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Chan Lowe: Chris Christie...GOP savior?


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That aroma wafting through the air is the sharp odor of desperation mixed with the bitter stench of frustration. The economy is in lousy shape, and with the help of small acts of political sabotage here and there, it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better by November 2012. The Chosen One presents a plump target up on his throne: He’s low-hanging fruit ripe for the plucking.

Yet, at this opportune moment, when the stars are in perfect alignment, the only generals the GOP can find to lead the charge are a buffoon whose English syntax follows rules known only to God and a guy who looks and sounds like he escaped from the animatronic Hall of Presidents at Disney World.

No wonder they’re on their knees begging Chris Christie to step in and save the day. What’s most amusing is that in their panic, they’re repeating the same blunder they made a few months ago. Remember when the movers and shakers, disappointed with the existing field of mediocrity, latched on to Rick Perry without knowing anything about him except that he looked good on a horse? Then the damaging information about his pay to play schemes, his softness on immigration, and the HPV fiasco began to dribble out.

It’s happening again with Christie. Now that he’s the hot tamale of the moment, the nation’s media are starting to dig into his record in a way they never have before, and like most human beings, his background has a few blemishes.

This is good for Chris Christie. If he’s serious about waiting until 2016, anything unpleasant can be dealt with and swept out of the way now. In five years, it’ll be ancient history, settled long ago.

That isn’t to say the waiting game doesn’t also have its risks. Paging President-elect Rubio.

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Mr. Lowe any of the current Republican candidates except for Santorum would do a much better job then the current President.I never thought in my lifetime that I would see a worse President than Jimmy Carter but President Obama has far surpassed Carter's terrible performance.


Chan,
The Republicans are vetting their pool of candidates. As one would expect all have proven to be human, that is not perfect. At the end of the exercise they will most likely settle for Romney. At the same time the Democrat are will to go another four years with the biggest Presidential mistake over 100 years. Which is the party of fools? Clinton beats Romney in 2012 and hold the Presidency in 2016. Romney easily beats Obama in 2012 hold on to the Presidency in 2016 and then hands it off to his VP Marco Rubio for 8 more years.


Sorry if I sound "gushy" but every time I read one of your blogs I say- "Wow..that's the best one ever." You've outdone yourself with another gem of wit & wisdom...
The people think Chris Christie can handle weighty issues..until now, it's been pretty slim pickin's with the candidates running for Prez...
The voters are like Howard Beale, in the movie "Network"...Mad as hell & won't take it anymore...Christie, with his tough New York/ New Jersey way of speaking appeals to that feeling..We know the deck is stacked, the system rigged, the rich get richer & the poor can go to hell..
Now- they've taken it to the streets..though the media tried to hide it for awhile.It's not just Wall Street...but also Main Street...
Does Christie want to run for Prez.? Is he teasing & baiting us.? Or- have issues in his past that he knows will come to light, when the spotlight is shown into the deep dark corners.? Connections to "The Koch-roaches.?" Possible ties to Bernie Madoff.? Hmm-maybe it's all just too heavy to handle.


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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