An ABC/Washington Post poll from early October found that only 1 out every 20 Americans identifies with the Republican Party. It strikes me that one of the reasons for this Republican malaise may be the lame talent pool available to the GOP. For instnace, the word is that Eric Cantor, GOP House Whip, considers Blaine Luetkemeyer an up-and-comer in the party. Yet, at a fundraiser in Clayton for Luetkemeyer yesterday, the best he could come up with was:

Blaine Luetkemeyer has really hit the ground running,” Cantor said.

As an example, he continued, “Blaine has been a part of the crafting of the Republican alternative on the health-care front.

Wow! Luetkemeyer helped with the Republican health care alternative?  After he hit the ground, he surely didn’t have to run too hard to manage that feat. I’d call this damming with faint praise except I think that Cantor was actually trying to talk the guy up.