Cantor Lays Down Another Marker

Want another sign that no matter what happens in November, John Boehner’s days as Republican Leader in the House are numbered? Here’s one: days after Boehner went out of his way to agree that Rep. Michele Bachmann had gone over the brink into the dangerous side of Crazytown, his loyal lieutenant Eric Cantor went out of his way to defend the wacky Minnesotan, per Politico‘s Tim Mak:

Asked by CBS host Charlie Rose whether Bachmann was “out of line,” Cantor declined to criticize the congresswoman.

“I think that if you read some of the reports that have covered the story, I think that her concern was about the security of the country. So it’s about all I know,” the House’s No. 2 Republican told CBS’s “This Morning.”

The ends justify the means, it seems. And John Boehner had better remember that.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.