Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Chris Christie, the Most Hated Republican Among Republicans, Is the Most Popular Republican in the Country

Posted by on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 1:45 PM

1. The Washington Post says:

Christie has seen a massive boost in his popularity in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, with 77 percent of New Jerseyans saying they approve of the governor in a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released Monday. That’s up from 56 percent before Sandy. (Respondents from the first poll were re-contacted for the second one.)

It's easy to look at those numbers and think that Christie is on the way up—the first paragraph in the WaPo story suggests that Christie should start thinking about 2016—but approval ratings always look good right after a disaster. Christie probably has his reelection in the bag, but let's not hyperventilate over that 77 percent just yet. And let's not forget that nationally, Republicans assume that Christie is a big reason why President Obama was reelected, (he wasn't) and those very good New Jersey numbers aren't going to persuade voters in, say, Iowa that Christie isn't a big traitor.

2. Elsewhere, Jeb Bush met with campaign operatives for about an hour, presumably to talk about his presidential prospects. One of the people he met with? "Neil Newhouse, Mitt Romney's campaign pollster." I don't know if Romney's poll guy is the first person I'd meet with to talk realistically about a presidential run; Newhouse is a big reason why Romney was so confident he was going to win Ohio, and he had a hand in that whole unskewed polls thing the Republicans were bandying about.

3. And Jon Huntsman continues to demonstrate why so many Democrats wanted to love him and why so many Republicans outright hated him:

Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman on Monday urged lawmakers, including those in his own party, to temper their criticism of the administration's handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

If the Republican Party realistically considered how they lost the 2012 presidential election, they'd look to Huntsman as a model of what their next candidate should look like. Instead, they're calling a member of the Bush family a "fresh" face. On the other hand, who can blame them? Richard Nixon was the last Republican to win the presidency on a ticket without a Bush.


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Regarding Chris Christie, two words: "President Guiliani."
Posted by DOUG. http://www.dougsvotersguide.com on November 27, 2012 at 2:01 PM · Report this
Sending Huntsman to China was as a particularly shrewd move by Obama.
Posted by searunner on November 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 3
@1--Yup. National political wonks vastly underestimate the antipathy of most of the country towards New York (which effectively includes New Jersey) and politicians from there.

Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on November 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM · Report this
As a fat person myself, I find it hard to believe that in the end Christie's weight will not be an issue. Plenty of Americans are amazingly hostile towards obesity, so if Christie does run, he most definitely is going to have to lose weight. I'm also just thinking how difficult the non-stop go of running for President can be on a person.

Also, are New Jersians really going to re-elect someone who absolutely plans to leave two years later if elected?
Posted by hal on November 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM · Report this
"Richard Nixon was the last Republican to win the presidency on a ticket without a Bush."

Even more than that, the last Republican ticket to win the presidency without a Bush or Nixon? Herbert Hoover -- 84 years ago.
Posted by uubuntu on November 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 6
too soon. no GOP presidential prospect posts until 2014, please.
Posted by Max Solomon on November 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM · Report this
Huntsman was on the Daily Show in the waning days of the campaign and I swear it looked like he was angling to be up next in 2016. He even made (and he didn't have to) a comment that he and Romney were distantly related because some great-great grandfather had multiple wives. I was astonished he would hurt Romney that way but he did.
Posted by westello on November 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 8
Christy is a fat, stupid, idiot least coaster. No doubt most Americans like him, they also liked Jersey shore. I cant think of a better place to get hit by a hurricane.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on November 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
America could go for Christie but the GOP won't. They'll go for Santorum or Ryan.
Posted by AgentofChaos on November 27, 2012 at 6:15 PM · Report this
If there were a way to bypass the Republican nominating process and simply have a center-right ticket of Huntsman and Christie, the Democrats would likely have a very tough time keeping hold of the White House in 2016. Fortunately, given the inanity of the Republican base, this will never happen.
Posted by Smartypants on November 27, 2012 at 6:41 PM · Report this
@4, see @8.

Good god, Cascadian Bacon. Rip on the majority of the population that's overweight and then revel on death and destruction for thousands of people. I know it's hard, but how about a little empathy every now and then? We're not as flawless as you, but we do what we can.
Posted by floater on November 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 12
The 2012 election and the possibility of a Romney presidency took a lot out of me. I don't want to be a dick about it, but from now until....oh, let's say the end of 2014, if I see anything regarding the 2016 election in the press or online, I'm skipping through it. And if they start talking about it on TV, I'll change the channel. Won't anyone join me in this lonesome crusade?
Posted by Bauhaus I on November 28, 2012 at 12:41 AM · Report this

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