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November 05, 2013 8:49 PM The Evening Meme

By Ed Kilgore

With Chris Christie’s predictable victory in New Jersey tonight, and with Ken Cuccinelli likely falling short by a reasonably small margin, the Evening Meme of the punditocracy is set:

The combination of outcomes in New Jersey and Virginia - a certain GOP win in the former and a likely Democratic win in the latter - could strengthen the hand of Republicans who have argued that the party must embrace a more centrist-friendly, reform-minded brand of conservatism, rather than the hard-edged activism of the tea party.

Yeah, it’s Christie Time for the MSM.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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