Christie insiders: No, he’s probably not being seriously considered for VP

posted at 4:44 pm on August 7, 2012 by Allahpundit

Obligatory debunkery via Robert Costa after yesterday’s heavy breathing.

Listen very hard and you can hear the sound of Ann Coulter’s heart breaking.

Over the past year, relations between Christie and Romney have been warm, but they have not become especially close, sources say. It’s more of a mutual respect, rather than a friendship. Christie, for what it’s worth, relishes being governor and is planning to run for reelection next year. If asked, he would almost certainly say yes, out of a sense of duty to party and country, but he is not waiting by the phone with bated breath, and he does not expect to be asked. The governor, more than anyone, knows that he doesn’t fit Boston’s VP mold. He’s too frank, too much an executive-type leader, and too extemporaneous. In short, veteran Trenton hands say, this latest boomlet is Beltway buzz from Christie fans, probably nothing more.

Costa’s sources don’t say that he’s definitively out, just that the odds are long; meanwhile, one of Christie’s top political advisors in New Jersey just announced that he’s headed to the RNC for a “senior advisory role” for the rest of the year. Hmmmmm.

The nastier Obama and Harry Reid get, the more I share Geraghty’s gut desire for a VP who’ll go out there and throw roundhouses. It’d be viscerally satisfying, but it’d also damage Romney’s strategy of making the election a referendum on Obamanomics. That’s what makes the VP pick so fascinating: He’s at a crossroads here. Either he goes all-in on the idea that voters are prepared to elect “Not Obama” due to despair over the economy, in which case he picks a boring VP like Portman or Pawlenty, or he concludes that an economic argument against O simply isn’t enough anymore and brings in someone who’ll help reframe the election. Christie, like Ryan, would put entitlements front and center, for better or worse, but he’d also probably be tasked with responding to — and sometimes initiating — the sort of nasty, peripheral, distracting attacks we’re seeing with Reid’s tax-return smear and Obama’s steelworker-cancer ad. Can Romney win a campaign like that? Even with Christie (or some other attack-dog VP) taking off the gloves every day, I’m not sure the final scene to that movie is a bunch of undecideds concluding that it’s time to roll the dice on President Romney.

Via Mediaite, here’s Bill Kristol yesterday on Fox predicting that Thursday could be the day. National Journal is skeptical, noting that a bunch of VP contenders are traveling with Romney this weekend such that a vice presidential rollout might be … awkward. I don’t know. It’d be a major show of unity to have all the shortlisters together standing behind the ticket. Especially if Romney does, as expected, stick with a boring pick whom conservatives that aren’t that jazzed about.


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No to Chrisite… 2020 maybe

FlaMurph on August 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Patraeus.

Bye oblah blah. you are done.

RealMc on August 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Listen very hard and you can hear the sound of Ann Coulter’s heart breaking.

Why you’re the snarkmeister.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Hope not.

Another fail from Kristol.

bayview on August 7, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Well this is Gooood news!
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letget on August 7, 2012 at 4:47 PM

West, if Mitt has a couple of steely ones.

Scott Walker if he has just one of them.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Choose a Democrat and through Obama way the f*** off his game.

JamesSeanMcKeane on August 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

The bombastic Kilmeade must be disappointed.

bayview on August 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Now this is why I hope Rubio gets selected.

terryannonline on August 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Choose a Democrat and through Obama way the f*** off his game.

JamesSeanMcKeane on August 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

throw

JamesSeanMcKeane on August 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Aw….poop……

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Choose a Democrat and through Obama way the f*** off his game.

JamesSeanMcKeane on August 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Yeah, just ask Hillary how that works.

sharrukin on August 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I predict that Mitt Romney will be the first Presidential candidate to run with multiple VPs.

sartana on August 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Choose a Democrat and through Obama way the f*** off his game.

JamesSeanMcKeane on August 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Only if it’s Joe Lieberman. He’d be the first to run for Veep on two different national tickets!

honsy on August 7, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Now this is why I hope Rubio gets selected.

terryannonline on August 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Rubio isn’t my first choice but he’s the pick that I would most enjoy watching the left’s reaction to.

Kataklysmic on August 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

OMG, if it’s Portman, you’ll find me at the ER with an IV hook-up due to the amount of water I’m going to lose from all the vomiting.

budfox on August 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Dogs all across New Jersey are cheering … as they safely ride along, protected by Christie’s big-governement puppy seat-beat law.

Woof, woof HURRAH! Don’t leave us Big Daddy!

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Aw….poop……

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Did you crap your diaper again? Gee, that’s too bad!

JPeterman on August 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM

To paraphrase Dingy Harry Reid, the word is out that Biden – who has not appeared in public in over one week – is about to be dumped n favor of Hillary. To be announce at the Charlotte convention by Bill Clinton himself during his major address to the audience.

honsy on August 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Actually, I kind of like this tactic of a leak a day. He has the WH spinning and not knowing which direction to go.

1nolibgal on August 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Each of these, Christie, Portman, Patreus, etc. are being brought up for one reason…so Obama and his team can try to determine who Mitt is going to pick.
These are trial balloons to see how the Romney camp is reacting trying to get a “read”…

Every few days we will have a different VP that Mitt is choosing and they will analyze the reaction of Romney’s campaign to try to find out who it will be.

right2bright on August 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Romney has Chris on a treadmill regimen for a couple of weeks. Will see how that goes.

Hummer53 on August 7, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I’m an admitted Christie-phile. I think we win if we get him on the ticket. As the loudest and clearest voice in the room, he’ll be able to move the national conversation in a way that Mitt (or anyone else for that matter) just can’t.

CaliSwag on August 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Rubio isn’t my first choice but he’s the pick that I would most enjoy watching the left’s reaction to.

Kataklysmic on August 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

The left will go in complete panic mode if he is selected. He’s young, smart, charismatic, and knows how to communicate well. Plus, they always throw fits when a woman or minority conservative gets the spotlight. Bring it!

terryannonline on August 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Aw….poop……

libfreeordie on August 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Nicely articulated.

Bitter Clinger on August 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

“The governor, more than anyone, knows that he doesn’t fit Boston’s VP mold.”

..actually, there isn’t a mold BIG ENOUGH to fit leftist RINO christie, period.

TeaPartyNation on August 7, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I hope it’s not Christie. If it is I would seriously have to re-consider my vote. The Second Amendment is seriously in peril if Obama is re-elected, and would fare no better under Romney/Christie. Are you kidding me? TWO northeastern GOP moderates? And the Republican Party has been hijacked by the Tea Party? What a joke!

cartooner on August 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Every time I see a picture of Christie, I think of this commercial.

Splashman on August 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Patraeus.

Bye oblah blah. you are done.

RealMc on August 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

John Bolton has more foreign policy gravitas than Petraeus.

And, as a double bonus, in my opinion, he can play the attack dog better than Christie. Christie comes across as a hothead. Bolton would tear obama / Biden to shreds with some well-chosen words without coming across as angry.

UltimateBob on August 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Bolton would tear obama / Biden to shreds with some well-chosen words without coming across as angry.

UltimateBob on August 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM

. . . but . . . but he stands with his arms akimbo! :)

honsy on August 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM

or he concludes that an economic argument against O simply isn’t enough anymore and brings in someone who’ll help reframe the election.

I hope Mitt goes with this option and gets someone who will hammer the big Zero. I like Christie, but I can’t see Mitt picking him, mostly because while I think they respect each other, I don’t think he’d mesh with Mitt.

JoAnn1965 on August 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Choose a Democrat and through Obama way the f*** off his game.

JamesSeanMcKeane on August 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

GOP already did, he’s on top of the ticket

Doctor Zhivago on August 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM

ABO

ABO

ABO

crash72 on August 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Just get us Jindal and be done with it. Indian community of New Jersey who usually don’t give a damn about politics will be salivating at the thought of voting one of their own. Between that and Christie stumping for Mittster, flipping New Jersey will be a candy cake – and Ogabe cannot possibly survive losing it.

Archivarix on August 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Choose a Democrat and through Obama way the f*** off his game.

JamesSeanMcKeane on August 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM
GOP already did, he’s on top of the ticket

Doctor Zhivago on August 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Get a room, you two!

rhombus on August 7, 2012 at 5:31 PM

If Romney needs an attack “dog”, what about Gov. Jindal? He was extremely critical of Obama during the BP oil spill, and his popularity went sky-high as a result. He could also bring energy issues and health-care issues into the campaign, where Obama is weak, and also tends to cancel the “race card”.

If Romney wants somebody who will go after the “entitlement” and “union” crowd, Scott Walker fits the bill, and he’s a proven winner THIS year in Wisconsin.

Steve Z on August 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Romney won’t name his VP until the last second. If he names the VP this week, the media will be distracted for the weekend and then get back to Olympics and Romney’s taxes. However, if he keeps announcing big swing state events, he stokes speculation and excitement about the announcement while distracting the media.

What benefit is there to naming the VP this week, or even next week, instead of right before the convention?

P.S., speaking of veep-related news, if you visit DrudgeReport on the iPhone app and click on his Petraeus poll link, you’ll notice that Drudge created that poll two months ago. That makes it seem less like Drudge has breaking news, and more like he got this “scoop”/plant story from Team Romney months ago, and has been waiting to drop it until Team Romney was ready to kick the veepstakes speculation into overdrive.

Lawdawg86 on August 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I hope it’s not Christie. If it is I would seriously have to re-consider my vote. The Second Amendment is seriously in peril if Obama is re-elected, and would fare no better under Romney/Christie. Are you kidding me? TWO northeastern GOP moderates? And the Republican Party has been hijacked by the Tea Party? What a joke!

cartooner on August 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I disagree. Romney (and Christie) despite their rhino behavior on guns do respect the constitution. In other words, even if they pushed for gun control (which I don’t think they would as national leaders, governors of blue states yes) they would respect the will of congress and the legislative branch. Congress is NOT going to pass any kind of gun control. Obama on the other hand does not care about congress and the legislative branch, and will use every executive branch method he can to not only go after guns in weird ways (like lead ammunition poising the environment for example), but also the rest of our freedoms, like speech, etc.

People who say Romney and Christie are no different than Obama are just wrong. They are not pushing for the weakening of the legislative branch. This is a serious difference.

William Eaton on August 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Christie would be a good surrogate to chase O’s college records using the info in the Blaze article that Rush read on his show today.

KenInIL on August 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Just get us Jindal and be done with it. Indian community of New Jersey who usually don’t give a damn about politics will be salivating at the thought of voting one of their own. Between that and Christie stumping for Mittster, flipping New Jersey will be a candy cake – and Ogabe cannot possibly survive losing it.

Archivarix on August 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I like Jindal and would prefer him to be leading the ticket instead of Romney, but we’re stuck with Mitt. But I really, really don’t think Jindal would fill the role of VP well.

If you’ve watched Mitt for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that he isn’t very good at punching back at his opponents in television interviews. He can throw a punch in the debates, and his tv ads are hard-hitting, but he just falls flat in interviews and tends to talk about his campaign in the third-person. When he’s asked, for instance, how he feels about the scurrilous Bain attacks, he just says they make him “mad as heck” and talks about how he is going to hit back hard. When he is asked about how he plans to win the election, he talks about how he plans to talk about the economy.

You get where I’m going this. He needs a dynamic but plain-spoken advocate spokesman who can throw a punch without going wobbly.

I like Jindal ideologically and it would be nice for Mitt to give the Tea Party an implicit shout-out. But the VP has zero effect on policy; his/her main jobs are to be the most zealous advocate for the nominee and the harshest critic of the opposition. I don’t really see Jindal being able to compensate for Mitt’s inability to get his message out. Don’t get me wrong, Bobby is a good communicator when he is free to to talk about his own message, but I’m not sure how he would do as a spokesman for Romney.

Pawlenty isn’t the guy either. I’ll just say that in a year in which nearly everyone who threw their hat in the Republican presidential ring lead in the polls at some point, Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman were such pathetic communicators that they managed to get less traction than Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Donald f’n Trump. Portman would be in the mix if not for all of the time he spent in W’s Administration.

That leaves… Ryan, Christie, and Rubio …

Rubio might fit the role, but he’s more of a hope-and-optimism kind of pol; not to mention that Rubio might be wary of doing some of the VP dirty work that could tarnish his image in future elections.

Maybe Christie, but that boardwalk video is no doubt giving Team Romney pause.

That leaves Ryan. A stellar communicator who is good at attacking, and even better at responding to attacks from others. Ryan would undoubtedly ensure that the election is focused on economic issues and the deficit. This is favorable terrain. HOWEVER, only Ryan has the skills and depth of knowledge to defend his budget. If Mitt puts Ryan on the ticket, he will need to defend the Ryan budget as ably as Ryan himself. I’m not sure if Mitt can do that, and if he can’t, he will get destroyed.

Second look at other VP candidates?

Lawdawg86 on August 7, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I predict that Mitt Romney will be the first Presidential candidate to run with multiple VPs.

sartana on August 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Well, that would be a step up from the adolescent who has surrounded himself with unelected czars.

onlineanalyst on August 7, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Bill Clinton will announce his wife will be Romney’s VP with Obama on the same stage….

:)

Just kidding…but that would be epic..not for our country, but from a pure entertainment perspective….pure gold.

William Eaton on August 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM

This is Christie’s top political advisor, the one headed to the RNC for a “senior advisory role”:

Seemingly embarrassed by Sarah Palin being given a high profile pro-life award, the Giuliani-dominated liberal core of the McCain-Palin campaign team appears to have applied pressure for Sarah Palin to ‘abort’ her appearance at the pro-life event, “Life of the Party,” scheduled for 5:00 pm CT Sept. 2 at the Crowe Plaza Hotel in St. Paul at the GOP convention.

The gala event award ceremony had been scheduled many weeks ago and Sarah Palin had committed to be its keynote speaker before McCain political director Mike DuHaime (former Giuliani political guru) and Maria Comella, Sarah Palin’s press secretary (former Giuliani deputy press director), allowed Palin’s appearance to be cancelled less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled Palin speech.

I’m certain he will be a picture perfect selection for the new, more liberal, GOP.

DannoJyd on August 7, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I mean, just think of the cartoons…

Plus that isn’t his only problem.

Akzed on August 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM