Most presidential candidates go to Iowa in the early stages of their campaigns, but yesterday Iowa came to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. A group of top Iowa Republicans visited him at the governor’s mansion and implored him to consider a presidential run.
Christie gave the same answer he has consistently given to such entreaties: Thanks, but no thanks.
According to the Associated Press, Iowa energy company executive Bruce Rastetter “told Christie that the group thinks the 2012 field so far has not captivated activists they way the tough talking first-term governor has and that it was Christie’s duty to reconsider.” Christie did his duty, reconsidered for a few seconds, and then said “no” again.
Among the reasons Christie gave for declining to run were “the commitment he made to New Jersey, the fact of how large a decision like this is in terms of his readiness and how hard it is to be running for president when you are governing a state and you have young children,” according to his chief political adviser, Mike DuHaime.
If I might offer a bit of advice to the “Draft Christie” movement: at this point, the esteemed governor knows he’s welcome in the race. Further pleading is not going to change his mind. If you’re a top Republican dreaming that you’ll be the one who makes the magical, musical proposal that convinces our Garden State dreamboat to be your date to the 2012 prom, stop. You’re wasting your time, and doing an increasing amount of damage to the candidates who are running.
The media wants to run stories about how the GOP presidential field is so weak that Republican power brokers are standing in the rain outside the New Jersey governor’s mansion, holding boom boxes over the heads and playing his favorite songs. Stop giving them such stories. The man said “no,” and part of his appeal is that he means what he says.
Republican efforts would be better directed at encouraging their declared candidates to show more of the qualities Christie has in such abundance. Bruce Rastetter told the Associated Press those qualities include Christie’s “profile, demeanor, and agenda.” Profiles have already been determined at this point – some GOP candidates are former governors, and some are not. GOP bigwigs would be wise to invest their energies in encouraging the real candidates to share Christie’s demeanor and agenda.
It should be obvious by now that you can’t “make” Chris Christie run for President… any more than you’ll be able to stop him, if he does change his mind about entering the race.