Tom DeLay
Could Eric Cantor's loss be California's gain?
Could Eric Cantor's loss be California's gain?

Will House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning fall result in a rise in congressional influence for California? Maybe, because the lawmaker perhaps best positioned to fill Cantor’s job is Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from Bakersfield. McCarthy, the current majority whip, hasn’t said yet if he intends to make a run for the Cantor post, but Capitol insiders say they would be shocked if he did not. McCarthy is a prodigious fundraiser who, along with Cantor, helped orchestrate the GOP takeover of the House in 2010. He has quickly risen through the ranks of his caucus since arriving in Congress in 2008. Many of the tea partiers who have grown restless with...