Amazingly, Rep. Cantor Admits It's Not Fair To Blame Obama For Job Losses

January 08, 2010 12:18 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) is one of President Obama's most vocal critics, especially on the economy.  For nearly a year, Cantor has led the GOP's effort to blame the president for the dismal economic conditions he inherited from George Bush. 

Last summer, Cantor was already claiming incorrectly that the recovery act had failed, while putting the full burden of responsibility for the economy on Obama's shoulders.  "This is clearly President Obama's economy.  The results are disappointing, and the job losses are real," Cantor said in July. 

But strangely, Cantor seems to be walking back his criticism.  In a statement issued earlier today, Cantor said, "It's not fair to blame any one person or political party for all job losses." He also posted the message on his Twitter:

He did add the caveat that "there is no doubt that President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat controlled Congress have made a bad environment worse for entrepreneurs." But that's not what he's been arguing for the past 12 months.