John BoehnerFred Barnes

Republicans are better off after their landslide victory in the midterm election than even they imagine, and the Democrats are worse off. This situation could change quickly, but chances are it won’t. For starters, Republicans will continue to have issues on their side. The election reaffirmed that America is a center-right country and that a sizeable majority is anxious about government spending and debt, the president’s health-care plan, and jobs. Democrats may hope that Republicans elected with tea party support will cause a ruckus by demanding sweeping action. But Barnes thinks Democrats will have more trouble dealing with their own brethren who agree with Boehner’s advice that Obama change course.

Barnes is executive editor of the Weekly Standard and a Fox News commentator.

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