President Obama Shares His Analysis of Eric Cantor’s Loss

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House Majority Leader Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA) (R) and others listen as US President Barack Obama speaks with guests after a bill signing in the Rose Garden of the White House April 5, 2012 in Washington, DC.  Joined by Democratic and Republican lawmakers President Obama signed HR 3606, the "Jump start Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act", which aims to give start up and growing companies improved abilities to raise funds. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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In case there was any doubt that President Obama, like just about everyone, really hates Eric Cantor, on Wednesday evening he took a jab at the soon-to-be former House majority leader. "At a certain point issues are important enough to fight for. My argument about yesterday’s election is not that there was too little politics — there was too little conviction about what was right," Obama told the crowd at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser in Weston, Massachusetts. Later he remarked, "If you think because of politics, you want to maintain a status quo that is broken … you don’t belong in Washington."

Obama also dismissed talk from "pundits and analysts" about how Cantor's loss means immigration reform is now doomed. "I fundamentally reject that. I will tell the speaker of the House that he needs to reject that," he said. "We need to get immigration reform done." The chances of passing immigration reform were incredibly slim even before Tuesday's primary, but it's not like Obama can tell a bunch of Democratic donors, "Eh, it wasn't going to happen anyway."