The Push For Christie Is About Romney, Not Perry
First, a big congratulations are in order for Herman Cain. He kicked azz and took names in the Florida straw poll, in large part because he answered the questions, while not playing the usual political games. The next debate in Las Vegas in October will be critical for Perry. If he doesn't turn things around, people are going to begin talking about the long road home for the Texas Governor.
As for this, I simply want to dispel one myth. While a weakened Perry may be being used as something of a ruse and also something of a door for the robust Governor from NJ, Chris Christie, to walk through, the forces trying to push Christie into the race are driven by concerns over Romney, not Perry. If they didn't believe, as do many conservatives, that Romney isn't going to cut it against Obama, they would be more than happy to sit on their hands and watch Perry implode.
Forget the YouTube clips, Christie is pure establishment Republican dealing with a balanced budget mandate in NJ and an already over-taxed population. He has no other route to take for New Jersey than the one he has been and he is doing some real good there. However, if he ever steps onto the national stage, it will soon be very clear from his record that he is your typical NE Republican and unable to stir the conservative base.
All the forces pushing him hope for is that Christie could peel off enough soft conservatives to take it to Mitt. Christie may well eventually run for President one day, but he'll do it as an establishment Republican because that's what he is. The backstory behind the push for Christie makes it obvious, but all the proof one needs can be found on the pages of the Weekly Standard and the Washington Post. Those are not publications that give a damn about pushing a genuinely conservative candidate. If they could beat Romney and also knock Perry, or any other conservative out of the race, they would be thrilled. But they would not be backing Perry no matter how well he was performing. Sans Christie, they will eventually fall in line behind Romney, just as their earlier positioning makes abundantly clear.