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Republicans In Total Panic as Christie Falls 8 Points Behind Hillary Clinton (Are you worried?)
PoliticusUSA ^ | January 21, 2014 | Jason Easley

Posted on 01/21/2014 2:58:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The Republican Party put all of their 2016 eggs in the Christie basket. Now the basket has George Washington Bridge size hole, Hillary Clinton has opened up an 8 point lead and Republicans are panicking.

The first whiff of GOP panic came from a recent New York Times story,

Of all the new realities that Mr. Christie must confront, perhaps the most humbling is a sense of losing the momentum that surrounded him just a few months ago. Last year, the governor’s staff had begun building up his foreign policy bona fides, quietly reaching out to Brian H. Hook, a Republican foreign policy expert who worked at the United Nations for President George W. Bush, and started planning his international trip.

Asked whether the trip is still on, Mr. Christie’s adviser William J. Palatucci responded: “It’s all to be determined.”

Inside the Republican Party, the once constant talk of Mr. Christie’s path to the White House has quieted. “I think anything about a 2016 deal, at this point, is on the back burner,” said Ray Washburne, the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.

The panic grew after Christie’s disastrous fundraising trip to Florida, where instead of moving on from the scandals, he was so besieged that he had to hide out and avoid the media and the public.

The results of the latest Quinnipiac poll should turn the panic into a full blown inferno as Hillary Clinton has opened up an eight point lead on Christie. The December Quinnipiac poll was one the few that was friendly to the Republican cause, so the GOP has been beating this poll into the ground. But the January poll revealed that Christie is being immensely damaged by the scandals.

Christie went from being in a statistical tie with Clinton last month to trailing the former Sec. of State 46%-38% today. The scandals are destroying Christie with Independents. He has gone from leading Clinton 47%-32% to trailing 41%-40%. The percentage of respondents who think that he would make a good president has plunged from 49% in December to 35% today.

Republicans know that they don’t have another candidate that come close to Clinton in any way. The same Quinnipiac poll shows Clinton leading Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush all by double digits. The Republican establishment is behind Christie. The big Republican money is behind Christie. The RNC changed the party’s nominating process to benefit Christie, and now the New Jersey governor is being undone by scandals that highlight his temperament issues.

Christie’s image and reputation are being severely damaged by these scandals. His brand as a blue collar, tough talking governor who gets things done has been replaced by the image of a petty vindictive bully. Once a candidate has been negatively defined for the electorate, it is nearly impossible to change that image. It is this reality that Republicans have yet to face.

Chris Christie is damaged goods just like Mitt Romney was damaged goods. The Republican establishment may go through with their plan to nominate Christie. If they do, they will find out that it doesn’t matter how the investigations turn out. The damage has already been done, and Republicans may end up stuck with another fatally flawed candidate who has virtually no chance of winning.

The idea of Christie beating Clinton has always seemed like a dubious Republican pipe dream, but never did the GOP think that they would be spending 2014 watching their only viable candidate go up in smoke.


TOPICS: New Jersey; Parties; Polls
KEYWORDS: 2016electiombias; 2016gopprimary; 2016polls; 2liberals; chrischristie; christie2016; gop; gope; hillary2016; krispykreme; mythmaking; obamaspal; polls
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This kid ought to write fantasy/science fiction.
1 posted on 01/21/2014 2:58:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Christie sucks get a REPUBLICAN


3 posted on 01/21/2014 2:59:24 PM PST by thorvaldr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good grief..................who in the f is upset by this news????? Not a true conservative I bet?


4 posted on 01/21/2014 2:59:46 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: ColdOne

This is actually the best news I’ve heard today...


5 posted on 01/21/2014 3:01:04 PM PST by halo66
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And i am relieved.


6 posted on 01/21/2014 3:01:07 PM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wouldn’t have voted for him under any circumstances. Most of the Conservatives I know wouldn’t either.

He can’t win w/o tea partiers.


7 posted on 01/21/2014 3:01:15 PM PST by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If it makes them choose another candidate then that's good news.
If GOP-e or the liberal press end up "choosing" the (R) candidate again, we will be no better off than we are now.

8 posted on 01/21/2014 3:04:16 PM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Christie needs to run in the ‘rat primaries to have a chance.


9 posted on 01/21/2014 3:05:54 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Republicans need not panic — very few Republicans would vote for him anyway.


10 posted on 01/21/2014 3:06:09 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fat boi might win the ‘Rat nomination.


11 posted on 01/21/2014 3:06:13 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: halo66

lol


12 posted on 01/21/2014 3:06:26 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Translation: ESTABLISHMENT Republicans in panic, as THEIR candidate that they are trying to shove down every one’s throat, is proving to be a disaster BEFORE the election and the voters aren’t falling for their BS any more.


13 posted on 01/21/2014 3:06:33 PM PST by Lucky9teen (No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. ~ Albert Einstein)
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To: thorvaldr

“Christie sucks get a REPUBLICAN”

Please no... get a conservative....

Cristie is an establishment republican


14 posted on 01/21/2014 3:06:42 PM PST by Breto (Stranger in a strange land... where did America go?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The writer must be a crack head.
He’s wetting his pants as mission is accomplished so they think.
If fugley hillary is the best they have, then they are in big trouble.


15 posted on 01/21/2014 3:08:03 PM PST by Post5203 (For the first time in my life, I despise this country.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Repubs should stop concerning themselves with unwinnable elections and concentrate on ones they CAN win, i.e., Congressional and state contests. The White House candidates can play a key role by headlining fundraising events for downticket races.


16 posted on 01/21/2014 3:09:21 PM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: F15Eagle
~~~The GOPe put all of their 2016 eggs in the Christie basket~~~

There. Fixed it.

~~~Chris Christie ate all of the eggs out of the 2016 GOPe basket~~~

There. Made it better.

17 posted on 01/21/2014 3:09:22 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Worried ? Only if this fat tub o’guts got the nomination.


20 posted on 01/21/2014 3:11:50 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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