OK, Christie is out, in what felt like a six week presser. So what’s the impact of this on the GOP Presidential nomination race? Some ideas below, but looking for your ideas in the comments. Have at it!
1) Christie endorses Romney, and it’s all over for the others. Just to note, Romney leads national polls again (with Cain in second place!) and Perry is dying a slow death Christie decided to avoid, so why not get on the bandwagon quickly like he did in 1999 with Bush? Since there are a lot of donors out there urging Christie to get in, their money has to go somewhere, and with Perry collapsing and Christie out Romney looks to gain.
2) With no bombastic screamer in the race (at least not to GOP levels now that Bachmann can’t get on TV), Sarah Palin could decide to jump in just for shits and giggles. Suddenly the Tea Partiers who were holding their noses in support of Romney turn to Palin, and Romney’s numbers cater. Now it is wide open again giving anyone a chance. Of course, as a result of this there’s a Draft Christie movement again and we have to go through all this crap again.
3) Palin gets in, caters Romney with her attacks, and suddenly Ron Paul looks like a rational maverick. Paul is up in the double digits now, and has been slowly growing his support. He loses Iowa, but wins in good ol’ libertarian New Hampshire and suddenly everything is up for grabs. No one has the nomination sown up by convention time, so Christie is drafted to run.
No matter how you look at this (even if Chrisite gets in) it’s fricking terrifying.