In politics there are many variables, but also a lot of certainties. The candidate with the most money almost always wins, incumbents are almost impossible to defeat and politicians often have big egos – especially those who want to become president.
I’ll always remember my first government professor who said two spot-on things during class one day:
- This country will elect a black male president before it will elect a white female president. (He said that in 2005, just after George W. Bush had been inaugurated for his second term.)
- It almost always takes a lot of ego to reach some of the highest offices in our country, especially the presidency.
And when you think about the ego part, he’s absolutely right. For someone to say to themselves, “I want to be President of the United States and the most powerful person on the planet” – that takes more than just confidence. Not only that, but the amount of negativity you have to endure (and ignore) is unreal. To run for president is essentially volunteering to have your entire personal and professional life torn apart on a national stage in front of tens of millions of people.
That being said, some politicians are clearly more arrogant than others, and perhaps no politician in this country personifies arrogance like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. This is someone whose entire persona almost seems like he’s giving anyone and everyone who doesn’t like him the middle finger – which he probably is.
Well, during an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News, Christie embarrassed himself while trying to defend his presidential chances against a poll that showed 65 percent of New Jersey residents don’t think he’d make a good president.
“By a 65-29 percent margin, Christie would not make a good president,” Kelly said. “They know you the best, why shouldn’t we trust them?”
“They want me to stay,” Christie replied. “A lot of the people in the 65 percent want me to stay. I’ve heard that at a lot of town hall meetings, ‘I want you to stay.’”
That’s just a ridiculous answer. The question wasn’t whether or not they wanted him to be president, it was whether or not they thought he would make a good president. The question was direct, and so were the results – 65 percent of New Jersey residents don’t think their own governor, Chris Christie, would make a good president. There’s not a whole lot of gray area to that, which is why his answer was so absurd.
He also went on to claim that his approval numbers often greatly fluctuate because he “does” things and doing things means “consequences.” Sure, it could be that… or maybe New Jersey residents aren’t exactly thrilled with the “stuff” he’s doing and witnessing his behavior firsthand for the last several years has made them realize he’s not qualified to be President of the United States.
Either way, none of this really matters a great deal because Christie is just another potential GOP presidential candidate who (if he declares) stands absolutely no shot at winning his party’s nomination, let alone the presidency.
Watch the interview below via Fox News: