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Fakin’ It: Eric Cantor and the “Non-Attack”

Com­ment: With numer­ous Demo­c­ra­t­ic sen­a­tors and con­gres­sion­al rep­re­sen­ta­tives hav­ing received overt and/or implic­it threats, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Eric Can­tor (R‑VA) has been grand­stand­ing about a sup­posed shoot­ing at his head­quar­ters.

In short, it appears to be “Not as Adver­tised.”

“Can­tor’s ‘Ran­dom Arc’ of Doomby Josh Mar­shall; Talk­ing Points Memo; 3/25/2010.

It was­n’t quite as bad as show­ing up this morn­ing with a back­wards B scraped on his cheek. But even so, it does­n’t look like any­body’s buy­ing Eric Can­tor’s non­sense. Even the AP is com­ing about as close as their style­book will allow them to come to call­ing him on his non­sense about the bogus attack he tried to float in this morn­ing’s press con­fer­ence.

From the AP report ...

“A bul­let was shot through the win­dow of my cam­paign office in Rich­mond this week, and I’ve received threat­en­ing e‑mails,” Can­tor said. He refused to release details, how­ev­er, say­ing it would only encour­age more threats, and refused to take ques­tions.

Lat­er Thurs­day, how­ev­er, Rich­mond police said in a news release that the bul­let had been fired into the air around 1 a.m. Tues­day. It fin­ished its ran­dom arc back to earth at a sharp down­ward tra­jec­to­ry, break­ing a win­dow pane on the bot­tom floor of the two-sto­ry brick build­ing where Can­tor’s cam­paign leas­es the top floor.


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