twisted the knife a bit Wednesday in its response to Majority Leader
’s surprising primary defeat.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that Cantor's fall at the hands of a little-known, little-funded opponent was the Virginia Republican's fault.
"This outcome does provide some evidence to indicate that the strategy of opposing nearly everything and supporting hardly anything is not just a bad governing strategy, it is not a very good political strategy either," Earnest said.
Cantor has been a persistent and vocal Obama critic, and is viewed by some in the White House as a politician whose personal political ambitions got in the way of compromise.
Cantor was hammered by opponent David Brat for his support for some aspects of
"Majority Leader Cantor campaigned very aggressively against common-sense, bipartisan, immigration reform, but yet there are some who suggest that his election was a key to getting immigration reform done," Earnest said. "It is the view of the White House that there is support all across the country for common sense bipartisan immigration reform."