Jeb picks his endorsements wisely

This week with all the hub bub about the Republican campaigns, a new factor came to light.

It seems Jeb, ever desperate for a new something to light a fire under his campaign (that would be him), is pimping his endorsement from a not so likely place to make his case.

To paraphrase Jeb: “what I’m going to do is” ignore what people are clearly saying they don’t want — who also don’t want me — and continue to campaign in NH and South Carolina and show the momentum…[see video] The momentum is against him but who cares about that?

The former Republican leader, read defeated, Eric Cantor has stepped up to put his support behind Jeb for president. If that doesn’t excite you, something is wrong.

Yeah, I know what is wrong. First it was the idea that we somehow care what Eric Cantor thinks or wants. Second that it means anything in the election. Eric, you throw around worthless endorsements, don’t you. Do you have any predictions to share with us?

According to Cantor, in the end this “anger will then funnel itself” into support for Jeb Bush. Is he dreaming or what? Bad enough Obama tells us we’re dumb and don’t understand, now Jeb implies we are ignorant if we don’t support him.

So far, Eric, all Jeb is doing is talking. It doesn’t look like he can even lead his campaign let alone the primary. Oh right, it’s that “long-term vision” thing. Well, maybe if he was running for president in 2024, then he is on track for the nomination?

Since Cantor was out doing an interview, as if someone were interested what he says, I thought it was worth bringing up. A CNN news alert: Cantor is still a power player in the Republican Party process. (more like power player pretender)

Trump said in August: “Who wants the endorsement of a guy (@EricCantor) who lost in perhaps the greatest upset in the history of Congress?”

“Clearly Trump is full of vulgarities,” Cantor says, “he’s full of insults, and he’s just not serious.”

In November, Cantor tried to sound prophetic and influential.

“Clearly Jeb was back… “I think that Jeb’s clearly focused on winning this campaign, will win this campaign and I think his position on immigration is where most Republicans are and certainly most of the country is,” said Cantor.

Now Bush again says Donald Trump is not a serious candidate for President. Gee, speaking of serious, Jeb and Eric.

Eric Cantor now says “you can’t defeat Hillary Clinton without serious policies.” How can we take serious anything that promotes Jeb for president, from a guy evicted for the same reasons? Cantor says “clearly” a lot. Calling Jeb “a leader” over and over doesn’t make it so. Eric says people are angry, but he is determined to make them even angrier.

Another one in the breach for the GOP House

Cantor sabotages conservatives in quest for speakership

FEE! Fie! Foe! Fum! I smell the blood of a speaker.

04/08/2014 | The Daily Caller

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is intentionally sidelining one of his own Republican committee chairmen — and the chairman’s attempts to pass conservative reforms — in order to better secure his own path to the speakership.

Informed sources in the House, Senate and outside groups tell The Daily Caller that a shift in leadership is going to come sooner than expected, and Cantor is fighting hard for the new spot.

Speaker of the House John Boehner will likely step down if the Republicans fail to take the Senate in 2014; and even if Republicans do win, the rumor is Boehner isn’t interested in sticking around in the unpopular gig for too long anyway. This leaves his top deputy, Cantor, in a strong position to succeed Boehner at the helm in the next two years, and Cantor’s aspirations for the speakership are obvious.

Cantor’s alleged target, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, poses a rare threat to Cantor’s rise: He has strong conservative bona fides, once heading the conservative Republican Study Committee and often fighting for conservative reforms. He has also been around long enough – including serving as chairman of the House Republican Conference – to earn the respect of more moderate, “establishment” Republicans.

It’s not certain Hensarling even wants to be speaker, with sources close to him playing coy, but it’s clear to conservatives that Cantor sees his colleague as a threat to his rise.

“Hensarling appeals to conservatives, with maybe a slight apprehension that he’s not fire breathing anymore, but still a principled, trustworthy conservative,” a leading conservative Republican, who worked closely with Hensarling, told TheDC. “He also appeals to moderates, and is reasonable in how he runs his committee — he reaches across the aisle.”

Cantor’s strategy to sideline Hensarling begins with killing his policy initiatives, and robbing him of political successes. When Hensarling suggested reforms to flood insurance, Republican leadership bypassed him. His attempts to abolish Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have also been ignored — despite overwhelming outside support from conservative juggernauts like Heritage Action and Club for Growth.

“This is all 100 percent coming from Cantor,” one ranking Senate source with ties to the situation told TheDC, “and this is all angling for Boehner’s job. The case Cantor’s going to make is ‘I’m next in line.’ Hensarling may [otherwise] say ‘You’re next in line, but who’s doing all the work? Who’s the one passing all the bills? Who do you want to lead you, a conservative doing reform or a guy with wishy-washy bills?’”

Cantor, sources say, can and is neutering his career threat – especially the “passing all the bills” bit.

“That’s how I see it, personally,” the Hill officer who previously worked with Hensarling told TheDC. “That’s how a lot of folks in the Hensarling office see it.”

More The Daily Caller

Almost too sickening to read the play by play. There’s an ongoing battle. Cantor would not be happy if he is not the golden anointed one — if Boehner goes. And it looks natural that Boehner is going, one way or another. Not if but how soon?

Boehner calls vote for Select Committee

Boehner Announces Establishment of Select Committee on Benghazi

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
May 2, 2014 2:05 pm

House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) announced on Friday that the House will vote to establish a select committee to investigate the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

“Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People’s House,” said Boehner in a statement. “These revelations compel the House to take every possible action to ensure the American people have the truth about the terrorist attack on our consulate that killed four of our countrymen.”

Majority leader Eric Cantor (R.-Va.) echoed the sentiments of Boehner in a separate statement on the establishment of the Benghazi committee.

“The Obama Administration’s continued obstruction has made clear that it is time for a House Select Committee to force the Administration to end its stonewalling and come clean to congressional investigators, an inquiring media, and the American public.” said Cantor.

“Four Americans died at the hands of terrorists nearly 20 months ago, and we are still missing answers, accountability, and justice. It’s time that change,” added Boehner.

What took you so long. Eric Cantor has the same question to answer. What a difference an email makes, uh? Now they both have the same question to answer: why did this email make you finally call for the Select Committee? Was it the White House answers after or the emails themselves, or is it that you finally think its ready(ripe) for a real investigation?

Maybe you should all explain that for us. Inquiring minds would like to know. You could have already had the committee in place. And now the Left will say it’s just political posturing for the election. Never mind that an election, and politics, were the chief motives behind the scandal. While we can be happy you finally took the step, your motives are just as suspect about why you waited this long. And why did you have to be coerced into it?