Anyone who could possibly beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 can't be all that bad can they? From Matt Lewis, comes the very viable notion that Chris Christie, former Obama embracer, could be the one to most benefit from the government shutdown.
If you're looking for someone who benefits politically from the government shutdown, look no further than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).Several of his potential 2016 rivals, like Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul, were all — to varying degrees — backing the quixotic "defund ObamaCare" strategy. Today, they look like children in comparison to a get-things-done governor like Christie. I don't necessarily think this shutdown will be on the minds of voters in 2016, but what we are witnessing is merely the latest example of a Congress that can't get its act together. Voters will have to ask themselves, "Can we trust these guys to govern?"The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin has gone so far as to declare that "in 2016 any GOP governor would be a more viable presidential nominee than any GOP senator."Rubin is right. And if "any" Republican governor might benefit from these times, Christie, I think, is perfectly suited to this moment.
You can read his reasoning here.