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They’ll Have His Back

What congressional Republicans will do for the GOP nominee.

Mar 19, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 26 • By FRED BARNES
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Where does all this lead us? Republicans should be encouraged. That Obama will glide to reelection is widely believed in Washington and popular with the mainstream media. The never-ending GOP presidential race has spurred a wave of optimism among Democrats and inside the Obama campaign.

They’re dreaming. Obama’s poll numbers are weak, and his economic baggage has been lightened very little by the gradual decline in unemployment. He’s in trouble, all the more because Republicans of all stripes agree his defeat is their most important objective.

In Congress and the political community, Republicans aren’t waiting for the presidential contest to end. Though it’s difficult to imagine now, Republicans in the congressional wing of the party will have the nominee’s back whenever he is crowned. Just like Jack Kemp in 1980, who gave the likely nominee an agenda even before the primaries had begun.

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.

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