In the five days following his feeble effort in last week's Orlando debate the right-wing punditocracy has been eviscerating Rick Perry in tones reserved usually for liberals. Kristol, Hume, Coulter and Lowry are all clamoring for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run for the Republican nomination. Christie has repeatedly said he is not interested but insiders are reporting that the governor is giving it serious consideration. Is the current field so bad that these committed rightists would turn to a novice like Christie? Apparently so.
Chris Christie spent most of the previous decade as the United States Attorney for New Jersey before running for NJ governor in 2009. He has been on that job for less than two years and he has distinguished himself mostly for a particular NJ/NY obnoxiousness--aka he is a real asshole in the mold of so many natives of this region. He is Koch, Giuliani, Trump, but without the charm.
A Christie run could make this year's GOP nominating contest rival the epic Obama-Hillary battle of 08. But could Christie get the nomination? And if he did could he beat Obama?
I think the answer on the former is maybe, and the latter a definite no. That's why I'm hoping that Christie runs. Ideologically, he isn't as right-wing as Perry or Romney but his style is very right-wing--meaning he is the boss you loathe. He is pompous and arrogant though refreshingly blunt in comparison to most politicians.
But Christie is playing in the minors and there will be much to pick apart should he jump in. Experience, temperament are only two which will come up. Another one which won't be discussed by the candidates themselves is the elephant in the room. And yes, pun intended. Chris Christie is nearing fifty, and at a whopping 285 pounds on a 5:9" frame, he is morbidly obese. Though he may in many ways look like the average American voter, particularly the further one travels inland, people don't actually want to see themselves in our leaders. especially when he would be the fattest world leader around.
What can Christie do? He looks like a Bay Ridge bouncer. Every time I see his image, I start to do neck exercises as he see the fat rings circling his neck. I know that I'm not the only one.
He makes President Clinton (even at the height of his fat boy Bubba persona look svelte in comparison). This country does not need to be led by someone so unable to control basic impulses. Think of the always dubious image of America around the world. Wouldn't Christie perfectly symbolize the bloated, smug, out-sized role of the United Sates? Which leads me to conclude that Christie cannot be seriously considering a run since he doesn't seem to have bothered to try to lose any weight lately. The right is so desperate to take out Obama that they will audition anyone to run even the seriously flawed and inexperienced.