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June 13, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Cathy McMorris Rodgers ducks and covers in GOP earthquake

Spokane Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers quickly made it clear she would not be taking on any more visibility on behalf of the GOP.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, during the 2013 government shutdown. (Photo by Win McNarnee/Getty Images)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, during the 2013 government shutdown.
(Photo by Win McNarnee/Getty Images)

In the wake of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s crushing primary defeat the appeal of a move up the party ladder apparently evaporated. McMorris Rodgers is party conference chairwoman, a sufficiently anonymous title that comes with a ranking as No. 4 in the party hierarchy. Suddenly that seems like plenty.

Indeed. The GOP is galloping away from Cantor, who was happy to spend tons of money and buy ads in his Virginia district. Otherwise Cantor was smugly aloof. Voters were not impressed. Cantor had no agenda to defend. Virginia voters are apparently more open minded about immigration than Cantor and his party. And he had nothing else to offer in the way of defined policies or insights.

Echoes of a recent column of mine about the GOP groping for relevance. At the very least, McMorris Rodgers has a sense of humor. In a statement issued from the GOP bunker, she noted in part that she looked forward “to continue leading my colleagues and building on our successes to introduce a culture of innovation to Capitol Hill, improve the image of House Republicans, and …” There is more, but why risk giggly coffee spills.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, the GOP blocked efforts to give cash-strapped borrowers a break on their student loan debt. Yup, a real grasp of what is going on with people in every corner of America.

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