Hold the Fort! Christie’s New Jersey Landslide and the Tea Party

Written by Kevin Fobbs on November 7, 2013

You can literally see the frothing at the mouths of RINO media pundits and key establishment Republicans over the expected trouncing by New Jersey Chris Christie Governor of his Democrat sacrificial lamb opponent. Even though there was never any real serious doubt that Christie would win against a middling gubernatorial candidate like state Sen. Barbara Buono. According to the Christian Science Monitor and other news organizations, Christie had already been conceded the election win when major democrat donors ignored supporting their own candidate.

Now according to his frequent moderate and liberal supporters who want Christie to be the anointed one to take on a possible Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy, the trash talking against the Tea Party has already begun. The real question is why it should matter to conservatives if Christie lost or won, when the battle for the American heartland is going to be fought in 2014 and not in 2016.

Just look at the political landscape that this self proclaimed political buddy and pal of Obama created. It was Governor Christie who came to the aid of Obama’s faltering presidential re-election woes after being lambasted by Mitt Romney in the first round of the presidential debates.

Obama, who appeared visibly bewildered and befuddled as he tried time and time again to attack Romney during the debate, was swept aside like a rag doll by the Republican challenger.

Then came the horror and tragedy of Hurricane Sandy which ripped through the Eastern shores of New York and New Jersey. Obama, who was being held accountable by Fox News and other conservative talkers over Benghazi, needed a safe haven to lick his well earned political wounds and soon found comfort and aid in the huge welcoming arms of Chris Christie. The New Jersey governor not only gave Obama a life line as he walked and skipped along the New Jersey damaged shoreline, but he all but said the president was his new best friend.

So it is in this context, that somehow a Republi-crat governor from a purple state who has managed to, willingly, hold hands with Democrat leaders and concede on conservative values and principles and be taken seriously as a Republican nominee for president. Well, the moderates in the party and on the alphabet soup networks are beginning to anoint Christie while also spelling the death knell of the Tea Party.

What this premature coronation seems to forget is that while Christie was doing the easy winner’s lap around the state of New Jersey, the real story of the life and vibrancy of the Tea Party and the failure of Obama and his health care poison pill was being played out in Virginia that same night.

Remember how just a scant two to three weeks ago, the Democrat soothsayers were spelling the early crowning of Terry McAuliffe as the next governor of Virginia? In fact many of the media were openly saying that the Tea party backed Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who was the first state Attorney General to oppose Obamacare, would be just an incidental statistic against the Democrat’s cruise control campaign.

The hard and diligent work of the Tea Party in Virginia and support of national Tea Party members and other conservative groups kept the pressure and focus on what truly matters to American families. The negative political weight and growing Obamacare problems was quickly beginning to change the nature and possible outcome of the race. The pro-life and pro-family values Cuccinelli was demonstrating to the state and the nation that the millions of Americans having their healthcare plans shredded and obliterated by Obamacare was why he fought to stop it in the beginning.

As each day passed since the beginning of October, the horror stories of families losing their precious healthcare in Virginia and around the nation was building negative polling results against Democrat McAuliffe. Meanwhile, Cuccinelli was gaining steam and support, as his Tea Party positions and stances were creating election traction with voters.

So instead of an election blowout in Virginia by 12 to 17 percentage points as pollsters had predicted the Republican Tea Party candidate’s loss was a rather minimal 3 percentage points.

In the end, the truth on Election Day regarding the strength of the Tea Party and the coming 2014 midterm and presidential elections of 2016 has more to do with a narrow loss in Virginia than a lopsided engineered RINO win in New Jersey!

Bottom line: A narrow loss by Cuccinelli in Virginia is a rallying cry for a new growing conservative America. That is the message of election night 2013!

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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.