George Will: Obama Is Probably Going to Win

Republicans should focus on controlling Congress, he writes

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 2, 2012 1:54 PM CST

(Newser) – Conservative columnist George Will sizes up Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum's chances of winning the presidency and offers this up to Republicans: Hey, there's always 2016. Politico got a sneak peek at Will's Sunday column, in which he argues that Republicans are probably going to lose the White House and should focus instead on a more "attainable" goal—keeping control of the House and taking control of the Senate.

"Conservatives this year should have as their primary goal making sure Republicans wield all the gavels in Congress in 2013," writes Will. That will keep an important check on Obama and pave the way for the next election. “From Louisiana’s Gov. Bobby Jindal to Wisconsin’s Rep. Paul Ryan, Republicans have a rising generation of potential 2016 candidates," he writes. "The presidency is not everything, and there will be another election in the next year divisible by four."

President Obama jokes about flying into New Hampshire during the snow Thursday in Nashua, N.H.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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