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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What model should the GOP look toward?
I’m NOT endorsing Chris Christie for 2016 at all. I haven’t much appreciated his comments about libertarianism. And there’s some other things as well like his placing the special election for Lautenberg’s old Senate seat several weeks prior to the general election. But here’s the thing, unlike Cuccinelli in VA, he’s gonna win BIG time tomorrow. He’s projected to win most of the demographic groups | Read More »
Conservatives Need More Carrot, Not Just More Stick
Fearing us isn’t enough. We need to show Beltway Republicans that we can reward them.
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Healthcare in a Post-Obamacare World
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss the probable failure of Obamacare, what healthcare policy in a post-Obamacare world would look like and how this debate could drive the 2016 elections.
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Much Ado About Nothing: Christie vs. Cuccinelli
As Election Day 2013 approaches, there are only two races of interest to the political pundit class- the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia (with all apologies to the New York City mayoral race). The outcomes, despite the winners, will be analyzed and pulled apart and parsed because they are the only two games in town this year. Already, articles are appearing in the | Read More »
Gov. Christie, It’s Time To Change Parties
Yes, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may be cruising his way to re-election, but he’s also becoming our biggest threat for 2016. With the shutdown over, the Republican establishment is emboldened given their victory over the conservative wing of the party. That’s us, folks. Undoubtedly, moderates will be recruiting Christie, who is polling best in a hypothetical duel with Hillary Clinton, for 2016. We’ll also get | Read More »
Virginia and New Jersey 2013- No Indicator for 2014
There are two gubernatorial races this year- Virginia and New Jersey. In 2009, Republicans won both those races, Bob McDonnell in Virginia and Chris Christie in New Jersey. In 2009, these GOP victories were seen as a portent of things to come in 2010. On its face, one could make that case. The 2010 GOP congressional landslide (at least in the House) coupled with the | Read More »
Christie Needs Conservatives
It is all but certain that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a likely candidate for president in 2016. New information reveals, however, that the governor will have an even tougher time mobilizing the conservative base of the Republican party than previously expected. A recent YouGov poll found that Christie is more popular among liberals than conservatives. The poll also shows that more liberals (43%) | Read More »
Chris Christie and Washington’s Elite
Today, we got the story that Chris Christie was going to sign legislation effectively banning conversion therapy (which allegedly cures you of the gay) and he’s taking heat from the Right (including a post here on RedState) on that decision. And Dan Spencer is absolutely right in that Christie is positioning himself on the most leftward side of the Republican primary candidates. See, this is | Read More »
Gov. Chris Christie signs gay conversion therapy ban
Gov. Chris Christie signs gay conversion therapy ban New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight. According to the Associated Press, in a signing note Christie said the health risks of trying to change a child’s sexual orientation outweigh concerns over the government setting limits on parental choice: Government should tread carefully into this area | Read More »
On why Rick Santorum isn’t a 2016 frontrunner
Much has been written in recent days on Rick Santorum and why he isn’t the presumptive frontrunner for the GOP’s presidential nod come 2016. As the runner-up in last year’s bout for the nomination, rolling up 11 primary wins and defying the odds with a shoestring campaign operation, the former Pennsylvania senator easily meets the criteria for recent-history GOP nominees. Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Dole, McCain, | Read More »