Chris Christie Speculation: the Unstoppable Zombie News Story of 2011
This just handed to me: Brett Favre wants the will-he-or-won’t-he speculation about Chris Christie to stop.
Robert Costa gives the latest round of speculation a little boost of nitro with comments from one of Christie’s predecessors:
Former New Jersey governor Tom Kean, who has known Chris Christie since he was a teenager and remains an informal adviser, tells National Review Online that the governor is “very seriously” considering a presidential bid.
“It’s real,” Kean says. “He’s giving it a lot of thought. I think the odds are a lot better now than they were a couple weeks ago.”
Of Christie, Kean says, “He is the best speaker I may have ever heard in politics,” which I suspect means Kean has forgotten that he introduced Ronald Reagan at a GOP fundraiser in 1988.
Then there’s the Wall Street Journal, throwing another log on the fire:
“In his speech Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Mr. Christie plans to touch on foreign policy, saying the best thing the country could do for international relations is solve the fiscal problems at home, an adviser told Washington Wire.
“It’s really more of a cautionary comment that not solving these significant fiscal problems . . . compromises our ability to lead abroad,” the adviser said.
The inclusion of a foreign policy component, however lightweight, will only increase the frenzy of speculation about whether Mr. Christie will join the GOP field. The Christie adviser said he’s been getting calls and emails from donors from across the country — including one investment banker from North Carolina as he spoke with a reporter — pledging their support, if Mr. Christie were to run for president.
“He’s not planning it; he’s not doing work on it,” the adviser said. “I just think [it’s just a] little, little, little light in the back of his head.”
Oh, come on.
I say this as a big fan of Governor Christie . . . look, if you want to run, run (even though I think it would be a mistake) or don’t run. But don’t do this little tease every couple of days, or let your surrogates do this on your behalf. Don’t run around giving these Shermanesque statements and then, if these reports are to be believed, tell your friends that you’re still thinking it over. The core of your appeal is that you’re the fat guy who gives us the skinny. Judging by how complete and forceful your previous denials were — particularly about wanting to watch your children grow up — you don’t really want to do this. I realize that hearing everybody tell you how the party needs you represents an enormous temptation to resist, but if your heart isn’t really in it, it will show. And there’s probably no road back if you don’t win the nomination and the presidency; winning reelection in New Jersey as a Republican after trimming the state government task is a Herculean task enough.