September 6th, 2007
01:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Washington's latest mystery

Rep. Cantor's new online 'adventure.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A House Ways and Means Committee hearing on America's “carried interest” policy isn't likely to drum up widespread excitement. But GOP Deputy Whip Eric Cantor, who holds a seat on the panel, is hoping to change that.

The Virginia Republican's staff has launched a choose-your-own-adventure style interactive Web video that begins with a Deep Throat-esque parking garage meeting. Three young Cantor staffers are told it's "vital" they figure out who is putting retirement security "at risk."

Viewers are soon prompted to send the intrepid staffers to the Longworth House Office Building, the U.S. Capitol, or the Washington Monument to solve this whodunit caper.

Hint: The perpetrators in question are Democrats.

"To our knowledge, this is the first time anything like this has been done in politics," Cantor Spokeswoman Rachel Bauer said in a statement announcing the video.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Eric Cantor
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Tony Nazar, Wilton, ME

    Is this hosted on a government server? Looks to me like Cantor has put it on his .gov house website. If that's the case...

    Oh wait. It would be okay. He's a Republican.

    September 6, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. HAWK,TEXAS

    LEAVE IT TO REPUBLICANS TO COME UP WITH SOME THING DIRTY. ALLWAYS IT IS THE DEMOCRATS THAT ARE TO BLAME, SENATOR CRAIG PROBABLY BLAME CLINTON FOR HIS FAILURE.

    September 6, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Ryan, Provo,UT

    @Tony

    Since when is partisanship not allowed on government servers? I'm pretty sure politicians on both sides of the aisle play the blame game on their websites.

    I'm a liberal myself, but the lengths some people will go to blame everything on the republican bogeyman amazes me.

    September 6, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Jim, Atlanta

    Possibly this group might want to consider placing the blame on the group who increased government spending by the greatest percentage in 40 years and who gave tax cuts that mostly benefited the wealthy...who could that have been?

    Bush and the Republican Congress inherited annual Budget Surpluses of $250 billion per year and turned them into an additional $ 2 trillion of debt. Do you think that had any effect on the future viability of Social Security?

    September 6, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Scott

    Yawn. Big deal. The GOP has discovered video. By 2010 they'll be on Facebook doin' email. "To our knowledge, this is the first time anything like this has been done in politics." Maybe no one was dumb and green enough?

    September 6, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    "facis are stubborn things" – Ronald Reagan

    Ah, you are letting facts getting in the way of your thinking. BIG facts like the numbers you are citing aren't being paid attention to. So many just tune into Rush Limbaugh in the afternoon and get their daily dose of noise, hate, and obfuscation. Or they can get it the Fox Noise Channel at night. All of the "talking points" come from our former propaganda minister Karl Rove or Karl Rove wannabes.

    September 6, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Peg, Brookeland, Texas

    The mystery to me is why democrats persist in believing the tax cuts benefitted mostly the wealthy which is completely untrue. Also untrue, is that most of the wealthy is Republican. I guess the dem's favorite mantra is what they want to believe anyway.

    September 6, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Benjamin Franklin Pierce - Crabapple Cove, Maine

    Peg said: The mystery to me is why democrats persist in believing the tax cuts benefitted mostly the wealthy which is completely untrue. Also untrue, is that most of the wealthy is Republican. I guess the dem's favorite mantra is what they want to believe anyway.

    Peg; care to back that up with any data, or are you just guessing no one will ask which orifice you're pulling your statements out of?

    September 6, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Texans Against Bush

    Peg, I'm disappointed. Do you not remember Texas also had a surplus until he made the same tax cuts here? ...before he left for office? ...then all of a sudden we had a deficit, and this was before 9/11?

    September 7, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |