Representative Cantor Tacking Between House Factions?

THE NEW YORKER, March 4, 2013

THE POLITICAL SCENE:  THE HOUSE OF PAIN

Can Eric Cantor, the Republican Majority Leader, redeem his party and himself?  by Ryan Lizzie

“The chaotic resolution of the fiscal cliff left Republicans even more battered.  Rather than rejuvenating the Republican identity, Cantor seemed to be doing little more than opportunistically tacking between factions within the house.”

We were watching sailboats racing today on San Francisco Bay.  They tack a lot in order to get into position, to use the wind, to go around buoys and for other maneuvers.  Tacking or “coming about” is used to turn the boat by heading into the wind and turning the rudder.

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