How are relations between President Obama and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.)? Well, it’s complicated.
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Earlier this month, the House majority leader stood by Obama’s side as the president signed a pediatric research law championed by Cantor. It marked a rare case of ideological opposites joining forces to move legislation in an election year.
Just two weeks later, the kumbaya moment was old news. The powerful politicians this week traded barbs over which party is to blame for the House’s failure to consider immigration reform legislation — a spat suggesting the odds are long that Congress will overhaul the system in 2014.
The back-to-back episodes highlight the hot-and-cold swings that have marked the relationship between Obama and Cantor over the years. The two have shifted from being unlikely allies on issues as diverse as trade and voting rights to prickly foes on more bread-and-butter issues, such as healthcare and the economy.