via cell phone and BlackBerry.
“I have met with Rahm and spoken with him several times and he said, ‘Look, you need to understand — working in a bipartisan manner is something the president-elect takes seriously,’” Cantor noted. “It has thus far been a very efficient process.”
Cantor said a hearing that Republicans held Thursday on the stimulus came after Obama call for more bipartisan cooperation in a meeting with Congressional leadership.
“He was very clear: he said bring us your ideas,” Cantor recalled. “I take the president-elect at his word that he really does want to change the way Washington works.”
In an interview with NPR a couple of weeks ago, Cantor said he believed Obama was “open to continuing to work to try and get this stimulus right.” And indeed, Obama included tax provisions that conservatives liked and stripped spending provisions that they didn’t. Cantor returned the favor by peddling false talking points about the bill.
One anonymous House GOP leadership aide likened the Obama administration to Karl Rove. “It’s very Rovian in every sense of the word,” he said. “It’s something the Democrats complained about for years.” Rove, meanwhile, is giving his whole-hearted endorsement to the GOP leadership. Writing in the Wall Street Journal today, Rove states that congressional Republicans “are playing their hand extraordinarily well.”