Chris Christie, a onetime rising Republican star whose political stock fell sharply after a traffic scandal involving former aides and appointees, announced Tuesday that he is running for president, casting himself as a candidate who can work with both political parties to ease the “anxiety” over government dysfunction he says has seized the American people.
Christie enters a crowded field as an underdog, wagering that his retail political skills and brash style will propel him into serious competition for his party’s nod.
The New Jersey governor made his campaign official publicly Tuesday morning in a gymnasium at the high school that he attended here after telling supporters of his plans in a conference call. Later, he plans to hold a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, pivoting to his signature political venue in a state many strategists see as a must-win if Christie is going be a real contender.
Strangely enough, Christie did not use the slogan I suggested eight months ago: “Christie 2016: Vote For Me Or I’ll Punch You Right In Your Stupid Face.”
* Having said that, the 2-minute video the Christie campaign released in advance of the announcement is really good, and shows how Christie can be a pretty charismatic guy.
Most Americans say they support each of the two major Supreme Court rulings issued late last week, and nearly four in 10 now say they view the Court as too liberal.
According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 63% support the Court’s ruling upholding government assistance for lower-income Americans buying health insurance through both state-operated and federally-run health insurance exchanges. Slightly fewer, 59%, say they back the ruling which made same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states.
Support for each ruling is sharply divided by party, with most Democrats and independents behind both, and most Republicans opposed to both.
I was surprised that only 54 percent of Republicans opposed the ruling on the ACA and 59 percent opposed the marriage ruling. Those are majorities, certainly, but a long way from unanimity.
* Harold Pollack reveals the results of an informal poll he did of health care experts on what the outcome of King v. Burwell would be. There was plenty of suspicion the lawsuit would succeed, despite its weak merits.
* Kevin Drum takes a different lesson from Pollack’s poll: in public, conservatives were always confident of victory, which helped make even this preposterous lawsuit seem reasonable. And even though they lost, they can maintain the outrage.
* Sahil Kapur reports on a fascinating dispute among conservatives: whether, if a Republican wins the White House, they should eliminate the filibuster in order to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Some hard-core right-wingers don’t want to do it, since they’d like to preserve the filibuster to use for the next Democratic presidency.
* Michael Tomasky tells liberals not to be fooled by last week’s decisions into thinking the Roberts Court is their friend.
* On a related note, Brian Beutler tells liberals not to get complacent about the need to elect a Democratic president to move the Court more to the left.
* At The Week, I offered my top 10 tips for consumers of campaign coverage.