Harold MacMillan

Harold MacMillan making his “winds of change” speech that heralded the end of British colonialism. “The President’s been so helpful” may turn out to be another historic moment.

Oh, yes. Sorry. I have been distracted by a couple of delightful days down the beach at St Leonard’s.

In response to many commentators and Wellthisiswhatithink readers who have asked why would prominent Republican Governor of New Jersey Christie be so voluble in his praise of Obama? Just a week after tipping another bucket on Obama, and his star turn at the Republican conference in Florida?

Well, that one’s just too easy – you really think the cheerfully chubby lad wants Romney to win next Tuesday? Nu-uh.

He wants the Republican nomination for himself in four years, which he wouldn’t get if Romney wins this time because Romney would automatically secure re-nomination in 2016.

I’m quite sure he – like much of the Republican establishment – wants Romney to do well enough to set Obama up for another four difficult years – and drag a few Congress and Senate candidates up with him – but not so well that the rather wacky crypto-moderate reborn right winger actually wins. And then it’ll be Cry Havoc and let loose the dogs of war for whoever replaces him on the Democrat ticket in four years. It’s called the long game. (I still have my eye on Hillary Clinton for the Democrats in four years, personally.)

Anyhow, as UK Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe once memorably remarked when Tory Prime Minister Harold McMillan sacked getting on for half his cabinet to revive his flagging electoral fortunes, “Greater love hath no man than he lay down his friends for his life.”

Mitt Romney is looking at falling just short in the race for the White House. He’ll be spitting chips right now at Christie’s very deliberate intervention.

Politics, huh? You gotta love it.

Meanwhile, if Hurricane Sandy comprehensively de-rails the already flagging Romney momentum and means the President garners extra kudos (and votes) for doing his job properly, then I am looking forward to Rush Limbaugh, Mike Huckabee and all the other lunatics on the religious right (including Romney and Ryan themselves) confirming that the Good Lord obviously wanted Obama to get another four years to complete the job he’s started.

They do call it an “Act of God“, you know, fellas …

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  1. Mckay Coppins says:

    Christie is corrupt and playing both sides here. He is and has been a democrat all along. You dumd loseing Republicans like always, have been fooled again!

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  2. Richard Ember says:

    I’m not sure that the families of the people killed and those who lost their houses are calling it an ‘Act of God’. But why miss the chance for a cheap remark, eh?

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    • I am not being cheap Richard, I am satirizing those who regularly ARE cheap and mangle the Bible (and my religion) to their own ends. As I am sure you appreciate, there is a very significant difference.

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      • Richard Ember says:

        Didn’t read as very “satirical”.

        Don’t think that Christie is ‘visibly’ very electable. I think Hillary will take 4 years off and throw her hat into the ring for 2016 but I don’t think for one minute the GOP will put a walking Butter Mountain up against her. Telegenic he is not.

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  3. Yolly, have you ever considered moving here? Just curious. 🙂

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