"Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey endorsed Donald J. Trump on Friday, a major turn in a wild race and one that gives the New York businessman a significant boost as he heads into the pivotal “Super Tuesday” contests. Mr. Christie was a candidate for president himself until he came in sixth place in New Hampshire’s primary. Seeing his political career facing an abrupt conclusion after his failed presidential campaign, he expressed his anger Friday at Senator Marco Rubio, whom he was said to be upset with, blaming the “super PAC” backing the Florida senator for halting his momentum in New Hampshire with a string of slash-and-burn ads." NY Times
Chris Christie endorses The Donald for President. Everyone's talking about how surprising and big this news is, that it's maybe even Christie-sized news. They're saying the race is over and Trump will surely be the GOP candidate now, if he wasn't already. Delegates and votes locked up, all headed into Super Tuesday. It's all done now and Trump can have an over-cooked victory steak.
It's not that big or surprising news. The timing is big, just because no one else is endorsing anyone right now. Also, it is right before Super Tuesday and the day after a pretty definitive GOP debate. Other than that, though, it's not surprising. Who did people think Chris Christie was going to back up? He hates Rubio. He hates Ted Cruz. I don't know how he feels about Kasich. Ben Carson is still waiting to talk about stuff. Of the remaining five guys, Christie was bound to endorse Trump. It was either him or the actual Five Guys.
What people forget, though, is the Establishment hates Donald Trump. They hate him as much as Chris Christie hates Rubio, which is a lot. The Establishment also hates Ted Cruz. The two real GOP guys are Rubio and Kasich. Rubio appears to be the poster boy, but he's not really getting it done, obviously--that's why Trump is crushing the polls. Similarly, although he's done OK relatively speaking, Kasich isn't buzzing at all. It's super late in the game so no matter how much damage Rubio and Kasich can do or how much momentum they can get going, it seems it's too late for it to be enough. Trump is the most popular Republican candidate.
But what if the GOP somehow won't give him the endorsement?
Chris Christie's endorsing Trump lights another fire beside's The Donald's: Mitt Romney's. It's outlandish and a long-shot, but I think Mitt Romney is still an option from the shadows. We know the GOP loves him and that most all Republicans do, too. Also, he's not that deep into the shadows. He's being talked about by some political analysts (admittedly completely in the long-shot category) and also talking about Trump himself:
""I think we have good reason to believe that there's a bombshell in Donald Trump's taxes. I think there is something there," Mitt Romney told Fox news on Wednesday. This is because, he said, every time Mr Trump is asked about his taxes "he dodges and delays". "We could find he doesn't have anywhere near as much income as we might think he would have with a $10 billion net worth, or he doesn't pay any taxes or he pays very, very low taxes," Mr Romney added." BBC
It's obviously not like Romney's comments are like and anti-endorsement of some sort, but it does show he's keeping tabs on what's going on. There's no reason for him not to be keeping up with politics, but I think his speaking up shows he too, like the party itself, doesn't support Trump. Also, how much of a power move is it for one tremendously rich guy to say another rich guy maybe isn't that rich? Powerful indeed, especially in regards to deciding who should potentially get Presidential power.
So why not consider him a last-chance for the Republican Party? If the shit keeps hitting their fan like it is, trying to get Mitt Romney elected (which he has both the money and organization to make an actual possibility, unlike everyone else in the world, excluding Bloomberg) seems more than just any old Hail Mary.
Mitt Romney seems like the Republican Party's Aaron Rodgers' Hail Mary: