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Chris Christie

Gov. Chris Christie (Mel Evans / AP)

Highest poll number ever. ”New Jersey voters today continue Gov. Christopher Christie’s record-breaking 74-22 percent approval rating, the highest of any New Jersey governor in 17 years of Quinnipiac University surveys. Voters also say 71-23 percent that Gov. Christie deserves reelection this year.”

Slowest recovery ever. “Eventually the forecasters will be right, and the U.S. economy will grow at 3 or 4 or 5 percent and return to its full potential. Unfortunately, we don’t know how long ‘eventually’ might be.”

Toughest debate review ever. From one of the co-chairs of the presidential debate commission: “We made one mistake this time: Her name is Candy.”

Clearest statement ever in the Obama era. “In his first official visit to the country, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told Israel’s president on Wednesday that Jerusalem is ‘of course the capital of your country.’ He reiterated America’s bipartisan support for Israel.”

Simplest. “The combination of a cap on tax expenditures and a reform of entitlement programs would stabilize federal finances over the next decade. Once this is achieved, Republicans and Democrats should also be able to agree on some short-term increases in government spending to improve the nation’s infrastructure and stimulate a more rapid economic recovery. But structural reductions in future deficits are the crucial context for any increase in near-term government spending.”

Stupidest (since Todd Akin). “‘When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?’ Fox’s liberal host of The Five, Bob Beckel, said Tuesday — to the shock of his cohosts.” A conservative who said that would be fired by now.

Likeliest change in 2014. Instead of Dems taking the House, it could be the GOP taking the Senate: ”Twenty-one of the 35 [Senate] seats up for election are now held by Democrats. Moreover, most [of] the states that will be casting ballots for the Senate in 2014 are Republican leaning: 7 of the 21 Democratic-held seats are in states carried by the former Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, while just one of the Republican seats is in a state won by President Obama. . . .Without having Mr. Obama on the ballot, and with an electorate that is likely to be older and whiter than in presidential years, some Democrats may find that their 2008 coattails have turned into a midterm headwind instead.”

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