Why the GOP Field Wants - but Shouldn't Get - Chris Christie
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 12:39 PM
If people want to understand the appeal of Chris Christie, and why there is a clamor from the political community in Iowa and other places for him to run, look no further than his reaction to being asked to run for president:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he never tires of being asked to run for president, but he insists he's still not doing it.
"How self-important would one have to be to become tired and annoyed by having people ask you to run for president?" Christie said Monday morning during an interview on a Philadelphia radio station.
"I'm a kid from Jersey who has people asking him to run for president. I'm thrilled by it," he said. "I just don't want to do it."
How refreshing. While other candidates may play coy when asked, Christie reacts so authentically. Me? For president?! Wow!
We've become a nation that begins our presidential election process earlier each time. The GOP field is still forming but people can't help but fall for Chris Christie, the savior of New Jersey and the plain-spoken governor who isn't afraid to tell people how things really are, even if it means his own poll numbers suffer. I'm a big Chris Christie fan. His speeches are to political geeks what Star Wars conventions are to... regular geeks. But like with so many of the Republican party's political stars like Bobby Jindal, Allen West, and Sarah Palin before them, they haven't been in office all that long and still there's a rush to get these newly elected politician into even higher office.
Despite Barack Obama's election, and specifically because of it, we shouldn't look to leaders with limited experience to be our president.
Obama frequently seems out of his depth, from the time he laughably sent a video of himself to Iran, as if that would make them surrender their nukes, to our current incoherent entanglement in Libya. It seems that a quick rise to power is all too often accompanied by a sense that the leader can simply will things to go his way. A seasoned politician would never believe the power of their personality is enough to solve the world's problems. Perhaps Chris Christie would transcend this, he does seem like he has his ego firmly in check.
Instead of taking the chance, though, why not let him save New Jersey for a few more years before running for president?
Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at Alarming News and about life in the city with her husband and baby at 212 Baby. She can be followed on Twitter.