Considering that the election is still 13 months away, things sure do move fast in presidential politics. We just heard Gov. Christie announce his decision to not run for president, now the governor announces who he is endorsing, no surprise here:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, just one week after definitively announcing he will not run for president in the 2012 race, endorsed Mitt Romney for the job Tuesday afternoon.
At a press conference in Hanover, N.H., Christie described the endorsement as an “easy decision.”
His pick is not curious, but the timing sure is. This endorsement lends considerable heft to the Romney campaign and since both could be considered birds of a feather (moderates who do not inspire the conservatives but have experience working in Blue States and with the opposition) the choice was anti climatic. But since next year’s election will be focused squarely on jobs and the economy (with social issues taking a back seat) and the far right folks really have no choice, they are not going to stay home and risk another 4 years of Obama, the bet is safe.
The timing does speak to the nervousness the Romney camp must be feeling now with the resurgence of Herman Cain, and just like the last debate, where Perry had the target on his back and the brunt of the collective attacks, Cain better bring his A game tonight, he is going to need it. I doubt I will watch the debate in it’s entirety but tonight is make or break for Cain, his ability to weather the attacks,think on his feet, and Jiu jitsu that energy into his favor and inspire the viewers will be tested. If he fails, like Perry did, he too will be relegated on to the ash heap of blown candidates and the field will be all Romney’s.