Congressman Eric Cantor from right here Virgnia is an excelent politician, and effective in politician, a great guy and the future of the GOP. Hearing Cantor speak on numerous occasions you know that Cantor's effective leadership will make the GOP minority in Congress more effective than their numbers would indicate they should be.......From the Herald Tribune:
The last time congressional Republicans were this out of power, they turned to a college professor from Georgia, Newt Gingrich, to lead the opposition, first against President Bill Clinton in a budget battle in 1993, and then back into the majority the following year....As Republicans confronted President Barack Obama in another budget battle last week, their leadership included another new face: Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, who as the party's chief vote wrangler is as responsible as anyone for the tough line the party has taken in this first legislative standoff with Obama. This battle has vaulted Cantor to the front lines of his party as it tries to recover from the losses of November....As Republican whip, Cantor succeeded again on Friday in denying the White House the support of a single House Republican on the stimulus bill. That was a calculated challenge to the president, who, in his weekly address on Saturday, hailed the bill as "an ambitious plan at a time we badly need it."....Cantor said he had studied Gingrich's years in power and had been in regular touch with him as he sought to help his party find the right tone and message. Indeed, one of Gingrich's leading victories in unifying his caucus against Clinton's package of tax increases to balance the budget in 1993 has been echoed in the events of the last few weeks........"I talk to Newt on a regular basis because he was in the position that we are in: in the extreme minority," he said.....The Republicans can certainly count some victories, although symbolic ones. Even White House aides said Cantor and his team had been successful in seizing on spending items in the stimulus bill to sow doubts about it with the public....The fact that House Republicans have stood firm against Obama suggests just how unified the caucus is, though Gingrich, in an interview, said Democratic leaders like Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Representative David Obey of Wisconsin, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, did more to unify Republicans than anything Republicans did....."I'd like to tell you Cantor did a brilliant job, but the truth is that Pelosi and Obey pushed the members into his arms," Gingrich said. But, he added, "They have been good at developing alternatives so they don't leave their guys out there chanting no."....The Republican Party is arguably weaker today than it was in 1993, given Obama's popularity and the enormous weight Republicans are carrying after eight years under President George W. Bush. Even as Cantor was urging Republicans to oppose Obama on this signature plan, he offered praise of the president, suggesting that Republicans should be careful to avoid being labeled obstructionist....."I think people out there across the country elected this president because he inspired the notion that we can change," he said. "Not to be so trite as to invoke his campaign slogan, but I do think there was some substance behind it in terms of what people thought in voting for him......"Banking off that mood of the country right now, I think it's incumbent upon us to reach out to him and see if we can work together."....Cantor, along with the House minority leader, Representative John Boehner of Ohio, faces the challenge of trying to lead a shrinking and increasingly conservative caucus. The party also faces the burden of trying to advance what Cantor describes as its bedrock value — smaller government — in the face of considerable evidence that the American public wants an increasingly active government to deal with the economic crisis......And it is Cantor who is pushing the party in a direction that Democrats, and some Republicans, say is risky: almost lock-step opposition to Obama's economic plan. Democrats have already made clear that they intend to use those votes against Republicans in 2010, and sooner, with advertisements noting the middle-class tax cuts included in the bill....Cantor's increasing prominence is in many ways a reminder of the difficult time the party faces after losing the presidential election and in the absence of any high-profile Republican leaders in the House or the Senate. Boehner routinely defers to him at news conferences, reflecting the concern of Republicans that they put forward new and relatively young faces. ( Cantor is 45, but looks younger.)...Cantor, who has exhibited an eye for winning attention, has rushed in to fill the leadership vacuum with a daily diet of news conferences, interviews, speeches on the House floor and television appearances. "ALERT: Cantor Holds Economic Recovery Roundtable," a news release from his office announced, in describing an economic forum he will hold on Wall Street this week.