Eric Cantor Calls on Weiner to Resign, But Gave Sanford and Ensign a Pass
Today, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is calling on Anthony Weiner to resign.
But as always with Republicans, it’s instructive to take a look at what they said when their people were in the spotlight. In the cases of Mark Sanford and John Ensign, both of whom had real affairs in the real world involving real sex, and then lied about it and covered it up (not for a few days but for months or years), Eric Cantor sang a very different tune.
WALLACE: Finally, when you’ve got Republican leaders like Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina or Nevada Senator John Ensign admitting to extramarital affairs and staying in office, questionable use of either private funds or state money, in the case of Sanford, doesn’t the GOP, with all its talk of family values, risk looking like a bunch of hypocrites?
CANTOR: Look, I mean, is anyone happy to see all that have happened? No. I mean, it’s not good. But listen. We have our thoughts with their families and they themselves.
However, look. The party is not just about personalities. It’s about ideas. It’s about our ability to go out and prove that yes, we can lead this country again. So we have got a plan. We are talking about the solutions that actually can address some of the problems that working people in this country are facing, and we’re going to do that over the course of the next 16 months.
WALLACE: But if you’re going to talk the talk, why not walk the walk and say, “You know what? They should step down?”
CANTOR: Well, listen. I mean, again, I say in the instance of the people in South Carolina and Nevada, it is up to them, and those are the elected individuals by those states.
And again, it’s not about, necessarily, these personalities. The direction of this country — and the challenges that we face are enormous. And we ought to be talking about how to go about creating jobs again. We ought to be talking about the things that matter most to people in this country.