Shameless

When I read this item on Steve Benen’s Political Animal blog about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor taking credit for the recent good news on the job front, the lyrics to Billy Joel’s “Shameless” popped immediately to mind:

I’m shameless, shameless as a man can be
You can make a total fool of me
I just wanted you to know

Actually, Cantor does a pretty good job of making a total fool of himself without any assistance whatsoever, but this tweet marking the GOP’s first 100 days in charge of the House was a topper, even for him:

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The number is accurate. The jobs picture lately has really been picking up. But claiming that anything House Republicans have done contributed to that is patent nonsense. As Benen summed it up:

Indeed, by Cantor’s own reasoning, the boast doesn’t even make any sense. How can all of these jobs be created in the midst of Obama-induced uncertainty? And with crushing tax rates so high? And with pesky regulations stifling the engines of ingenuity? Are we to believe Republicans’ mere presence in the House of Representatives is enough to overcome these burdensome hurdles? And if so, why do we need to act on the GOP agenda at all?

For that matter, how can all of these jobs be created when Republicans haven’t actually passed any economic policies? Apparently, just knowing Republicans are working hard on abortion legislation that can’t pass and attacking NPR has inspired employers nationwide.

Please.

That “Please” was a very nice touch, by the way.

Speaking of nice touches, Rep. Crowley, D-N.Y., got his Bob Dylan on for his “speech” marking the Republicans’ 100 days and their “accomplishments.”

 

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