Christie has opened door, is mulling run; and why this may not be the good news that many conservatives think it is
The news comes from Newsmax, in a story dated 5:10 p.m. today:
Newsmax has learned that the effort to draft Christie culminated in a hush-hush powwow held in the past week with Christie and several notable Republican billionaires.Here’s the big problem with Christie. Other than his strong profile as a cutter of spending, which seems to be the biggest issue of the moment, the indications are that he is a social liberal. As soon as he became a presidential candidate and had to pronounce on various issues other than spending, Republican voters would realize that he’s not a conservative, but more of a Giuliani type, minus the public adulteries and multiple marriages.
For example, though I have never heard Christie pronounce on homosexual “marriage,” I am pretty certain that he would not oppose it.
But the answer to that concern is: the two leading candidates of the moment, Romney and Perry, are also not social conservatives. Romney has never opposed homosexual marriage, but went along with it in Massachusetts, even more than was required; and Perry infamously stated that he had no problem with it in any state other than Texas which chooses to have it, which in practical terms is the same as approving the nationalizing of homosexual marriage.
As for immigration, I am pretty sure—though I don’t know—that Christie would have a welcoming attitude toward illegal aliens. And we do know for a fact that he has arrogantly dismissed as nonsense the concern about sharia-supporting Muslims in America.
Conservatives who are inspired by Christie’s tough handling of people who oppose his spending cuts may not like it so much when Christie turns the same bullying treatment on them over homosexual rights and the need to have an inclusive attitude toward Muslims and illegal aliens. Because of his domineering forcefulness, a nominee Christie or a President Christie could turn out to be conservatives’ worst nightmare.
He’s be a perfect VP for RomneyLA replies:
Interesting idea. But he’s not going to give up being governor in the middle of his first term in order to be VP. If he runs, it’s because he thinks none of the current candidates is good enough, not because he wants to be VP to one of them.Jim C. replies:
Disagree with you on this. Christie is a young man who could learn a lot from someone like Romney, and with eight years’ experience as VP, Christie would be almost impossible to beat.LA replies:
You’re strategizing too hard. He is ALREADY a hugely popular figure in the GOP whom many want to run for president, and in 2016, half way through his second term as governor, would be well situated to run for president. Of all politicians in America, he is the last one who needs to be VP in order to have a path to the presidency. Becoming VP would be a demoralizing step down for him, from a man who is forcefully running a major state and loving every minute of it, to a second banana.Jim C. replies:
True, but being VP would give Christie foreign policy experience, which would make him more marketable. Remember also that a guy of Christie’s stature would be able to extract many job demands from a Romney.JC from Houston writes:
Aside from cutting spending, Christie is pretty awful from a conservative standpoint. I ran across this series of articles from a New Jersey conservative organization earlier this year and it pretty well sums up his leftist social positions.LA replies:
And I repeat: Imagine having a man of Christie’s bullying forcefulness telling conservatives to SHUT UP about sharia, to SHUT UP about stopping the ground zero mosque, to GROW UP and stop opposing government subsidies for “green” energy, to GROW UP and stop demanding gun rights. The man is conservatives’ worst nightmare, yet they are lusting for him to become president.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 23, 2011 07:33 PM | Send