Cantor’s creative definition of ‘threat’

CANTOR’S CREATIVE DEFINITION OF ‘THREAT’…. This week, we’ve seen an unacceptable number of incidents involving right-wing activists. To protest their rage about what they think the new health care law is, they’re engaging in acts of political vandalism, assault, and harassment.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) seemed rather desperate today to characterize this as a bipartisan problem. During a bizarre press conference this morning, Cantor told reporters:

“I’ve received threats since I assumed elected office — not only because of my position, but also because I’m Jewish. I’ve never blamed anyone in this body for that.

“Just recently I have been directly threatened: A bullet was shot through the window of my campaign office in Richmond this week.”

Well, that sounds pretty serious. We’ve heard about plenty of vandalism at district congressional offices this week — all of the cases involve Democrats as targets — but this would be the first reported shooting.

The problem is, what Cantor told reporters wasn’t true. When he said he was “directly threatened,” Cantor was either shamelessly, blatantly lying, or he was popping off to the press about politically-motivated violence without getting his facts straight.

Here’s what happened: early Tuesday morning, someone in the Richmond area fired a bullet into the air. It eventually came down and hit a building — named, of course, the Reagan Building — on the first floor. According to a report from the Richmond Police Department statement, “The round struck with enough force to break the windowpane but did not penetrate the window blinds. There was no other damage to the room, which is used occasionally for meetings by the congressman.”

Was Eric Cantor “directly threatened” this week? Not if those words still have any meaning at all.