Chris Christie’s pain is Scott Walker’s gain - Anna Palmer - POLITICO.com: "Walker’s reputation is as a conservative’s conservative who can still win over moderates. That’s an attractive combination for party insiders who need a candidate who can survive a GOP primary and still pivot to the national stage with broad appeal.
“Many are looking at Walker because he has won in a blue state not through accommodation but by promoting and enacting policies consistent with conservative principles,” said Kevin Madden, a former aide to Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential bid.
Many Republicans insiders expect Washington dysfunction to become at least one theme in the next presidential election, making outsiders a good bet, they say. Govs. Rick Perry, John Kasich and Susana Martinez and former Gov. Jeb Bush have all been floated as possible contenders."
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