In the past, I wondered whether Chris Christie’s blunt, small-government ways, and his tendency to take on just about every powerful political institution in the state of New Jersey would make him a one-term Governor of the Garden State. The way I figured it, Christie is what everyone says that they want in a politician–plainspoken, and entirely willing to take on entrenched interests determined to preserve a shameful status quo–but the kind of politician who ends up not getting re-elected, because people aren’t prepared to deal with all of that bluntness.
Now I see that his poll ratings are higher than President Obama’s. And this despite the fact that the President is nowhere near as willing to kill sacred cows as Christie is.
Maybe all of this is fleeting. Or maybe, the people of New Jersey are more appreciative of political courage than I gave them credit for. I would like to think the latter.