Skip to comments.Republicans In Total Panic as Christie Falls 8 Points Behind Hillary Clinton (Are you worried?)
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 governors 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. Christies adviser William J. Palatucci responded: Its all to be determined.
Inside the Republican Party, the once constant talk of Mr. Christies 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 Christies 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 dont 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 partys nominating process to benefit Christie, and now the New Jersey governor is being undone by scandals that highlight his temperament issues.
Christies 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 doesnt 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.
Christie sucks get a REPUBLICAN
Good grief..................who in the f is upset by this news????? Not a true conservative I bet?
This is actually the best news I’ve heard today...
And i am relieved.
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.
Christie needs to run in the ‘rat primaries to have a chance.
Republicans need not panic — very few Republicans would vote for him anyway.
Fat boi might win the ‘Rat nomination.
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.
“Christie sucks get a REPUBLICAN”
Please no... get a conservative....
Cristie is an establishment republican
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.
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.
There. Fixed it.
~~~Chris Christie ate all of the eggs out of the 2016 GOPe basket~~~
There. Made it better.
Worried ? Only if this fat tub o’guts got the nomination.