With only 43 percent of Republican voters saying they’re satisfied with their party’s presidential field, pressure is growing on N.J. Gov. Chris Christie to enter the race.
Christie continues to say no.
Christie has said repeatedly that he doesn’t believe he is ready yet to be president, and you have to admire that honesty. But to turn that around a little bit, he also probably understands that his own party isn’t ready for him.
Christie believes illegal immigrants should be given a path to citizenship, and as a U.S. attorney was one of the least aggressive in the country in going after those in this country without permission. He understands that global warming is real and is being driven by man. He backs civil unions for gay couples and has strongly condemned discrimination against Muslim Americans. After he received harsh criticism for appointing a well-respected Muslim lawyer as a judge, he was equally harsh in brushing it aside, saying “It’s just crazy, and I’m tired of dealing with the crazies.”
No man tired of dealing with the crazies should seek the nomination of today’s Republican Party. Mitt Romney manages to do it, through gritted teeth and an insincere smile, which is testament to his ambition. Whatever else might say about the man, he keeps his eyes on the prize. However, a big part of Christie’s appeal is his unwillingness to tolerate foolishness, and I just don’t think he’s equipped to pull off Romney’s Eddie Haskell routine.
I also don’t think he even wants to try.
– Jay Bookman