This Guy Is the Second Coming of Jon Huntsman
Matt Lewis isn't impressed by liberals' new favorite Republican
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 28, 2013 10:18 AM CST
In this Feb. 19, 2013 photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie smiles as he answers a question in Lavallette, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – A few years back, liberals thought Republicans were insane for not nominating Jon Huntsman. Now, they have a new "unsolicited prescription for the GOP's ills," observes Matt Lewis at The Week: Chris Christie. Liberals everywhere are writing that Christie's high approval rating in a blue state proves he's a contender. "Don't believe everything you read, folks," Lewis cautions. "Being wildly popular at the state level … may not be the best predictor for national success." Case in point: Sarah Palin had an 88% approval rating in Alaska.

Yes, Christie has won over a blue state while enacting some pretty conservative policies. But Christie's popularity "is directly related to his willingness to throw fellow Republicans under the bus," a schtick the media eats up. That model doesn't work for a national candidate—just ask John McCain, a media darling until he was forced to fight a Democrat instead of his own party. It's "an outcome many believe will repeat itself if and when Christie tacks right to win a primary." Click for Lewis' full column.

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Mar 1, 2013 9:22 AM CST
Christie may have done a couple of good things for the state of NJ lately, but it's really hard to forget he's a big favorite of the Koch Bros. And as we all know, the Kochs have nothing good in store for America. I hope people remember that when it's time to vote Christie out.
Mar 1, 2013 5:55 AM CST
pssssst ... hey ... for there to be a "Second Coming" there has to be a FIRST coming ... eh? ... and It has to be "over." Jon is still VERY much "not over." Find a more workable cliche. OH ... and, by the way, with the Republican Party seemingly bent on some kind of purge and the right hand fringe being conVINCed that the reason the party wasn't selected was because the candidate wasn't "conservative" enough ... if y'all're gonna elect people, you might pay attention to who "liberals" like amongst you, since those are the votes that are likely to elect someone. See, I might vote for a Christie ... or a Huntsman ... but Beelzebub'll be in the NHL before I vote for a Mitt or a Santorum.
Feb 28, 2013 5:32 PM CST
This guy is a fat tub of goo, period.