“I don’t give a damn about Election Day,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says. Well, he damn well should. Yes, even right now.
We all should, Democrats and Republicans. Especially those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed. Because whatever philosophy you hold, if you do hold a philosophy, you have to believe that Election Day 2012 will make a huge difference with respect to whether people in this nation are going to thrive.
The hurricane is a tragedy. But it will pass, and people will heal. But the choice in this election between an arch liberal and someone who – whatever his core beliefs – will likely govern as a conservative will affect people’s lives for decades. Even in New Jersey.
Republicans have every right to be repelled by the sight of Christie giving man hug after man hug to President Obama. He should thank the president if he believes he has done a good job. But his effusive praise just days before the election will only serve to help Obama’s reelection effort.
It’s not going to make a bit of difference for the people of New Jersey if Christie slobbers over Obama. The assistance to the state has been set in motion, and Obama’s not going to take it back just because he feels Chris Christie doesn’t love him enough.
Let me share some of the love with you.
This helps Obama enormously. Christie is not just complementing Obama – something Obama may merit in this case – but he is practically serving up a campaign ad for the president. What’s more, he’s helping wipe away Obama’s well deserved reputation for being unable to work in a bipartisan manner, one of the things Gov. Mitt Romney is vowing to fix.
And make no mistake, Christie, who will face a tough reelection bid next year, also benefits. Here he is, the governor of a Blue State, working hand in hand with the Great Hero of the Blue States. Meanwhile, Christie is enhancing his image as the “non-politician” who cares only about the people. Christie may be giving the finger to Election Day 2012, but not to Election Day 2013.
Christie should remember that he was given a great gift by Romney, the role of keynote speaker at the Republican convention. It’s a role Obama used to launch himself into the White House. If Christie wants to place himself and his state above the presidential election, he shouldn’t have involved himself in it.
Christie sneers at “politics,” but politics is about what types of lives people are going to have. Including the people of New Jersey. And whether he can mentally accept it or not, Christie is a politician.