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What makes Virginia so politically schizophrenic?

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Cain, both former Democratic governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia represent the people living in the 7th Congressional District where voters also elected Republican Eric Cantor as their representative to Congress. It makes one wonder how the citizens in the 7th can reconcile that wide difference. Personally, Eric Cantor has the personality of Dick Cheney. They appear snidely and smirky as a matter of routine behavior. They are most unlikable compared with smiley Mark and Tim. Cantor aligns with wealthy persons, corporations and conservative lobbyists. He opposes immigration reform, and his chemistry doesn’t work at all with President Obama. So, what’s up with that?

Eric Cantor criticizes Obama on everything
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Basically, the 7th District is a swath of land that is outside the urban areas and a place where wealthy people live in the country. It is a haven in isolation for conservative Republicans. Cantor won his last election with 58.4% of the vote. That means that not all voters in the district are Republicans. Throughout America, there are enclaves where wealthy persons live, often among rural people who are socially adverse to what goes on in urban cities. These enclaves tend to be where white people outnumber minorities. Class warfare that is sociological warfare is born at the intersection of conservative enclaves and overlapping broader representation.

If voters from the 7th District want more effective government, they need to address the disparity in their representation. That would either mean voting for a Republican Senator or replacing Eric Cantor with a Democrat.

Tit for tat

“The president called me hours after he issued a partisan statement which attacked me and my fellow House Republicans and which indicated no sincere desire to work together,” Cantor said in a statement. “After five years, President Obama still has not learned how to effectively work with Congress to get things done.

“You do not attack the very people you hope to engage in a serious dialogue,” he continued.
Obama had issued a statement earlier Wednesday marking the one-year anniversary of the release of a comprehensive immigration reform bill from the so-called Senate Gang of Eight. He praised the Senate legislation, which passed with 68 votes last June, but then turned his fire on House Republicans.

“Unfortunately, Republicans in the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to take action, seemingly preferring the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform,” Obama said. “Instead of advancing common-sense reform and working to fix our immigration system, House Republicans have voted in favor of extreme measures like a punitive amendment to strip protections from ‘Dreamers.’”

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