We’ve linked before to Politico’s coverage of the palace intrigue that involves the working relationship between House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (of Henrico County, Va., natch).
In coverage of the debt negotiations lately we’ve noticed several mentions of the fact that Cantor seems talking as much as Boehner.
Here’s the lead on the Post story:
The negotiating tactics of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor would probably make him lousy at selling cars. But as Congress and the president try to strike a deal on the national debt, they have made Cantor a hero to ardent anti-spending conservatives.
And here’s the material Mike Allen pulled from the Politico story to strip it down to basics for readers of his daily Playbook:
Cantor owns the GOP’s spotlight in the debt-limit talks now that Boehner’s effort to fashion a groundbreaking ‘grand bargain’ has fallen apart. It was Cantor who walked out on a commission led by Vice President Biden when the topic of tax hikes was raised. … At a White House meeting on Monday, Cantor used color-coded spreadsheets to explain to the president and congressional leaders where he believes agreements on spending cuts had been reached by the Biden group. … ‘It looks like he’s maybe listening to the rank and file a little bit more closely,’ Rep. Raul Labrador, an Idaho Republican with strong tea party credentials, told POLITICO’s Arena on Monday. ‘He understands what the rank and file want.’
So what do you think? What does this mean for Cantor? Does it have any deeper ramifications for Virginia’s congressional delegation? What if any effect does it have on the debt talks?