The Numbers Don’t Lie: Chris Christie Is A RINO-DIP (Republican In Name Only; Democrat In Principle)

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True conservatives largely agree that mainstream Republicans aren’t representing their interests, but find it anathema to vote for Democrats with openly liberal views on fiscal controls and the reach of government.

But if the GOP hedges on its nominee for the 2016 Presidential election by picking the candidate with the broadest cross-party appeal, conservatives could find themselves enduring another four-year wait until the White House has another chance to be free of liberals.

That’s because, at least at the moment, the potential candidate who stands to glean the greatest number of crossover votes nationwide is none other than corpulent New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

A new Gallup poll shows what many conservatives have known for a long time: Christie is more beloved outside his own party than within it.

Of five Republicans (Christie, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan) whose names Gallup ran past a random sampling of 1,529 Americans, Christie’s actually played better with Democrats than with Republicans. In fact, he was the only Republican for whom Democrats, on balance, held a favorable opinion.

Presumably on the strength of his national exposure following Superstorm Sandy, Christie scored a higher “net favorable” number (37) among Democrats than he did with his 28 rating among Republicans. As a result of all that love from the left, Christie took the poll’s top spot for the GOP candidate with the highest approval rating among Americans as a whole, regardless of party affiliation.

Republicans, on the other hand, preferred both Ryan and Rubio to Christie, with Ryan receiving a 69 percent favorable rating among GOP members.

In terms of name recognition, Christie scored high across political lines. But the Republican whose name was recognized the least — even among members of his own party — is, perhaps, the least “Republican” of the bunch.

That’s Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Only half the Republicans surveyed even knew who he was.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Darral

    It is the RINO’s that have kept the Democratic party in power for decades, fact check the ten poorest cities in America has been controlled by the Democratic party for decades, the same goes with the ten cities with the highest crime rates, highest unemployment, the states with highest crime rates , highest unemployment, highest debt. all controlled by the Democratic party with the help of RINO’s for decades, and where are they taking America as a nation down the same path NUMBERS don’t lie RINO’s and Democrats do.

    • chocopot

      Christie is a great example of what nearly all Americans have had to face for decades now: come election time for important elections (President, Governor, Senator, Congressman), we are faced with a choice between a bad candidate or an even worse candidate. In other words, no matter who wins the election, we all lose. I live in NJ and voted for Christie (I held my nose as I did so) because the other choice was even worse. Politics has become so dirty that no sane person wants to run for office any more. The people who should be leading us have the good sense to stay far away from politics, which is the major reason why this country is on its way down the drain to oblivion. G-d help us all.

  • antiliberal00

    There is no difference between him, Bush or odumbo.
    All of them are as anti-American as they come.

  • mamamia

    I’m starting to like him too. I’m a democrat and am not opposed to voting for a republican; if there was a “moderate” one like Christi. Never a radical though like Cruz or others like him. But, I will probably vote 3rd party again like the last election. Yes, I know they won’t win. But it’s the principle that I vote for, not party.

  • Robbie

    Christie is a conservative who is also the governor of a blue state. Here’s a guy who could actually win the White House for the G.O.P. because Democrats would vote for him and because he is a reasonable person. But the far right of the party will reject him and the G.O.P. will end up with some crank as their candidate. Hilary or Joe will be president next. You can just see it coming.