Thirteen months after losing his U.S. House seat in a primary challenge to a little-known college economics professor, Eric Cantor is back doing the media rounds.
The former House majority leader, whose stunning 13-point defeat to Dave Brat shocked the GOP and media establishment, criticized the tone of politics in his old Beltway stomping grounds.
In an interview with the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Cantor decried the “mean and divisive” nature of recent immigration and prisoner of war comments made by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“I don’t think his language is good,” Cantor said. “Temperament matters when we talk about electing a president. That language is not something that will elect a president.”
Cantor should know what it takes to lose.
After his own primary drubbing, political analysts noted Cantor’s frequent absence from his home district in Virginia during his tenure in Washington. The Washington Post reported Cantor was so confident in his impending victory, he held court at a Starbucks in D.C. with lobbyists while his constituents were voting.
“I don’t think [Trump’s] language is good,” Cantor said. “Temperament matters when we talk about electing a president.”
A longtime supporter of the Bush family, Cantor is a vice president at the Manhattan investment bank Moelis & Co. His annual salary is $3.4 million. His former congressional salary was $193,400.
“Life is good,” Cantor told Scarborough. “It’s nice to be in a world [where] results matter and people [are] driving toward solutions.”
Cantor also defended the record of his old pal, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, whose favorability has plummeted with conservative grassroots. But he did offer this insight regarding the current political climate:
“I was never one to say let’s harken back to the old days and let’s get along. But I think there needs to be some return to leadership for (a) vision of the country. … I think the country is in desperate need for an individual with a long-term vision but (who has) the willingness to manage that town and affect that vision.”
Sounds like a future Jeb Bush surrogate to us.