Picture of the Day: Eric Cantor, Musical Theater Nerd?

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Before he rocked the boat in Congress, he rocked a mullet and a knowledge of obscure operetta lyrics.

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This handsome young man may look like Full House-era John Stamos, but he's actually found in a different House today: the House of Representatives. That's Majority Leader Eric Cantor during his school days at the tony Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia.

From the hair to the middle name, there's a lot to like here, but perhaps the best part is that quote. Yes, given Cantor's reputation as a hard-bargainer, it seems fitting that he chose it for his yearbook photo (Democrats have sniped at the epigram before). But what's even better is that it comes from the 1905 operetta Mlle. Modiste. According to the Broadway experts at Wikipedia, the quote is the title line of the first song of the second act. Is Eric Cantor a closet musical theater enthusiast? We certainly hope so.

Here is an Edison Cylinder recording of the tune, because why not? And speaking of classics, check out Chris Good's gallery of yearbook photos of 2012 presidential candidates:

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David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

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