It's time for the second edition of Christie Messiah Watch, that feature in which we see who's forgotten a lesson of 2008: That a politician who can deliver a good speech and get cheers from a friendly audience may not single-handedly fix everything.
Rich Lowry, reporting from Simi Valley:
I have never seen a crowd so literally desperate for someone to run for president, nor seen such a heartfelt and frank appeal to someone to run as from the woman who got up in the balcony to implore Christie to think about (he didn’t say he wouldn’t). The governor seemed moved by the entire experience. His speech was plain-spoken rather than eloquent, but benefited from Christie’s emphatic and sincere delivery.
Never? Really? I seem to recall some crowds fond of Senate candidate-then-senator Barack Obama.
In the speech, delivered clearly and with passion, Governor Christie sounded — well — it was as you would expect at the Reagan Library: simply Reaganesque.
We can stop right there. No higher praise exists.
TODAY IN SLATE
Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS
But the next president might.
Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.
The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything
It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.
How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?
Here are the facts.
The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender
What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?