The Democrats have one negotiator: the president. And we have one negotiator, and that’s the speaker,” Cantor told Republican colleagues at a GOP meeting in the bowels of the Capitol last week, urging them to unite behind Boehner (R-Ohio) in the talks.
In the current “fiscal cliff” drama, Cantor has been working hard to cast himself as a supportive, bit player to Boehner, a contrast from the debt-ceiling showdown of 2011. At that time the Virginia Republican played a starring role as a lead negotiator in high-level talks with Vice President Biden and as a chief antagonist to Obama, tangling with the president directly in one tense White House exchange.
But that high-profile role did not go well for Cantor. It neither strengthened the GOP’s hand in the fiscal crisis nor served the lawmaker’s own image. He emerged with a taint of disloyalty toward Boehner and a new reputation, carefully stoked by Democrats, as the leader of hard-liners unwilling to compromise.
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