Another way to look at the “Should Chris Christie run or not” question is to examine how prepared he would be to come in late as compared to another late comer such as say Sarah Palin, consider:
1. Sarah Palin has a large amount of chits from the last election cycle (2010) that she can call in from multiple congressional election campaigns, many more than Chris Christie.
2. Sarah Palin has been regularly hitting the Obama administration since 2009, Chris Christie has not.
3. Christie has taken MSM hits in NJ but has not been vetted anywhere near the level of Palin
and most importantly
4. Sarah Palin has a network of followers, (one could say fanatical followers) not only urging her to run but ready to work like dogs for her. Christie has insiders pushing him, insiders are not sign holders.
Chris Christie is less prepared to run than Sarah Palin, and unlike Palin would not be running an “insurgent” campaign. f he runs he is going to embarrass himself, badly.
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What can you say when you see something like this:
What’s most amazing is that its citizens will not merely refrain from objecting, but will stand and cheer the U.S. Government’s new power to assassinate their fellow citizens, far from any battlefield, literally without a shred of due process from the U.S. Government. Many will celebrate the strong, decisive, Tough President’s ability to eradicate the life of Anwar al-Awlaki — including many who just so righteously condemned those Republican audience members as so terribly barbaric and crass for cheering Governor Perry’s execution of scores of serial murderers and rapists — criminals who were at least given a trial and appeals and the other trappings of due process before being killed.
I thought the left was insisting we were at war with Al Qaeda instead of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc etc etc. You would think that killing leaders of Al-Qaeda would work for them? Cripes even Andrew Sullivan still gets it:
My own position is that we are at war, and that avowed enemies and traitors in active warfare against the US cannot suddenly invoke legal protections from a society they have decided to help destroy.
Exit question: Would the left have deployed Human Shields to protest Anwar Al-Awlaki and would that have stopped us from blowing him up?
Update: No you should not be insulted Stacy. Mr. Al-Awlaki and Mr. Bolt were born in the United States and were members of organizations at war with the United States, but that’s where the similarities end. Mr. Winston Wood Bolt fought under the articles of war only engaging soldiers until his capture but because he fought for the confederacy I suspect that the same people who are beating their breasts over Al-Awlaki would likely have much less mercy for Mr. Bolt.
After months of telling everyone that he is not running for president, there are now hints that Chris Christie might jump into the race.
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.
Now don’t get me wrong, Chris Christie is a great guy with a future in the Republican Party but he is being played for a sucker by hired guns who want him in for their own reasons.
So why all this push? The answer comes from the old Latin phrase: Cui Bono? Let me provide some answers to that question:
A: the GOP Establishment/Mitt Romney
1. It neutralizes the Herman Cain boomlet (in the same way the Perry run neutralized the Bachmann one) The last thing the establishment wants is a tea party candidate advancing. This sucks away the media and the money that Cain might be raising from the large donors who tend to want to back a winner. Every day Christie is on the front page Cain, a tea party guy is not.
2. It helps cement Romney because Christie as stated can’t compete with the network Romney has built up. Romney’s base of support is solid. The idea is to keep the “not Romney” vote split as I said way back in March:
Right now if you look at the people running or “exploring” running you see quite a few strongly conservative folks. Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, Newt, perhaps Huckabee, Haley Barbour and of course possibly Palin. All are popular with tea party people, evangelicals and social conservatives. For Mitt Romney to win the nomination that strongly conservative tea party vote needs to be divided.
3. If Christie comes in then the attacks by other candidates will be diverted to Christie in order to neutralize him. Every attack on Christie is an attack that isn’t made on Mitt Romney
Beneficiary B: The left/MSM:
1. The same shots of Obama saying he is not ready will be recycled against Chris Christie and unlike the president the MSM will delight in playing them. It takes away that argument because you made it against yourself.
2. As a media driven candidate the MSM power to define Chris Christie is much greater than the way they defined Rick Perry once he was in. And believe me they will define Chris Christie in a way he will not like.
3. When you are a rising star you don’t want to be saddled with a defeat early. Christie is likely to lose to Romney and if he does, he becomes associated with a loss and a defeat, thus he is made weaker in the future both in NJ and nationally. That is the whole idea here.
4. It allows them to continue to neutralize the Tea Party candidates that they fear most of all.
5. It feeds the: “conservatives don’t like the field” meme, a meme that is media created and frankly false.
Anecdotal impressions support what the pollsters say. I have been in Iowa, South Carolina, and Florida in recent weeks and talked with a lot of voters. While a few are unhappy with their choices — there are always some voters who feel that way — there just does not seem to be much overall dissatisfaction with the field. Voters realize there is no perfect candidate in the race — that might be an understatement this time around — but that doesn’t mean they believe there is some perfect candidate out there over the horizon, waiting to enter the race.
State-level polling also does not suggest that dissatisfaction is widespread among Republican voters. A recent Suffolk University poll of New Hampshire voters found that 68 percent say they are very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the field, while 30 percent say they are very dissatisfied or somewhat dissatisfied. Breaking down those numbers, 16 percent say they are very satisfied and 52 percent say they are somewhat satisfied with the field. Among dissatisfied voters, 19 percent say they are somewhat dissatisfied, while 11 percent say they are very dissatisfied. Rasmussen says that 11 percent — the number of people who are most intensely unhappy — is a very, very small number.
6. It gets Christie out of Jersey and gives the unions/left breathing room to reverse you and neutralize the changes he is making in the state that could flip it long term.
All running when you aren’t ready does is fund some hired guns and cut your own throat.
They are trying to feed your ego for their own ends. Don’t fall for it.
The national dynamic could be similar in 2012, with Barack Obama as vulnerable across the country as Christie was in New Jersey. Not to beat a dead horse, but think again of Christie’s q&a at the Reagan Library; no imagine him doing that at a town hall debate with Obama. It’s a prospect that should worry Democrats.
Of course, this all could be an illusion. Christie might just announce in a day or two that he’s thought it over and really doesn’t want to run, and that will be that. For their own sakes, Perry, Romney and even Obama should probably hope that’s what happens.
and look who’s pushing the article:
After all we know how much Joan Walsh and Salon are dying to see the GOP pick the right man for 2012
if this doesn’t awaken the Admiral Akbar in Christie nothing will
I got back late last night after a very relaxing time in Maine
Although not expensive particularly mid-week it had a great view of the ocean:
It is a very relaxing place, and from the comments I’ve seen on the Breitbart video by the left I think they need to relax so I shot this video for them.
I was not totally separated from the news however, there were Newspapers:
I didn’t read that paper but if I’m the GOP I WANT to stress President Obama’s endorsement of former Obama administration official Elizabeth Warren.
The sunrises are special:
And of course if you go to Maine you see lighthouses
and a quilt shop for DaWife
At the quilt shop there were four rocking chairs that husbands occupied and talked at while their wives crowded the place.
Most importantly it turns out that one can easily do without e-mail and the net for a couple of days, but there were disadvantages, for example there was a restaurant the wife wanted to hit but when we went up the coast and got there, we discovered they are closed on Wednesday.
One bit of advice: have breakfast in town at the places the locals go when possible, since the townspeople have to eat there the prices are not “touristy”.