If our political system made more sense, this would be an astounding scandal that would dominate the discourse.
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday during a meeting in New York that the new GOP majority in the House will “serve as a check” on the Obama administration, a statement unusual for its blunt disagreement with U.S. policy delivered directly to a foreign leader.
“Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington,” read a statement from Cantor’s office on the one-on-one meeting. “He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other.”
This just isn’t normal. Laura Rozen called the meeting itself “unusual, if not unheard of.” But it’s what Cantor said that’s astounding.
We’re talking about a powerful member of Congress engaged in foreign policy, vowing to a foreign government to oppose the administration’s policies regarding that government.
As Adam Serwer noted yesterday, “Based on Cantor’s own standard, he’s just committed a felony.”
Can we expect our Attorney General to do something more than sitting around and whitewashing the Bush Administration into a fake history of legality? Its about time that Republicans catch the back end of the fake patriotism-piety that they pollute American discourse with. Of course, we know that they won’t. Apparently, even without Rahm Escamuel, President Obama thinks that people like Cantor and The Boner are capable of doing something other than turning Congress into America’s Fifth Column.