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View Diary: Chris Christie tells Fox News - No Photo-op for Romney in NJ (video) (272 comments)

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  •  Run "against" O the way O ran "against" Bush (1+ / 0-)
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    In 2008, Obama was as much implicitly running against Bush (and the public's dissatisfaction with the results of the Bush Administration's handiwork over the previous 8 years) as he was against McCain.  IMHO Christie will, to a significant extent, try to run as the agent of "change" against the perceived failings of the first and second Obama Administrations.  At the same time, one of the things he's establishing cred is the ability to work in bipartisan fashion with Obama over something important like storm recovery.  However, before Christie can run in 2016 as the agent of constructive change against the claimed failings of the Obama presidency, he'll have to beat out the field of other candidates, several of whom will be playing their own Tea Party cred against Christie's alleged RINO apostasy at indulging any cooperation with Obama.  That could prove a substantial problem.

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