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    Nationally, it's harder for me to say.  One thing I have seen in Christie that makes him a potentially transformational candidate on the Republican side is that his brashness, which would come off as being a total dick for most people, is actually viewed as a strength for him.  Whatever it is about Christie's personality, he can say totally offensive things and it just seems to be a natural part of his personality (contrast to Romney, who actually is a total dick, if he said the things that Christie says, he's be villified).

    Maybe it just works in NJ where people kind of expect you to tell them off if they piss you off, but I kind of hope it translates nationally.  The reason is that, while Christie is quite conservative on most economic & budgetary issues, he is not in lock step with them on the social issues.  He has been wishy washy on abortion and marriage equality (I know he vetoed the marriage equality bill, but his explanation was procedural and not fire and brimstone) and publically supports other gay rights, which is at least far more moderate than the GOP platform.  The way his personality is, he is the one person who could stand up during a GOP primary and say "rape is not a gift from God and it's outrageous to force a woman to carry a rape baby to term" or "evolution is not just a theory with a lot of holes, it's established science, let's not willfully make our kids dumber" because of the way he is able to say things bluntly that people don't like and not sound like a dick doing it.  In other word, I really think he alone has the ability to force a referendum within their party on the stupid and hateful that is costing them election after election.

    If he does that and loses anyway, the GOP really is destined to be a fringe minority party.  If he defeats the clinically insane wing of the party, then I don't mind having a national debate on real issues like the economy and labor and national security and foregin policy.  It's much better for the country for both parties to just get past the stupid and hateful and debate real issues.

    •  Christie on choice (0+ / 0-)
      He has been wishy washy on abortion
      How so?  I think the only thing he's done to piss off the antis is choose a pro-choice Lieutenant Governor, but other than that, I think he's pretty much toeing their line.  

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