Why Is Eric Cantor Undermining American Foreign Policy?
First, the weirdness…
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.”
If a Democrat would have talked to a foreign leader so bluntly, the right would have literally called for them to be jailed.
Oh wait…they did. More importantly, Cantor did.
And it was for something that wasn’t even nearly as egregious…
Presenting Assad with “a new Democratic alternative” — code for making President Bush look feckless — Mrs. Pelosi usurped the executive branch’s time-honored foreign-policy authority. Her message to Assad was that congressional Democrats will forbid the president from increasing pressure on Damascus to stop its murderous way. Several leading legal authorities have made the case that her recent diplomatic overtures ran afoul of the Logan Act, which makes it a felony for any American “without authority of the United States” to communicate with a foreign government to influence that government’s behavior on any disputes with the United States.
Wait, Pelosi went to Syria? Why’d she do that?
Because Republicans met with the Syrian President too. Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Joseph Pitts (R-PA) were part of a bipartisan visit. And yet Pelosi was accused of committing a felony?
So why does one of the highest ranking members of the GOP get to do it and we barely hear a peep? Because not only did he do something far worse than what Pelosi did…he put out a press release.
Welcome to what happens when the GOP gets a taste of power.
(h/t: Steve Benen)