QoTD Mejia: The Walker-Christie model

“Scott Walker’s campaign may be dead, but his anti-working family policies live on in the candidacy of Chris Christie. Like Walker, Governor Christie has staked his bid on reflexive hostility to hardworking public servants and wrongheaded opposition to pro-family policies like raising the minimum wage and paid sick days. NJ Working Families will continue to ‘tell it like it is’ about the mess the Walker-Christie model has made of New Jersey’s economy, until Christie joins Scott Walker on the losers bench.”

            – NJ Working Families Exec. Dir. Analilia Mejia

I’m intrigued by the idea that Scott Walker’s now-dead campaign lives on in some ghost-form imprinted on Chris Christie’s, particularly since Walker didn’t get what he wanted from the RGA when Christie ran it. Some nice symmetry to how much these guys have in common and how neither of them can shake the FAILstink of White House dreams nobody else shares.  

So much in common. Like Christie, Walker boasts about his abuse of his state’s unions – and his re-election victory over them during Wisconson brief time as the nation’s ground zero for progressive action (Christie never had that). And more; both paved the way for the tycoons of charter schools and incarceration, showed disdain for women’s health care and personal decisions and fondness for ALEC-originated legislation.

Walker came into this race and was immediately a front-runner in the Koch primary, but his brand never really translated outside of Wisconsin. He peaked too soon. So did Christie. He declined calls begging him to run in 2012, but the 2015 post-scandal era Christie is a stale brand that doesn’t sell outside NJ (or much inside Jersey, either).

Too soon IMO to rule out Christie, however, despite his low polling numbers. Republicans have scheduled twice as many debates as the Democrats; plenty of time for skilled communicator like Christie to break free of the Trump noise, the Ben Carson brain-surgeons-apparently-not-smart singularity and the Carly Fiorina spike. After all, with Walker’s sudden exit, Christie’s the right-wing’s number one union-hater now. Think of it. That might just light up the GOP sector who think the idea working Americans deserve a living wage is an an unwelcome interruption to the unrestricted profit-making they think they deserve.  

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