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Eric Cantor Thinks Big

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Rep. Eric Cantor yesterday.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rep. Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican who is House Majority Leader and highest-ranked Jewish U.S. legislator ever, is starting a Super PAC. His trusted deputy chief-of-staff is devoting himself to it full-time. Ostensibly, it enables Cantor to raise money for other candidates; he has indicated these will be his fellow “Young Guns,” that is, conservative, Tea Party-leaning Republicans of a junior bent. However, according to the National Journal, the PAC “would give Cantor a vehicle he could use to run for vice president, should the opportunity arise, said a source close to the majority leader’s office, who asked not to be named because the source was not authorized to speak publicly.” If Cantor were selected to be the GOP nominee’s running mate, he would be only the third Jew on a major party’s national ticket, after Sen. Joe Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew from Connecticut, and Sarah Palin, an extremely Reconstructionist Jew from Alaska.

Cantor was the subject of a New York profile this week and another by our very own Allison Hoffman in February.

Sources: Cantor Launching Super PAC To Position for VP [National Journal Influence Alley]
Related: The Gentleman From Virginia [Tablet Magazine]
Earlier:What Makes Cantor Run?

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Michael says:

We are so not taking the blame for Sarah Palin.

“Sarah Palin, an extremely Reconstructionist Jew from Alaska.”

What is this? Gratuitous nonsense?

Christopher Orev says:

“[...] an extremely Reconstructionist Jew from Alaska.”

Hmmm….a sophomore reality series for Sarah?

Louis Trachtman says:

Joe Lieberman Jewish? Yes, of course. Sarah Palin Jewish? Of course not.

Sarah Palin? You’ve gotta be kidding. Does wearing a Star of David necklace make you Jewish — even if you believe in Jesus and go to church? Don’t the Jews have enough problems without giving us Sarah Palin?

Mr Mel says:

If Sarah Palin is indeed Jewish, can we offer to trade her. There must be another Evangelical that wants to convert and she could be used immediately, instead of a player to be named later.

After socially disgraceful events like a totally unanticipated LOUD belch escaping my teenage mouth followed immediately by an apology, my mother, would fix me with a look and say, “I raised you better that that.” I wish someone were there to tell this paskudnyak the same thing.

Roslyn Ross says:

Preliminary web research indicates she may be affiliated with some form of Christian Recontructionist Movement. Can you say fact check?

Christopher Orev says:

Whoa…guilelessness abounds.

Long Island Bob says:

Please stop telling people that Eric Cantor is Jewish. It’s embarrassing to us Jews who understand the injunction to heal the world.

Marco says:

Eric Cantor is a corporate prostitute that is out of touch with the rest of America.

Gloria Doskie says:

Are you sure about Sarah Palin’s religion? My research shows she is Non Denominational Christian.

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