GOP presidential candidate debates have, so far, given us a stage overflowing with candidates, inconsistent performances, party in-fighting, and rollercoaster poll results. Fortunately, there is still time to sort it all out, but a clear consensus has not yet formed. Is there one candidate that can rise to the top in time to wage a successful campaign against Obama?
Many in the GOP believe there is such a candidate and they are trying to get him to enter the race. N.J. Governor Chris Christie has been receiving many phone calls urging him to reconsider his decision not to run. He has made it clear that he does not want to run, but there seems to be a huge campaign afoot to compel him or, so to speak, “draft” him as a candidate.
It is interesting that some in the GOP who believe Obama will lose to almost any competent Republican candidate are still seeking the “best” candidate. Politically, that is a much fresher approach than just putting forward any candidate who can win, a tactic with consequences the country is now experiencing.
It is unfortunate that if Christie runs, his weight will become a subject of attack more than his political views. Personal attacks are a favorite tactic of the “elites” and it will be easier to call him fat than to call him dumb. Joy Behar, in anticipation of a Christie run, officially kicked this campaign off when she asked Michael Moore: “Do you think the country will tolerate a fat president?” Asking Michael Moore this question reeks of irony, denial, and ignorance, but it will become a talking point.
As governor, Christie has displayed the character, ability, and values that appeal to the GOP and many conservatives. His straight talk and his stance against demands of teacher’s unions infuriate the left, adding to his appeal. He has stated in the past that he doesn’t believe he is ready to be president, but sometimes the knock at the door is insistent. He surely hears that knock, but will he answer? If he does, the GOP may actually end up with the “best” candidate.
David J. Hentosh