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.