I was the one who was right about the election (!): "Obama seals the deal relatively early Tuesday night with more than 290 electoral votes. Christie runs as a moderate Republican and a 'uniter' in 2016." Without Hurricane Sandy, Obama probably still would have won the election, but only by a hair. Maybe even in court. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie -- in classic theatrical style -- won it for Obama. By election eve, muzzled Romney staffers had to be downing straight shots of Jack as they watched Bruce Springsteen yuck it up with Christie via telephone aboard Air Force One. Obama won by a wide margin and won Florida because of Sandy. Competent hurricane response resonates with many residents of the state. Voters in key swing states saw what went down in the uncharacteristically quiet lead-up -- at least campaign-wise -- to the election. Sandy and Christie influenced the vote. Big time. A somewhat ironic aside: Early in his radio career, Rush Limbaugh used the name 'Jeff Christie.' No joke. It's a conspiracy! Now, Fox News' ... person who "talks" on TV ... Sean Hannity says he has "evolved" on immigration. Hannity doesn't think we should banish "law-abiding" illegals from the country. If they're not criminals and they contribute to society, secure the borders first then provide people already here a path to citizenship. How sensible, Sean! Oddly, evolving -- in the minds of many conservatives like Hannity -- is something you do reluctantly. It's like he was at a wedding and somebody said, "Sean, have another glass of wine! Dance with somebody who's not your wife!!" Uncharacteristically, Sean let his hair down and went with it. And, incredible, he didn't even regret it in the morning! Hannity and Christie, whether they realize it or not, are helping the Republican party progress. Most Americans, namely the younger set, do not want to kick hard-working Latinos and other immigrants, even if illegal, out of the country, especially if they have U.S.-born children and particularly if they answered the open call from Corporate America to cross the border for jobs at wages the standard citizen would never accept.
Speaking of sociopolitical issues, research from Pew, via The Wall Street Journal, shows that across age groups, support for gay marriage continues to increase. Sixty-two percent of 18- to 29-year-olds favor legal marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Numbers continue to tick up even among those in the 30-49, 50-64 and 65-plus age groups. So there's change coming. It's already here. Although I don't think it has much to do with Obama, he doesn't hurt. The president mentioned "gay or straight" in his victory speech. He's apparently "delighted" to see gay marriage votes pass in several states. And now Sean Hannity has "evolved" on immigration reform. My uptight, elitist, socially liberal friends need to chill; we've come a long way. Hannity knows this. He's anything but dumb. If he sticks to hardcore conservatism, he'll eventually die out as his most ardent supporters "evolve" or expire. He'll "evolve" as much as he needs to just to keep suits at News Corp. ( NWSA) happy with his ratings. Although I believe he's genuine vis-a-vis his heartache for New Jersey, Chris Christie (and Jeff Christie) also knows the score. Timestamp this take: Christie will run for President in 2016. Though he'll likely maintain Republican status to fend off any meaningful challenges, don't be shocked to see him run as an independent. No matter the formal label, he'll brand himself an independent. He'll commend President Obama for "a job well done" over the last eight years but add that "there's still work to do." The pitch will continue:
Four years ago the President and I put aside politics during one of the most important elections of our time. We united and did what was right for America. If you elect me President of the United States, that's exactly what I'll do for the next four years.At the time of publication, Rocco Pendola was long NWSA.