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  •  What I do not understand (9+ / 0-)

    about polls, is that the public can be so  fickle. His poll favorability has dropped  20 percent based on the allegations. People are  reaching judgments about this behaviour and are finding it  reprehensible. And yet,  once this leaves the front pages and we move on to other issues, his numbers will rebound. If I  make a judgment about  a politician and his behaviour,  that judgment  basically sticks. I do not understand how people  can  and will act like this never happened and go back to supporting the governor in this case, or other politicians that have troubles and have their polls crash.

    •  Has as much to do (4+ / 0-)
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      with the immediate emotional needs of the "polled" as it does with the facts passing before their lying eyes.

      Remember when Junior was polling over 70% as he (well, actually, Cheney) launched "shock and awe"?

      As a species, slow learners in the majority.

      •  Yes, but.... (3+ / 0-)
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        There are also turning points for politicians from which there is no return. Americans kept giving W. benefit of the doubt, again and again, until Kristina and New Orleans. People finally got fed up and that was it; he was done and there was no coming back.

        Despite polls that say how much Americans hate Congress and don't trust politicians, etc., in their heart of hearts, most Americans want to believe their leaders are doing the right thing and have their best interests in mind. They'll cut somebody a lot of slack, especially somebody who seems like a "regular guy" or someone "who will fight for them."  

        But when that politician burns through all the good will, there is no turning back. For W., it was Kristina.  For Christie, it may well be the GWB fiasco -- he played it poorly from the get-go, and now he's had to lawyer up. Others throughout the state have been emboldened to speak up about his bullying and alleged corruption.

        I honestly think his political career is over. Maybe in a decade or so he can run for Senator, but I think he's history for 2016, will likely have to resign as head of the Gov's Assoc., and may not even make it to the end of his term.

        "The Weight is a Gift." - Nada Surf

        by AdHack on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 11:38:37 AM PST

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      •  It also makes me wonder why ... (5+ / 0-)

        the people who later switch to "unfavorable" and "disapprove" never seem to reflect and say -- in the cases of George W., and Christie now, say:

        "Wait a minute.  All those far-right leftist liberals were expressing disapproval of these creeps long before we did!  Maybe they were seeing something the rest of us weren't.  Hmmmm ... maybe instead of putting them down all the time, they should be considered the more insightful, far-sighted ones and treated with some respect!"

        In other words ...  Why does the "far left fringe" so frequently end up being right about things -- Iraq war being a big mistake, the collapse of the economy, Bush being an incompetent loser, tax breaks for the rich hurting the economy instead of helping it ...  

        And yet their rightness is never acknowledged, nor are they given a seat among the "serious people" punditry.

    •  He may have been able to rebound from Bridge-gate (4+ / 0-)
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      The Sandy funds scandal he won't be able to survive is there is a whiff of truth to it.  It's simply too big, especially with the US Attorney investigating.

      Furthermore you have a governor who:
      1.  Got to his position by investigating and prosecuting politicians engaged in the same type of behaviors he's accused of
      2.  Is popular with the Dems because he called out the GOPs in Congress for playing political games with Sandy relief funds, yet does the same thing.

      This story will continue to have legs.  The best Christie can hope for is that he finishes his term without criminal charges, yet his personal power and influence extremely curtailed.  I'm betting  resignations before Thanksgiving.

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      by Pooter03 on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 11:29:42 AM PST

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