House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Sunday that Democrats "just didn't get the message from the voters this election" if they make Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) their next majority leader.
"I mean, the voters outright rejected the agenda that she's been about. And here they're going to put her back in charge," Cantor, in line to become the House majority leader in the next Congress, said on "Fox News Sunday."
"I mean, this is the woman who really, I think, puts ideology first, and there have been no results for the American people," he said. "And that seems the direction they want to take again. It just doesn't make sense."
Pelosi announced Friday via Twitter that she would run for the post. Democrats Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who is stepping down as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the majority whip who will be running against Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) for minority whip in the next Congress, supported Pelosi on Sunday shows.
But Cantor responded affirmatively when asked by host Chris Wallace whether the leadership move was a "thumb in the eye to voters."
"Yeah, I don't think there's any question that this says to the voters, 'We're not listening to you. We think we're right. We're going to continue the same path,'" Cantor said.
Cantor said that the Obama administration agenda was "anathema to most people ... And when you hear the president say things like, you know, 'We did a poor job of explaining what we were trying to do,' I think that that's indicative of his not getting it, because the voters have had enough of the Obama agenda."
He said it remains to be seen what President Obama will be willing to work on with Republicans, but "I hope he calls Harry Reid the first thing to get the Senate to go along with the House position."