As if anyone can still remember him, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is about to announce that he is entering the 2024 GOP primary. This is great news! The more losers and has-beens and irrelevancies that enter the race, the more entertainment value we will get from watching President Trump mow all of them down.
Come right in, Chrissie—the water’s warm! There’s plenty of room for you on the debate stage. Well, not literally… but you know what we mean.
Rumor has it that Chris Christie’s campaign slogan will be “Fat Chance!” But that would be too funny to actually hope for.
Chris Christie ran out of popularity among the base in 2016, when he tried to run against Trump in the primary that year. Why’s he running this time? It looks like having Christie in the race is part of the plan from the billionaires financing the Ron DeSantis campaign.
They want a bunch of people in the race to attack Trump, while DeSantis can claim to be taking the high road. Christie is part of the long-term strategy of gaming the GOP primary in order to keep DeSantis in the race long enough to—in theory—overtake Trump.
It’s the same strategy that the GOP elite attempted in 2016. They pumped money into campaign after campaign, in hopes of keeping Ted Cruz in long enough to take out Trump. As we look at the state of the field right now, this strategy has just as much chance of happening in 2024 as it did in 2016.
The billionaires are backing a wide variety of has-beens and losers, some of whom are nice and friendly people, because they fear Donald Trump so much.
Nikki Haley, for example, has no constituency outside of South Carolina. She still has fans in South Carolina, but if you step outside the state, no one is interested in having her be the next president. She’s running because the elites have promised her a little sack with dollar signs on the side if she runs.
Mike Pence seems to understand that his style of “conservative” politics went out of fashion a couple of decades ago in a place called Iraq. Pence has always seemed like a friendly and non-confrontational sort of guy. He’s not a fighter, though, which is what we need in the White House as soon as possible. We need someone who is now willing to figuratively stomp on the necks of the anti-American lunatics that have taken over the federal government. That’s not Mike Pence.
At the first sign of pushback from the media, Mike Pence will show them his soft underbelly and declare that “Trans women are women!” You know I’m right. Pence is running because he’s being paid by a small number of elites to run. He’ll be one of the first to drop out when the primaries start.
The same goes for Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). Again, Tim seems like a really friendly person. He’s the preferred candidate of those rare Republican voters who feel like Mike Pence is just too feisty and needs to tone it down a little. He too just officially announced he’ll be running for the 2024 nomination.
Tim Scott and Nikki Haley are both from South Carolina, and they both have fan bases of a sizeable percentage in that state. Trump understands this, and he understands that by having both Haley and Scott in the race, the elites hope to peel off just enough support from Trump to have someone else win this important primary state. That would give the illusion to some people that Trump is beatable.
Which explains why Trump has so heavily courted and successfully received the endorsement of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Graham has been a South Carolina senator for a long time, and he has a support base that is bigger than Nikki Haley’s or Tim Scott’s. Trump plans to win South Carolina, so he is following the old adage of keeping his friends close and his enemies closer. Having Lindsey Graham on his team is the smart move, because Trump wants to win South Carolina and put the primaries away early.
Support for Ron DeSantis is still waning, which is bad news for his fans. The too-cute game of “I’m not actually running” that DeSantis has been playing has dragged on a little too long at this point, and everyone sees through it. “I’m just going to Japan and Israel because I’m doing Florida governor stuff” is not playing well with the base. He’s supposed to announce this week and will likely get a bit of a bump in the polls when that happens.
But then DeSantis will just be another guy on the stage next to Chris Christie, Nikki Haley, Mike Pence and Tim Scott. That’s too bad, because I don’t think any of these people are going to see their political careers last very long after Trump makes the rubble bounce on this comeback tour.