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Eric Cantor Pulls Off a semi-Palin, K Street Needs Him STAT

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Cantor, I hope there's a spot open at Liberty College … those who turn out not to be the RWNJ's cup o'tea tend to zoom right down there, and it IS in Virginia … but the lobbyist alternative is WAY more income friendly - and K Street loves 'em some ex-Congressionals. And they pay accordingly.

Cantor has also had the extremist balls to demand  a costly special election from Virginia Governor Terry McCauliffe, the unexpected new Governor of olde Virginia.

Something tells me that Guv'nah McAuliffe isn't heartbroken to wave him off to the private sector.

I quit

From MSNBC's Ed Shultz:

Ralph Nader and Doug Heye,former spokesperson for Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), a Cantor ex-staffer now, was the non-wonky but deeply funny GOP guest on Bill Maher Friday night. Great material! From Realtime HBO/Raw Story/Mediate.

And some Overtime with Ralph Nader and Doug Heye, former spokesperson for Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA).

Cantor coverage at The Carnival's archives, here at this link.

One of the best articles about Quitter Cantor (did he conference call La Palin for quitter tutoring?) came from The Federalist, of all places:

Eric Cantor just announced that he is quitting his House seat on August 18. Why did Cantor quit? There are three reasons.

1) He’s given up on the lame duck session. The last week of this legislative session has been no fun whatsoever for House Republicans, and there’s no sign the lame duck session is going to be any better.

2) Cantor has checked out. For at least the past ten years.

DNR

3) To start the lobbying ban clock five months early. The House bars former members from lobbying for one whole year. So by quitting early, Cantor can move into his new K Street digs in August of 2015 instead of January 2016. So on behalf of the 7th District, let me bid Eric Cantor goodbye—and good riddance.

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Eric Cantor needs a whopper of a Farewell Party from Fvx Nation … at least he was an Idjit of long standing, a couple Congressional decades (from hell) will scamper off and merrily retire with him.

When The Federalist turned on Cantor, they went for the jugular. Like a True Blood maneuver.

Couldn't happen to a better man.

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Breaking News: Benghazi Attack Leader Captured By U.S.

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Benghazi attack pic(AFP/Getty Images)

Oh, no. Now what will all those Republican Benghazi conspiracy theorists going to do? WWTGS -- What Will Trey Gowdy Say?

According to the Washington Post:

U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assault has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.

The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” The officials said there were no casualties in the operation, and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.

This looks bad. Bad if you're a Republican who was counting on the Benghazi special congressional committee, the eighth committee to witch-hunt the terrible Libyan tragedy, to find something to tag onto Obama and Hillary Clinton. One of the major talking points is that Obama, who promised right away to seek out and find the culprits, has done nothing since the event nearly two years ago. Nobody had been apprehended. This was a GOP talking point on the lack of interest in the Benghazi attacks and the President's concern.

So much for that asshat argument. Obama said he'd take out Osama Bin Laden. He did. He said he'd bring to justice those responsible for Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American deaths in this Benghazi attack, and the round-up has begun.

Now what do you have to say for yourself, Speaker Boehner on your special committee? So Obama's been doing nothing, eh?

What have you been doing? Your job is to run the Congress. Where's the jobs bill, your alternative to the ACA, the long-term unemployment extension, the immigration reform bill, minimum wage increases, etc?

Seems if anyone's asleep at the wheel, it's the House of Representatives. You're the Speaker, Boehner. Maybe you should be doing the people's work like you're being paid for and let the President do his. He's showing results.  You? Not so much. You saw what the conservatives in Virginia's 7th district did to your right hand man, Eric Cantor. Don't think it can't happen to you.

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Howard Dean Opines on The Epic Fall of Eric Cantor

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Howard Dean. We knew ye well here, in the Green Mountains, and are regaining a lot of progressive pride as you become more elder statesman, less interwebs-juiced(?) Rebel Yell ex-candidate guy.

At least some Dems and many a true progressive are taking more than a passing glance at Cantor's departure, including Laffy's excellent reporting on his defeat, here, as well as the staging of his exit, link that here ... evidencing that it is absolutely the onset of Silly Season.

Dean took to Politico with his sage Opinion on the Epic Fall of Eric Cantor.

Cantor’s loss has largely been attributed to his failure to retain the support of a GOP grass-roots base that opposes everything from gun-violence prevention to comprehensive immigration reform. That was bad news for Cantor, but it is even worse news for the GOP nationally. The Republican base is driving the party toward a political agenda that makes its candidates increasingly unelectable for national and statewide offices.

This dynamic stands in stark contrast to the one between Democrats and their progressive grass-roots base, which pushes the party to embrace policy ideas that enjoy broad popular support.

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Howard, you are singing our song.

Lastly, and perhaps most important, Democrats need to learn from Cantor’s loss that anything can happen in 2014. Even on the morning of the election, not a single major pundit or politician thought the majority leader would lose. Cantor was considered invincible, and Republicans were expected to win big in November. But voters have minds of their own and the tea party’s right-wing base helped it usher in a truly unexpected result.

To round out the day, former Governor Dean visited The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell [as regular watchers know, the program has been ably stewarded by the young and astute Ari Melber while L'O'D recuperates from a taxi crash in Cuba] last night and offered his points directly to the People.

Dean has it dead right. All politics truly is local. The ground game is what wins wars.

Which makes every vote matter at home and across the country for your fellow citizens.

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Political Responsibility Rests On Size Of Your Balls

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The male members in Congress and the Senate are breathing a collective sigh of relief this morning -- at least temporarily. It seems there's a lesson to be learned in a fast breaking story out of Moscow. No, it's not about the Russian movement into the Ukraine. And it's not about a short supply of Stolichnya Vodka. It's about genital governing.

According to the Moscow Times, the newest test to see if you're capable of being held responsible as an adult in Russia is the size of your "man package." Yes, stop your tittering, I'm talking about your balls, your rocks, your nuts. The new test in Russia being used to determined if a man is of "age" is to have his testicles examined to see if they're big enough. I suppose this is an alternative to carbon dating -- or a birth certificate, but those Russians may really be onto something. At least those wimps in Congress hope so. It shrinks down to this, if you don't pack big enough "stones," you're not responsible as an adult. The Moscow Times:

(NEWSER) – In Russia's criminal justice system, size matters. And unfortunately, that means exactly what you think it means. A poor lad named Tomas discovered this after he moved from Ukraine to Moscow to live with his aunt and was soon accused of stealing a cell phone, reports UPI. The kid claims to be 13, but a skeptical court ordered a physical exam that included a look at his private parts. Doctors then estimated his age to be 16 or 17. The distinction matters, because the courts can now treat him as an adult, explains the Moscow Times. A judge promptly threw Tomas in jail.

When this story broke, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell sent out congratulatory memos expressing relief to the members of their caucuses because collectively they don't have the balls of a mosquito when it comes to governing. And using the "Tiny Balls" defense, they can now freely get away with continuing to do nothing in Congress and not being held responsible. Maybe even use that as a re-election slogan: "Re-elect me. I'm a proud member of the small nuts society." I know Lindsay Graham is in the running for chairman of that very committee.

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