Saturday, March 27, 2010

Eric Cantor "Targeted" By a Stray Bullet

Earlier this week, House Republican Eric Cantor accused Democrats of seeking "political gain" by discussing several threats they had received following the healthcare vote. During the same press conference, however, Cantor hypocritically revealed that he too had been "directly threatened."  Specifically, Cantor claimed that someone shot a bullet into his office and that he had received harassing emails. Cantor refused to disclose the emails.

Richmond police have determined that no one shot a bullet at Cantor's office. Instead, the bullet was randomly fired.  According to the New York Times, the police have made the following determination:
A preliminary investigation indicated that the incident in question took place around 1 a.m. Tuesday, when a bullet was apparently fired into the air, striking the office window as it traveled back downward, the Richmond police said in a statement.

The bullet struck the window with enough force to break a pane, the police said, but did not penetrate the blinds inside the window. The bullet landed about one foot inside the office, which Mr. Cantor had occasionally used for meetings, the police said.
There are enough lunatics in the world; so, I do not doubt that violent people could target Republicans. But for Cantor to suggest that Democrats were seeking political gain while claiming victimhood himself reeks of hypocrisy.  Perhaps Cantor was trying to help mitigate the political damage to the extreme right that the recent violence could potentially cause -- which means that he was simply seeking political gain.


Matt P. said...

I can't wait to the democratic talking points memo moves on to something else so you can change topics. This is getting stale.

liberal dissent said...

Matt, speaking as a Democrat I sometimes wish the party had the Republican-style talking points memo operation where political sound bites were farmed out to fake journalists; not that I want the party to become a morally repugnant shell of hypocrites and liars like the Republican party has become, but it would be nice not to see someone try to counteract the blatant lies the Republicans flood the media with.

Matt P. said...

liberal dissent, speaking as an independent who leans rightward on many issues and far left on others, perhaps you should pick up a copy of the NYT (Krugman in particular), WaPo, etc. or tune in MSNBC or CNN.

I'll gladly give the GOP FOX and 90% of talk radio.

Elizabeth said...

Matt, on what issues are you "far left"?

Matt P. said...

Howdy Elizabeth. I apologize if I am a bit off on some of these because sometimes I lose track on what is considered left or right. I can confidently say that most of these things would be "liberal" in the classic sense.

1) legalization of social drugs with heavy government control
2) Abortion rights (thank you NPR for losing the pro-choice/pro-life nonsense) Though, I would be happy to see R v. W go away and let it go to the voters. I think abortion would be legal in probably 48 states and all the protesting would die way down on both sides. I feel the same about gay marriage though less certain about the vote success for another decade. If it isn't pushed too hard in the courts it will be accepted rapidly.
3) Immigration. For the most part, I support any immigration of productive individuals as long as we have a system for knowing/understanding who is coming.
4) Government spending wisely. I could care less about deficits (the more the better...especially now)assuming the government spending is done wisely and does not foster cronyism. So Stimulus under Obama fails that test but is better than nothing. This whole balanced budget/deficit crap that both sides play is inane. The US Government is unlike any other entity. It is a money creator not user.
5) So with the above belief about deficits applied to Healtchcare I support something like this:
Everyone gets a ‘medical debit card’ with perhaps $5000 in it to be used for qualifying medical expenses (including dental) for the year.
Expenses beyond that are covered by catastrophic insurance.
At the end of the year, the debit card holder gets a check for the unused balance on the card, up to $4,000, with the $1,000 to be spent on preventative measures not refundable.
The next year, the cards are renewed for an additional $5,000.

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