Chris Christie
IT’S bad news for traditional Republicans – those conservative white guys who are basically racist (of course, they will NEVER admit that even while spreading vicious false rumours against their country’s first black president and doing everything to keep visible minorities – except for some tokenism and in cases where they have no choice – from going up the ladder!)
For the times they are a-changing for sure – and changing too fast for them!
Moderate Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s re-election this week is a good indication of this.
The message?
Unless they tread a moderate path, Republicans can only watch their political fortunes sink steadily. Their shameless divisiveness – thanks especially to the crackpots of the Tea Party movement within the party – as clearly demonstrated during last month’s federal government shutdown exposed them thoroughly.
And therein lies their dilemma!
If they move towards the middle, the very reason for their existence would be gone.
As news reports noted, Christie is the first Republican in a quarter-century to win more than 50 per cent of the vote in that state. This was the state that voted overwhelmingly for Obama in 2012. But Christie won by getting support from Democrats, independents and minorities. He got half the Latino vote and one-fifth of the black vote. Forty-five percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 29 chose him.
Indeed, he could boast: “I know tonight, a dispirited America, angry with their dysfunctional government in Washington, looks to New Jersey to say, ‘Is what I think happening really happening? Are people really coming together? Are we really working, African-Americans and Hispanics, suburbanites and city dwellers, farmers and teachers? Are we really all working together?’”
The primaries for the Republican presidential candidate will reveal the split in the Republican ranks more graphically.
But the message for right-wing bigots both in the U.S. and in Canada is crystal-clear: Your days are numbered!