At the 2009 Republican Jewish Coalition winter leadership meeting in Fort Lauderdale, I had the pleasure of meeting Congressman Eric Cantor of Virginia.
Eric Cantor is the House Minority Whip, which makes him the second most powerful Republican in the house behind the Minority Leader.
Given that the entire existence of the Democratic Party is held together by despising Republicans, they are struggling to find a new conservative demon. President George W. Bush is gone, and liberals were suicidal until their leaders instructed the leftist lemmings to go back to hating Rush Limbaugh. Yet he has no policy role, and besides, hating white conservatives is boring. Hating and trying to destroy minority conservatives keeps Democrats from folding altogether. Michael Steele and Sarah Palin are examples, but again, they do not make policy.
Therefore, Eric Cantor is now public enemy # 1. He is a Jewish conservative in a country where leftists do not tolerate minorities to be anything other than liberal. Yet Congressman Cantor is tough. He knows the arrows are out for him, and he is prepared.
While much of RJC Conference was strictly about policy, Congressman Cantor was there to fire up the crowd with a giant helping of political (kosher) red meat.
With that, I bring the fire of one of the great Jewish Republicans in America, Congressman Eric Cantor.
(after a very friendly introduction)
“I am glad my wife was here to hear all of those nice things.”
“The GOP went native. We built a bridge to nowhere.”
“We must not take the wrong message from our losses at the polls.”
“Contrary to Newsweek, Americans have not gone Socialist. By a margin of 40% to 20%, people call themselves conservatives vs. liberals.”
“President Obama talks about the DOW like it is a political tracking poll.”
“He makes a new blunder every week. The stimulus package was put online by Nancy Pelosi at 2am. We see the results of that type of leadership.”
“If President Obama and Rahm Emanuel spent more time on the economy than they did attacking Rush Limbaugh, we would all be better off.”
“We as Republicans must not and should not abandon the principles of limited government, free markets, and a strong national defense.”
“We are the Party of Ronald Reagan, who was an intellectual and an innovator. Yet we cannot live in the past.”
“Reagan was conservative, but his policies were relevant to what people were going through at that time.”
“Right now welfare and crime are not the greatest issues. Taxes and spending will always be important.”
“Our candidates cannot be seen as threatening the mainstream of our country.”
“Don’t just speak in ideological terms. We must communicate a vision.”
“We don’t and shouldn’t embrace Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, but we must have counter proposals.”
“On health care, the issue is choice. Rahm Emanuel’s brother Zeke is in charge of a health care board. We should choose our doctors, not him.”
“70% of jobs come from small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the self-employed. We need to show them that the future of the GOP affects the future of America, which afects the future of our youth.”
“(Ohio State Rep) Josh Mandel and (Florida House Majority Leader) Adam Hasner (both solid Jewish Republicans) are taking our message to the entire country.”
“We must combat President Obama on his plans by asking the youth of America one question. Who will pay for all of this? My GOP teammates get that.”
“The Democratic budget spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much.”
“Before students pay their college loans, their share of the deficit will be $75,000 and climbing.”
“I am the product of immigrants. My grandmother came from Russia and worked seven days a week. Nowhere else on Earth could she help me reach the American dream.”
After a rousing standing ovation, I did get a chance to speak with Congressman Cantor for a few minutes. I thanked him for his leadership, and he thanked me for blogging. As a fairly young man, he clearly understands the importance of the new media. At some point I will interview him.
I expressed concern that as a Jewish conservative, that he would be next on the target list. He let me know that the hate campaign has already started against him, and that he is well prepared. He is not one to roll over for the sake of comity. Whips are tough, and Congressman Cantor is ready to hit back hard when necessary.
The last thing I told him was that even though he may be prepared, I would keep him and his family in my prayers. He thanked me for that.
Unlike some politicians that quickly duck out of the room, he stayed for quite some time. After all, he is a Jewish Republican. He was among friends.
He is an inspiration for Jewish Republicans everywhere. For the rest, America is lucky to have his service.
May God Bless Congressman Eric Cantor always, politically and in life.