Bridgegate vs. Benghazi
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” opens Charles Dickens’ famous novel, beginning the book’s powerful literary motif of doubles. This week, politics embraced the same thematic element, as the scandal with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called forth memories from Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi episode, despite the vast difference in severity. When news broke this week that Christie’s aides and political | Read More »
This is an Easy Fix by Chris Christie
First, it actually is pretty brilliant that Christie came out using Barack Obama’s standard excuse of not knowing and being misled. That’s well played.Second, this is such an easy fix. Christie can turn it around quickly. He needs to follow through and see that heads roll. Then he can point out that he has actually fired people, unlike President Obama.This may be the rough and | Read More »
The Politics of A–holes
The media that built up Chris Christie as the salvation of the GOP is turning on him in the lead up to Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign announcement. It is what it is. The media does this routinely. The story of the day is Chris Christie’s staff behaving badly, possibly at his direction, to hurt elected officials who did not back Christie. Private messages between Governor’s | Read More »
Paul Ryan Enshrined In The G.O.P. Hall Of Shame
The American Conservative Union gives Paul Ryan a lifetime score of 91%. Not too shabby, until you look a little closer at his performance on several key votes. Consider the following provided by Matt Lewis with The Daily Caller. Rep. Ryan voted FOR: The Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, whereby the government purchased assets and equity from financial institutions. The auto-bailout, which essentially implied | Read More »
Chris Christie would be a Terrible Nominee
After Chris Christie’s massive victory in New Jersey earlier this November, many people have begun shilling for “Christie 2016″ some of these people are conservatives that I respect, who apparently think Christie is an improvement over Mitt. That or they truly believe only he can win, and that he will govern more conservatively as POTUS then he has as Governor. I personally believe that not | Read More »
The GOP’s “New Coke” Strategy Isn’t Working
I’ve been looking for the perfect analogy to help illustrate why moderate Republicans continue to lose elections – especially presidential elections. I believe this is it. Many younger voters won’t recall the historic blunder Coca-Cola made in the 80s, but it easy easy enough for even the most casual political observers to understand. …..The best explanation I have ever heard for this phenomenon was | Read More »
New Quinnipiac Poll Has Christie Beating Hillary By One Point in 2016
If you are not now, or will never be, “Ready for Hillary” then here is a new Quinnipiac poll released on November 13 that should lift your spirits for the 2016 presidential race. Newly reelected New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tops former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by one point, 43 percent to 42 percent. Please be aware that this poll taken three years before the November 8, 2016 presidential election means absolutely | Read More »
Does Chris Christie relate to Joe the Plumber?
The other day, with no prompting from myself mind you, Howard Kurtz was babbling on about the big Chris Christie re-election in New Jersey and saying how he did it and why and what the people think and how this will effect his chances for the presidency in 2016 and bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla Joe the Plumber… – wait, what? Yeah, in between | Read More »
The Lessons of Early November
With the smoke clearing from last week’s elections, it’s important to go back through and make sense of the chaos. Yes, most of these points have been made, but I’ll also wager we as a community haven’t properly addressed what they could mean one year from now and three years from now. There was a notable Republican victory and a notable Republican loss last week. | Read More »
A Follow-Up on the Christie Thing…
In a previous diary entry, I posited the possibility of Chris Christie being the GOP nominee for president in 2016. That diary was based on a possibility, not a foregone conclusion. Signing onto Redstate to check the comments, I thought I made a mistake and was reading DailyKos. As expected, many of the comments could not avoid the references to his weight. That moronic line | Read More »
Just What IF Christie is the Nominee?
It is exactly three days past Election Day 2013 as I begin writing this and by the looks of it here on Redstate and elsewhere, Chris Christie is the apparent front runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. It amuses me to read some of the more extreme rhetoric here and elsewhere against Christie by many who simply read what they see in the press, | Read More »
Time Magazine attempts to fat-shame Chris Christie*.
So Business Insider notes this Time cover: “Elephant in the room?” You have to admit: that’s some dang good passive-aggressive, plausibly deniable fat-shaming, there (note that Allahpundit over at Hot Air noted the exact same sneak-hit that we at RedState did). Fortunately, our own Ben Howe notes that you can play with the symbolic meanings of the totem animals of both sides:
The Inevitable Election Day Post-Mortems
As expected, the inevitable analysis regarding the races for Governor in New Jersey and Virginia has begun. As predicted, that analysis was thus: the way for Republicans to win is through moderation. Nowhere is the dichotomy in analysis more evident than in these divergent headlines from media competitors CNN and Fox News. The CNN headline: “Right Wing ideologue burns Republicans in Virginia.” The Fox headline: | Read More »
Election Outcomes & How New Jersey Voters Decided That Jobs Are No Longer Important
Already plagued with the highest property taxes in the nation, extortionate tolls on pot-hole plagued highways, a manufacturing base that has exited decades ago, and a shrinking pharmaceutical industry, the New Jersey AFL-CIO and the Working Families United for New Jersey convinced the voters of New Jersey to increase the minimum wage to $8.25 per hour.
If it ended there, perhaps the New York suburb would be able to survive based on its ability to siphon off of those who commute in and out of New York.
However, the unions didn’t just settle with a minimum wage increase…
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Election Day in Virginia and New Jersey
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss election day in Virginia and New Jersey, what a Chris Christie victory means for 2016 and if Ken Cuccinelli can pull out a victory in the closing hours of the Virginia Governor’s race.
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