While I’m not a fan of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (and I have absolutely no desire to ever see him in the White House), he doesn’t terrify me like other Republicans do. You know, the Ted Cruz/Rand Paul types who seem to lack any form of rational thinking capabilities.
But I’ve maintained for a while now that as long as Christie remains a Republican, he’ll never have a chance at the White House anyway.
And it damn sure won’t happen now. See, Christie signed into law a bill that will allow some illegal immigrants in New Jersey to get in-state tuition.
Republicans (the ones who vote in primary elections) strongly oppose immigration reform. Just the thought that illegal immigrants could ever be granted some kind of “rights” — that alone is enough to set them off. Then you have to factor in the fact that Christie himself insisted the bill must include financial aid access for these undocumented immigrants.
So not only did he give many illegal immigrants access to in-state tuition rates, he’s giving them access to state issued funds as well.
I can just imagine the steam shooting from the ears of millions of conservatives as their faces turn deep red with anger.
There’s just no way I see Christie recovering from this to win Republican support during the GOP primary. Not when tea party Republicans are starting to seize real power within the Republican party, pushing for candidates such as Ted Cruz.
Come 2016, you’re going to see ridiculous amounts of money flow in from far-right tea party groups trying to buy the presidency. Money that will certainly not be going to help Christie become the GOP nominee. They already hated him before, they sure as hell won’t support him now.
And the great thing is, he still has plenty of time to do even more to tick them off.
I mean think about it — first he dared to compliment President Obama following Hurricane Sandy, then he didn’t do everything possible to block gay marriage from becoming legal in New Jersey, and now he’s signed sensible immigration reform in the state.
That’s like the Holy Trinity of “you don’t do that” if you’re a Republican hoping to become the presidential nominee.
See, while the issues he’s supported lately have appealed to more mainstream Americans than the cooky beliefs most tea party Republicans support, these things he’s done are extremely unpopular with Republicans who vote in primaries.
It’s why I’ve said for a while now that the tea party has doomed the GOP. They’ve created a situation where candidates have to pander to the most ridiculous elements of the conservative voting base in order to win their primary — but by doing so they severely hurt (if not ruin) their chances during the general election.
I mean, I guess these candidates could always pull a “Mitt Romney” and simply change their position on nearly every issue based on who they’re talking to, but how well did that work out for him during the 2012 elections?
The strategy Christie is using is perfectly clear. He wants to appeal to more moderate voters to set himself up for a strong showing in the general election, while betting that he can skate by during the primaries (after all, Romney was chosen because he was “electable” not because Republicans really wanted him). I just don’t think it’s going to work.
But then again, who cares?
Hillary’s going to kick their butt anyway.