There has been a round of speculation about Governor Chris Christie’s behavior. The speculation is mostly unproductive and smacks of a preemptive circular firing squad. And there’s no reason to think that Christie’s level of enthusiasm for Obama has made any impact on the election.
As the governor of a disaster-stricken state, it wasn’t unreasonable for him to put on a show with Obama. He could have toned it down a bit, but Christie is a blue state governor who has played the Obama card before… as Conservative New Jersey reminds us. (And if you have any special affection for Christie, you might want to skip these videos.)
That was 2009 and this kind of synergy seemed like a smart sell. But Christie is still running for office in a state where Obama is likely to win and a chunk of the population would vote for Obama even if he drowned them like kittens.
Out-of-area conservatives think that Chris Christie is a conservative because he shouts a lot about teachers’ unions. But policywise, Christie is not that easy to tell apart from Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The difference is Christie’s propensity for making viral web videos which emphasize attitude over policy and are popular with bloggers looking for something to run on a long weekend.
Chris Christie is a Republican. So is Michael Bloomberg. Of the two of them, Christie is more conservative, but both men are basically insurgent political candidates who couldn’t get a foothold in the Democratic machine and have run as alternative post-partisan candidates. Neither of them are conservative in any real sense of the word. They just look that way because they present themselves as competent problem solvers. And in today’s degraded political climate, competence and problem solving are coded as conservative.