Want to understand why Obama can't get his way with Congress? One place to start would be Representative Eric Cantor, Republicans' "Young Gun" No. 2 in the House. Cantor, the highest ranking Jewish member of Congress in history, helped lead the GOP in its year-long crusade to lower taxes and cut spending, parrying Democrats at every turn. It was Cantor whom John Boehner tapped to lead negotiations at the height of tense debt-ceiling negotiations in July, and the Majority Leader played no small role in striking budget victory after budget victory for conservatives in 2011.
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