As majority leader, Eric Cantor was charged with running the House and electing his Republican colleagues. The tension between the two caused him to schedule, and to vote for, some legislation that angered the conservative base.
Since first being elected to the House in 2000, he has voted with a majority of his Republican colleagues 95 percent of the time or more in most Congresses. His lowest “party unity” score, as calculated by The Upshot, was 91.3 percent during the 110th Congress (2007-2008), when Democrats held the majority. But even then, he voted with his party about as often as Todd Akin, then a Missouri congressman, did...
Mr. Cantor’s voting record is also very similar to that of other top House Republicans, including Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, Paul Ryan
of Wisconsin and Jeb Hensarling of Texas. But as the person responsible for scheduling bills and votes on the House floor, Mr. Cantor perhaps bears more responsibility than most for that agenda, and for getting “must-pass” legislation through the House.