FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS:
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is reconsidering his decision to stay out of the race for the White House in 2012 and is expected to make a decision soon, according to several people close to the governor with knowledge of his thinking.
Christie has long said he won’t run in 2012. But those close to the first-term governor, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the issue, say he is rethinking his hard stance.
Calls have been intensifying from top GOP donors and party elders for Christie to jump into the race. President Barack Obama’s weak approval ratings and a Republican field that has been struggling to put forward a clear front-runner are also creating an opening for Christie.
A decision will have to come fast. Filing deadlines in primary states are weeks away.
Just read a piece by Eric Odom of Grassfire that I want to bring to your attention.
Because it spells out why Eric has declared his candidate this soon in the race. See, I’m with him on this. Because the GOP establishment is pushing hard for Chris Christie to get into the race. They want to shove this tough guy who’s a political moderate on us. They want someone who can body slam Obama with one verbal hip check, but who’s NOT so tied to Constitutional principles that they can’t “work” with him. Oh yeah. Christie’s their man.
And the media wants Christie too. They love his controversial soundbites, his in-your-face attitude, the rough and tumble bruisings that are sure to take place once he throws his hat in the ring. Christie will suck all the oxygen — and the money — out of the 2012 race, leaving Bachmann, Romney, et al gasping for air. Great ratings, great headlines, great viewership, right Roger Ailes?
And they love the optics: the Fat Man vs. the Skinny Molink.
And I’ll go you one better. The cocktail establishment RINOs are going to convince Florida’s US Senator Marco Rubio to run on the ticket with Christie, convinced that the popular, bright, telegenic Hispanic will be the other half of a pair that can and will beat Obama’s “full” but tottering house of cards.
Two problems with that. Two BIG problems. First, as already mentioned, Christie is NOT a conservative. Not even close. Ask Mark Levin, who is sure to have a Christie-sized cow when the New Jersey guv’nah announces he’s in (and believe me, he’s getting in. Mark my words.)
So Christie’s not the choice of We the People of the conservative tea party movement. Nope. For at least a couple of reasons: Global warming. Obamacare.
Second — and this one is sure to set some heads on fire — Rubio is not eligible under the US Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5. He is NOT a natural born citizen. He was born in the United States, which makes him a native born citizen, but he was born of two parents who were Cuban citizens at the time. His father did not become a “naturalized” citizen, taking the oath of citizenship and swearing allegiance to our Constitution, until Marco Rubio was four years old.
So here’s the bottom line:
Herman Cain comes with NONE of those problems. Cain is a Constitutional conservative, Constitutionally eligible, a proven commodity in the business-world, possesses plenty of common sense, is untied from any political / Capitol Hill/ lobbyist encumbrances, articulates his ideas and solutions in a way that connects with the common folks. He is his own man. And his skin tone is more than enough to beat any race card the Obama-ites are used to — and counting on — playing.
I could say more, but I’ll let Eric Odom tell you what he thinks and why he’s on the Cain Train.