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Earthquake Hits Home for Cantor

Although he seems to be enjoying the Mediterranean sun

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Rep. Eric Cantor and Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday.(Prime Minister of Israel/Facebook)

Did you feel it? If you were somewhere on the United States’ Eastern Seaboard a couple hours ago, you may have felt tremors emanating from the 5.8 earthquake whose epicenter was somewhere near the town of Mineral, Virginia, between Richmond and Charlottesville. The jokes have already begun about how President Obama should return immediately from his idle August vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., in order to tend to the wreckage of Washington, D.C. But actually, Obama likely felt the tremors.

Rep. Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, on the other hand, would not have: he is currently in Israel, where, an eyewitness tells us, earlier today he had lunch with the AIPAC delegation. Why is this relevant? Because the earthquake actually took place in his district (zoom in, and you’ll see Mineral). Should Cantor return immediately? What message is HaShem sending him? Is his noticeable tanning due to the Middle East climate or a desire to emulate his boss, Speaker John Boehner? Leave your jokes in the comments.

Related: The Gentleman From Virginia [Tablet Magazine]

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Dear One, save us from the ones who know what everyone needs.

I think we’d all benefit from Cantor staying as far away from here as possible.

The earthquake proves without a doubt that God loves Eric Cantor…. or hates his guts. For sure one of them.

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

As befits his name Cantor can lead some prayers at the Kotel. Don’t forget, here it’s a local call.


Efrata / Jerusalem

K Roseman says:

Rep. Cantor is a hard line conservative Republican. I would never support him. He published an op-ed in the Washington Post complaining that (already weak) environmental regulations hurt business “growth.” I think the model of endless “growth” must be dropped to preserve the environment.

We have no private sector jobs and government mandates/regulations hurts their creation. We can’t have it both ways……100% maximum government security costing us a msssive amount of money, and yet create jobs.

Pick your side……costly regulations or jobs.

neal sturman says:

there are 28 or 29 liberal jews in the house. can’t we have one conservative jew. can’t you liberals tolerate another point of view or are your minds so closed that any republican is so bad , i’ll be a glutton for punishment and stick with the dems no matter what!

it’s just that Cantor just such a good impression of a “compassionate and kind person,” as we are all taught to be, i wonder what happened to him? Sorry Israel, but let him stay there. Oh yeah, you can keep Beck too.

sharon resnick says:

You might want to look at 40 years of growth when regulations were carefully observed and the country was booming. It was in the 80’s when Reagen started his great de-regulation and anti-union campaign, followed along by Bill Clinton that wages became stagnant and the middle class paid the price—-and is still paying it. Don’t you get that the big corporations are sitting on their trillions so that Obama will fail and then, with some idiot like Perry as the President, it will be more of a free for all then ever. Every American should watch the movie “Inside Job”-it is an object lesson for those that think that government is the only enemy. As for Cantor, he is a shonda. Or does his reading of the Torah state that corporations are people.

The earth quack in Washington has a particular message for the people of America, namely: The iconic Washington monument was cracked at the top… representing that of all the governing people the top people are cracked. The Washington Cathedral was damaged… telling not to expect help from any church going candidate to resolve the cotemporary problems.


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