I’m beginning to think self-awareness isn’t the House Majority Leader’s strongpoint.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th, is pushing for information on the status of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s request for federal disaster assistance for Louisa County residents in the wake of an earthquake there last month.

On Friday, Cantor held a conference call with Federal Emergency Management Agency and Louisa County officials. A readout of the call provided by Cantor’s office indicates that he asked FEMA officials about the timeline and process for determining whether the agency would grant federal assistance. […]

Cantor also spoke with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, asking for additional information and a better sense of timing, according to his office.

Is that so. Now Cantor is interested in FEMA’s timetable.

How convenient. The one congressional leader who was most interested in holding disaster aid hostage — the one congressional leader who fought harder than any other to make sure FEMA has fewer short-term resources — now wants to ask the emergency-response agency, “So, what’s the hold up in my home state?”

Making matters slightly worse, as Brian Beutler explained, Cantor appears concerned about a delayed response that he helped create: “If he’d just said nothing — never insisted for emergency supplemental funds for disaster relief be offset — then disaster aid wouldn’t have gotten mired in a budget fight, and the funds might have been easier to come by.”

Jesse Ferguson, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), added, “The only thing worse than Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s outrageous plan to hold disaster relief hostage to his push for radical cuts in job creation is his brazen hypocrisy in trying to convince his constituents back home that he stood with them in the first place.”

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.