Charles S. Pierce bear-hugs Chris Christie:
In case you missed it, no matter who wins next Tuesday, Chris Christie almost guaranteed his inauguration on January 20, 2017. From his tough-guy outburst at that dough-brained mayor of Atlantic City, to his outburst of genuine grace regarding the president and the federal response to the deluge that swamped his state, to his fundamental acceptance of the reality that we need a national government to solve national problems, to the way he slapped around the denizens of the Fox News Couch of Stupid, you have to give it to the man. He’s been a genuine star over the last 48 hours.
I have a great deal of respect for Charlie Pierce, but I don’t think this moment is going to cement anything for Gov. Christie. First, people tend to forget how their politicians reacted to a natural disaster unless they completely screw it up, and trying to capitalize on one event, even one this size, doesn’t have a long shelf life. As Steve M notes, “President Guiliani.” Or, for that matter, Romney running mate Bobby Jindal.
No matter how much the gruff lug from Joisey makes Maureen Dowd’s heart go pitty-pat, Mr. Christie would be a hard sell to the true believers in the GOP base. He obviously did not get the memo that no Republican can ever say anything nice about Barack Obama. Ever.