Chris Christie is directing his own political soap opera on national television, and he's cast himself as the star. Cue the music, it's As New Jersey Turns. You've got Romney in one corner and Obama in the other. You've got the drama of death and disaster, mixed in with a last minute plot-twisting revelation: Christie finally abandons Romney and acknowledges his true love--Chris Christie.
A bizarre spectacle I never expected to see: Romney's dedicated attack dog licking the sole's of Obama's feet. There's no logical way to explain the way Chris Christie went out of his way to praise Obama on national television during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Striking a polite, complimentary tone would have been entirely appropriate. But making Obama out to be the Mother Teresa of disaster responders was strange, strange, strange.
The president actually gave the Governor of New Jersey his phone number. Wow.
Truly, I'm glad if Obama has done his job and shown concern. He declared New Jersey a disaster area. Hmm. Okay, check, check. What president wouldn't? Although, in reality, many victims of Sandy say FEMA & Obama have done too little to help them.
Being kind and conciliatory in a moment like this is expected. But nothing Obama did was so extraordinary that it would explain why Christie decided to cover Obama's political posterior with wet, televised kisses.
I have five theories going to explain this:
Theory 1) Chris Christie, who doesn't "give a damn about presidential politics," is making his play for 2016 before our very eyes.
Theory 2) Chris Christie, who doesn't "give a damn about presidential politics," went rogue when he found out Romney wasn't going to make him Attorney General.
Theory 3) Chris Christie, who doesn't "give a damn about presidential politics," fulfilled the dream of a lifetime when Obama handed the phone over to Bruce Springsteen, who was riding in the president's jet at the time, and is determined to repay the president for the favor. (True story: Christie wept when recalling his encounter with the rock star.)
Theory 4) Chris Christie, who doesn't "give a damn about presidential politics," decided that, on second thought, he really loves Obamacare, deficit spending, and high unemployment, as well as incompetence and shameful coverups in foreign affairs.
Theory 5) Bath salts.
Something tells me we will learn more about what's going on here in the days and weeks to come.
Your turn, Ric-readers. If you think my five theories are wrong, then you tell me: What in the world is up with Christie?