Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican
The Democrats aren’t the only ones who risk being torn asunder in 2011. There will be plenty of talk about whether John Boehner can contain the Tea Party wing of his party. Even before the session’s start, plans to expand the federal government’s debt ceiling are giving the future speaker a headache. Who might benefit from a back-bench revolt? Eric Cantor, Boehner’s No. 2. The 47-year-old Virginian has assiduously created an identity for himself as face of the new Republican guard. The last Republican revolution led to an intraparty putsch. Cantor could be the one left standing if a fight breaks out.
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