Presumptive Speaker John Boehner (above) has seen firsthand the effects of a fractured leadership team, and he appears to be working to build a smoother relationship with Rep. Eric Cantor, likely to be the Majority Leader in the 112th Congress.
Collins said the biggest challenges for the new leadership team will be keeping the lines of communication open and avoiding misunderstandings.
“Ideologically they are in sync. Their challenge will be managing the unexpected,” he said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.