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Okay… I am all kinds of happy this morning.  US House Rep. Eric Cantor is officially the Republican Whip.  Doesn’t that just give you the tingles? Snnnaaaaapppp!!!!

Why?  Because – the one thing Obama was right about, “Change” is coming.  And now its here.  As the President-elect delivered an economic address in Fairfax, Virginia at George Mason University, I was reading up on the Stimulus Debate and getting a sense for where Eric Cantor is going to lead those of us interested in strengthening the Republican Party by learning from our past, and making goals for our common future. 

Once upon a time, I was a serious booster for Cantor to be on the McCain ticket – now, I realize how wonderful (and yes, you Fitzhugh Mafia boys were right) it is to have him on the Hill.  He will be our voice of reason – Cantor is the guy we want negotiating with Pelosi.  He’s the guy we want standing up to Pelosi.  We know she fears him… because she turned the lights out on the House floor the last time he took the fight to her.

Cantor also fits the bill in other ways.  He will be the Republican point man at the table with the Obama Administration.  Sure, Boehner and McConnell will be there… but neither of those gentlemen will make a bid for President in 2012, or 2016.  Cantor’s future is intertwined with that of a new generation of Republicans and conservatives – Gen Jones and Gen Xers – ascending into leadership and management roles in governance, media, and campaign management.  All across the corporate spectrum.  Think I’m wrong?  How many commercials now feature jingles that are sampled from the music we all grew up on? 

The past was just prologue.  With Obama just days away from the presidency, and Cantor poised to lead Republicans out of the wilderness —- I am more genuinely optimistic about America’s future than I have been in years.  No more business as usual.  No more Mr. Nice Guy.  And no more Miss Nice Citizen Journalist, either.

—Media Lizzy

From The Whip’s Office:

As the Congressional budget office prepares to release their forecast this morning, we are learning more about the Democrat’s ‘stimulus’ plans. As you consider the plan over the coming days, take a moment to consider:

Size: The stimulus being discussed now could range anywhere from $800 billion to more than $1.3 trillion (Senator Reid, Congress Daily AM, January 6, 2009) over the next two years. This will likely be the largest single spending bill in history.