Republican New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he would not be a candidate for president in 2012. Robert Costa of National Review Online offers reasons why Christie decided to stay out of the race. Click here for the story.
Maureen Dowd of the New York Times writes that Christie has qualities voters are looking for.
Christie can be a bully, but that may seem better than the alternative: a president who lets himself be bullied, and who lets the bullies run wild. … People are longing for a president who can understand their pain, mix it up and get action — not one who averts his gaze, avoids conflict, delegates to Congress, wastes time hunting for common ground, cedes the moon to opponents and fails to get anywhere.
Thomas Friedman of the Times thinks Christie in the race would have had its benefits since no candidate really wants to address the tough issues. Writes Friedman: Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey isn’t going to run. That’s too bad. He had a chance to rescue the Republican Party from its dash to the cliff and make President Obama a better leader, too.
With Christie out, most prognosticators see this as a two-person race between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. However, as Michael Medved writes, while Perry and Romney slime each other, former pizza magnate Herman Cain is delivering on style and substance. Can Cain sustain the momentum?
Finally, one presidential hopeful no one is talking about is Sarah Palin. Alexander Burns of Politico notes that Palin hasn’t closed the door yet on a presidential bid, but few Republicans appear to be waiting for her answer.
Never was it clearer than Tuesday, when Chris Christie’s announcement that he would not run in 2012 prompted a throng of strategists to conclude the Republican field was finally set – never mind Palin’s indecision. A new poll published on the same day revealed that two thirds of Republicans don’t want her to run. … After spending the better part of three years in the center of the national political spotlight, the former vice presidential candidate appears to have worn out the patience of the GOP.