Promoted by Jason Springer
By all means, check out Steve Kornacki’s excellent piece about whether New York gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Cuomo is the next Chris Christie or the next Eliot Spitzer. One of its knocks against Andrew is that while Christie traumatized Trenton, Albany seems perfectly ready for another Governor Cuomo.
Though I couldn’t help but notice how many victory laps Governor Christie has taken for someone who has been in office for such a short time. With every step forward with his agenda, he does a tour of national media outlets. Just today he was celebrating his first six months as governor with a rally in Ocean County. Claire Heninger reports back that President Obama’s name was booed out there in Republican country, and Christie responded:
“I hear you. We’ll get to that in 2012.”
Of course, he denied interest in a presidential candidacy (and he ought to be taken at his word, seeing as how he doesn’t have the cash to be a contender). Still, comments like these and the constant pat-myself-on-the-backism coming out of Camp Christie is starting to go from slightly obnoxious (even for politics) to absolutely grating.
Which brings this back to Eliot Spitzer. Unlike Christie, he began his governorship facing off against entrenched state legislative leaders who could tie him up like a pretzel. Spitzer’s pride and temper took over, and it ended up poisoning much of his political capital.
As Christie begins to face more experienced, more capable leaders in Trenton, he is not going to have such an easy time. And then we’ll get to see what he’s really made of. He’s shown an awful amount of hubris for someone whose approval ratings are only so-so. I doubt he will take the inevitable defeat with much grace. And then we wil get tol see how much Christie is like Spitzer.