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    Romney was the establishment front runner from the very beginning. The Republican process up to the convention was the Teabaggers fighting over which non-Romney was the most ideologically pure until the only candidate left standing was Romney. Now, if both Jeb and Christie throw their hats in the ring, we might see an interesting fight. They both sat out last time because they knew there was no way to beat Obama if they tacked to the right to get the nomination. That could happen again, as Christie would have to resign his governorship to be able to do the fundraising on Wall Street he'd need to do to win. He may see that fight as just as futile if Hillary is the Democratic front-runner. He is, after all, only 51, and may figure he has time to watch the Republicans get plastered yet again in 2016, and hope that leads to the return of establishment control of the party.

    Then again, he just might pull a Charlie Crist, and become a conservaDem. If he did that, he could actually be quite a contender. He would have a handy justification for changing positions on a number of issues, just by saying his previous views had been shaped by political necessity. Besides, his positions on social issues are not far from those of some Democratic governors.

    Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

    by rhonan on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 12:39:13 PM PST

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    •  He doesn't have to resign governorship (1+ / 0-)
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      to ignore the state as he finds it convenient and raise money and travel. Bill Richardson, NM's ego in chief, did so and "encouraged" state employees to join him on the campaign trail. Meanwhile a lot of state funds go to publicizing Christy more than the state. Big Bill, who also had a weight problem rode a float in the Rose Bowl parade and had his mug on a billboard in NY's Times Square — to promote tourism of course.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 02:59:59 AM PST

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