Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rep. Cantor's Magic Bullet

Much has been made recently of threats and acts of vandalism perpetrated against Democrats that voted for health care reform over the weekend. Those Congressmen and women have spoken up about this intimidation and that his has no place in American politics. That all sounds reasonable enough, except....

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor thinks the Democrats are making too much political hay of these acts. Then he drops the supposed bombshell publicly disclosing, "A bullet was shot through the window of [his] campaign office in Richmond this week." Of course, here's the problem. It doesn't match the facts. From the Richmond Police Department it appears a bullet was fired into the air, fell back toward the earth (as gravity is want to make objects do) and broke through a window pane in the same building that Cantor's office is housed in. It broke the window pain, but not the blinds and it fell at a downward trajectory.

That seems like a gross overstatement on Cantor's part and a false comparison as opposed to lawmakers that have face thrown bricks and cut propane lines.

8 comments:

Colin said...

I suppose Cantor should compare notes with Rep. Driehaus, whose spokesman claimed a rock was thrown through the window of his Cincinnati office. That's curious because his office is located on the 30th floor of a building.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2011432285_healthreat25.html

Or maybe the Seattle Times is making the whole thing up, which is well within the realm of possibility.

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