Ezra Klein wonders if Politico’s description of House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) as a “wonk” makes sense:
But maybe I’m missing something on Cantor and my readers can enlighten me. Is he known for mastery of a particular issue? Does he have some really smart policy initiatives that he’s promoting in the House? What’s the deal here?
Prior to Ezra’s musings, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough came right out and said he heard from all his Republican friends on the hill that House Majority Leader John Boehner is known to be “lazy” and then he attempted to force Politico’s Jim Vandehei to admit he’s heard the same about Boehner from GOPers on Capital Hill as well. Vandehei demures and instead claims that the younger members of the GOP caucus just don’t feel Boehner’s ideas are fresh enough. Watch Vandehei awkwardly dance around Scarborough’s assertions:
If November brings a failed attempt by the Republicans to take over the Pelosi house, Cantor the Wonk can then make the case that the reason Pelosi is still in power, even though America hates her and her dirty health care, is that Lazy Boehner did not work hard enough. If the GOP does take over the House, then Cantor is the guy that made it happen with his tireless wonkiness as Boehner was probably back slappin’ and beer guzzlin’ at the tanning salon.