Interesting piece on Obama and NJ Governor Chris Christie from Newsweek:

You wouldn’t know it from looking at them, or hearing them talk, or hearing people talk about them, but Barack Obama and Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, have a lot in common. Both were elected in the midst of the Great Recession. Both inherited a post-apocalyptic mess from a predecessor of the opposing party. Both sold themselves to voters as truth-telling change agents. And both plan to spend 2011 tackling the same thorny issues: education reform, public-pension stabilization, and long-term debt reduction. During the 2009 campaign, one Christie commercial even showed his supporters cheering and waving signs as a stirring Obama speech played on the soundtrack.

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  • Red Bull Hats

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  • Gary Russell

    I just re-watched the video that was embedded in the on-line article.

    Christie is an absolutely amazing breath of fresh air and common sense. From an econ standpoint, I don’t think that the GOP could hope for a better potential candidate for prez. He has that extremely rare combination of intelligence, common sense, and debating/speaking skills that we haven’t seen since Ronald the Great.

    Personally, I am hardcore conservative (no shock to our faithful PD flock) – both socially AND economically. Normally, I prioritize the SOCIAL part above the econ part.
    However, unless Christie is a Satan worshipper, atheist, or former member of Christine O’Donnell’s coven, I would give a VERY strong look at supporting him in the GOP primary. Does anyone know where he falls on social issues?

    In the general election, I believe that he would be a shoe-in.

    And possibly the 2nd greatest president of the past 100 years.

  • Troy La Mana

    The one part I whole-heartily disagree with is the statement, “Of course, the policy reality is more complex; most economists agree, for example, that government should spend more during a recession, not less.” No, government should cut spending and taxes to put it in the hands of those who have earned it so they can survive this economic tsunami and save for the future.

  • Whodat

    A. Newsweek is not interesting. It is essentially broke and bleeding because it has lost credibility and subscribers in a center-right country and the new owner has not changed anything. It is a terrible waste of the trees it took to make the paper on which it is printed.

    B. Obomb is a socialist. Christie is not. Any similarities are purely coincidental.