Minority Whip Eric Cantor appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos to talk about how fucked the Republican party is. GLBT blog Towleroad summed up Cantor’s remedy with this headline: “Rep. Eric Cantor: GOP Needs to Be Inclusive on Gay Rights.” Is Eric Cantor really pushing for the G.O.P. to incorporate gay rights into its new party platform? Not exactly:
Here’s what Stephanopoulos asked Cantor: “But Governor [Jon] Huntsman says that you’re not going to be reaching out to broaden the base of the party, reaching out to young people who have left the Republican party in droves unless you do have that positive agenda on the environment, unless you move to the middle on issues like gay rights. Are you prepared to do that in the House?”
Here’s how Towleroad phrased it: “Are you prepared to [move to the middle on positions like gay rights] in the House?
And here’s how Cantor replied:
There is no question the Republican Party has to return to be one of inclusion, not exclusion. And we are a party with many ideas. And we have in that a commitment to make sure that we have positive alternatives, if we don’t agree with this administration, or the House Democrats, and to continue to put those ideas forward and again the problems facing this country . . . are not just Republican or Democrat problems. They are so big. They are so challenging . . . Let’s come up with solutions that actually produce results for a change, instead of making matters worse, which Washington is famous for.
So: In response to Stephanopoulos’ vague question about the environment, and gays, and such, Eric Cantor has said on the record that the Republican party is one of “ideas,” “inclusion,” and “change.”
Meaning: Eric Cantor has not said anything.