Minority Whip Eric Cantor is a rising star in his party, having ascended to a position of second-most-powerful Republican in the House...second to Boehner. In some respects, the two signify different poles of power in the House Republican Conference: Boehner's old guard, left over from the glory days of the 1990s and the Bush years (Boehner took over as majority leader after Tom DeLay's resignation), and Cantor's new crop of tech-savvy Republicans more in tune with the Tea Party and the grassroots-loving, fiscally right wing of the GOP.
Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.