In-Your-Face Political Darling Chris Christie is Too Moderate for the GOP
Three diagrams to illustrate why conservative swooning over presidential will-not-be Chris Christie is groundless.
These charts come from OnTheIssues, a website monitoring the various, ever-changing stances of American political figures. The candidates’ opinions are aggregated and turned into handy ideology maps.
Rick Perry and Mitt Romney: Twinsies
Here we have the chart of soon-to-be- former front-runner and current train wreck Rick Perry. Conveniently enough, it is also the chart generated for Mitt Romney. As you can clearly see, both men fall squarely into the conservative zone, with just the tiniest tinge of populism tossed in there for good measure. This is just about where the current Republican status quo lies. Nearly all of the candidates in the field (i.e. Cain, Gingrich, Bachmann, Paul, Santorum, et. al.) lie even farther to the right.
Huntsman: Moderate or Communist Infiltrator?
The lone outlier among mainstream Republican candidates is Jon “The Liberal Puppet” Huntsman, who has been consistently pulling down about two percent in the polls. That’s good for last place among the major candidates. He lies just a notch to the right of center, with a touch of libertarian in him. Comfortably in the moderate zone is not a popular place to be.
And then there is Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey. Speculation abounds about him joining the presidential race. A Fox News online editorial today declared that “the GOP – desperate to find the Next Reagan – today thinks Chris Christie is the new Savior.” Christie, known for his frank talk (see video above), is… populist Jon Huntsman?
Christie: Fat Jon Huntsman?
In the same environment in which Rick Perry has been attacked for being too far to the left on immigration and the HPV vaccine fiasco, who exactly is yearning for a Republican candidate who believes that global warming is man made and should be dealt with? If Christie Love were indicative of a greater Republican Party desire to move to the middle, Jon Huntsman wouldn’t be getting quintupled by Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich at the polls.
Beg for him all you want, GOP, but he’s wise to say no. Better to be beloved in New Jersey than booed off stage at the next debate.