What if you gave a speech, and everyone sort of ignored it?
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t changed his mind: He reaffirmed in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday that he’s not running for president.
Christie urged a capacity audience of about 900 to look at the website Politico, which had pieced together a long string of video clips of him saying he’s not a candidate for the White House.
“Those are the answers,” he told the crowd.
Christie later said he was flattered by suggestions he should run in 2012, but added, “that reason has to reside inside me.”
Nonetheless, the speech — delivered at a shrine to America’s 40th president, with former first lady Nancy Reagan in the audience — was likely to stoke fresh speculation about his presidential ambitions.
Countless times he’s said he isn’t going to enter the GOP primary fray, yet people try parsing his responses, attempting to point to some word or phrase said (or unsaid) that allows him “wiggle room” to reverse course:
“Another questioner pleaded with him to run and he gave a halting answer about how flattered he is by the attention before insisting that the drive to run has to come internally, not from outside enthusiasm. The thing is, he wouldn’t definitively say whether he feels the drive or not. And the crowd was simply eating out of his hand. If he needs a pretext in a week or two to explain why he’s changed his mind, he could point to this speech and the reaction from the audience as having driven him to it.
The governor said he was listening to those urging him to run, adding that he was taking it in and “feeling it too.” But he continued, “by the same token, that heartfelt message you gave me is also not a reason for me to do it. That reason has to reside inside me. That’s what I’ve said all along. I know without ever having met President Reagan that he must’ve felt deeply in his heart that he was called to that moment to lead our country. And so my answer to you is just this, I thank you for what you’re saying.”
With that, Christie ensured the speculation would go on.
With what? Further in, Rucker notes:
In recent days, a tremendous number of calls have come into Christie and his political advisers in Trenton, N.J. Christie’s more fervent boosters reportedly include a roster of prominent businessmen: Kenneth G. Langone, the founder of Home Depot; David H. Koch, the tea party benefactor; and financiers Paul E. Singer and Stanley F. Druckenmiller. Vocal support also has come from leading conservative commentators, including William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard.
They have been telling Christie that this is his moment, and the governor has done little to quiet their clamor. His office has issued soft denials, but some Republicans close to Christie said he was seriously considering jumping into the race. One of them, former governor Tom Kean, told the National Review: “It’s real. He’s giving it a lot of thought.”
Following last night’s speech, in an audience Q&A, Christie once again shot the idea down:
“I have to tell you the truth, you folks are an incredible disappointment as an audience, the fact that that took until the second question shows you people are off your game,” Mr. Christie said. He then referred audience members to a video on Politico.com that strung several of his answers together. “I’m not going to bore you with it now. Click on it, those are the answers.”
But that did little to quell the hopes of two women in the audience, who pleaded with him. The first woman said that she was from Middlesex, N.J., and that her Italian mother was eager for him to run for president.
“What the hell are you doing in California?,” Mr. Christie responded. “Let’s go, I’ve got a plane here, you can come right back now.”
Those bits are examples of why I dubbed him Gov. Fatty McAwesome!
It’s getting clear to this Staten Island guy that the movers, shakers, and naval gazers of both the Stupid Party and MBM don’t properly interpret what Chris Christie means when he says, “Look, I’m just a kid from New Jersey,” the way I understand what he means.
- Gov. Fatty McAwesome loves being Governor of the Garden State.
- He knows he cannot win the GOP primary.
He’s not shining anyone; he’s not playing coy, or any of the other explanations the
cynical shitbag Beltway crowd infer while trying to read non-existent tea leaves. When he took Corzine out, it wasn’t because he was a fire-breathing wingnut railing against Planned Parenthood. It was precisely because he passed over the social stuff and went straight to the economic nut. In the current environment the GOP field has to step through, there are a lot of landmines waiting to blow Christie away.
The “purists” will be able to find things in Christie’s record as reason to reject him as their standard bearer. The “pragmatists” will consider the same things as an added value in a general election.
Unless and until those morons begging Christie to get in on this sick “American Idol” shitride way to pick a candidate realize you play the game with the team you have on the field, The Stupid Party will, once again, fuck it all up.
- After Speech, Christie Revels in Pleas to Run (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Gov. Christie Makes It Clear In Calif. Speech: He’s Not Running For President (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Christie Adds Little New, but Fails to Quell the Talk (nytimes.com)
- Gov. Christie again denies 2012 bid (cbsnews.com)
- Chris Christie: Obama a “Bystander in the Oval Office” (treeofmamre.wordpress.com)
- You: Buzz for Christie to seek White House isn’t over – USA Today (news.google.com)
- Christie at Reagan Library: Calling for Unity, Fueling Talk of 2012 Bid (blogs.wsj.com)
- Chris Christie to run for president? What others are saying (nj.com)
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reaffirms he’s not running for president (abclocal.go.com)
- Christie speech adds fuel to presidential speculation (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)