National Review / Digital
The Christie Challenge
Can he make it on the national level?
(AP/Mel Evans)


Furthermore, he will have to fight this battle on two fronts simultaneously, among Republicans angling to get to his right and Democrats angling to hold the center from the left. Each battle will pose a challenge the governor has not yet had to face.

The standard Republican argument on entitlements, which is made by establishment and base alike, stands Christie’s New Jersey argument on its head. This argument — cut entitlements to avoid tax hikes on the well-off, which indirectly come back to hurt the many — is complicated and lacks immediate intuitive appeal to the swing voter. It makes the many appear to sacrifice on behalf of the few, and as such would immediately eliminate Christie’s ability to obtain extra votes among non-traditional constituencies. This approach simply reestablishes traditional partisan lines and will cause Democratic-leaning groups to return to their party just as Massachusetts Democrats and independents returned to Kerry against Weld.

November 25, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 22

  • Our drift toward an imperial presidency.
  • Can he make it on the national level?
  • The scandal of Americans’ Third World net worth.
  • Thoughts on the use and abuse of ‘establishment.’
  • A report from Professor Hobsbawm’s memorial service.
Books, Arts & Manners
  • James Rosen reviews The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy, by Larry J. Sabato, End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, by James L. Swanson, and The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union, by Peter Savodnik.
  • James Piereson reviews JFK, Conservative, by Ira Stoll.
  • Ramesh Ponnuru reviews Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade, by Clarke D. Forsythe.
  • Thomas S. Hibbs reviews Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, by Terry Teachout.
  • Ross Douthat reviews 12 Years a Slave.
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