The last couple of days of the Christie/Obama dynamic is one of the most interesting things I’ve seen in a while in politics. Adding to what I wrote this morning, I think that Christie’s supposed emotional outbursts are actually pretty calculated, and that’s even more reason why he should be taken seriously as a politician. So when I read shit like this, from Jeffrey Goldberg, I have to laugh:
3) Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen. (This story, by yours truly, explains why.) Bruce Springsteen loves Barack Obama. Bruce Springsteen does not love Chris Christie. Being overtly supportive of Barack Obama might get Chris Christie his holy grail: The approval of Springsteen, even a meeting with him. Believe me — he’d rather meet with Springsteen than with Obama, or anyone else.
Goldberg’s other two reasons are that Christie is an emotional guy and Obama’s support has made him grateful, and that Christie is “impatient” so he wants to run in 2016 and therefore wants to sink Romney’s battleship.
2016 is Christie’s year, but not for the reason Goldberg gives. It’s pretty clear that there’s no place for Christie to go from being New Jersey’s governor. Lautenberg is going to retire in 2014 if he doesn’t die first (he’s 88), which means that Christie is out of phase to get that seat, since he’s up for re-election in 2013, not to mention that it’s a real long shot. Being a Fox News personality or some other wingnut welfare recipient would be death to his attempt to run as a reasonable Republican. It’s not impatience dictating that he run in 2016, it’s electoral reality.
It’s typical for DC pundits to look for a single reason for everything. In this case, it’s Christie’s emotions, and Goldberg is just wondering about which irrational neurons are firing in Christie’s brain. But in the actual world, it’s possible for the following propositions to be true at the same time:
1. Christie is genuinely concerned about the people of his home state, and moved by their suffering, and he wants to do everything he can to help them.
2. Christie realizes that his political future lives or dies on the basis of his administration’s response to Sandy so he’ll do whatever he can to get the maximum federal response..
3. Christie enjoys fucking over his rival Mitt Romney by going overboard in his praise of President Obama.