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GOP establishment panics over Christie’s troubles: “I think we need Mitt back”
HotAir ^ | 1-17-2014 | AllahPundit

Posted on 01/17/2014 2:02:39 PM PST by smoothsailing

January 17, 2014

GOP establishment panics over Christie’s troubles: “I think we need Mitt back”

ALLAHPUNDIT

Dude, it could happen. Three easy steps to Romney 3.0: He comes out strong for amnesty to mend fences with Latino voters; he finally decides to ix-nay the “makers and takers” etoric-rhay, and of course he chooses Mike Huckabee to be his VP. Can’t. Miss.

Seriously, though, this is just one Republican operative talking and he’s obviously joking. I think?

In interviews with more than a dozen party officials, fundraisers, and strategists in New York and Washington over the past 10 days, Republicans described a palpable sense of anxiety gripping the GOP establishment in the wake of Christie’s meltdown, and an emerging consensus that the once promising cast of candidates they were counting on to save the GOP from the Tea Party — and the nation from Hillary Clinton — is looking less formidable by the week…

“There are definitely people jumping ship,” the operative said, noting that confidence in Christie’s electability has dropped off sharply among the donors he’s heard from…

In fact, it’s gotten so bad, the operative said, that some donors have started looking back fondly on the good old days of 2012: “You know what a lot of them say to me? I think we need Mitt back.”

Not even the GOP establishment could be so badly out of tune with America that they’d consider bringing back Romneymania — I think. But the larger point, that Christie’s souring image and the fact that his lingering mutual contempt with conservatives makes him a tougher sell than thought, is apt to make country-clubbers look around for centrist alternatives now. Don’t underestimate either the lingering grudges held by prominent Romney fans towards Christie for his betrayal in 2012...

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1 posted on 01/17/2014 2:02:39 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Can you hear the cheers of approval coming out of the dnc headquarters?


2 posted on 01/17/2014 2:04:06 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: smoothsailing

The GOP-e will never learn.


3 posted on 01/17/2014 2:04:07 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: smoothsailing

Oh help me Rhonda.


4 posted on 01/17/2014 2:04:35 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: smoothsailing

better think again, I’m not voting for another RINO, much less one from the North East


5 posted on 01/17/2014 2:05:24 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: Howie66
Can you hear the cheers of approval coming out of the dnc headquarters?

Party time for sure!


6 posted on 01/17/2014 2:07:55 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again (one RINO after another) and expecting a different result.


7 posted on 01/17/2014 2:08:00 PM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Another WINO...Winner In Name Only


8 posted on 01/17/2014 2:09:14 PM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: smoothsailing

Let the Mittster run again. I’ll vote against him twice next time. (No I did not vote for obama)


9 posted on 01/17/2014 2:10:07 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: smoothsailing

Oh god shoot me now.


10 posted on 01/17/2014 2:10:55 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: tophat9000

HA! I like it


11 posted on 01/17/2014 2:11:28 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: smoothsailing
“I think we need Mitt back”

LMAO!

12 posted on 01/17/2014 2:11:31 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: smoothsailing

Which Mitt do they want?

I’ve seen about 100 versions of the fake.


13 posted on 01/17/2014 2:12:53 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: smoothsailing

Anyone that lost to Obama after Obama’s nightmare first term, should never even consider running for President again....
Christie was NEVER going to be elected President..........
You run a Conservative or you lose the next election........


14 posted on 01/17/2014 2:13:14 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: smoothsailing

Their fixation on the Romneys is bizarre. Aside from George Romney being a successful governor 50 years ago, there really isn’t a lot to base it on. Personally I’m not all that wild about the legacy of George. He practically invited the communists to come in and take Detroit.

They even tried to coax Scott Romney into running for the Michigan senate seat this time around.


15 posted on 01/17/2014 2:13:31 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: smoothsailing; onyx


16 posted on 01/17/2014 2:14:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: Jim Robinson; smoothsailing

STUPID, corrupt bastards all.


17 posted on 01/17/2014 2:14:54 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: smoothsailing

Sigh... I voted for McCain way back when (but I was young and unknowing), but last time Mitt didn’t get my vote. He definitely won’t get it this time around.


18 posted on 01/17/2014 2:15:04 PM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: Jim Robinson

Listening to Allahpundit, the atheist, anti-palin, homosexual marriage supporter, whine about rinos is like listening to McCain or Graham do it.


19 posted on 01/17/2014 2:15:09 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: smoothsailing
I think we need Mitt back.

Insanity is an ugly thing

20 posted on 01/17/2014 2:16:28 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: smoothsailing
I have actually been quite taken aback that the GOP - even the modern, more Liberal GOP - was and is trying to sell Chris Christie to the base as the “answer.” I understand that the modern GOP has one constituency, and one constituency alone, the Chamber of Commerce; but the Chamber doesn't bring out votes, and nobody’s buying the “safe, noncontroversial ‘Conservative’ at the bottom of the ticket” bribe attempts anymore.

At some point, the GOP-E needs to understand what a compromise candidate actually is. What it is NOT is taking the candidate who is the most anathema to grassroots Conservatives and ramming him down their throats. The Chamber, and the GOP-E, need to be smarter this time around. Christie is abhorred by the Conservative grassroots. You can pretty much BEGIN the General Election count with a 10-20% loss of self-professed “Conservative” votes. They won't make up with Independents any more than Romney did.

The Christie candidacy needs to be put to rest NOW, before it becomes the vehicle through which the Dems win the White House again.

21 posted on 01/17/2014 2:16:41 PM PST by TitansAFC ("I'm not much different from A.Cuomo.I probably agree with him on 98% of the issues." - Gov Christie)
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To: smoothsailing

Boy, they’re crankin’ it up, eh? Rubin and AllahaP.


22 posted on 01/17/2014 2:17:07 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: Jim Robinson; smoothsailing

When their boy Gillespie, (Ed?) loses his US Senate bid in VA to that worthless Mark Warner, MAYBE they’ll take a hint that RINOs can’t and don’t win.


23 posted on 01/17/2014 2:18:12 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Either one or both!


24 posted on 01/17/2014 2:19:32 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: smoothsailing

Yep.


25 posted on 01/17/2014 2:20:02 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: smoothsailing

The surprise isn’t that Christie melted down (everyone here knew that was inevitable), just that he did it so soon. Only idito GOPe surprised.


26 posted on 01/17/2014 2:21:11 PM PST by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: smoothsailing

From the article: “Speaking of which, have I mentioned lately that if we end up with another Bush-versus-Clinton election I’m done voting in American elections?”

After seeing what I saw last November, I came to the conclusion then that that is what to likely happen again, a RINO in the person of Christie or Jeb Bush being nominated. Why bother voting under those circumstances.


27 posted on 01/17/2014 2:22:00 PM PST by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: smoothsailing

I think they will draft Hickle-boob


28 posted on 01/17/2014 2:22:23 PM PST by GraceG
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To: smoothsailing

What could go wrong?


29 posted on 01/17/2014 2:22:36 PM PST by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear. -Glenn Beck)
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To: ZULU

“Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again (one RINO after another) and expecting a different result.”

I think you left out a few ‘and overs’ there times twenty.


30 posted on 01/17/2014 2:24:38 PM PST by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: smoothsailing

F the Whigs.


31 posted on 01/17/2014 2:24:45 PM PST by Manic_Episode (Some d..ays...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: smoothsailing

” - - - In fact, it’s gotten so bad, the operative said, that some donors have started looking back fondly on the good old days of 2012: “You know what a lot of them say to me? I think we need Mitt back.” - - - “

Yes, indeedy, those GOP Loyalists sure do love to lose their money and every single election !


32 posted on 01/17/2014 2:25:26 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: smoothsailing

“I think we need Mitt back”

33 posted on 01/17/2014 2:26:09 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: smoothsailing

That’s the answer - Romney/McCain or vice versa.


34 posted on 01/17/2014 2:26:45 PM PST by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: smoothsailing

I know my view is not popular, right now, but if we could get the Mitt who came out in that first debate, forceful, on point, highly opinionated, unapologetic. If THAT Mitt could be the candidate, and stay in Bad-A##-Cop mode for 70% of the time, then yes, I would consider it. Mitt has lots of money management abilities that we need right now. I think the Dems and Tell-Me-What-To-Think Rinos, are piling on Christie unfairly, and ignoring all of Obama’s scandals and screw ups, but, I’m not terribly distressed to see Christie put through the ringer by his so called friends across the aisle. Just the other day, even Bruce Springsteen, Christie’s BBF told him where to go and what to eat when he got there. Et- Tu, Bruce?


35 posted on 01/17/2014 2:28:10 PM PST by lee martell
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To: smoothsailing
I don't see it. The election is over two years away. Some people thought Christie would be the answer, but was anybody really that invested in him yet? Weren't there enough doubts about him for even the GOPe to hold back?

Most people are still at the "shopping around phase" and in the few weeks since this bridge thing started getting play in the media, they've had time to back away from any committment to Christie. So, no, "panic" is an exaggeration.

36 posted on 01/17/2014 2:28:43 PM PST by x
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To: smoothsailing

No moderate republican will win the whitehouse!


37 posted on 01/17/2014 2:30:54 PM PST by plainshame
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To: smoothsailing

This is the dumbest group of people ever assembled.


38 posted on 01/17/2014 2:31:30 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: smoothsailing

Mitt LOST TWICE.


39 posted on 01/17/2014 2:32:15 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: TitansAFC
Christie is abhorred by the Conservative grassroots.

I liked Christie for his aggressive, in your face attitude - as opposed to most Northeastern Republicans who remove their hats and say "yessir, yessir" to the Democrat establishment there (I'm looking at you, Romney). I didn't care for his politics, but thought he was about the best we could hope for in New Jersey. But the country isn't New Jersey. If we get a Republican candidate who has a chance in New Jersey in a case other than a national landslide like 1984, then he isn't acceptable to me.

40 posted on 01/17/2014 2:34:29 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: smoothsailing
Three easy steps to Romney 3.0: He comes out strong for amnesty to mend fences with Latino voters; he finally decides to ix-nay the “makers and takers” etoric-rhay, and of course he chooses Mike Huckabee to be his VP. Can’t. Miss.

...You mean the Romneybots might come back? BLECH! I think I still have all my Romney-mocking stuff running around, I'm willing to not vote for him a second time.
41 posted on 01/17/2014 2:34:30 PM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: smoothsailing

If a RINO is the answer, it is always the wrong question!


42 posted on 01/17/2014 2:35:27 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Truth is hate to those who hate the Truth)
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To: smoothsailing

Why should the GOP-e fret over fatso’s foibles. They still have ryan, rubio, jebbush and many others who want to go along to get along.


43 posted on 01/17/2014 2:38:49 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: smoothsailing

It won’t be Mitt. Ann Romney was disgusted and he’s not going to want her to go through that again.


44 posted on 01/17/2014 2:39:30 PM PST by Andy'smom
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To: smoothsailing

pshhh. The Mittbot infestation was what made me cross HotAir off my reading list. Figures they would start this.


45 posted on 01/17/2014 2:41:45 PM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: Svartalfiar
I didn't vote in the last two presidential elections.

I was very active locally, which is where it's going to be unless and until the GOP wakes up.

Having said that, I'm 61 and don't see it happening in my lifetime unless the GOP embraces one of the Pauls or somebody like Gary Johnson, which will be fought tooth and nail on this forum.

46 posted on 01/17/2014 2:42:11 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: Howie66

Maybe they can get McCain to run again. That would be quite a ticket if Mitt & John were to join forces.

let’s see 48% for McCain and 49% for Romney; well, that’s 97% of the vote. We can’t lose!!!!


47 posted on 01/17/2014 2:47:17 PM PST by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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To: onyx; 2ndDivisionVet
The boots were a gift from Rick Perry. ;-)


48 posted on 01/17/2014 2:49:17 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Jeb Bush is ready to take the fall and throw the election to Cankles.


49 posted on 01/17/2014 2:49:28 PM PST by forgotten man
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To: forgotten man

Babs say no more Bushes.


50 posted on 01/17/2014 2:51:31 PM PST by smoothsailing
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