A letter from former Port Authority official David Wildstein Friday that accused Gov. Chris Christie of misrepresenting his knowledge of the George Washington bridge scandal instantly sent D.C.'s electoral Sherlock Holmeses on the trail of other potential 2016 presidential candidates from the right, having declared Christie's candidacy finally dead (reminder, there is still two years left before the GOP primary starts). Here are a few of the initial predictions.
The Sunday Times: "Jeb Bush profits from Christie’s woes"
— EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) January 31, 2014
Jamelle Bouie: "Goodbye Chris Christie, and Hello Scott Walker"
I wish InTrade was still around so I could put $100 on Scott Walker 2016,
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) January 31, 2014
Star-Ledger editorial board: "Forget about the White House in 2016. The question now is whether Gov. Chris Christie can survive as governor."
Well, the 2016 GOP primary should be pretty interesting. — Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) January 31, 2014
Bottom just fell out of Christie for GOP 2016 ... wide bid/ask spread; no one wants to buy, but people still afraid to sell too low. — David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) January 31, 2014
The new developments in the Chris Christie bridge scandal clear the 2016 GOP field for future nominee & President Buddy Roemer. — Garrett Quinn (@GarrettQuinn) January 31, 2014
Hysterics: this MIGHT be the beginning of the end, but it is not the end. The man is a fighter. — Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) January 31, 2014
The BIG winner of today's Chris Christie news - Scott Walker — Mike Elk (@MikeElk) January 31, 2014
Who's the next most plausible establishment Republican if Christie goes down -- Scott Walker? Jeb Bush? — Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) January 31, 2014
Boy, I would give anything to be sitting next to Jeb Bush’s cell phone right now.
— Michael B Dougherty (@michaelbd) January 31, 2014