With an eye on the 2016 presidential race newly reelected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – who is also the incoming head of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) – wasted no time making a bold and risky move in the Palmetto State.
Specifically, Christie told The New York Times he wants to help South Carolina “Republicans” reelect liberal U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Wait … “Republicans?” Obviously that’s not what Christie means. He’s referring, of course, to the vast center-left coalition of RINOs and Democrats Graham is assembling for the 2014 “GOP” primary (in which Democrats are free to vote).
“Backing a pro-amnesty, super-hawkish incumbent like Graham is his way of brand-building,” the website Hot Air notes. “(Christie) knows he’s not going to win tea partiers in 2016, especially with Paul and (maybe) Ted Cruz in the mix, so here’s his chance to impress centrists and the donor class by showing them he’s not afraid to do battle with the right, even if it means helping one of grassroots righties’ Most Wanted to another term in the Senate. And if things go badly wrong in SC and Graham is overwhelmed by conservatives in the primary, that’ll be a message to Christie that he needs to tack right in 2015 during the presidential primaries to make amends.”
That’s an interesting analysis …
Hot Air also predicts Christie will seek to hedge his Palmetto State bets by endorsing U.S. Sen. Tim Scott in his 2014 U.S. Senate race – assuming Scott draws opposition.
Really? How does that work, exactly?
Graham and Scott have been on the opposite side of every gut-check vote cast in the U.S. Senate this year. How exactly does someone endorse both of them and retain any credibility with voters?
We look forward to seeing how Christie answers that question …