Awkward: VA GOP Throws Cantor Under the Bus on Debt Deal
Richmond, VA - This afternoon the Republican Party of Virginia released statements from Governor Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli condemning looming defense cuts that are part of the deal negotiated by Congress to force automatic cuts after the failure of the bipartisan "supercommittee."
The release condemns the deal as a threat to national security and Virginia's economy. It does not however state whether the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and the Attorney General called House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and condemned him personally for negotiating the deal and ensuring its passage, or if they decided to let him find out like the rest of us.
Also missing from the release is an explanation of how Republican congressmen Scott Rigell, Bob Goodlatte, Robert Hurt, Frank Wolf and Rob Wittman responded to their own party attacking them for voting to "weaken national security" as McDonnell says they did.
McDonnell, Cuccinelli and Bolling's rabid, bipartisan attack on the debt deal would be bad enough if it didn't conveniently dismiss the reason the deal was necessary - Republican refusal to prioritize the needs of, as Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta put it, "the poor, middle-class Americans, homeowners and other vulnerable parts of our American constituencies," ahead of big oil companies and millionaires benefitting from taxpayer handouts.
Finally, the GOP press release today also did not cover how any Republican who has endorsed former Senator George Allen to return to the U.S. Senate can talk about responsible spending with a straight face.
It is after all Allen's gross fiscal recklessness that helped turn a record surplus into a massive deficit, add $3 trillion to the federal debt and set the stage for the debt deal in the first place.
There is no denying that the public needs responsible adults to come to the table and find a balanced approach to meeting this challenge. Regrettably that's more than they can expect from Republicans like McDonnell, Bolling and Cuccinelli.