Skip to comments.Atkins: Chris Christie out front in 2016 prez race
Posted on 06/17/2013 8:29:17 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
WASHINGTON It seems the 2016 presidential race is well under way as buzzed-about White House hopefuls hit convention stages, late-night TV shows and Twitter. All early indications show Hillary Clinton as the Democrat to beat, despite her Benghazi problem. But one Republican is becoming an early favorite by tossing out his partys old, dusty playbook and playing by his own New Jersey rules.
While other Republicans such as U.S. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida gave predictable conservative stump speeches at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington last week, Gov. Chris Christie was hanging out with Bill Clinton and slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon. He may irk some conservative core members of his own party by giving President Obama props for his response to Superstorm Sandy and appearing at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Chicago, but its the Democrats who really have something to pout about.
So says a Quinnipiac University poll taking the temperature in the swing state of Colorado, which gives Christie a 3-point edge over Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical matchup. The margin of error makes that potential matchup a dead heat, as is a potential race between Clinton and Rubio.
.But as the GOP continues to struggle to find its groove after last years presidential loss, Christie is defining himself as the anti-Mitt Romney: a guy just like you and me, weight struggles, short temper and all. He also has an actual track record of being the kind of bipartisan Republican former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown claimed to be during his recent campaigns, but really wasnt. Christies gravitas has earned him a hefty double-digit lead over his Democratic challenger in the upcoming governors race in the traditionally blue state.
And while Massachusetts wont factor on the Electoral College tally on Election Night 2016, the Bay State can give a boost to Christie in other ways. A March fundraiser in Boston for Christies re-election campaign drew the states biggest, most deep-pocketed Republican names and helped tighten the bond between Christie and Brown. We certainly can expect to see these two together again if and when Brown makes a bid for the State House and if Christie makes his move for the White House, though certainly Brown needs Christie more than Christie needs him.
Some GOP pundits brush off the notion that Christie is their man, telling me that he is peaking too early and shooting himself in the foot with his photo ops with Clinton and Obama. But perhaps Christie is only starting to get into the swing of things, crafting a persona that will play well in the swing state margins where the next presidential election will be won and lost.
Not a chance.
What the he!! is this woman smoking?
That’s only because you can’t see anybody else behind him, ha!
I don’t know about anyone else out there, but as a former Republican and constant Conservative, I think we all should just go Medieval on their a$$es and go scorched earth.
If the ‘candidate’ (dog catcher to President) isn’t a true conservative, then effem. I honestly don’t think we can work within the current (traditional) political parameters any more.
Misprint...He’s ahead in eating “PEZ’s”, Not “prez”.
Oh, absolutely there’s a chance. The GOP front-loads the Primaries in the NE, and insists on keeping them “open” so that plenty of ‘rats come in and vote, thus seeing to it that the least palatable candidate wins.
Unless some astounding thing happens, the nominee for 2016 will be either Fat Boy, or the increasingly worthless Jeb.
He can’t beat a democrat and,if by a freak occurance he DOES you won’t notice the difference!
I will die before I vote for the New Jersey RINO...no thank you.
Headline “Chris Christie out front in 2016 prez race” reminded me of the scene in Shawshank Redemption:
“Hey, Fat A*#. Fat A*#! Talk to me boy! I know youre there I can hear you breathin. Dont you listen to these nitwits you hear me? This place aint so bad. Tell you what, Ill introduce you around, make you feel right at home. I know a couple of big old bull queers thatd just love to make youre acquaintance. Especially that big, white, mushy butt of yours.”
“God! I dont belong here! I want to go home!”
“We have a winner!”
“And its Fat A*# by a nose!”
“Atkins: Chris Christie out front in 2016 prez race”
Are they talking about his stomach again?
I guess it’s never too early for the mainstream media to come out and start their promotion of “moderate” candidate(s) for the Republican presidential nomination. Don’t believe their propaganda—they want yet another “moderate” to be nominated so that the Democrat candidate can win in another cake walk.
I wonder if he can beat Hillary in the primary.
If the candidate (dog catcher to President) isnt a true conservative, then effem. I honestly dont think we can work within the current (traditional) political parameters any more.
I agree. The GOPe and RINOs have shown they are not to be trusted. I'd sooner empower a 'rat than a RINO Judas.
He will always be out front. A different Atkins would help.
Is that because of his extended waistline?
That’s his pot belly out in front. He appears to be best buddies with Obummer and is anti-2nd amendment. That man will never get a dime or a vote from me for the 2016 election cycle.
Yeah, let’s run Mr. Creosote; the GOP seems to be in the business of making democrat wetdreams come true.
Yep, the sun came up in the east and water is still wet...
As always, the liberal left MSM is picking the Republican Presidential candidate for the Republicans, and, as always, they’re picking a candidate the Democrats can easily beat, and, as always, the Republicans will go along with it.
There’s no hope here in Obama Land.
A FAT, nasty quintessential characature of an arrogant RINO establishment republican.
Did I mention FAT? He’s FAT.
Let’s call him a “Spector” Republican to be accurate.
Besides, Ann Coulter wuvvves him. What could go wrong?
I won’t vote for this butt licking turdball.
Reagan, strong conservative-landslide winner (twice) 1980, 1984.
Bush 1, barely a conservative-loser 1992.
Bush 2, barely a conservative-loses popular vote 2000. Narrow victory 2008.
McCain, RINO-loser 2008.
Romney, RINO-loser 2012
Class, what has this lesson taught us today?
I’m with you...I say run a conservative or let the whole thing crash and burn...starting with fat boy’s reelection in NJ...I know I won’t be voting for his fat ass.
Dear GOP Leftist Establishment;
I WILL NOT vote for your anointed leftist puke. "He's not Hillary!" or whatever simply isn't enough. The GOP will either nominate an actual conservative, or the GOP will not get my vote.
Is this one of those semi-news/ semi-satire things?
I agree with you that a Conservative candidate fares better than a RINO because if given the option of a Democrat or Democrat-Lite (a RINO), people will opt for the true Democrat.
Those election results, though, also speak of America's shifting demographics. A solid Republican like Reagan could dominate in the 80s because since the 60s the white working class vote was going toward the GOP. Even in the 80s, the voting populace was still overwhelminly white. Since then the white voting populace (percentage-wise) has continued to dwindle while the minority vote continues to rise. That's the biggest factor in why the Democrats have won the peopular vote in five of the past six Presidential elections. This will only continue to get worse.
"I wonder if he can beat Hillary in the DEMOCRAT primary."
If the GOP once again puts a RINO on the ticket, I will once again vote GOP down ticket and someone else at the top.
According to Lindsey Graham all the illegals will vote for him after amnesty.
With our Nation coming unglued socially, economically and militarily,the 2 candidates to save our Nation at this point are Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie?????
WE ARE SCREWED...............
I have already made my 2014 and 2016 decision. Yesterday this conservative switched his party registration from Republican to Independent.
I have a modest proposal. Why doesn't Christie just join the dems, have a hillary-christie ticket that looks lke it can't lose.
And then maybe an honest constitutional conservative could oppose them. If our issues were adhered to and articulated, resentment of NY and NJ elitism would give us a chance.
A girl can dream, can't she....
Christi or Jeb Bush. Truthfully, I have never seen a more self destructive organization.
Dhimmicrats and MSM need to STFU this coming presidential election cycle. RINOs too.
The press is telling us who to vote for already.
Do you want more spending and oppression, or more spending and oppression with an R twist?
I can barely decide...
Good. The front-runner this far out almost invariably doesn’t go very far. Let Christie peak now and get it over with before things get serious.
Where’s Lucy and Charlie Brown with that football?
The left is trying to McCain us again.
Somebody needs to get off crack. :-)
And why do I care what a Boston columnist says about anything....particularly one I have never heard of and who’s other columns (with a quick check) leave me saying liberals are soooo stoopid
No chance this whale fits through our primary.
Gotta do better than that. Christie looks out for Christie. His ego is bigger than his ambition.
I WILL NOT vote for this guy.
And we’ll lose again, even if they put up Joe Biden against us.