Chris Christie still will have less experience at governing than Obama had when he ran for President, a whine conservatives often threw at President Obama, but New Jersey Governor just might go ahead and enter the GOP primaries if he can shed his own notion that he isn’t arrogant enough to run for President. From Politics Daily in February:
“I am not arrogant enough to believe that after one year as governor . . . that I am ready to be president of the United States,” he told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
No it looks as if Chris Christie is being given the gift of arrogance from two of the most arrogant players on the political scene in the past 50 years, Henry Kissenger and George W. Bush. From the New York Post:
After months of hedging, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is giving serious thought to jumping into the ring for a GOP presidential run — and could make his decision next week, The Post has learned.
The announcement may come as soon as Monday, said sources familiar with Christie’s thinking.
The renewed consideration about a White House run came after prodding this week from some Republicans he idolizes, including former First Lady Nancy Reagan, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and former President George W. Bush, sources said.
Let’s forget for a moment that Henry Kissinger and George W. Bush have both been mentioned as war criminals at various times in their careers and focus on the notion that these supposedly old-guard Republicans are trying to wrest the GOP nomination for one of their own. How in the world could they possibly think that Chris Christie was one of their own given his huge support from Tea Partiers? Sure, Christie himself may seem less of a whackjob than Perry or Bachman or Cain, but his followers are full of whackjobbery. I suppose the thinking here is that independent voters won’t be able to see the whackjobbery all around Mr. Christie. I’m betting that ain’t the case, and that Mr. Christie’s followers will taint him among most Americans, that he will have to carry the negatives of the Tea Party movement on his very broad back all the way to the November 2012 election, if he manages to win the GOP primaries. Hey, Chris Christie has enough baggage of his own to carry without Tea Party baggage, too.
One thing we know for sure. . . a Chris Christie candidacy will mean a heightening of the war on the middle class the Republicans have set out on, and that’s a danger to all Americans.