We couldn't possibly hope to fit all of our Precious Memories of Eric Cantor into a single column, so let's just hit some highlights of a departing weaselface. (You might be surprised at the number of hits you get on a search for "Eric Cantor weasel." Then again, you might not.) The only problem with a guy like Cantor is that there's just so much petty douchery to pick from that we know we're going to leave out someone's favorite example, so please, add all you want to in the comments (as if we allowed comments).

First off, let's remember the hilarity of Eric Cantor, then a still spry 48, co-authoring the book Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders (now available in remainder bins everywhere) with Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy. It was some kind of Cowboy Steampunk novel, as we recall, where Cantor came unstuck in time:

Needless to say, the culture shock for me … was pretty severe. I felt a little like George Taylor, Charlton Heston’s character in Planet of the Apes must have upon discovering the foundering Statue of Liberty on the beach. What was happening to my country?

And now we have to imagine him pounding sand, as it were, screaming "God damn you all to hell! You blew it up! YOU BLEW IT UP!" It was not a story with the happiest ending, although we understand that in the sequel, he manages to comfort himself with a highly paid job at some rightwing foundation or another.

And then there was the Big 2010 Bullet Fiasco, where Cantor claimed that he was a Victimized Victim of some crazed person who anti-Semitically shot at his office, so Democrats had better shut up about actual organized vandalism of their offices and homes. It's very wrong to politicize that, said Cantor, since he too was a victim. Except that police determined pretty quickly that that bullet that struck the building where his campaign office was located was a stray round, and the building didn't even have so much as a "Cantor headquarters" sign on it. But hey, a bullet came near a place where his mail got sent, so he was a victim, oh yes he was. And also, a mentally ill person threatened him on YouTube.

And then there was all the debt ceiling/government shutdown mishegas of 2011, with deal after prospective deal sliding off the road after hitting a puddle of whine from the House, and Cantor and Obama agreeing to disagree, only Eric never agreed to that, and poor Eric's feelings were very hurt because he did not get the respect he deserved.

Let us not forget the memorable moment when David Gregory tried to explain "women" to Mr. Cantor, who merely kept insisting "religious freedom" would be endangered if Catholics couldn't tell their employees what to do with their naughtybits. Because Eric Cantor loves religious freedom, except maybe if Muslims want to build a mosque in a vacant Burlington Coat Factory a couple blocks from Ground Zero.

And then, during the 2013 government shut down, there was that beautiful moment when even Fox's Chris Wallace wanted to know why the House Republicans answered every question with "Repeal Obamacare," and Cantor answered, "Repeal Obamacare."

By the end, Eric Cantor was pretty much disliked by everyone, though for different reasons. Wingnuts hated him for trying to take guns away from decent godfearing domestic abusers, and ultimately he lost his primary because he treasonously suggested that something might be done to fix our immigration system, even though he promised that he'd oppose any actual progress.

And now, we face the prospect of a House with no Eric Cantor to make fun of. We can only hope that, after November, he'll somehow find a way to be a weasel in the private sector.

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FINALLY. Of course, we say "finally," because we haven't been behind the scenes in the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees to witness the negotiating and wrangling firsthand, so we don't know what it's taken to make this happen, but clear your calendars for July 17, because Bobby Mueller is goin' to Congress!

Committee chairs Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler sent the letter late yesterday, accompanied by a subpoena, for Mueller to testify at 9 a.m. Eastern on July 17, which is a Wednesday, so you will presumably not be busy with brunch. The hearings for each committee will be back to back, after which members of Mueller's staff will meet with committee staff behind closed doors.

Schiff told Rachel Maddow last night that it should not be viewed as a friendly subpoena, because as we all know, Mueller has been very reluctant to become the star of the political circus this will surely create. However, he's gonna have to suck it up, because as we all saw after what happened when Mueller addressed the nation for 10 whole minutes, there is great value in actually having Mueller breathe life into his own work, for an American audience that hasn't read his 448-page report. (And we don't blame them/you! We probably wouldn't have read it all if it wasn't our job. It would probably be on our "list," like "someday I am going to watch 'The Sopranos' start to finish finally. And then I will read the Mueller Report!")

Point is, it needs to happen on live TV, where people can gather around at work and on the train and in the Fantastic Sams while they gets their hair did, and let this highly respected public servant tell the story of how America's most hostile enemy attacked the 2016 election in order to help Donald Trump, how the Trump campaign was positively orgasmic over that reacharound, and how Trump criminally obstructed the investigation into that hostile foreign attack at every turn.

And because Robert Mueller is a patriotic American who respects the rule of law and our institutions, he will be complying with the subpoena, because of fucking course he will.

Right off the bat, we have a couple of questions:

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