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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.