Moderate Republicans – The Delaware Way

Filed in Delaware by on November 15, 2013

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Chris Christie… he’s so hot right now.” I hear Zoolander’s prophetic words every time I turn on cable news and see pundits drooling over the all-but-guaranteed Chris Christie campaign for President.

Nevermind that he has an economically-depressed state to govern, or that sore residents are fuming mad about the delayed help reaching Superstorm Sandy victims. Christie is the hot topic, mainly because he’s bucking a recent trend in the Republican party – he’s electable.

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Rob Tornoe is a local cartoonist and columnist, and can be seen in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Press of Atlantic City, The News Journal, and the Dover Post chain of newspapers. He's also a contributor to Media Matters and WHYY. Web site: Twitter: @RobTornoe

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  1. mediawatch says:

    Interesting, but highly unlikely.
    The GOP gubernatorial nomination was his for the asking in 2008, where he would have faced the winner of the brutal Carney-Markell primary. He would have given the GOP a chance; instead, they settled for Judge Bill Lee, who didn’t want to run and was very happy to get back to his beach house the moment the polls closed.

    For five years, Levin and Markell have been virtually joined at the hip. Markell, quite honestly, is a DINO (not much different from Carper and Carney) but Levin, if he were interested in making the race, would have to separate himself from Jack very quickly, and he would have to create a very convincing narrative, starting with “Fisker was Jack’s idea.” Bailing on Jack and attempting to demonstrate how he is different from the Democrats he has served with for five years seems virtually impossible — not to mention that it would rip the famed Delaware Way totally asunder.

  2. cassandra_m says:

    One thing for certain is Delaware has had its fill of witches and so-called “Liberty Conservatives.”

    This seems premature. Or maybe I should say that this might be true north of the canal.

  3. Jason330 says:

    Levin is the only GOP candidate that would have a better than 40% chance of winning. Also. I disagree that he would have to pull away from Markell. He could run as the champion of the Mike Castle/Tom Carper technocratic party.

  4. Steve Newton says:

    better than 40% chance of winning???

    Levin would total 42% of the vote at the highest.

  5. SussexWatcher says:

    Yep, Matt Denn is so invisible that he got 238,000 votes last time around. Makes sense to me …

    C’mon, Tornoe, you’re better than this. That UD poll was designed by a bunch of buffoons and was clearly not a 2016 barometer.

  6. Jason330 says:

    Yeah. Didn’t get Robs take on Denn here, but you can’t hit a home run every at bat.

  7. anon says:

    Alan Levin will never make it through a GOP primary after working with Markell and being part of Fisker and Bloom. He’d be taken out by that gun toting wacko in Sussex Lacey Lafferty:

    And I’ll throw this lunacy in for good measure:

    Levin doesn’t want to lose to someone like that.