Chris Christie knows the value of showing a little leg, but not enough to be called a slut. It's a lesson he's perhaps learned from the examples of such as Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich (though it may be argued that Newt has been long-established as a slut in this narrowband non-sexist use of that noble word of obscure Middle English origin).
Chrisie's teasing never-quite-say-never presser last night further muddles the muddly Republican race in which no one in the field who's electable is abided by the base.
Meanwhile, Christie's girth is being discussed as a deal breaker not only by the predictable Hollywood types, but also by conservatives like Dennis Miller ("he's North of 4, (hundred pounds) isn't he?") and alleged friends like Ann Coulter who calls him "the fat guy."
The too-fat-to-be president discussion goes two ways:
- Is someone "North of 4" electable?
- Is a big, fat guy physically up to the run?
1. The conventional wisdom is that Americans don't like fat people and haven't elected fat president since Taft (1913). (On The View: Elisabeth Hasslebeck argued that Christie offered something that Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann didn’t. “Krispy Kremes!” Joy Behar shouted out).
2. An unconventional way to answer the second question is to picture someone running through the grueling Iowa caucuses and hilly New Hampshire carrying a 200 lb. person on their back or more anatomically accurate, their front.
Unless he's really running, not sure what Christie is gaining by taking the oxygen out of the room for the declared candidates. But he's a politician, and a good one, so he's not doing it for nothing.
Running for president is good for business: whether your business is political or otherwise or both. All three know: when you truly pull out of the run, you lose media suck. Palin has already experienced this, since polling shows that if she were to get in, she'd be a second or third tier candidate. Her ego wouldn't bear that and she's too lazy to do the work that would change it.
Newt is announced, and has been since approximately 1999. But nobody really takes him seriously except his recently plasticized wife. Republicans just like to hear him harrumph multisyllabically on the debate stage which also has the advantage of giving the Party cover on its anti-intellectual rap.
Talk radio is still bashing Rick Perry for his artistry as a stumblebum at last week's debate, yes, but more importantly for his unforgivable "you have no heart" remark about giving undocumenteds in-state college tuition. That was unforgivable and is pretty hard to undo.
The longer this goes, the better it is for the President. We wish him the best, of course, and in our heart of hearts, we wish the Republican primary - not unlike SNL - would never end.