Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va, the second ranking Republican in the House has pledged to end divisiveness:
The No. 2 Republican in the House on Thursday compared President Barack Obama’s plans for the auto industry to the policies of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, saying the White House has stripped credit holders of rights and given them to Democratic allies. […]
“It’s almost like looking at Putin’s Russia,” added Cantor, the GOP’s House whip. “You want to reward your political friends at the expense of the certainty of law?”
Wait, that wasn’t a call for increased civility. Oops! That comes at the end of the article:
“The issue for us is rebuilding a governing majority that is comfortable with differences that can transcend the divisiveness and unify behind the principles that we know our party has succeeded on,” namely limited government and individual rights, Cantor said.
Well isn’t that refreshing! The Republican Party will no longer castigate its iconoclasts, but will instead tolerate their differences. The period when political disagreements were met with hyperbolic attacks and comparisons to Vladimir Putin are over. A new day in Washington, indeed.