Republicans aren’t as cocky about firing Obama in 2012 as they were just a few months ago. Aides to top GOP presidential prospects say the slow but upward trajectory of the economy could be a game-changer in the election.
Plus, they are up against a candidate who plans to raise $1 billion and operate two campaigns—one in the White House, the other in Chicago. That’s prompting B-list Republicans to reconsider plans to delay getting in the race. A quicker entry would give them more time to raise money, staff, and public awareness.