Buchanan: The Knives Come Out for ChristieSubmitted by Diamond Dog on Sun, 11/10/2013 - 22:06
By Patrick J. Buchanan | Friday - November 8, 2013
“Maybe the folks in Washington, D.C., should tune in their TVs right now and see how it’s done,” said the big winner of Tuesday last.
“I did not seek a second term to do small things,” Chris Christie went on, but “to finish the job — now watch me do it.”
Humility is not the governor’s strong suit.
Yet, Christie registered a remarkable victory. He won with 60 percent in a blue state, winning 55 percent of women, half of the Hispanic vote and 20 percent of African-Americans.
If he could replicate those numbers in New Jersey and nationally in 2016, Chris Christie would be elected president in a landslide.
“[T]his fellow is really on the right track,” says seven-term Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, “if the Republican Party is not too stupid.” To fill out Christie’s ticket in 2016, Hatch proposes Susana Martinez of New Mexico, who made eight campaign stops with Christie on Monday.
Democrats concur with Hatch. The headline on the lead story on page one of Thursday’s Washington Post reads: “Democrats Take Aim at Christie: He’s Seen as GOP’s Best Hope for 2016.”
“The Elephant in the Room” is the title of Time’s cover story.
And with the corporate contributors and Beltway bundlers gravitating to him, Christie is emerging as the establishment’s hope to recapture the GOP from its Tea Party, libertarian, social conservative and populist wing.
Will Christie be the candidate in 2016?
Put me down as a skeptic.