Kyle Smith observes the doings of Governor Chris Christie in New Jersey this year and notes: “Chris Christie may look like Chris Farley, but in terms of conservative principles he’s as sexy as Christie Brinkley.” He then recounts Christie’s response to the reporter who suggested that he might be a bit “confrontational” in the video we posted in the first number of this series:
Watching Christie respond was a revelation. It was like the first time you ever saw a professional wrestler climb out of the ring and chase down a heckler. Except this showdown wasn’t phony. And instead of using a folding chair, Christie stunned the reporter with the force of his principles. “If you think that’s a confrontational tone, then you should really see me when I’m pissed,” he said.
Liberals, he added, “believe in bigger government, higher taxes and more spending. I believe in less government, less taxes and in empowering local officials who were elected by their citizens. Now, I can see where there could be a disagreement or two.”
Smith suggests the importance of Christie’s struggle and Christie’s accomplishment to date: “A leader is perhaps most impressive when he changes minds. Christie may be the nation’s most prominent spokesman for an increasingly potent idea — that public-sector unions are ripping us off.”