Rule No. 1 for any Republican who wants to succeed George W. Bush in 2008 is now clear: stay on the President's good side. It's his party, and from fund raising to endorsements, a sitting President can do a lot to determine who the next G.O.P. nominee will be. So if Senator John McCain decides to run for President in 2008, it won't hurt that he and Bush have cooled the infamous ire that developed between them during the pungent 2000 primary season. Campaigning together frequently this fall, the former rivals became, if not bosom buddies, closer than either ever expected,...
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