Here’s why Republicans would be crazy not to nominate Chris Christie for president in 2016
Josh Barrow has the story HERE:
Many Republicans are resigned to the idea that they can only win national elections by the thinnest of margins.
Mitt Romney’s infamous “47%” remarks were an explanation for why nearly half the country would be unwilling to even consider voting for him.
The GOP has only won a plurality of the national vote once in the last six presidential elections: George W. Bush’s 51% win in 2004.
But a new Quinnipiac poll out yesterday shows a simple GOP roadmap to winning big: Nominate Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.).
Here’s the key chart [above]. Typically, candidates are very unpopular with the opposing side and split independents evenly, but most everybody likes Christie.
The headline number from the poll is that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) and Christie would tie, 41-41, in a presidential matchup in the Democratic-leaning swing state of Iowa.
But the favorable/unfavorable ratings are what really show how Christie is special. Uniquely among national politicians, he polls well with Republicans, Democrats, and independents. All three groups are solidly more likely to say they have a favorable view of Christie than an unfavorable one.
Christie shows that being broadly popular is relatively simple: You just have to show that you’re governing in good faith and willing to compromise when doing so is popular and in the best interest of your electorate.
The Republican party isn’t doomed to rejection by half the electorate. It just has to be willing to adapt in the way Christie has. The patient can change, but only if it wants to.