New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is reaching Michael Jackson “Thriller” levels of popularity amongst conservatives. Every time he “drops” a new video from one of his town hall meetings, it gets retweeted all over the internets, and generally leaves us with one to three quotable zingers. Folks keep saying “Christie in 2012.” While your humble narrator is as big a fan as the rest of you are, I do have one request:
Can we not make the same mistake with him that we did with Sarah Palin?
Everyone had the same high hopes with Palin, who was like an all-star college quarterback that entered the draft a year too soon, and you saw she wasn’t as good as you thought when she entered the pros. She was Tim Tebow, essentially. Up until Election Night 2008, I was willing to pin that on the mind numbingly incompetence of the McCain Campaign. After that, while she talked a good game and hit all the right notes, but when it came time for her to back the talk up, she didn’t.
Don’t get me wrong. Chris Christie has already done more and exhibited a better understanding of the issues than Sarah Palin ever has. Up until now, it’s been just talk. He still needs to get his 2.5 Tax Cap on the ballot, the initiative needs to pass, he needs to show he can get other Republicans elected in New Jersey, and then he needs to get re-elected Governor…in 2013. That’s the year after 2012.
Personally, I believe he can do all of that, and I’m a zinger away from calling the Jersey YRs and seeing if they need a new media director. But let’s everybody slow their role and give him time before we go rushing him off to the Iowa caucuses.
Side note: If he ISN’T the one chosen to give the response to the next major address from the President, someone needs to be fired.