"You know the implausible story Eric Cantor told yesterday about how his campaign office had been the target of a shooting incident? (His exact words were: "Just recently I have been directly threatened. A bullet was shot through the window of my campaign office in Richmond this week.")
Well, even if it weren't for the fact that Richmond police are saying the bullet was fired randomly, there would be reason to be skeptical of Cantor's claim. It turns out that it is nearly impossible to imagine that anyone ever could have figured out that the building in question housed his campaign office...because the building isn't even in Eric Cantor's congressional district, and it's not his campaign headquarters.
Instead, the building (located here) is actually in Virginia's 3rd congressional district (map here). Cantor represents the 7th.
Probably because the building isn't in Cantor's CD, it doesn't have any actual campaign posters or other markings to indicate that Cantor has an office inside it. Moreover, the building's address is not listed on his campaign website, so even if the bullet hadn't been fired randomly, it's virtually impossible to imagine how somebody could possibly have decided to target this location.
The final question is this: even if the bullet hadn't been fired randomly, even if somehow somebody figured out that Cantor had a campaign office inside this building which is not in Cantor's congressional district and is not listed on Cantor's website, then why in the world would someone who had gone through all those hoops end up firing the bullet into the wrong office? Remember, even though he has an office in the building, his office itself was not struck."
But Cantor's lie did it's job ... the news reports and rightwing blogs are screaming that Cantor was shot at by the left, the bullet was meant for Cantor, his office sprayed with bullets, and on and on.
Now, can there be some investigation into Rep. Jean Schmidt's voicemail of the "angry Obama-supporting black man" that uses phrases like funky ass. And Jean Schmidt's vote got so much attention that she'd receive the death threat. Please investigate this!
The GOP and the media is so quick to find the moral equivalency on the left to balance the teabagger's violence .... and it doesn't matter if it's just more white college boys wearing pimp suits or white girls attacked by an imaginary black man carving a 'B" into her cheek.
Jean Schmidt's claim needed to involve a seemingly over-the top stereotype angry & violent black man. Cantor's claim needed to include the Left attacking him because he's jewish. And who exactly is fanning the flames?
It'd be hilarious if they traced the bullet back to a gun owned by a tea bagger.
I was reading to the end before saying about the same thing: Perhaps one of his own Yahoos that shot into the air & missed during an Anti-Obama/Anti-Healthcare Reform/Anti-Obama/ Anti-Gov Take-Over/Anti-Obama/Anti-Democrat/Anti-Obama/ Anti-Liberal/Anti-Obama/Anti-Abortion/Anti-Obama/Pro-Life/ Pro-Handgun Rally/Prayer-Meeting a few blokes away.
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