John Wisniewski, chairman of the New Jersey State Democratic party, said he would be a very flawed candidate.
“He carries a particular liability,” he said. “If you look at all of his town hall meetings, all of his public appearances, he has a remarkable inability to have a civil dialogue with anybody who disagrees with him. The jaw gets clenched. The fists get tight. He points at the person. He really can’t stand to have somebody question his decisions or thought processes. That insecurity is not something that wears well on the campaign trail for president.”
American politics can not produce a leader on a white horse to solve our national problems, since every one of them, from the crappy economy, lack of a coherent energy policy, and illegal immigration, is self-inflicted. Publican donors and activists who hanker for the candidacy of Gov. Chris Christie should remember the fate of the current savior in the White House. A Congress dominated by Republicans with a compliant president could do more publius damage than good since our problems began during the Reagan administration. Common sense from among the people and repentance from within the ruling class is the only answer to address the ills of a dying country.
The middle class, the backbone and benchmark of our democracy is being decimated. People who once lived comfortable lives and were confident about the future for themselves and their children, now live in their cars and reluctantly utilize food banks.
“Bob Baschoff used to work for a bank, commanding a corner office and a six-figure salary that allowed his family to enjoy a comfortable life in the wealthy lakefront village of Lake Bluff, Ill.
All of that is gone now.
…Although the recession has been hardest on low-income Americans, it is also present in some of the most affluent ZIP codes. Tales abound of formerly well-off families that have been tossed into an economic tailspin.
…They soon realized they couldn’t make it on their own. In October 2008, less than two months after Baschoff lost his job, his wife, Lisa, applied for food assistance and Medicaid at a state Department of Human Services office.”
Protesters on Wall Street who represent anger, despair, and frustration with the status quo will begin making an impact when the protests are transferred to Pennsylvania Ave. and McClean, Va.
Gov. Christie may connect with the mood of discontent abroad in the country but it’s rather late to begin a campaign when the primaries will begin early next year. He may surf the wave of populism, the Tea Party, to the Oval Office, but this is unlikely. Should his election to the presidency in fact occur, it can be certain the donor/ruling class will be pulling Christie’s strings, unless he is a man unafraid of the consequences.
Chris Christie can’t save us
By Dana Milbank, Published: September 30
There was something tragic about the plea made to Chris Christie this week by a woman who wants the coy New Jersey governor to run for president.
“I really implore you,” said the woman, after listening to Christie speak at the Reagan Library, “as a citizen of this country to, please, sir, to reconsider. . . Go home and really think about it, please. Do it — do it for my daughter. Do it for our grandchildren. Do it for our sons. Please, sir, don’t — we need you. Your country needs you to run for president.”
I feel sorry for this woman, because she will, inevitably, be disappointed – even if Christie runs, even if Christie wins. This is because it is not Christie that she and so many other Republicans want but what Christie represents: a political superman who can, in a single-bound, transform the whole mess our political system has become.
We’ve seen this movie before, with a Democrat playing the lead role. Nearly three-and-a-half years ago, I raised doubts about Barack Obama’s over-confident promise to transform politics, the nation and the world. Obama’s wide-eyed followers, who had assigned the candidate magical powers, set themselves up for the relative letdown his presidency has become.
Now we have another political newcomer with a promise to rise above conventional politics: Christie is to Mitt Romney what Obama was to Hillary Clinton.
The appeal of the tough-talking guy from Jersey is obvious. To sunbathers tarrying while a hurricane approached the shore, he said: “Get the hell off the beach.” He dismissed teachers’ unions complaints as “crap. ” To a reporter who questioned his “confrontational tone,” he suggested: “You should really see me when I’m pissed.”
It’s tempting to think that Christie could cut through the Washington paralysis with his tough talk (“It’s put up or shut up time”), his common sense (“people who use New Jersey transit have to pay for New Jersey transit”) and his Sopranos mystique (“I have an Irish father and I had a Sicilian mother. Now, for those of you who have been exposed to the combination of Irish and Sicilian, it has made me not unfamiliar with conflict”).
Christie, like Obama, is a man of prodigious talent. Selfishly, I hope he abandons his reluctance and enters the race. If nothing else, he will entertain us on the campaign trail.
But the hopes surrounding a Christie candidacy are misplaced, for reasons having nothing to do with Christie. If he wins the nomination and beats Obama, he will disappoint his credulous followers just as Obama has disappointed his and George W. Bush disappointed his. Washington’s problems are beyond the ability of one man to repair.
As the president and lawmakers fail to address the most basic problems of unemployment, the debt and shrinking American influence, all sides have begun to look for some force outside the system to save it.
Perhaps that was what Bev Perdue, the Democratic governor of North Carolina, was thinking when she offered a curious call this week to suspend the Constitution. “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” she said, in remarks aides later attempted to dismiss as a joke.
This “joke” was similar to an argument made by Peter Orszag, Obama’s former budget director, when he wrote a few weeks ago in The New Republic that, “we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.”
Among the Thomas Friedman-reading intelligentsia, the fear that the system can no longer fix itself can be seen in the drumbeat for Michael Bloomberg or some other billionaire to launch a third-party bid for the presidency. And, among Republicans, the fear can be seen in the desperate search for a transcendent candidate. Jeb Bush! No–Mitch Daniels! No– Marco Rubio! No– Paul Ryan! No– Rick Perry! No — Chris Christie!
They can keep searching, and hoping, but not much would change, even if Christie won. At a time when nothing – not even the attacks of 2001 nor the collapse of 2008 – focuses Washington’s attention for long on its problems, can another charismatic neophyte really turn around our broken system the way the draft-Christie crowd imagines?
As they say in Jersey: fuhgeddaboudit.
Chris Christie is a keenly intelligent man who has the smarts and confidence to attract really good people as aides. But he’s been governor for less than two years — one inexperienced politician per decade in the White House is enough — and already he has exhibited the “tells” of grandiosity and implacable certainty. Washington’s problem now is that too many politicians think they have a lock on the truth. The town oozes belligerence and pettiness. Those are qualities Christie has in abundance. American politics now is a china shop. The last thing it needs is a bull like Christie.