Unlike Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie has spoken the words uttered by Sherman and made it very clear he is not running for president. In October 2010 Christie did utter the rebuff first spoken by Sherman and accepted as the ultimate “NO” in presidential politics: “If nominated I shall not run. If elected I shall not serve.” But that was in 2010 and Christie’s subsequent actions have spoken quite a bit louder than his words.
For instance, last night Christie spoke at the Reagan Library in California and his speech was livestreamed and broadcast live on C-SPAN. HotAir was at first certain Christie had said “NO” but later even skeptical HotAir was headscratching:
“Update: The second question of the Q&A was whether he’s reconsidering a run or not. He didn’t answer by saying no; rather, he told the crowd to go to Politico.com and watch the compilation video they posted today. That’s his answer. Here’s the video embedded below. So much for that.
Update: 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.”
Politico, voted in high school as “most likely to be confused” was also, er, confused. First Politico posted the nifty video compilation of Christie saying “no”. But by today, Politico appeared to repudiate its own video. The headline at Politico today is: “Chris Christie leaves 2012 run question open, attacks Obama”:
“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie confirmed he’s thinking about getting into the presidential race to an audience literally begging him to get in.
He didn’t give a definitive yes or no to the people who came to hear a sold-out speech that could almost be used as the text for a presidential kickoff at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, instead executing a series of artful dodges.
With Christie’s speech at the middle of renewed, intense speculation that he’ll change course and seek the Republican nomination, the speech was full of elements sure to keep the chatter going, much like his answer to a man who waited only until the second question of the evening to ask whether he’d run.”
Politico further muddied its own video by posting quotes from a “source” and some notables that Christie is indeed thinking about challenging Barack Obama. Maybe Politico will do a rebuttal video to its own video showcasing statements Christie has made which imply the door is wide open for his girth to enter the race.
For some however Chris Christie is dead as a candidate because he has said he is not ready to be president. Like him or not it cannot be denied that with his budget victory and his triumph over public employee unions Christie already has a record of accomplishments. But Christie critics think he himself killed his chances by saying he is not ready. Big Pink to the rescue.
In 2009 we wrote an articled titled “Barack Obama Is Not Qualified To Be President” which included some fun videos:
“Barack Obama was not, and is not qualified to be President of the United States. Put aside Obama’s flim-flam history, the thugs he surrounds himself with, his treacheries, his total lack of accomplishments other than self-advancement, his risible résumé, his stinky body odor, the secretiveness of his past, the lack of documentation about earlier periods of his life, drug use, the self-admitted inability to keep a paper in front of him for 2 seconds before losing it, the lies about lost documents from his Chicago legislative office, the grabbing of credit for work others have done, the race-baiting, the woman-hating, the profitable alliances with criminals which even got him a house, the lack of interest in his constituents, the obvious lies when he denies positions he has even affixed his signature to on questionnaires, his lies about being a reformer when he swims in the swamps of Chicago corruption, the ugly church mentor of 20 plus years, his smearing of opponents with sexual or racial slurs, the gay-bashing, the secret deals, the incompetence, the long list of corruptions and boobery… – put all this history we have documented aside.”
Compile that Politico!
The ceaseless demands that Christie run are understandable. Rick Perry turned in a horrible debate performance last week. It was so bad that two days later in Florida Perry was badly beaten by Herman Cain in a straw poll. Mind, Republican voters fresh from the bad debate performance by Perry ran to Cain, not the other supposed front runner – Willard Mitt Romney.
There is one Romney problem we have only briefly discussed before and that during the 2008 election cycle. It’s that dog problem. Yeah, that dog problem:
“The incident: dog excrement found on the roof and windows of the Romney station wagon. How it got there: Romney strapped a dog carrier — with the family dog Seamus, an Irish Setter, in it — to the roof of the family station wagon for a twelve hour drive from Boston to Ontario, which the family apparently completed, despite Seamus’s rather visceral protest.”
Do we really need to point out that Move-On, or somebody, at the behest of the Obama thugs will recreate that lurid drive for all American voters to see? A few days ago this tongue in cheek item appeared:
“I’m amazed that a 2012 presidential candidate hasn’t taken advantage of that, filmed a series of dog-loving commercials and pushed for things like “more dog beaches” and “better veterinarian health care benefits” as part of their platform. Dog lovers are totally irrational. I include myself. If Obama wants to improve his approval rating, he should rescue a mutt every six weeks and keep, like, 10 or 12 dogs in the White House — he’d have dog-lover voters saying, “Even if I’m let down by the last four years, I gotta be honest … it was pretty neat how Obama kept rescuing those dogs.”
Does anyone doubt that a desperate Barack Obama will utilize Romney’s soiled dog if it gets two or three votes from dog owners? Anybody?
We’re sure Barack Obama is already thinking that if Michelle Obama somehow gets herself impregnated that might help him get some votes. But that is a gruesome task few want to take on, let alone Barack. So the default emotional pull for the Obama 2012 campaign will be to remind everyone of Romney’s dog. Please spare us that horror Republican primary voters.
We’re not invested in the Republican primary fight. Whoever wins the nomination wins the nomination – it’s okay by us. But please spare us from Willard. Please. We’re NObama voters, but please, please….
Our interests are elsewhere. Increasingly, voters from around the nation do not think Barack Obama deserves reelection. Today, known Hillary Clinton hater Dick Morris suggests that Barack Obama will drop out of the presidential race in January and be replaced by Hillary Clinton. We wrote that at least a year ago (although we say the Dimocrats have to do something by the end of December) but Dick Morris tells his readers “You heard it here first.” Uh, yeah, right Dick.
We hope the Republicans come up with a strong candidate to run with Marco Rubio. But our interests are elsewhere.