The Fix: Republican presidential race

Chris Christie and the great weight debate

Chris Christie and the great weight debate

As it’s become clear in the last few days that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is genuinely rethinking his past refusals to consider a run for president in 2012, whispers have begun about his weight and how (or whether) it would impact a run for national office.

Those whispers got louder over the past 24 hours with the Post’s Gene Robinson and Bloomberg’s Michael Kinsley — among others — dedicating column inches to the question of Christie’s weight.

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Chris Christie’s inner circle

Chris Christie’s inner circle

The political world — or at least the Republican presidential race — is in a state of suspended animation at the moment as everyone waits to see whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might re-think his past refusals to run .

While we wait, we thought it would be helpful to know the men and women that Christie looks to for political advice and who are likely advising him as he weighs the pleas — from regular folks and politicians like former New York Gov. George Pataki — to get into the race.

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What Rick Perry learned from Donald Trump

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been running for president for a month.

In that time, he has called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme”, affirmed his belief that the Obama Administration is “socialist” and suggested that “maybe it’s time to have some provocative language in this country.”

He has also rapidly emerged as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.

Coincidence? We think not.

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Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney and the Fix Endorsement Hierarchy

When the news broke this morning that former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty was endorsing former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney , one question was at the top of everyone’s mind: Where does this fit into the Fix’s Endorsement Hierarchy? (Ok, so maybe that wasn’t the first things most people thought of. But, it was the first thing that occurred to us.)


Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty discusses his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a news conference Monday in North Charleston, S.C.. (Bruce Smith - AP)

For the uninitiated, the Fix Endorsement Hierarchy is an attempt to categorize and rank the various endorsements in the political world — from the helpful to the horrible. (And, yes, our endorsement hierarchy is the political equivalent of Bill Simmons’ (aka the Sports Guy) 13 levels of losing.)

So where does the Pawlenty for Romney endorsement fit?

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