Speaking of the Republican Party’s “new generation of young and energetic leaders”, here’s Eric Cantor boldly displaying the cowardice of his convictions when asked about Arizona’s draconian new immigration law:
Top Line hosts Rick Klein and David Chalian asked Cantor where he stood on the law four times, but the Virginia Republican refused to go on record either way. At one point, Cantor tried to dismiss the questioning, calling it “a false choice,” without any real explanation as to why:
CHALIAN: How is that a false choice?!
CANTOR: Because no one is going to accept the lawlessness. First and foremost, we are a country of laws. Now are you asking whether I think that America is a country of opportunity? Absolutely. Are we a country built on immigrants? Absolutely.
CHALIAN: I’m asking you if you agree with Marco Rubio that the law goes too far. That’s what I’m asking.
CANTOR: Listen, I can tell you this, I am for making sure that America remains a country that stands for freedom and opportunity for everyone and that means we ought to concentrate on enforcing the law and making sure that we enhance legal immigration so that we can continue to grow and prosper so that we can get America back to work.
He blathers as well as George Bush ever did. In the real world, that and a dollar bill buys you four quarters. In the Republican Party, it buys you young-and-energetic-leader status.