The Speech Not Given

As mentioned in an earlier post, Eric Cantor was poised to deliver a speech on economic inequality at the University of Pennsylvania when he realized the audience might be less than receptive. He canceled.

The UPenn student paper has published Cantor’s prepared remarks, and they’re exactly what you might have imagined they would be. His plan for reducing income inequality is to cut taxes on the wealthy.

At one point, Cantor would have said,

In a recent poll, 82 percent of Americans think that their children will be worse off than they are. What happened to the hope of surpassing the success of your parents?

You happened, you idiot. See also Steve Benen

15 thoughts on “The Speech Not Given

  1. Eric Cantor, IMHO, is lower than pond scum.
    I hope he is voted out of office, and goes into retirement.

  2. This is like listening to John Boehner whine and drone on and on about what’ been done to the America he grew up in.

    Now, same with Cantor.

    You guys can’t whine and drone on and on about the orphaning of America when you’re the ones who killed the f*cking parents.

    On the plus side, backing out of this speach is at least an example of some level of self-awareness by a Conservative schmuck.
    Usually, they think their poo-poo’s smells like Chanel #5.
    But, it’s probably a case of self-preservation trumping self-awareness, so this is probably more like par for the course.

  3. Achilles heel? Lets look at two events – the retreat by Canter in the face of protests and the free-speech zones where protesters were collected and detained out-of-sight of news cameras whenever Bush made a public appearance. The opinion of the leaders on the right seems to be that NOTHING that would appear in the MSM can disturb the flow of the narrative.

    In a few matters, I’m inclined to trust conservatives. If they think that juggling the narrative is a process too delicate to survive popular dissent, then popular dissent whenever and wherever conservatives poke their noses out of safe havens must be our goal. The governor of Florida is getting boxed in public – this needs to be orchestrated and reported in the media until he can’t go to a baseball game for fear of public humiliation.

  4. Yes, Doug, on vacation, I ran into a copy of Molly Ivins last book, “The Bill of Wrongs”. I never thought the abuses of the Bush era would fade, that is, become less intense in my memory. Her book brought it back. I wonder how the gun toting members of the Tea Party would fare if they decided to test open carry at a Republican event.


    Jonah Goldberg referred to some OWS people as “tatterdemalions”, in addition to “communists”, of course. It would be
    over the top to imply elitism in discounting someone’s opinion out of hand because they fail to measure up to the level of sartorial splendor achieved by Mr. Goldberg. One has to maintain one’s standards after all.

    • Jonah Goldberg referred to some OWS people as “tatterdemalions”, in addition to “communists”, of course.

      Ooo, I bet DoughDough has been reading Bill Buckley. I suspect ol’ Bill was the only other person since the reign of Queen Victoria to use the word tatterdemalion. One wonder what word Bill might have used to explain DoughDough.

  5. I think Buckley might have described someone like DoughDough being the torchbearer for today’s Conservatism as, “The agony of effete.”

  6. My guess is that Cantor feels the school broke a condition of the deal by allowing the riff-raff to openly plan a protest. One wonders if there was a phone call from Cantor’s office asking wharf the school intended to do. With the unspoken assumption that Cantor expected a ‘free-speech zone’ – free of liberals, that is.

    The method leaves the school or city on the hook for civil rights violations which are an *implied – not explicit* by-product of the ‘security’ concerns. The cancellation is a billboard-sized message to conservative leaders to employ repressive measures if they want a visit from his Highness.

  7. Michael Chabon uses the term to describe a detective’s tie in “The Final Solution”, but, you know, detectives in fictional mysteries are supposed to be “interesting”. Aside form that, I wouldn’t be surprised if you are right.

    By the way, I found the quote on Alicublog, via Roy Edroso.

  8. I never heard the term “DoughDough” in reference to Goldberg, but it seems to fit. I must say that his writing has become a lot less turgid over the years – same the stupid ideas, but somehow he’s gotten some lessons in trying to present them more clearly. I can almost imagine somebody at the LA Times (yes his column disgraces that paper’s pages) taking him aside and showing him how to write. When I do read him (not often), I can now at least make sense of what he’s trying to say, even if I disagree with it. He, more than anyone defines the term “pseudo-intellectual” and so I’m not surprised he would be picking up bon mots like “tatterdemalions” to try and impress others.

    • I never heard the term “DoughDough” in reference to Goldberg,

      That’s because I just made it up. Sort of a cross between doughboy and dodo.

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