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BuzzChatter Thursday: Cantor insists he won’t wallow in misery

The Cantor fallout continues.

“Suffering is part of life, misery is a choice.” — outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the only Jewish Republican, quoting a Holocaust survivor in his farewell news conference Wednesday.

Say what you will about Cantor, he handled his stunning exit with class. Also, he made the right call about giving up his leadership post next month. The GOP conference needs to move on sooner rather than later.

“I do think that 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.” — Josh Ernst, President Obama’s principal deputy press secretary, to reporters aboard Air Force One.

Don’t expect the president to shed tears over Cantor’s loss. The Virginia Republican was seen as the key roadblock to a “grand bargain” on debt reduction that Obama and House Speaker John Boehner had discussed. Obama and Cantor were at odds on any number of issues.

“The conservative base is alive and well.” — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz celebrating Cantor’s primary loss.

Cruz called Cantor “a good man,” but said the upset should be a reminder to Democrats and Republicans alike that the conservative cause is still kicking despite lots of media speculation this year that the tea party was kaput.

“Cantor took his eye off the ball.” — MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Cantor’s loss.

Scarborough was suggesting that Cantor lost touch with his district. That can happen “in ways that have nothing to do with politics,” Scarborough said. Cantor, though, said he was home in his district every weekend.