web analytics
May 26, 2015 / 8 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

The Conservative Case For Cantor


Eric Cantor is being vetted by John McCain for the vice presidential slot. Congressman Cantor may very well be the best possible Republican to run with McCain – for several reasons.

First, Cantor is very conservative. Virginia, a conservative state, has eleven congressmen. Only one of those eleven has a higher lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union than does Eric Cantor. No one, anywhere, was more conservative than Cantor in the last year of congressional ratings, 2007: Congressman Cantor had a perfect one hundred percent rating from the ACU. McCain needs a conservative to enthuse the Republican base and balance the Republican ticket. Cantor does that nicely.

Second, Cantor is young, handsome, and articulate. McCain is not. Fairly or unfairly, that counts in presidential elections. Obama won the nomination largely because he was pretty. Some voters support Obama the candidate because they have a crush on Obama the man. McCain cannot compete against that, but Cantor can.

Congressman Cantor not only looks handsome, but he is a new handsome face. His very obscurity will mean lots of media attention on him when the campaign starts in earnest. Weary voters – voters who are even weary of gazing at a photograph of the Messiah Obama – are looking for something, anything, exciting. Cantor could bring that bit of flash which the McCain campaign needs and which the Obama campaign, by sheer fatigue with the candidate, cannot generate.

Third, Cantor is Jewish. He is not just Jewish, but a Jew who keeps kosher, like Joe Lieberman. Like Lieberman, who takes his Judaism seriously, Cantor is a social conservative. That is a twofer. Cantor will attract those social conservatives who are overwhelmingly Christian because they rightly see in Cantor a real ally in our common war against the muck of modern culture. This is the particular part of the conservative base that McCain needs most to reassure. A religiously serious Eric Cantor does that.

Beyond that, Eric Cantor will also attract Jewish voters. Many Jews feel a bit uneasy about Obama and his anti-Semitic friends. These Jews are also disturbed at the summary dismissal of a serious Jewish Democrat like Joe Lieberman, the Democrat’s vice presidential candidate eight years ago. Lieberman is a strong McCain supporter, and that support will provide a strong push for ambivalent Jewish voters to tilt toward McCain.

Placing a religiously serious Jew on the Republican ticket with McCain will provide an even stronger push. In a close election – and this looks to be a close election – a swing of Jewish voters to McCain could translate into victories in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and other states that McCain could either win or lose. Those battleground states are the keys to victory for McCain.

Fourth, Congressman Cantor is a popular politician from Virginia, itself a swing state in this election. Fundamentally, Virginia is conservative and Republican, but with a popular Democrat governor (Tim Kaine) on the ticket, Obama would have a real chance of carrying Virginia. If Cantor were on the Republican side, though, McCain would have the edge in Virginia.

Perhaps the most appealing part of a McCain-Cantor ticket is the elevation, without a primary battle, of Cantor to presumptive nominee when McCain leaves office (which could easily be 2012.) The image of a young, handsome, very conservative heir apparent who is also an observant Jew could make Democrats break out in cold sweats at night. At the top of the ticket, Cantor could put Illinois, California, New Jersey and even New York in play.

In four years, the fabulously successful Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a devout Catholic who is just as conservative and bright as Cantor, could be a dream vice presidential candidate aside Eric Cantor. That very conservative and ethnically atypical ticket would make Democrats have to fight hard for votes outside the traditional white, conservative Christian Republican base, but would not lose a single conservative Christian vote in the process of putting so many other voters in play.

Win this election, and maybe win the next few elections too: What would that mean for conservatives? It would mean a conservative Supreme Court, an American victory in the war against global terrorism, and an articulate, sincere expression of the values of conservatives.

That all makes a very good case for Eric Cantor.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “The Conservative Case For Cantor”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Former Israel Ambassador to the UN Dore Gold.
Bibi Seals Nationalist Policy with Dore Gold Heading Foreign Ministry
Latest Indepth Stories
Pope Francis at the Western. Is he praying there should not be too many Catholics in the world?

Consider the Pope’s desperation, reading daily reports of the slaughter of Christians by Muslims

Former US Senator, Joe Lieberman

The contrast between a Dem pretending to love Israel & a Dem who truly loves Israel is CRYSTAL CLEAR

israeli-american flags

Pentecost, derived from the Greek word for 50, is celebrated 50 days after Easter.

Israeli-flag

U.S and European demands for the creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank is world hypocrisy.

We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.

During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai

20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse

Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise

Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting

She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes

Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times

Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program

“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me

Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.

The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.

The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.

More Articles from Bruce Walker
barack weimar

In the last years of Weimar Germany, President Hindenburg began ruling Germany by emergency decree.

happy elephants

There are good reasons for Republicans to be hopeful about the 2014 midterm election.

Eric Cantor is being vetted by John McCain for the vice presidential slot. Congressman Cantor may very well be the best possible Republican to run with McCain – for several reasons.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/the-conservative-case-for-cantor/2008/08/13/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: