Is Eric Cantor the Democrats’ New Bogeyman

Just about everything having to do with the debt ceiling debate in Washington remains up in the air as negotiators continue in vain to seek some agreement — with the deadline fast approaching.

Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto AgencyRepresentative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House majority leader, has emerged as the new target for Democrats in budget negotiations with President Obama.

But Democrats appear to have settled on one thing: The person to blame is Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia.

Mr. Cantor, the House majority leader, has emerged as the new target for Democratic scorn this week, even as he has upstaged House Speaker John A. Boehner as the primary voice of conservative Republican opposition to tax increases.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, lashed out at Mr. Cantor on the Senate floor Thursday morning, calling him “childish” and saying he didn’t deserve to be part of the debt ceiling negotiations.

“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has shown he shouldn’t be at the table and Republicans agree he shouldn’t be at the table,” Mr. Reid said. “He has walked out on the meetings with the vice president of the United States,” he said, adding, “It was childish.”

Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, denounced Mr. Cantor from the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, accusing him — among other things — of supporting a plan for Medicare that is “not balanced, it’s not fair, it’s not moral.”

Mr. Schumer’s communications team also trumpeted quotes from Mr. Cantor’s high school yearbook: “I want what I want when I want it.” And the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is charged with electing more Democrats to the House, dug up an old nickname for Mr. Cantor during his time as a state senator in Virginia.

“True to his roots, he got the nickname ‘Overdog’ for his unflinching support of big corporations and the wealthy at the expense of the middle class,” the Democratic group said in an e-mail to reporters on Wednesday.

via Eric Cantor Is the Democrats’ New Bogeyman – NYTimes.com.

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