TAMPA, Fla. -- When Rep. Paul Ryan takes the stage at the Republican convention Wednesday night, his fellow "young guns" will be watching from the good seats.
Ryan, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia and Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield had once been seen as rivals to House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio -- a triumvirate of younger leaders who published a book together on their goals for the GOP.
But on Wednesday evening they'll be sitting with Boehner in the speaker's box -- a picture of comity.
Cantor has kept a relatively low profile in Tampa.
He does not have a prime-time speaking role at the convention. In fact, he doesn't have a speaking role at all.
But that doesn't mean the rising GOP star has been quiet.
Cantor was in touch with Ryan before the vice presidential nominee's convention address.
And the Virginian made the rounds to state delegations, gave media interviews, met with donors and rallied the faithful at the Republican Jewish Coalition reception.