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Monday, November 5, 2012

Paul Ryan was not Mitt Romney's first choice

From Yahoo

 The Romney campaign officially has Paul Ryan buyer's remorse. Citing "campaign insiders," Politico's Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei report Mitt's first choice for Vice President was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. 

 Romney liked Chirstie so much because of his "street fighter" style of politics. He thought Christie would be able to play that "Chicago style" game and that Romney struggles with (and the Obama campaign excels at). Christie was so close to getting the nod that some people inside the campaign thought he had received the offer in July, before Mitt went on his trip to the Olympics. But, ultimately, Christie's brash style and "explosiveness" soured the feeling he'd be a good number two among campaign officials. He would command too much attention, and might be difficult to work with in the White House, they decided. After Romney came back from the Olympics, he decided on Paul Ryan and left the others hanging. 

 The question becomes: why bring this up now? Why would campaign officials bring up the fact that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was Mitt's first choice for VP before the election is over?

 Christie's spent the last week impressing the centrists and becoming BFFs with the President. We know Romney's been pursuing the white vote aggressively, so that they singled out "white men" shouldn't be a surprise. The good press Chris Christie's received is staggering. So there's the theory that, had they picked Christie and he was on their side through Sandy, Romney might be ahead if the street fighter one was his number two. 

That explains why Christie has been so buddy-buddy with President Obama.  No wonder he threw Mitt the shit under the bus.   Mitt tried to make Hurricane Sandy a political issue and Christie would have none of that.  I bet Christie is breathing a big sigh of relief.

2 comments:

  1. Christie turned down a request from the Romney camp to appear at a PA campaign rally.

    Payback.

    Christie´ś top aides were led to believe he would be the VP pick, later learned Romney had decided on Ryan before the Olympic visit, and was used as a decoy.

    The right is probably going to turn on Romney when this is over, so anybody who managed not to hitch their wagon to his star are probably going to come out okay. If Christie does run in 2016, I'm sure the GOP will have no problem talking about how Christie handled things post-Sandy and how it proves he is a real leader.

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  2. i don't know if christie will live to see 2016. he obviously does not take care of his health, given his obesity. i'm not a republican anyway, but i couldn't vote for someone who looked like christie for president even if that person were a democrat. there is no sense in voting someone into office that is obviously not physically fit. unless the person you really support is his VP pick.

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