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  •  This seems like just semantics (0+ / 0-)

    And really no there there when it comes to Cantor's involvement.  The point is this FBI leak/whistleblower/snitch whatever you want to call it came to Cantor with this information about the investigation and TO CANTOR'S CREDIT instead of going to the media or gossiping about it to his fellow congressmen he went right back to the FBI and said look this is what one of your own told me.  

    It doesn't really matter what he labelled the FBI agent who told him about the investigation when he told Mueller about his leak, the point is he did the right thing and told Mueller about it.  

    •  Cantor's silence after he told Meuller isn't (5+ / 0-)

      necessarily to his credit: Petraeus was the GOP's most promising 2016 POTUS candidate.  By a freaking mile.  Forget that the surges were all smoke and mirrors because the surge-spins (including those contained in the Broadwell hagiography, ironically) were masterful propaganda that made Petraeus a larger than life warrior who could do no wrong.  And he's a Republican who would give all the closeted Tea Partiers boners and at the same time make the Party "Moderates" smile broadly because of his service in the Obama admin coupled with Obama's effusive praise for him.

      No, what seems a lot more likely to me is that Cantor passed the info on to the Director because he had to, not knowing that the FBI agent was a sex obsessed Tea Partier (is there any other kind?) whose motivation was to scuttle Obama's chances on NOV 6 and to "impress" his wannabe paramour, Kelly;  he was likely told, maybe by Meuller himself, that the investigation was not uncovering anything other than personal no-nos and that's why there wasn't any contact with Congress regarding national security, and he may have even been told that the "whistle blower" had been told to stand down because of aberrant behavior.  If so (and I think that is not an unlikely scenario), Cantor would have thought that, just maybe, Petraeus' ass isn't grass after all and his possibility of being the GOP standard bearer in 4 years was still on the table, so silence would be the judicious thing, politically.

      IOW, Occam's razor tells me that attributing altruistic motives to someone who philosophically disdains altruism (as all Randians do) is a faulty way to explain that person's behavior.  

      "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

      by nailbender on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:22:23 AM PST

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      •  didn't finish: (9+ / 0-)

        Then, after Cantor contacted Meuller, the FBI was forced to let Obama know, even though they'd determined that there was no national security threat (whether that was actually the case is another question altogether) and this was a personal matter that involved a civilian CIA director.  Obama was himself forced to confront Petraeus because of the jeopardy this affair put the nation's top spymaster into, and then either asked for his resignation or Petraeus offered it unbidden.

        But Cantor, having let the cat out of the bag (because he bought into the RW agent's fevered CT, hoping that Obama would be wounded - before finding out that it was all just a nasty sex scandal involving his party's best '16 candidate) was now in the position of having exposed Petraeus.  And the RW noise machine immediately goes into overdrive trying to figure out a way to turn this into an Obama-conspiracy instead of a GOP sleaze-fest, which it, in reality, is.

        "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

        by nailbender on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:36:59 AM PST

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      •  I am not attributing good motives to him (0+ / 0-)

        Nor did I say that anywhere in my post.  I am saying for whatever reason he did the right thing here and that is to his credit.  I am sure it was not motivated by altruism or anything noble but honestly I don't care about his motives because whatever they were they led to him doing the right thing,.

    •  Well, someone had been going around blabbing (2+ / 0-)
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      indie17, Larsstephens

      cuz Scarborough said yesterday morning that he heard "rumblings" about this a couple of weeks ago, which was just about the time shirtless FBI dude went to Cantor.

      So, either shirtless FBI dude or Cantor was spreading the gossip around.

      Considering Scarborough has his direct connections with Cantor, I'm inclined to think it was Cantor he heard it from.

      •  My vote is that Cantor was tattling (2+ / 0-)
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        edwardssl, Librarianmom

        ...or that Joe is making the story up.

        It does raise a curious question;  is there a whole kind of upper ranks party network that ambitious young couples and babes are drawn to?

        Are they power groupies?

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