Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chicken Run

Charlie Pierce on Chris Christie’s entrance:

I am not going to waste any more time making the unremarkable point that most of the announced Republican candidates have less chance of actually becoming president than I do. So now that Chris Christie is out there tellin’ it like it is, taking his 30 percent approval rating in New Jersey out for a spin, it seems a waste of time to point out that Big Chicken’s candidacy is less popular than brucellosis in Iowa, and that, at the moment, he’s pushing in all his chips on New Hampshire, where he is currently edging out Dr. Ben Carson. (Also, in one poll, 55 percent of Republicans said they wouldn’t vote for him under any circumstances.) This is a party that can’t extricate itself from Donald Trump. Hell, anything’s possible.

His campaign slogan is “Telling It Like It Is,” which, if you’re over 40, you’ll remember was the tag line for another confrontational big-mouth, the late Howard Cosell.  Mr. Christie is the 21st Century version, but without the charm.