Conventional wisdom would have us believe that after Mitt Romney got his ass handed to him by Barack Obama, thanks to the allegedly treasonous behavior of Chris Christie, things were all but over for the New Jersey governor. His 2016 chances were gone, along with his hopes for re-election.
Well, conventional wisdom can be pretty stupid sometimes…
Christie has seen a massive boost in his popularity in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, with 77 percent of New Jerseyans saying they approve of the governor in a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released Monday. That’s up from 56 percent before Sandy. (Respondents from the first poll were re-contacted for the second one.)
Christie even gets positive marks from 67 percent of Democrats. Just 17 percent of all registered voters in the Garden State say they disapprove of his performance.
But… but… but… How did this happen?! It doesn't make any sense! Not only did he set campaign politics aside during a natural disaster — which, right there, is total insanity — but he actually worked with a Democratic president. And then, instead of attacking that president for some imaginary infraction, he said nice things about him. Nice things! He even hugged him, I think.
Now, how does a politician like that become popular? It goes against everything we've learned from Republican geniuses like Rush Limbaugh and Mitch McConnell.
This, I fear, shall forever remain one of the great mysteries of our age. Don't even bother trying to make sense of it. It's a complete anomaly.
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Tags: Chris Christie, New Jersey, Polls