It’s official. Chris Christie is running for president. The only reason for Christie’s run appears to be either his outsized ego or deep delusion about his chances of winning.
Yesterday, the two most common reactions to news that New Jersey governor Chris Christie would announce his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination today were “Really?” and “Why?”
It wasn’t always this way. Not so long ago, Christie was considered the Republican to beat in the race for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination. He was the Republican “id” unleashed, with a bullying, blustering, in-your-face manner that was tailor-made for the tea party. (However, Christie can dish it out, but he sure can’t take it.)
Christie’s “bully” image was actually carefully cultivated by his own office. Staff members armed with camcorders followed him to town hall meetings, to capture Christie dressing down and belittling citizens who had the temerity to criticize him. Christie’s staff edited the videos, and posted them to his YouTube channel, where conservatives swooned over them.More ...