As a fickle Republican electorate continues to demonstrate their apathy for the existing field of declared presidential candidates, an old name to the 2012 field has become the newest name to be drawn back into the contest. While news stories continue to swirl around about some still possible entry of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie into the presidential contest, a new one surfaces about former Governor Mike Huckabee.
According to Reuters, numerous unnamed sources have urged Mike Huckabee to reconsider his midsummer decision not to run . Huckabee is said to have told Fox News thathe doesn’t “see it happening”. But as is the case with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, that has not put an end to the rumors.
Despite stating quite adamantly that he is not running for President after a speech that Chris Christie delivered at the Reagan Library this past Tuesday, reports that he was on the verge of declaring his candidacy seemed to have only gained in their intensity.
As made evident in the clip below, in the New York City Tri-State area, residents in the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania media market were fed an endless array of reports declaring that Christie was still in the middle of considering a run. On WCBS 880 AM radio news, every twenty minute cycle had a report telling listeners that Chris Christie advisors and aides were scrambling to see if they could put together a presidential campaign organization together at very last moment.
Even the Sunday morning TV political shows dug into the Christie speculation.
Unfortunately most all the reports about Christie possibly deciding to throw his hat in the ring come from “unnamed” sources. That’s pretty convenient and getting tiresome. But in the never ending search for a “perfect” presidential candidate Republicans have allowed the media to label the existing field of presidential candidates as not good enough. That feeling will change in time. But until then, we will continue to hear about the need to recruit someone in to the race. Such a storyline allows the mainstream media to continue making President Obama look superior when compared the field of Republicans from which his ultimate opponent will come from.
Meanwhile, with all the talk about Huckabee and Christie running, it is important to realize that both of these would have a problem if they run.
Huckabee has a record on taxes that contradicts some of his rhetoric on that issue. He also has to answer to a string of clemencies he issued as Governor Arkansas, which resulted in rapes and murders. Including the killing of 4 police officers in Oregon.
As for Christie, his 20 months in office have still not done much to increase employment and many of his economic policies have not yet had the time to show New Jerseyans if they are working or not . Beyond that, Christie is consistently nagged by the far right for what they call his poor judicial appointments, including a controversial selection of a Muslim who represented other Muslims who were rounded up by the FBI in the aftermath of 9/11. Such representation was not wrong but depending upon the context in which it is explained, it could be turned in to an impression that would be a liability in a campaign.
Other issues which would become a problem for Christie among the conservative base that is responsible for electing a nominee, includes Christie’s support of the federal assault weapons ban, he supported President Obama’s education reform agenda and has confirmed his belief in manmade global warming and his support of the President’s failing green energy policies.
So Christie is far from being a perfect conservative candidate. Yet until he has been forced to defend his record, voters looking for that perfect candidate will not allow the concept of a run for President by Christie in 2012 to die.
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