Martin Bashir of “BashirLive” (MSNBC) Likens Eric Cantor as “Iago” to John Boehner’s “Othello”


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I was quite amused by Martin Bashir (from England) used Shakespeare to describe the relationship between Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA).  Boehner is “Othello” to Cantor’s “Iago.”  It is a wonderful play and even better opera. It is entertaining to read Wikipedia’s description of the character “Iago” in Shakespeare’s “Othello”:

Description of character

Iago is one of Shakespeare’s most sinister villains, often considered such because of the unique trust that Othello places in him, which he betrays while maintaining his reputation of honesty and dedication. Shakespeare contrasts Iago with Othello’s nobility and integrity. With 1097 lines, he has more lines than Othello.

Iago is a Machiavellian schemer and manipulator, as he is often referred to as “honest Iago”, displaying his skill at deceiving other characters so that not only do they not suspect him, but they count on him as the person most likely to be truthful.

Shakespearean critic A. C. Bradley said that “evil has nowhere else been portrayed with such mastery as in the evil character of Iago.”[3] The mystery surrounding Iago’s actual motives continues to intrigue readers and fuel scholarly debate.