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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

~~~The GOPe put all of their 2016 eggs in the Christie basket~~~

There. Fixed it.


2 posted on 01/21/2014 2:59:08 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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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: Alex Murphy

19 posted on 01/21/2014 3:11:31 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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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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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's all part of the plan.


21 posted on 01/21/2014 3:12:13 PM PST by Bratch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Give them credit, the article is ALMOST right - you just have the add the word “Establishment” to start off the headline.


22 posted on 01/21/2014 3:12:22 PM PST by zencycler
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


Where does Krispy’s ‘base’ go now?


23 posted on 01/21/2014 3:13:25 PM PST by txhurl
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To: 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.

Oh noes! Whatever will we do?

Well, lookie yonder! Who's that a-ridin' in on a white horse to save the Party!

"That's my boy!"


24 posted on 01/21/2014 3:13:42 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: txhurl

Back to DNC HQ and the Occupy encampment?


25 posted on 01/21/2014 3:14:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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26 posted on 01/21/2014 3:14:27 PM PST by deport
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only the libtard PRESS is in total panic as his political destruction is coming way too early for them.

The need us to pick him first


27 posted on 01/21/2014 3:14:36 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A funny thing happened on Hillary’s last trip to her coronation in 2008.

Then, the MSM were assuming she would be the nominee/electee.

As it turned out, she was neither.

The MSM were comparing GOP potentials to her then, too.


28 posted on 01/21/2014 3:14:39 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: BitWielder1

“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.”
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Yeah, they (the GOPe & mainstream media) should start promoting Jeb Bush now and get him to commit to running. Crispy Cream will undoubtedly still run given his mammoth ego. The more RINOs in the race the better—they can split the vote of the “low information”/gullible Republicans who still believe the lies the mainstream media puts out at the behest of the ruling elite. Of course those “gullible” Republicans are now the minority of the base so, as long as the conservative primary vote is not split by a gaggle of conservatives (and faux conservatives such as the Huckster) running, then we’ll have a conservative nominee for a change.


29 posted on 01/21/2014 3:14:49 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: F15Eagle

Kudos, I’ve had a crappy day and that made me laugh, best thing to happen to me all day!!!


30 posted on 01/21/2014 3:14:49 PM PST by hugorand
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
(Are you worried?)

No.

31 posted on 01/21/2014 3:15:16 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After all, HilLIARy only got our ambassador killed in Benghazi...

Christie CAUSED A TRAFFIC JAM!


32 posted on 01/21/2014 3:15:52 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't like Christie one bit and would hate to see him win the GOP nomination.

The news of his polling demise tells us only one thing: The MSM/democrat complex is extraordinarily powerful, and it appears they can take anyone out they don't care for. The Christie scandal is nonsense, when you compare it to what the rats do on a daily basis, it's nothing, yet here they are putting more effort in to bringing Christie down with this ridiculous nonsense in two weeks than they've reported on Bambi's entire raft of horrific scandals in six years.

From that perspective, this is NOT good news........

33 posted on 01/21/2014 3:16:08 PM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't like Christie one bit and would hate to see him win the GOP nomination.

The news of his polling demise tells us only one thing: The MSM/democrat complex is extraordinarily powerful, and it appears they can take anyone out they don't care for. The Christie scandal is nonsense, when you compare it to what the rats do on a daily basis, it's nothing, yet here they are putting more effort in to bringing Christie down with this ridiculous nonsense in two weeks than they've reported on Bambi's entire raft of horrific scandals in six years.

From that perspective, this is NOT good news........

34 posted on 01/21/2014 3:16:08 PM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: F15Eagle

Good thing I wasn’t drinking anything.


35 posted on 01/21/2014 3:18:07 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Republican Party put all of their 2016 eggs in the Christie basket

What planet do these people live on?

36 posted on 01/21/2014 3:18:25 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To all the Gleeful Freepers: Do you think they’ll be easier on your guy?

Whether you love or hate Christie, this is a sign of things to come. It doesn’t matter who, all that matters is DESTROY. And they will, easily.


37 posted on 01/21/2014 3:19:16 PM PST by EnquiringMind
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To: Mr. K

Only the libtard PRESS is in total panic as his political destruction is coming way too early for them.

The need us to pick him first


Correct. Classic case of them believing their own bullshit.

Seeing the conservative base cheering the self-mowing down of Krispy has them gobsmacked and disoriented.

It amazes me that four years later, nobody understands what TEA means, except us.


38 posted on 01/21/2014 3:19:28 PM PST by txhurl
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To: hugorand; null and void
Yeah, it's a keeper. I saw it last night.

There's another one but it hasn't made it to the internet yet, lol.

Meanwhile, here's another classic


39 posted on 01/21/2014 3:20:20 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I feel fine.


40 posted on 01/21/2014 3:21:09 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Lakeshark
The MSM/democrat complex is extraordinarily powerful, and it appears they can take anyone out they don't care for.

It hurts, but you're right.

41 posted on 01/21/2014 3:21:31 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: txhurl
Where does Krispy’s ‘base’ go now?


42 posted on 01/21/2014 3:21:58 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: EnquiringMind

If the MSM try that with a Cruz or a Palin type the money will pour in like crazy.. They almost overplayed their hand here and Fastso he almost got my sympathy-ALMOST.


43 posted on 01/21/2014 3:22:04 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is GREAT news. Let’s get rid of that RINO (and that’s a generous term for him) now. Pile on.


44 posted on 01/21/2014 3:22:58 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Navy Patriot

lol


45 posted on 01/21/2014 3:23:23 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Regardless of how you feel about Christie, this is another illustration of how the Republicans differ from the Democrats. Very few Republicans have made any attempt to defend Christie. They're scared to death that if they do, “the Democrats won't like it, and will call them names.” Again, forget that it's Christie for a moment - the Republicans never defend themselves. If he were a Democrat, the rest of the party would be rallying support for him, and defend him to the hilt. If you're a Republican, and you hit a rough spot, you're on your own.
46 posted on 01/21/2014 3:24:29 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Dems have done us a favor. By their accusations, they have taken this guy out of the running at an early date. Now, can we please get a real Republican to run, or are the RINOs who run the Republican party machine wanting to lose the next election as well by bringing forth a slimmer Christie look-alike.


47 posted on 01/21/2014 3:25:22 PM PST by CdMGuy
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To: GreenHornet
If you're a Republican RINO, and you hit a rough spot, you're on your own.

Fixed it.

48 posted on 01/21/2014 3:25:40 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: COBOL2Java

You may be correct. And why I’m of the opinion that I don’t expect a Republican to regain the WH before this country goes down.

It will go down on a Democrat’s watch. A Pyrrhic victory.

A percentage of liberals still won’t get it. Perhaps the overwhelming majority.

Well, maybe not ‘perhaps’.


49 posted on 01/21/2014 3:25:48 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: EnquiringMind

It doesn’t matter who, all that matters is DESTROY. And they will, easily.


No way! That would be UNETHICAL!


50 posted on 01/21/2014 3:26:13 PM PST by txhurl
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