Christie (f/k/a The Luckiest Man in America) had a steep hill to climb even before Bridgegate because despite the support of his most loyal base on the panel of Morning Joe, a lot of the GOP hates the guy’s guts.
This weekend he’s in Florida raising money for Rs such as Rick Scott (R-Voldemort), but shhhhh, he’s doing it behind closed doors now because of his (toxic) popularity.
“The guy, as a person, is horrific,” said Ballard, a top lobbyist and finance chair of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Like other Romney insiders, Ballard deeply resents Christie for the way the governor sidled up to, and gushed about, President Barack Obama in the 2012 campaign’s final days just after Tropical Storm Sandy ruined parts of the Northeast’s coastline.
“Charlie Crist got a lot of grief for what was called a hug of Obama. But what Christie did to Obama isn’t suitable to say in a family newspaper,” Ballard said. “I firmly believe he helped swing that election in Obama’s favor just to help himself. I busted my ass for two years raising money and supporting Romney and this guy Christie just wiped his hands of us when we were no longer useful to him.”
For every Romney lover that hates Christie I can also find a tea party/Palinite who didn’t much like Romney… and hates Christie. Even without Bridgegate he wasn’t getting a sniff at the GOP nomination.
The weak GOP bench will create an opening for Scott Walker. But overall, with the lack of quality and depth, and the mortality of deep pocket GOP donors (three of the biggest TX R donors died recently) who generally are in the 65-rigor mortus age group, 2016 might turn out to be quite a disappointment to the media.
If Hilary runs, Hilary wins and the media will have to bust both nuts to make it look interesting for 2 years.