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Eric Cantor Keeps It Calm

The Friday morning session at CPAC follows a pattern -- an exciting opening speech to rouse conference attendees out of bed, and a few pro forma speeches until

Jul 31, 2020
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The Friday morning session at CPAC follows a pattern — an exciting opening speech to rouse conference attendees out of bed, and a few pro forma speeches until the possible presidential candidates show up. Herman Cain, an African-American conservative radio host from Georgia, was given the fire-up duties, then Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) had to bat clean-up. And Cantor’s speech received the most mild reception I’d yet seen here. He simply didn’t try to rev up the crowd: The Democrats’ problems don’t mean “Republicans have earned the trust” of voters yet; The party needs to commit to a “reform agenda.”
The only flashes of energy came from William Temple, the omnipresent Revolutionary War re-enactor, who stood at the entrance to the ballroom shouting “Huzzah!” and waving a bayonet and Gadsden flag for every statement he liked.
It was a typical Cantor performance. He didn’t spend much time on the appeal to history or one-liners about Obama. If his party prospers, Cantor will become majority leader.
Following Cantor: Mark Mix of National Right to Work, who actually said this:
“Freedom works and freedom works. At National Right to Work, we’re interested in the ‘freedom works’ part of this equation.”
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

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Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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