Seamanship Quotation

“In political activity, then, men sail a boundless and bottomless sea; there is neither harbour for shelter nor floor for anchorage, neither starting-place nor appointed destination.”
— from Michael Oakeshott's
Political Education” (1951)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Chris Christie, 2020—Should he live that long

One of the glories of America is that you can have an ego as big as Manhattan and live in New Jersey.
Writing about the Republican convention, in the Fashion and Style section of the Sunday Times, Mark Leibovich details Chris Christie’s second-biggest weight problem—being constantly pestered to run for president.

“People started asking Mr. Christie to run for president. You might remember this, and in case you did not, Mr. Christie was not shy about providing refresher courses last week, usually in the form of ostentatious exasperation at how no one took his denials of interest in seeking the presidency seriously.
“‘After the 87th time I said I wasn’t running for president, they finally believed me,’ Mr. Christie told the delegates of South Carolina—a state that, Mr. Christie points out, had its own effort to draft Mr. Christie into the presidential race last year.”
Leibovich continues grimly:
“Now two days after his keynote, he is still getting questions about it, specifically the 'all about Chris' critique. 'I’ve resigned myself to the fact that my future will always be speculated about,' Mr. Christie said as sweat glistened from his forehead. 'Even if Mitt Romney wins on Nov. 6, as I expect him to, people will start speculating about 2020 then, O.K.?'”
Seems we have to follow the fashion and style sections as well as the late-night comedy shows to appreciate, before it’s too late, who in politics is of sound mind and who is a delusional egomaniac. 

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