Is Chris Christies the new Thomas Dewey?

Author: Rory B. Bellows

Back in 1948 the Republican Party thought they had a sure winner in the Presidential Election. New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey ran a spirited campaign against FDR in 1944 and performed well in the popular vote totals. In 1948, the Democrats had won 4 straight elections on the strength of FDR’s popularity but they were now saddled with the unpopular Harry Truman who had ascended to the Presidency when FDR died a few months into his fourth term in 1945. The Republicans thought they had it in the bad. The ticket consisted of Gov. Dewey and Gov. Earl Warren of California. This was considered a dream ticket. You had two young, progressive governors of two large, electoral vote rich states and after 16 years of Dems in the WH people were eager for change.

Unfortunately, Dewey ran one of the worst campaigns in American history. He refused to discuss issues and attack his opponent and instead preferred to run a campaign based on vague platitudes because he was operating under the assumption he was a sure winner and he did not want to make any mistakes or offend any constituencies.

This proved to be a disaster. Truman took to the campaign trail like a bat out of hell and traveled the country blasting the Republicans. His attacks resonated with the American public while no one was really sure who or what Dewey stood for. We all know what happened in November.

This is where Chris Christie is going. His milquetoast stands and lack of specifics when discussing issues are the early designs of his front runner campaign. He has a real conservative as a primary opponent and Christie is stuck trying to maintain his moderate image while not offending New Jersey conservatives. He sees John Corzine with weak poll numbers and he does not want to come off too strongly against abomiations like COAH and Abbot because he fears general election backlash in November. He is choosing to say nothing and we all know how well that works out.

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7 Responses to “Is Chris Christies the new Thomas Dewey?”


  1. 1 Ann Rutledge April 2, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    This fat slob is a joke. He showed himself to be a buffoon when he said it was not his job to offer policies just critique Corzine. He stands for nothing. Mark my words, the only thing this giant empty suit is going to win is an ice cream eating contest.

  2. 2 ann rutledge October 1, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    It is now October. Still no plan from Christie except that he “is for tough choices.” This fat pig is a disgrace. How could Republicans nominate him? He used his Office to get out of tickets, wrong way down one way street accident. The biggest disgrace of all though is that he forgot that income from the loan to his assistant counted as income. If I did it the big blob would have put me in prison. I know most Republicans think this win is in the bag for fatso. It is not. Mark my words: The only thing this lazy blob is going to win is an ice cream eating contest.

  3. 3 alexhiggins732 October 18, 2009 at 12:49 am

    The Star Ledger’s endorsement of Chris Daggett is great news. I wish the republicans would stop the Bush/Rove Fear mongering. There is obviously a consensus that a vote for Daggett is not a vote for Corzine, except among those who use mass psychological terror to promote their own agendas.

    Daggett is the only viable candidate and there are many of this who are voting for him because we know he can win and is the only candidate who can change this state. The Star Ledger’s endorsement echoes and re-affirms that Daggett is a viable candidate and can win.

    Facts are facts and I don’t know how you can ignore them.

    Furthermore, Daggett is now polling at 18% and there even rumors on that NYC Mayor Micheal Bloomberg will endorse Daggett. If Still think Daggett Can’t win then read this to find out why your wrong. 11 Years ago Jesse Ventura was polling in the low teens, much lower than Daggett just three weeks before the election and he won.

    I say no to Chris Christie because

    The Chris Christie mafia connections.
    Christie’s multiple multi-million dollar bribe scandals.
    Illegal campaign finance by Christie and Corzine.
    Voting for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.
    The Chris Christie style of justice..

    I can go on and on about both Chris Christie and Jon Corzine. The skyrocketing cost of living, the Exodus of jobs, residents, business and income from the state, corrupt politicians from my local municipality, to the county court house, to Trenton all the way to Washington.

    That’s why I refuse to vote Corzine or Christie. I am Voting Chris Daggett and so should you

    Only voter’s have the power to change the government. We must refuse to be held captive to the broken two-party system that has brought a plaque of scandal and corruption into our government by fear of voting for a third party. Its time to send a message to politicians in NJ and all across the country. Its time to end politics as usual.

    Even if your not from NJ you can still cyber volunteer.

    Help spread the word about Daggett
    Click here for Web 2.0 buttons and HTML code to post on the web or in an email promote Daggett

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