“When we get to Thursday morning, George, all of you are going to be shaking your heads, saying it’s a brand-new race with 33 days to go.”
"Wednesday night is the restart of this campaign, and I think you're going to see those numbers start to move right back in the other direction…"
"And I'm telling you, Thursday morning, you're all going to be scratching your heads and saying, 'Wow, we have a barn-burner now for the next 33 days.' "
Days before the first presidential debate, Chris Christie made quite the prediction on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos. On a number of the Sunday roundtable shows, Christie vowed that Romney’s debate performance would be a game-changer. He was universally mocked by the media and the left. Candy Crowley of CNN penned an article criticizing Christie for not having “gotten the memo” to downplay expectations. Pundits derided Christie for going “off-message” and saying he had “torpedoed” the Romney campaign by creating such high expectations.
Turns out, Christie is a political soothsayer, who just wanted his prediction known!
Here’s what David Plouffe had to say after Christie’s remarks:
"They expect to come out of this with the race fundamentally changed. Now, what does that mean? If it's going to fundamentally change, that means in seven or 10 days from now you'll see states like Ohio tied, the state of Iowa tied, because that's what really matters here."
As fate would have it, two of the most recent polls in Ohio and Iowa, show a tie.
I don’t care how many states Nate Silver accurately calls this election; Christie wins the award for best prediction of the cycle.