It might seem odd that Daily Beast writer John Avlon would characterize the re-election of the profoundly anti-minimum-wage, anti-labor, anti-choice, anti-pension, anti-marriage-equality, anti-working-class, pro-tax-cuts-for-the-rich Chris Christie as follows:
Christie went a long way toward establishing himself as the Republican Bill Clinton, a charismatic candidate able to re-center his party and reach out beyond the base.Yes, it was an epic damn-fool mistake for the DNC to devolve back to the failed Rahm Emanuel strategy of writing off tough elections. And, yes, giving a bye to Christie -- who some were writing off as one-term, bullying fluke just three years ago -- has made him a much greater threat to the Democrats than he was six months ago. And, yes, someone should have used little words to explain to New Jersey Democrats/Liberals who lined up to give Christie a jet-assisted takeoff into 2016
that this was, y'know, a bad thing.
But Chris Christie is "centristy" when compared to the rest of the Teabagger Legion of Doom only in the same sense that a cinderblock is "edible" when compared to a stick of dynamite, so why pretend otherwise?
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that in addition to being an executive editor for The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor, Mr. Avlon also serves a certain prefabricated political narrative --
In 2010, Avlon became a founding leader of No Labels...-- which depends heavily on this particular of fiction.