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to Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s bear hug embrace of Barack Obama during Hurricane Sandy will deliver the White House again to Barack Obama, I believe.
Since he did so the polls have moved perceptively toObama, which should allow him to eke out a 51 per cent to 49 per cent victory in the popular vote I predict.
It was an extraordinary moment and a dagger aimed at the heart of Republican contender Mitt Romney who had passed Christie over for the Vice President slot after originally indicating he was choosing him as Politico.com revealed.
(There is no love lost between the two Republicans, they angrily disputed why Christie was not on the stage at a Romney rally in neighboring Pennsylvania on election eve.)
Christie saw himself on the sidelines and knew a victory for Romney essentially sidelined him for a possible eight years. He likely made a calculation thatObamawould be re-elected.
Facing probable political oblivion, Christie acted.
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Embracing Obamaensured his re-election in New Jersey also with Obama hardly likely to champion a Democratic opponent. It also ensured that moderate Democrats will be naturally drawn to supporting him when he runs for re-election.
It was a lifeline toObama. Barack Obama was in a desperate fight to the death last week and in a dead heat at best when the hurricane struck.
Americans rally to the president in a crisis andObama has the Commander-in-Chief down to an art form.
But the Christie embrace was the icing on the cake. Americans yearn for the type of cross community politics that sees politicians from opposite sides work together.
There are few more popular figures than the larger-than-lifeChristie who has never met a doughnut stand he didn’t like and calls a spade a spade.
When he appeared all day with Obamait sent a clear message to Americans that despite the attempt to demonize Obamaby the GOP, Christiewas willing to work with him.
The polls that had been in a permanent freeze before Sandy began to tick back inObama’s direction and he goes into Election Day with polls clearly moving in his direction.
In a very uncertain year, that last tilt in the polls will, I think, put Obama over the top. The October/November surprise in the end proved to be of all things a hurricane and a 350 pound governor from the opposite party feeling the love for the president.
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