House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks at the Milken Institute Global Conference Monday, April 30, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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The rest of the country might be stunned, too, if Republicans win in November and McCarthy succeeds in his quest to become speaker of the House, next in line after the vice president to the presidency.Yet many in Bakersfield are musing that "Kevin" – he's still just easygoing, uncomplicated Kevin here – might actually pull off this ascent. McCarthy, the House majority leader, declined to be interviewed on the record.McCarthy is used to being underestimated, just like his hometown.In fact, McCarthy had to abandon a bid for speaker in 2015 amid skepticism from fellow House Republicans that a Californian could lead the increasingly conservative, religious and uncompromising pack of politicians.But that was before McCarthy became an early Donald Trump supporter. Before the new president started calling McCarthy "My Kevin".Bakersfield's clubby, conservative political machine groomed McCarthy when he was just a likable young intern and has been pleased to find it picked a quick study and now savvy strategist – if not necessarily a policy wonk or a political mastermind like his predecessors in House leadership.Cantor was defeated a few years ago, and after Ryan retires in January, McCarthy will be the last of the Young Guns standing.
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