George F. Will penned a column for last Friday’s Washington Post with the headline: “Keep an eye on Chris Christie.”
Assuming the Iowa caucuses yield “a cloudy result,” Will wrote, “New Hampshire will become the scythe that reduces the field” and “Christie plans to be ‘the last governor standing’ when, after South Carolina at the latest, he expects former governors Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush and current Ohio Gov. John Kasich to join current and former governors Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore on the sidelines.”
The conservative pundit helped generate a flurry of positive mentions across social media. Here is a word cloud tracking every mention of the New Jersey governor online over the past seven days, courtesy of our analytics partners at Zignal Labs:
Below are four word clouds showing what people are saying about the other leading GOP contenders over the last week. Ted Cruz’s is dominated by “New York Values.” Jeb Bush’s shows how many people have been talking about him in Spanish and the endorsement he received last week from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Marco Rubio can be happy that “Hillary” is the word most prominently mentioned next to his own. And Sarah Palin’s endorsement dominated the conversation about Donald Trump.