Which of these public figures had the best 2013?
DEMOCRATS (93 VOTES)
Joe Biden: 1%
Chris Christie: 60%
Hillary Rodham Clinton: 24%
Ted Cruz: 2%
Barack Obama: 1%
Rand Paul: 2%
Harry Reid: 10%
Paul Ryan: 0%
“The media loves Christie, at least for now. But he’s cruising for a bruising in 2014, as his high profile makes him an inviting target for tea-party wing nuts.”
“He’s the man to beat in the GOP.”
“Became a positive national figure, and Democrats let it happen without playing in the guv’s race.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton
“Definitely showing signs of vast improvement in political calculus and organization from six years ago.”
“Out of the Obama orbit with few bruises.”
“Shattered the freshmen-shall-be-seen-but-not-heard rule of the world’s most deliberative body.”
“Quietly walking himself to the middle of his party, while his dad keeps the brand solid with the base.”
“Finally helped forge resolve in his Democratic caucus to respond to the bullies and totalitarians that control the Republican Party today.”
Which of these public figures had the best 2013?
REPUBLICANS (92 VOTES)
Joe Biden: 0%
Chris Christie: 71%
Hillary Rodham Clinton: 9%
Ted Cruz: 11%
Barack Obama: 0%
Rand Paul: 7%
Harry Reid: 1%
Paul Ryan: 2%
“Hands down. He showed he could beat Democrats decisively and work with them at the same time.”
“Nobody else came out of 2013 looking good, let alone better.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton
“A successful getaway.”
“Went from zero to 60 in the shortest time possible, and he’s now a plausible 2016 candidate.”
“Has isolated himself as the only potential candidate who understands the long-term fiscal threats and can simultaneously express sympathetic concern for the middle class.”
“Calls the legislative shots, and Obama defers.”
“Will end the year looking like a reasonable adult in a Capitol filled with children throwing sand at others in the sandbox.”
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