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Monday, August 4, 2008

If McCain picks Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor as a running mate, as has been speculated recently, he'd at least have someone who thinks like he does.

  • OR NOT...

  • This morning's McCain conference call got a little awkward - mostly for Cantor:
    Asked by a reporter to assess the failures of the Bush administration in weaning the nation off foreign oil following September 11, McCain's economic adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, shot back that the problem was "three decades of bipartisan failure." From there, he ripped into Obama for supporting the 2005 Energy Act, which he described as "subsidies for big oil."

    "John McCain recognized that is not a path forward," said Holtz-Eakin. "He voted against that bill. We need people who understand that and not necessarily toe the party line but do the right thing for the American people."

    There was, however, one small problem. On the line was Cantor who, as the Obama campaign pointed out even before the call commenced, had voted in favor of that very same energy bill...

    It is rare, however, for a surrogate to be blindsided by personally laced criticism like the kind Holt-Eakin used on Monday (one must presume that Holtz-Eakin sees Cantor's support of the energy bill -- like Obama's -- as driven by political expediency and wrong for the American public). Should Cantor actually end up on the McCain ticket - (he refused to elaborate on any discussions he is having with the Senator) it seems likely that he will have to disavow his 2005 vote.

    If he wants to be Sith, he will.


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