Political Analysis: Chris Christie is maneuvering. His speech was a type of public pondering; a question, deployed like a fisherman’s net, hoping to scoop up affirmation to the great question at hand. Should Christie mount a second Presidential campaign. All campaigns are rooted
in a theory of the case. Sometimes that foundation is set in concrete and other times a soft sand. Put aside the criticism of the various absurdities captured by @amandacarpenter and others and look squarely at Christie’s strategic calculus. He will draw the line at the
Insurrection and the generalized insanity that is the default setting of the Trump led movement. From that spot, Christie is betting there is a GOP market for a tamer Trump. Him. Original recipe if you will. This belief is predicated on the idea that what will follow Trump will
be an echo as opposed to an amplification. I think that is unlikely to happen. Timing is an under appreciated virtue in politics. There was a moment where Christie could have become the GOP nominee in 2012. It passed. Ten years on the GOP is a cult of personality
teeming with extremism, racism, malice, conspiracy theories, cranks, violence, fascists, militias and misinformation. It is the singularly greatest driver of American weakness and division. It’s nativism, ignorance and hysteria have had a profoundly terrible effect on the
country and are at the core of a historic disaster that has killed hundreds of thousands unnecessarily. America’s faith and belief in democracy has been poisoned by Trump’s lies and the repetition of them by a thousand lesser liars. The extremists are emboldened, advancing and
raising record amounts of money. They have succeeded in the first wave of assault against voting rights with hundreds of pieces of legislation advancing and passing, obliterated abortion rights, mainstreamed the big lie, whitewashed 1/6, and constructed an alternate reality
while the redistricting maps end the Democratic Majority before the first vote is cast. Christie, seems to have forgotten another lesson about Trump’s rise from 2015-2016. Roger Ailes was the King. Presidential wannabes quaked at his disapproval and groveled for his favor.
Trump basically told him to go Fuck himself and rolled over Fox News. The King is dead. Long live the King. There is no way around Trump for Christie. His speech seems predicated on the idea that either his audience is too stupid to know who he is talking about and will grow
with enthusiasm for the Christie cause as it slowly reveals itself,(hey, it works for the Scientologists) or there is some type of reverence and hushed sensibility about saying the names of the people out loud who are the architects, perpetrators and chief threats today of the
misdeeds the former Governor is warning about. Either way it all leaves behind a thin gruel. Choices in our life cannot be undone. Christie’s 30 minutes of idolatry, standing behind Trump as he raged, ranted and raved, with a gaze that matched Nancy’s in intensity of affection
will pay no dividends other than as a reminder of what happens when politics warps people.

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