We’re two weeks and two days into 2017, so why not take a quick look back at the biggest political winners and losers of 2016?
The biggest winner? No question: Donald J. Trump. He’s the next president of the United States. He won an election almost no one thought he’d win. Not me. Not most of the so-called “experts.”
One of my Facebook friends, though, said she called it early on. She knew Trump would win all along. Bully for her.
Enough of that.
The biggest loser? It’s not who you think. I am going to give the Biggest Loser Award to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Sure, Hillary Rodham Clinton lost big in 2016. Christie, though, imploded in a curious way.
He started the year running for the Republican presidential nomination. He was full of bluster, bravado and boastfulness. He was going to kick a** and take names. He was no pushover.
Then he got steamrolled by Trump, who flattened the field of 15 other GOP contenders/pretenders.
Christie then endorsed Trump and became his go-to guy. He would run his transition if Trump got elected.
Then what happened? Trump actually got elected and just like that Christie was removed as transition boss; Trump gave that task to the vice president-elect, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Christie, meanwhile, has been fingered in that on-going, never-ending “Bridgegate” scandal emanating from the closure of the George Washington Bridge because Christie was mad at a New Jersey mayor who declined to endorse him for re-election in 2014 … allegedly!
Christie’s poll numbers have tanked. He is coming up for re-election and he now stands a good chance of being thumped.
There you have it. Stand tall, Donald Trump and Chris Christie.