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FoxNews: Christie not running

Chris Christie is not running for President, according to a new report from Fox News citing unnamed sources close to Christie.

Earlier in the day, Todd Christie, the Governor’s brother and his ticket to US Attorney-dom back when he raised serious money for Bush II’s first presidential run, told the Ledger that Christie was not running.

It’s increasingly looking like this was all a play to get more money into the state Republican Party coffers – and not a serious exploration. But who is to say that this is the end – the next awful Republican Presidential debate could start the game all over again…

All Christie, All the Time

Chris Christie is an increasingly unpopular governor – one who can’t trade in any scant charisma he may have for a practical political victory on the national stage.

And yet he is still considered in many circles to be the shining white knight who can save the national Republican party. How is that possible? Does he actually have his own media machine, ready to testify to his alleged greatness?

According to Media Matters, he does – Fox News:

New York magazine reports that Fox News CEO Roger Ailes “fell hard” for Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and recently “encouraged him to jump into” the Republican presidential race. Fox News similarly “fell hard” for Christie, with on-air figures lavishing praise on him, asking him about a presidential bid, and giving him ample airtime in the run-up to his 2009 election.

Awesome Michael Moore movie, and a passionless Frank Lautenberg

Tonight, I saw the DC premiere of Michael Moore’s new movie, Sicko. At the event, I also saw and had a conversation with Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

First, the movie…Sicko was amazing. I don’t often tell people to go see movies, but go see this movie — and bring a couple of your nonpolitical or Independent friends too.

When I saw Al Gore’s movie, I went in thinking “Yeah, I support the environment” and left passionately considering myself an environmentalist. When I saw Sicko, I went in thinking “Yeah, we need to improve health care in this country” and left thinking “Holy cow – we need a health care revolution.”

Andrews Outfoxes Hannity

In almost every situation, I think going on Fox is a mistake. The mouthpiece for the Republican party uses tactics like mic cutting, shouting and interrupting whenever the conversation veers off-script to ensure the debate is never fair. It should come as no surprise then that their balanced coverage led their audience to vote for Bush over Kerry by 88% to 7%. Appearing on Fox and acting as if it’s a legitimate news network lends it undeserved credibility. But there are a few guests – Wesley Clark comes to mind – who understand that it’s a stacked game and can play it right anyway.

Congressman Rob Andrews appeared on Hannity and Colmes last Friday, and at least from this appearance, it’s clear to me that he gets it and knows how to play their game.