Heard on the Hill: Fighting Over Festivus

Posted December 8, 2010 at 6:42pm

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a little bit of fighting. This time the squabble is between House Majority Leader-designate Eric Cantor and President Barack Obama fan club Americans United for Change.

The Virginia Republican was scheduled to hold a Wednesday evening fundraiser with the theme of Festivus, the tongue-in-cheek secular holiday inspired by an episode of “Seinfeld.” Americans United for Change seized on the opportunity to air its grievances — an integral part of Festivus, as any “Seinfeld” fan will tell you — against Cantor.

The liberal organization challenged  Cantor to “feats of strength” (a Festivus tradition) in a press release for supporting tax cuts for the rich and privatizing Social Security.

“At $500 a ticket it’s hard to imagine that Cantor will be hearing much from the millions of middle-class Americans who have justifiable grievances against him,” the release reads.

Burn!

But Cantor’s camp doesn’t seem rattled by the insult. In fact, it sounds like those at the party will be airing some grievances of their own.

“The airing of the grievances is an important part of Festivus, and after two years of Obama/Reid/Pelosi policies being forced upon people there are plenty of grievances for all to air,” Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring tells HOH, referring to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “Frankly, it could last days.”