I’m not pretending to know what will happen with Donald Trump.
Some prognosticators say he inevitably will flame out, consumed by the fire of his own incendiary rhetoric as voters tire of his anger, his accusations, his threats, and his lack of serious policy proposals.
I dunno. The man has a lot of money to burn. He’s been a media sensation for years, just now more sensational. He may not be soon destined for the ash heap of Republican presidential primary history.
Or maybe he will. In which case, the ardor of conservatives legitimately infuriated by the state of their nation may turn to someone many of them have dismissed, Chris Christie.
A new Reuters poll puts Christie suddenly in third place, at 9.5 percent of the vote, behind Trump, who was second, and Jeb Bush, who was first.
Christie has a lot of what’s appealing about Trump – anger that can be directed at upending the status quo, energy, straight talk, fearlessness, and at least a whiff of conservatism about him.
Trump is in reality an empty suit. I’m sorry, an empty $10,000 suit. Christie, of course, would fill most any suit. And he has weighty policy ideas to match his personal heft, making him kind of a Donald Trump for people not fantasizing about charging Mexico for building a wall on our Southern border.
If Trump finally makes enough missteps that he plunges into the political abyss – screaming invectives against supposed hordes of immigrant rapists, Chuck Todd, and Macy’s on the way down – it may be Christie who fills the void.
Here’s Christie Monday morning telling the gang on Fox News, who were asking him about Trump, to put a sock in it and talk about something relevant to the concerns of voters