A recent Gallup poll found that Chris Christie is the most popular Republican in the USA … except for Republicans.
When asking all American voters what they think about the New Jersey Governor as compared to other Republicans he ranks at the top of the favorable list. He also finished number one if you ask just people who consider themselves a Democrat who their favorite Republican is. But a funny thing happens when you ask Republicans who the top Republican is… Christie finishes dead last. This is an interesting phenomenon. One that the pollsters at Gallup have never seen before.
This poll shows that the Republicans could win the White House again in a National election but the guy that could do it is a guy that Republicans actually don’t like all that much.
It makes me ask the question does The GOP have a Christie Problem or does Christie have a GOP problem.
The problem is obvious. Christie is not crazy enough to satisfy the uber right wing crazy end of the Republican party. The common sense Republicans which used to just be plain old Republicans. You know guys like Reagan and Dole and even Bush would welcome a Chris Christie to the club. The new Republican right with the likes of the Michelle Bachmans and Sarah Palin and anyone who proudly dresses like a revolutionary war reenactor while at political rallys hate a guy like Christie who says things like “I put people before party” and does things like actually communicate with the other side of the aisle to get things done.
Christies problem is this… He cant go more crazy to appease the Far right without losing the support he has in the middle thus losing any chance he and the Republican party have to get the White House in 2016. The GOP problem isnt really Christie. It is the majority voice they have given to what really amounts to a minority of their party. It is time for the Republican party that I used to consider myself part of to quiet down the crazies and gain its old voice back. I think just the guy to do it is a Chris Christie.
Either that or he is more than welcome to join the rest of us who have moved to the middle which has become the other side of the aisle.