GOP voters are like the high school football player who becomes a star and suddenly finds himself bombarded with female admirers. They love the attention that’s being paid to them, and everyone looks good, until they don’t.
Donald Trump, he’s on TV, they like him. Then they love Michelle Bachmann. And then they love RIck Perry. And then hey maybe that pizza guy is kind of interesting.
Now, it’s New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Will he be the last one?
In their rush to beg Christie to run for president, most Republicans overlook one major thing about him: he’s a moderate, the kind that used to be quite common in the Northeast.
There are plenty of moderate things about Chris Christie. He believes global warming is real. He opposed a concealed-carry law and supported a ban on assault weapons.
He’s also frequently worked cooperatively with and said nice things about Democrats. The horror!
But two incidents really cement the fact that Christie is a moderate and at odds with most people who will vote in Republican primaries.
If his stance on immigration is going to hurt Rick Perry, it should instantly eliminate Christie from contention.
As the New Jersey Star Ledger recounts, back in 2008, while speaking at a Latino church, here is what he said about immigration:
“Being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime. The whole phrase of ‘illegal immigrant’ connotes that the person, by just being here, is committing a crime. Don’t let people make you believe that that’s a crime that the U.S. Attorney’s Office should be doing something about. It is not.”
Again, Christie stated that being in the United States with no proper documentation is not a crime. How many in the GOP agree with that?
He also indirectly attacked tea partiers after nominating a Muslim American to a post as a state Superior Court judge.
“Sharia law has nothing to do with this at all. It’s crazy. It’s crazy,” Christie said at a press conference. “The guy’s an American citizen who has been an admitted lawyer to practice in the state of New Jersey, swearing an oath to uphold the laws of New Jersey, the constitution of the state of New Jersey, and the Constitution of the United States of America . . . .This Sharia law business is crap. It’s just crazy. And I’m tired of dealing with the crazies.”
Again, how many conservatives agree with him on that issue?
It seems that all people outside of New Jersey know about Christie is that he yelled at union members and fought with the teacher’s union. Apparently that is all they needed to know.
They may want to examine Christie’s record more closely. Between his positions on guns, global warming, immigration, and Muslims, it is clear that he is a moderate and far to the left of most Republican primary voters.
Just don’t tell them that. They need someone to beat Obama, and right now they don’t care if the man with the best chance is Mitt Romney.
To quote Sarah Palin talking about Herman Cain, Chris Christie is the flavor of the week. We will soon find out if that lasts.