In 2016, Barack Obama will be exiting the White House and the Republicans will have their best shot in eight years to win the Presidency back. One of the main problems the GOP has faced since in the last two elections is the inability to run anyone who was all that popular with the rank and file Republicans. When the right did find someone who fit that bill, like a Michele Bachmann, they couldn’t find someone who the ultra-valuable “independent” could take seriously. Now, out of the shadows of a party that seems to be crumbling when it comes to national politics comes Chris Christie.
Christie is the ultra-popular right-wing governor of a blue state (New Jersey) who has taken turns attacking the right and the left depending on the situation. There he was, applauding Barack Obama and his handling of Hurricane Sandy, and bashing the Republicans’ relief package in the aftermath of that super storm. Then, this week, Christie shrugged off the recent praise that had been heaped on him by the left when he attacked Obama for his inaugural address.
Christie is currently sporting an approval rating of more than 70 percent in New Jersey. If he’s that popular in Jersey, he’s almost as popular in New York. A republican who can win New York is a Republican who can take a much different route to the White House than what men like Mitt Romney and John McCain haven’t been able to try. Christie will take quite a few of the Southern states, because he does indeed have pro-life and right wing bonafides. The fact that he can also take a couple of blue states in the North East could mean the death knell for just about any Democrat who would choose to run against him. Being able to take the North East means that Christie would also be hard for a Republican to knock off in the primaries. It certainly looks like the man who was widely ridiculed by the left just a few months ago could be as close to a juggernaut as the Republicans have had since Ronald Reagan’s reelection campaign.
If the right can actually coalesce behind Christie, then there could actually be quite a monumental shift in America’s politics. Swing states that have long been leaned on would lose their importance. States that hadn’t been contested would be in play and its possible that a legitimately moderate Republican would serve in the highest office for the first time since 1988.