A GOP savior lives in New Jersey

  • Article by: DANA MILBANK , Washington Post
  • Updated: January 9, 2013 - 7:24 PM

Gov. Chris Christie's style of leadership could help the national Republican Party loosen the Tea Party's death grip.

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pumiceJan. 9, 13 7:48 PM

From the article: "It's a lesson that could help the national Republican Party loosen the Tea Party's death grip." Here's a thought courtesy of Rasmussen: "Only 8 percent of likely voters considered themselves members of the Tea Party movement, down from 24 percent in 2010." Unless the percentage of the electorate which considers itself to be Republican is less than 8 percent, Republicans should be able to loosen the TEA Party's grip on the Republican Party by attending caucuses and/or by voting in Republican primaries.

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bizsmithJan. 9, 13 8:09 PM

Could this be a glimmer of someone I could vote FOR in 2016. I'm so tired of having to vote against someone in every recent election.

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goferfanzJan. 9, 13 8:15 PM

Dana loves him........until he is the nominee, then he and the leftwing Ministry of Truth media will shred him like any other GOP'er. McCain always had the media love, until.........

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elmore1Jan. 9, 13 8:17 PM

A moderate party will emerge and lead our country into the future. The GOP and DFL extremists will fade out of sight.

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Mark27Jan. 9, 13 8:19 PM

Christie has a lot of people on the left and center fooled after his recent bipartisan display, which I'll give him the benefit of the doubt for being genuine. What makes him deadly is that now that he's proven his "independent" bona fides, he can now go back to making nice with the right leading up to 2016, and my guess is he'll get the job done by appealing to them on the issue that means most to them....redistributing wealth from what used to be the middle class to the tippy-top of the income pyramid. Christie made his name by using public workers for target practice and I fully expect him to ramp up that effort in the years ahead and return to the good graces of the plutocrats with every working-class scalp he helps mount over the Koch Brothers' fireplace. Christie's return to right-wing hero status is directly proportional to how many public worker heads he chops off in New Jersey in his second term because above all else, that's what the modern Republican Party is about.

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arspartzJan. 9, 13 8:39 PM

The media has been very successful in distorting the views of the tea party, to the point that most people have almost an entirely reversed view of them. The Tea Party originally had no opinion on moral issues. They only cared about fiscal responsibility. Believe it or not, the original tea party opposed GWB in his attempts to grow the government. Neither Bachman nor Perry truly represented the tea party, but the media went along with them when they proclaimed themselves as spokesman.

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Wally_99Jan. 9, 13 8:44 PM

elmore - please define "extremist" and be verrrrry specific. Especially if you are referring to "right wing extremists"

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Wally_99Jan. 9, 13 8:45 PM

here's a clue - the Tea Party is here to stay. And one of our primary goals is to weed out RINOs one at a time, like Chuck Hagel.

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arielbenderJan. 9, 13 8:49 PM

arspartzJan. 9, 13 8:39 PM The media has been very successful in distorting the views of the tea party, to the point that most people have almost an entirely reversed view of them. The Tea Party originally had no opinion on moral issues. They only cared about fiscal responsibility. Believe it or not, the original tea party opposed GWB in his attempts to grow the government.______________From where...under a cloak of invisibility? The Tea Party only mobilized when a black democrat with the middle name of Hussein was elected. Connect the dots...

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Mark27Jan. 9, 13 8:55 PM

Wally_99, "here's a clue - the Tea Party is here to stay.".....I don't disagree with you, but it will be "here to stay" primarily as a rump minority party where 80% of its elected federal officials will reside in fewer than a dozen states, primarily in the Old Confederacy. And judging by the 2012 election returns where Obama's numbers grew the most from 2008 in the Deep South, even the proverbial "last white guy in Mississippi" clinging to the GOP/Tea Party with his fingernails better start looking over his shoulder because demographics are rendering the hard-right less electable even there. So please go ahead and continue "purging those RINOs" and you will continue to see a Republican/Tea Party that wins a dozen states with shrinking margins of victory every four years.

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