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Christie’s Game

I don’t understand exactly what Chris Christie is up to—or, rather, what the people around him might be up to, since they would probably be well-advised to stop issuing statements that don’t reflect the reality of what he is or is not willing to say—but that sure was one interesting performance he put on last night, as I write in today’s New York Post:

Christie certainly laid out an interesting course for a presidential bid — one that would seek to appeal to those primary voters who want a government that can function, not just the most ideologically conservative government imaginable.

Were Christie to run, therefore, he wouldn’t be running to fill the hardline-conservative slot now held so shakily by Rick Perry. He would be running on his own star power and with his own message to conservatives: I get things done, and I would agree with you most of the time … pretty much.

He can’t go on like this much longer; among other things, if he is going to run, he has to get himself on the Michigan ballot and he needs signatures by the middle of October. Also, his teasing is going to get the people who are interested in his candidacy more than a little angry if he doesn’t quit it.