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WaPo's Jennifer Rubin: Cantor Lost Touch With Constituents

By Bill Hoffmann   |  

Eric Cantor was right to resign as House Majority Leader in the wake of his devastating primary loss in Virginia, according to conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin, author of the Washington Post's "Right Turn'' blog.

"Cantor can't very well perform his job duties since he's lost now and it's actually good to get this out of the way during the summer rather than in the fall or the start of the next Congress when they probably want to hit the ground running,'' Rubin told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"It's also a courtesy to his own staff so they can go out and look for work. So … it's probably all for the best.''

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Rubin believes the central theme behind Cantor's loss is that of a politician who got too big in the eyes of those he serves, in this case Virginia's Seventh District.

"[It is] the classic case of the politician who loses touch with the tone and the service that constituents expect back in the district,'' she said.

"That's the overwhelming sentiment I'm hearing from Virginians. That's the overall impression amongst the party regulars within Virginia.

"Whether you say if he was aloof or took his constituents for granted — you just can't do that in the current atmosphere.''

Rubin said Cantor also had developed a reputation as "a big business guy.''

"That's not a good association these days and he had some warning signals. He got serious about the race a little bit too late,'' she said.

"It's a matter of personal style, it's a matter of staying in touch, and it's a matter of making sure that your agenda and the things that you are pushing as top priorities are the things your constituents are pushing.''

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