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  •  I'd definitely take the field on GOP side... (16+ / 0-)

    ...on the Democratic side, if Hillary wants to run, I do think she's a favorite against the field. Nothing is set in stone, but I think when you combine the strength of her core support with the fact that she's won over a lot of Obama 08 backers, I think she's in strong position.

    On the GOP side, I think Christie is much weaker that the media gives him credit for. Partly it's that I think the medicaid expansion thing will be hard for him to deal with, but also I just think his style depends on being this blustering A-hole who sounds good on tv to certain types of people, and I think that only works against very weak opponents—and I think the GOP primary he'll face much stronger opponents than he's faced before (corzine's main strength was money).

    •  Hillary has won over SOME of Obama's 08 backers. (3+ / 0-)

      I think she did a superb job as Secretary of State. I'd vote for her for President, but only after I knew who else is in the race.

      This is, I know, antithetical to Hillary fans, but ... she has flaws. The pre-presidential history of her lawyering - and her explanations of some of it - are burdens. (I will never believe she found those long-lost billings that were subject to discovery under a chair somewhere.) And her political/Congressional strategy for HillaryCare (albeit with counsel from so-called experts, but not anyone who knew Capitol Hill very well!) was truly awful. That thousand-plus-page fait accompli bill was DOA, leaving only lip service left to be paid and last rites.

      And her BigDog does not get by vote for loyalty to anyone. He's been good with President Obama, but his gratuitous shot about Obamacare and the need to delay it was terrible politics ... and he knows it. (Yes, with President Hillary, we'd get Big Dog as First Man. He would be in the limelight, loosed for his own projects.) The Clintons are tired news ... and this is three years before the election.

      As for Chris Christie, he will be unable to suppress his bluff, bluster and bullying personal style. New Jersey can tolerate it, but I believe he will not fare well as a national candidate.

      2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 01:33:26 PM PST

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