Eric Cantor Uses Palin's Playbook

| Fri Oct. 7, 2011 1:55 PM EDT

I just can't help but wonder how he does it.

Appearing at the 2009 Value Voters Summit—the right-wing's version of Woodstock—Congressman Eric Cantor stood before his 'peeps' to offer up his blessings for the newly minted protest movement we now know as The Tea Party. Cantor praised the group of protesters by announcing that they were "fighting on the fighting lines in what we know is a battle for democracy."

This morning, appearing at the 2011 edition of the Value Voters Summit—this time as the House Majority Leader—Cantor had this to say about the Occupy Wall Street protesters and the politicians who have shown a willingness to support them:

This administration's failed policies have resulted in an assault on many of our nation's bedrock principles," he said. "If you read the newspapers today, I, for one, am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country. And believe it or not, some in this town, have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans. But you sent us here to fight for you and all Americans.

So, when a politician like, say, Eric Cantor, praises the Tea Party ranks for occupying wide swaths of the nation's capital to protest the policies of their fellow Americans, this, apparently, would not be a case of a politician condoning the pitting of Americans against Americans. However, every similar type of protest staged by a movement that the majority leader does not support becomes an unacceptable clash between countrymen.

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