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Richard Pollock


January 24, 2011 - 1:23 pm

At today’s weekly meeting with Capitol Hill press , House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was asked about reports he would be sitting next to his counterpart, House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD).  “I’m more than happy to sit next to Mr. Hoyer,” Cantor replied, but he knew nothing about it.

Then he dropped the jaw-dropping information that he was actually having lunch with Hoyer — tomorrow.  Then he added that in the past he had actually worked with Hoyer on legislation. This too seemed to be astonishing news for the assembled reporters.

When asked by a very cynical reporter if the idea that Democrats and Republicans sitting together was merely  “symbolic,” Cantor turned serious and said that “maybe this sitting together thing is a first step.” The Republican was further pushed — what on earth could they agree on? Cantor said that Hoyer, who comes from a conservative Maryland district, has spoken of “fiscally prudent management.” That, Cantor said, was something they might collaborate on.

Richard Pollock is the Washington, D.C., editor for PJ Media and the Washington bureau chief of PJTV.

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