Christie's persona will play well with the rest of America

There are many reasons Christie might never be president, but his manner is not one of them. Kevin Drum claims Americans will be turned off by Christie’s “famous bullying of ordinary citizens.” This was exactly what liberals were telling us would happen in New Jersey. It never did. Maybe that’s because what he’s really famous for is confronting political adversaries just like an ordinary citizen would – or wish they could. (How many parents would love the opportunity to yell at their kids’ teachers, ‘Do your job!’?) Certainly, that’s part of his appeal. Maybe it’s refreshing. It’s the frankness that validates the authenticity. Anyway, how likely is it that voters in Arizona or Virginia will be more appalled by Christie’s conduct than the voters (over 55 percent of them women) in Democratic Party-heavy New Jersey, who’ve seen him up close for years?…

There are few things an elected official works harder at than pretending to be a “real” person. Christie is comfortable playing himself. It doesn’t feel like he’s reaching for a mental cue card with talking points every time he answer a question. And when he doesn’t want to answer a question, Christie tells you “it’s none of your business.” Lawyer, lobbyist, governor, perhaps, but the perception is that he is as real as real gets in major league politics. Even when you disagree with him, you rarely dislike him. That kind of public currency goes a long way.