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.