Something very entertaining is unfolding in the waning days of the presidential campaign. A Republican governor, Chris Christie of New Jersey, is roundly praising President Obama’s response to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy.
Of course, New Jersey is no swing state. It’s pretty safely in Obama’s column. But the governor’s comments are getting picked up and broadcast into swing states like Ohio and Colorado. And it’s leaving many wondering whether this will be the tipping point for Obama in the election.
That idea has left RWer nutballs like Steve Doocy of Fox News stuttering in apoplexy. How dare the New Jersey governor — a Republican and Romney endorser, for God’s sake — praise the president this close to the election? What the hell does he think he’s doing? It’s pretty funny watching them spit and sputter.
As always, there are a couple of ways to look at this:
1) Christie can’t lose playing this game. If Romney wins it’ll effectively shut Christie out of the White House until 2020. And if Obama wins there’ll be a pogrom in the GOP to get rid of all the nutty TPers who cost Romney the election and Christie will come out smelling like a rose. In that case, he could coast to the 2016 GOP nomination.
The RWer critics grok this — that they’re TOTALLY boxed in on this issue — which is why they’re spitting and sputtering.
Meanwhile, Romney is doing Ohio campaign events masquerading as soup collection drives for hurricane relief and passing out T-shirt with Uncle Sam on them, saying “Obama You’re Fired!” and all the national press are more or less twittering “Oh my God I can’t believe this.”
2) Christie’s playing rope-a-dope. He’s gaining instant credibility with independents and Dems by praising Obama now. But by Friday, when everything still isn’t fixed, he’ll spend ALL of that credibility in a big about-face and start pillorying the president for a screwed-up follow through on disaster relief . That will go on for 4 solid days leading up to the election, and be on the Sunday talk shows, too. And this way, he might wind up as U.S. Attorney General if Romeny wins.
What do you think, folks? Which game is he playing? We’ll know by Saturday, for sure.