Remind me again why Chris Christie can’t be president in 2012?
Glenn Reynolds says we could do worse (and probably will). Conservative American likes Christie’s blunt, direct talk. Winning attributes of a presidential candidate depend keenly on those of his (or her . . .) predecessor. Blunt, direct talk may not fly in every quadrennial contest, but in 2012, after four very long years of professorial obfuscation and liberal double-speak, the freshness of classic American plain talk might be just what the doctor ordered.
Fellow Virginia blogger Garrett Watson at On The Right thinks Christie has been a “perfect” conservative since taking office. He certainly has been fiscally conservative and entirely unafraid to take on the fully engorged, foaming-at-the-mouth New Jersey unions. Again, a budget-cutter who shreds special interests over breakfast might be a more appealing candidate in 2012 than say a pure SoCon like Mike Huckabee.
Today Jim Geraghty and Philip Klein weighed in on the issue. Geraghty started it off with this heavily-caveated little nugget.
But right now, the idea of Chris Christie running for president or appearing on the 2012 presidential ticket just stopped being unthinkable, crazy, and implausible.
Klein says 2012 is way too soon.
So at the minimum, Christie is going to have to show that he can sustain this kind of performance. Even more important, he has to be able show that his actions produced tangible and objectively demonstrable positive results — balanced budgets, improvements in education, a better economy (at least relative to neighboring states).
I just wonder why neither of them bothers to mention that Americans elected a community organizer as president when everybody on our side, and everybody on Hillary’s side, said it was way too soon.
But Christie isn’t a kid with no record. He is a Republican executive of a large liberal state. He served for 7 years as the United States Attorney for New Jersey, a high-level executive position as the chief federal law enforcement official in the state. Just the U.S. Attorney job alone gave him more executive experience than President Obama has had in his entire career. Now, as governor, he is tackling an entrenched liberal bureaucracy in a state with the highest taxes in the nation, and getting results.
We will obviously have to watch to see how he fares, but he’s doing great right out of the gate, and there is every indication he is man who sticks to his principles, even if it costs him his job . . . or gets him a better one.
UPDATE: Instalanche! Thanks for the link Glenn.