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By CNN's Wolf Blitzer
(CNN) – For all practical purposes, Mitt Romney is now the leader of the Republican Party.
Move over Reince Priebus, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and the others. You have a new boss.
The first real evidence came this week when Romney said he supported keeping student loan interest rates very low. Unless Congress takes action, those rates are set to double. Romney is on the same page as President Barack Obama.
Once Romney spoke, it didn’t take very long for Boehner to follow suit, even though plenty of House Republicans earlier thought it was too expensive.
Congress will now find a way to keep those interest rates low.
Four years ago, when then-Senator Obama finally defeated Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, he, too, immediately emerged as the de facto leader of the Democratic Party. His top advisers quickly emerged as powerful political players – whether on economic, social or national security issues.
The same thing is now happening in the GOP.
Romney’s top advisers – many of whom are not yet well known to the general public – are about to quickly emerge as real power players. It comes with the territory.
The Romney election campaign is also about to dramatically expand. Dozens of new jobs are about to be created. Each one of them will add to Romney’s influence.
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