U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (L)(R-VA) are pictured at a press conference following a House Republican party meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 8, 2013. Boehner renewed his call on Tuesday for deficit-reduction talks with President Barack Obama and signalled that the discussions would be wide open. REUTERS/Jason Reed U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, right, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor just want to talk. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

We are pleased to have with us on the Opinions page today Mr. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and his 4,500 comments! Let’s everybody give them a big hand!

Just kidding. PostScript has read the comments, and nobody is particularly happy to see Rep. Cantor, even though he’s asking for negotiations with the president. Those addressing Cantor’s points were generally haters, and those who seemingly would agree with him responded to the Cantorhaters, not the congressperson himself, as if he were never there.

Oh wait! One commenter was glad to read Cantor here.

Geezer4

I am pleased that the Post has chosen to print Glorious Leader Cantor’s views for all the world to read. He exposes himself for the self-centered zealot he is. The reality of his situation is that he is angling for Speaker Boehner’s place.

That still counts as glad to see him. Still, commenters challenged Cantor’s assertion that Americans, in aggregate, voted for divided government in 2012.

pathfinder12

We don’t truly have divided government. In the last election Democrats won the overall votes in the Legislative and Executive branches handily. But due to district lines, they still weren’t able to capture the House. It’s time for Obama and Reid to strong arm people.

Well, sure. But, as another commenter says, aggregate isn’t the way we have agreed to count the votes:

GSS1

We have the system we have. State legislature control matters. Districts matter. Republicans control the House legitimately. And, it’s important to remember that the turn in the House came in 2010 in which many of those new members campaigned specifically in opposition to Obamacare.

But PostScript thinks the best argument against Cantor’s pleas for negotiation were DustinArand‘s…

There’s nothing to negotiate over. All the House has to do is vote on the clean CR and it will pass. This is Boehner’s shutdown. It’s all about him saving his job as Speaker.

…and boblesch’s:

Sorry you forgot about it, Eric – let me remind you. Boehner admitted on Sunday he made a deal with Reid in July. The CR to fund the government at sequester levels was the result. The Senate passed the bill. The House will pass the bill as soon as it is allowed on the House floor for a vote. The bipartisan deal was done 4 months ago!

Aha. So if Cantor just wants to hash out a deal with the Democrats that could pass the House, according to several news agencies’ vote counts and members of the House GOP, he’s already got one. The “clean” continuing resolution (to fund the government and stop the shutdown) would get an estimated 219 votes. The bill could pass the House, just not the House leadership. As Cantor argued, America elected the House. Which would pass the bill. But America did not elect the House leadership, which prevents the House from passing the bill.

Well, Majority Leader Cantor, it’s been a real pleasure and we’d be glad to have you back any time! Have a great week.