Not because Christie came into that hotel in Maryland and blew everyone away with a heavy dose of juicy conservative one-liners (as so many try to do at the yearly conference), but because he largely did no harm to himself with a group that, at least on the national level, has been a bit hesitant to get behind him.
Pretty soon we should be able to see how this “do no harm” strategy worked out, because the poll numbers that created the backdrop for this speech are not looking pretty…
Fox News is carrying a live-stream of CPAC 2014 on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, including Governor Chris Christie’s much anticipated address at 11:45 a.m. Today’s speech comes on the heels of a brand new WashPo/ABC poll which found the RGA chieftain’s popularity down significantly relative to the rest of the probable 2016 presidential race field.
The “big” 2016 news on Tuesday consisted of three new polls, Save Jerseyans, each showing Governor Chris Christie trailing Hillary “Hilldawg” Clinton by significant margins in three separate states.
Two aren’t surprising (albeit disappointing). One is much more concerning.
The joint venture of Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey, and Siena College in New York found the former Secretary of State leading New Jersey’s top Republican by 8 points, 10 points and 36 points, respectively. A dissenting Virginia survey from Christopher Newport University dropped Monday found a statistical tie with Clinton ahead 43% to 41%.
More and more we are reading and hearing information that leads us to believe Hillary Clinton may not run in 2016.
Of course, every politician always wants to keep all his/her options open.
And, if nothing else Hillary is an adept politician. So, don’t expect Mrs. Clinton to show her hand anytime soon – not if she doesn’t have to.
But rumors persist about her health. These all surround the blood clot that she suffered as well as concerns about a possible brain tumor or minor stroke. On top of all that, everybody agrees that she seems worn out.
Say what you want about Karl Rove, Save Jerseyans, but he’s the last guy in our coalition to engineer not one, but two national electoral victories.
He still knows how to cut an opponent to pieces. Case in point, here he is on Fox News Sunday demolishing former Governor Ted Strickland (D-OH), a veteran Clinton hack who has plenty of time on his hands and has been using it to slander Governor Christie on national television.
You might want to wrap yourself in one of those Gallagher anti-watermelon splatter tarps before watching this…
“We are very excited to announce that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will speak at CPAC 2014,” American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas told Yahoo News. “At this year’s CPAC – and through our theme ‘ACU’s Golden Anniversary: Getting It Right for 50 Years’ – we will celebrate how conservatism has shaped our past and look to the future with excitement. This will be the year that conservatives begin pulling the nation back from the brink of Barack Obama’s disaster with a movement that inspires, unites, and discovers new solutions to our current challenges.”
Gov. Christie wasn’t invited last year. Gov. Christie might want to bring the Seahawks defense with him this time around…
Talk about roughing the passer! Repeating the same Wildstein “close long-time ally” line pushed by liberal news jockeys. Unexpected? No. But it’s a reminder of how hard it is for Republicans to win an argument when the Democrats and Mainstream Media read from the same talking points.
No one from the Clinton camp made Chris Christie’s subordinates close the G.W. Bridge’s Fort Lee lanes, Save Jerseyans.
There is mounting evidence that they’re doing everything within their power (which is considerable, by the way) to pile on and make the New Jersey Governor politically radioactive ahead of 2016. She’s unambiguously the one with the most to benefit. And from all outward appearances, the full might of the Obama Democrat establishment is lining up behind Miss Inevitable…
Is it possible that the Dems are going overboard (or over the bridge? if you’ll forgive the bad pun) by jumping the shark too soon to hang a bridge scandal on Governor Chris Christie, Save Jerseyans?
There’s a good chance of it notwithstanding grim public polling in the immediate aftermath. After all does the guy in Bogalusa, Louisiana really care about a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey? Even if it does reinforce a “bullying” stereotype, will it really change anyone’s vote?
The governor’s net favorable ratings have taken a 26 point hit since the December 11, 2013 Q Poll. Today, American voters have a favorable opinion of Christie by 33%-30% with 34% reserving judgement. In December, 47% had a favorable opinion of Christie, 23% unfavorable and 28% said they hadn’t heard enough.
With 65% support from Democratic voters, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has no significant competition for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president.
It may not seem like there is one right now when subpoenas are flying and conspiracy theories are germinating, Save Jerseyans, but if no surprising and unpleasant revelations concerning Governor Chris Christie’s role in Bridgegate are forthcoming, then there could be an upside for the man who many folks thought was on a White House fast-track less than two weeks ago.