Could 1 pm ET today be D-Day for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie?
Republicans are waiting with baited breath to learn whether Christie will make their dreams come true Tuesday and enter the Republican presidential nominating race. They‚Äôve been after him for months, even though he‚Äôs said no in a variety of ways that have ranged from joking that he would “actually have to commit suicide to convince people I’m not running” to the candidly honest ‚ÄúI‚Äôm not ready.‚ÄĚ
David Bositis, a senior political analyst at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, says all of this fantasizing about Christie is just plain weird.
‚ÄúIn 2008, Democrats weren‚Äôt constantly crying that they‚Äôve got to get somebody else besides this Obama guy or that Hillary,‚ÄĚ Bositis said. ‚ÄúThe GOP has lots of candidates but it‚Äôs almost like they‚Äôre looking for the messiah.‚ÄĚ
That, or they need a political Wizard of Oz who can give each candidate the thing Republican voters think is lacking, Bositis and I mused. But for now they seem to feel that Mitt Romney needs a personality, Rick Perry a brain, and Herman Cain, despite all of his heart, a real chance to win the nomination.
Republicans like Christie because he‚Äôs a tough-talking conservative who leaves no doubt about where he stands on an issue, sometimes rudely so. They think they know already know what they‚Äôd be getting, but the man they‚Äôll meet on the campaign might just turn out to be more like Bizarro Christie, who must govern in a parallel universe in which it‚Äôs sometimes necessary for political leaders to be pragmatic and often compromise.
And, although he‚Äôs not yet accepted the GOP faithful‚Äôs proposal, Democrats have already sought to alienate their affection for him. On Sunday‚Äôs Meet the Press, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick assailed New Jersey‚Äôs unemployment rate, which he said is higher than the national average. Maryland Gov. Martin O‚ÄôMalley on Face the Nation added to the list, saying that under Christie‚Äôs leadership, the state has had its bond rating downgraded, added no net jobs and the cuts he‚Äôs made to education funding have resulted in a decline in its national ranking.
Be careful what you wish for, GOPers! The heart wants what it wants ‚ÄĒ until it gets it.