But House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) suggested congressional Republicans are more comfortable with the often-unpredictable McCain following what he believed to be a strong performance at a religious forum earlier this summer, as well as his blistering reaction to the "Soviet invasion of Georgia" and his decision to reverse a long-standing opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling.
Those developments on the presidential campaign trail have put McCain in "an increasingly well-positioned place" with his GOP colleagues, Blunt said
Despite this newfound solidarity, a McCain presidency still presents problems for his congressional colleagues. "It's a challenge," Blunt said.
If he wins, the outspoken senator could either rally Republicans to oppose congressional Democrats or reach across the aisle to broker a truce that would leave GOP lawmakers on the sidelines — and largely irrelevant. That latter scenario "may not have a whole lot to do with us," Blunt said. "We're all just going to figure out how to work with that ... in a way that doesn't destroy the potential to" help each other out.
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