Christie Gets Big Boost With the People Who Already Love Him

One of the many annoying post-election memes that really needs a good mocking is this, from CNN’s Ashley Killough (though plenty of others are promoting it):

Gov. Chris Christie granted interviews to all five major news networks Wednesday morning, reveling in the thumping Republican governors gave Democrats on Election Night.
As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie helped raise $106 million over the past year and made public appearances with candidates in 26 states, on top of fundraisers and other RGA events in 10 others.

Republicans picked up four Democratic-held governorships and held on to key competitive states….

For Christie, the night represented a high point after months of controversy surrounding his office’s involvement with the Bridgegate scandal and budget woes in New Jersey. The victories gave him fresh momentum and leadership bona fides as he prepares for a potential presidential run.

Here and elsewhere, we’re given the impression that Christie’s now “over” Bridgegate, and back to being the big brawling dominant force the MSM and Republican elites have always loved. Killough doesn’t quite give him back the “front-runner” label, but that may come soon if that other elite-magnet, Jeb Bush doesn’t make some news.

Let me ask you, though: does anyone think being a figurehead for the RGA in a good year is going to cut a lot of ice with the actual on-the-ground activists and voters who will determine the Republican presidential nomination? Is anyone impressed by this other than the people who never stopped loving him?

I’ll believe it when Christie no longer has by far the worst approval/disapproval ratio among likely Caucus-goers in Iowa. I dunno, maybe at the places they gather Iowa conservatives are buzzing about ol’ Chris just killing it at the RGA. But I seriously doubt it.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.