Exorcising Eric Cantor

RightWatch: I live in a house where the House majority leader -- and debt-ceiling obstructionist -- once played. It gives me the creeps.

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That was nonsense then, and it's nonsense now, as is Cantor's oft-stated claim that we can close the deficit by spending cuts alone without raising tax revenues. It's as ludicrous as the dangerous hooey being spewed by Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann, who claims that it would be no big deal if the debt ceiling were not raised by the Aug. 2 deadline and the government defaulted on its debt. 

Some Democrats, to be sure, also drank the Kool-Aid. But it's the Republican right wing that poured the powder, added the water and stirred the mixture. Their petulant intransigence stands in the way of a distasteful bargain between Obama and pragmatic Republicans like Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner that would involve cuts to Social Security and Medicare and new tax revenues. They seem to relish the idea of disaster.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that Cantor is so childish that he doesn't belong at the negotiating table. I say he's a dangerous zombie possessed by the evil spirit of Limbaugh.

And to think that he once frolicked in the place where I now make my home. Anyone know where I can find an exorcist?

Jack White is a regular contributor to The Root.

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is a former columnist for TIME magazine and a regular contributor to The Root.