The fact that we have disagreement regarding Christie, Rand Paul, Rubio, Jindal, etc. I view as healthy. We are a LOOOOONG way from 2016 - lots of battles to fight and likely lose, between now and then. Christie leaves something to be desired for me with respect to some of his statements and policies - however, it is undeniable that overall he has moved New Jersey in the right direction on several fronts. You have to admit, the guy is LIKEABLE. Likeability appears to count for a great deal in politics these days. For example, take Obama (please) - polls reveal that the electorate view him favorably on a personal level, while the same polls reveal that a majority of the electorate find fault with his policies. So, what happens? The electorate “likes” him on a personal level and he gets reelected despite one policy failure after another. I can’t stand the SOB BECAUSE of his miserable policies - but, obviously I’m in the minority - and that’s just the way it is. Like it or not, Christie has gravitas, charisma - even when performing in front of the far left audience of New Jersey.
Frankly - and I know I sound like a broken record - but by 2016 I’m not convinced it will make much difference who runs or who wins. The country selected the wrong guy at the wrong time with the country headed too fast in the wrong direction with neither party really interested in changing course, only changing the speed at which we arrive at the ultimate destination. Neither Christie, Rubio, Paul or any other Repub can do much more as POTUS than slow down the big government/anti-capitalism train - not without complete control of Congress - both the House and a filibuster-proof Senate and the WILL to make a real course correction - and folks, the chances of that happening before “the clock runs out” is slight. IMHO.
The only thing “shovel ready” about this ass clown’s administration has been the unwavering willingness to dig the hole faster and deeper. I sense there is a depth of fiscal and foreign policy failure below which there is little chance to dig our way out. I just don’t know where that depth is or how soon we will reach it.
In the meantime, I for one will continue to vote for the most conservative candidate that I think can win. Even if that means we “tread water” for a while until the opportunity to stear a different course comes along. In my view, anything else is political suicide.