NOT UNEXPECTED, reported by the USA Today, but still, another white guy for Republicans.
The choice of Christie as the keynoter, set to be announced today, puts the spotlight on a rising political star with a combative persona and sharp-edged sense of humor. His budget battles with the Democratic-controlled state Legislature and his blunt-spoken demeanor have made him a hero to conservatives and one of the party’s biggest fundraisers.
“I’ll try to tell some very direct and hard truths to people in the country about the trouble that we’re in and the fact that fixing those problems is not going to be easy for any of them,” Christie said. He’ll cite his experiences in New Jersey as evidence that “the American people are ready to confront those problems head-on and endure some sacrifice.”
There were a lot of rumblings about Gov. Christie and the veep spot, with one report saying that he refused to resign as governor to accept the nod, which was a criteria for Mitt Romney. True or not, Christie has everything neither Romney nor Ryan has: a streak of warmth that would appeal to Independents and potential cross-over Democrats, because of the New Jersey governor’s blunt, Trumanesque style.
A blockbuster fundraiser, as the saying goes, Chris Christie will be back. Part of what’s also being set up with Romney’s run is the set up for 2016, mainly because this year there’s just not much to get excited about.