Less than 48 hours after Tuesday’s balloting, the lead story in The Washington Post is about Democrats opening their attacks on re-elected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who some think now is the leading candidate for Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016. Do him in, and do him in early, is the strategy.
Down in Virginia, supporters of the losing Tea Party candidate Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican, are turning their fire on the business wing or establishment wing of the party saying they didn’t give him enough money. And, they feel that with more money, he could have made up the 60,000 votes he lost by.
We are back in the muddy water of American politics without even taking a breath after the elections.
Republicans are circling into shooting positions to kill each other off. Democrats are shooting at Christie because they fear his potential candidacy which they and many others see as a more moderate approach to Republican politics. He will be portrayed as a conservative, just watch. As he is about to take over the Republican Governors Association, the entity that helps elected Republicans governors, they will try to tie him to every more conservative governor he visits as he crisscrosses the country raising money and recruiting candidates.
A friend commented on yesterday’s blog post asking if Christie were to become the Republican presidential nominee and Hillary Clinton the Democratic choice, would we see a more substantive debate on the issues instead of on personalities. I
hope so. But my guess is that with Mrs. Clinton’s history and tied to her husband’s, that will become a focus of attack. Also, with Christie scaring Democrats because of his New Jersey, out-spoken, plain talkin’ personality, they will focus their attacks on his public comments and try to portray him as a right-wing nut, even though he keeps winning in blue New
No break in the action, folks.