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  •  I don't understand why people aren't considering (5+ / 0-)

    him as a powerful candidate.  He got tens of thousands of Democrats to vote for him.  It won't be that hard for hard-line Repubs in Tennessee to pull the lever for him in a general.    

    From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

    by satrap on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 08:42:56 AM PST

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    •  He got tens of thousands of Democrats to vote (1+ / 0-)
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      for him because he was supported by the malignantly corrupt portions of the NJ Democratic boss structure.  

      1.  He got Hispanics to vote for him through deals made  with the Democratic power brokers in Hudson County.

      2. He got support in South Jersey through the deals made with "Knuckey" Norcross who controls the South Jersey Democratic machine.

      3. He got trade union support through a number of the thoroughly corrupt trade union organizations in NJ (who had just just seen him kill the NJ/NYC tunnel project).

      4.  He put up no real opposition to the election of Cory Booker to the Senate after he got Booker off the ballot in a $26 million special election for the Senate seat vacated by the death of Senator Lautenberg.

      5.  New Jersey is still unsettled and traumatized by Superstorm Sandy, and like it or not, Christie is still seen by many as the personification of resilience to that disaster, and gets good feelings from people about it.

      Christie also alienated most public employees and teachers with his "pension reform" and even among some Democrats, there is a certain section that responds to public employee bashing.

      In other words, this overwhelming reelection is due to a confluence of special circumstances that are unique to this moment in New Jersey's history, some created by Christie, and some thrust upon him, that would be unlikely to be replicated on a national scale.  It is not broad appeal to Democrats per se, but something of a fluke that will not translate to a national scale.  
       

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 01:31:06 PM PST

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