By Tom Quiner
When Hillary Clinton is sworn in as the next president of the United States, the Chris Christie effect will long be talked about.
I refer to last Saturday’s debate.
Governor Christie cut Marco Rubio off at the knees in one of the most consequential debate moments in a long time.
He accused the good senator of being a one-dimensional, pre-programmed candidate not ready for the oval office, and Rubio played his part by being … one-dimensional.
In a brilliant, bullying, Trumpian maneuver, Christie talked over Rubio, wagging his finger at the Senator, saying “see, he’s doing it again” as Rubio repeated the same talking a second and a third time.
Rubio had momentum coming out of Iowa. He had a chance to narrow the gap on Trump in New Hampshire. In an instant, the momentum was lost.
Rubio plummeted to fifth in New Hampshire, throwing cold water on his chances to become president.
It’s interesting that Christie chose not to attack the front runner, Donald Trump, a man who loses in head-to-head match ups with Democrats, but rather Rubio, the man who wins them.
Christie did more than derail Rubio’s candidacy, he derailed his own. People don’t generally like a bully. Christie announced today that he is suspending his campaign.
And he did even more than derail two candidacies, he legitimized human abortion in the eyes of liberals and people who are wishy-washy on life issues. He characterized human abortion as an act of “self-defense” for women who have been raped.
Christie is a smart man. He’s a shrewd litigator. And he’s a man with East Coast chutzpah. How could human abortion possibly be an act of self-defense when it’s the baby in the women being dismembered, not the rapist?
He promotes an act of gruesome violence as the antidote for an act of unspeakable violation, dehumanizing the human person in the womb who is totally innocent of any wrong-doing.
Hillary Clinton and her Planned Parenthood minions were certainly making mental notes for the Fall campaign.
Regarding Rubio, who knows, perhaps Christie did him a favor. If he survives this set-back, he’ll be ready for anything.
If he doesn’t, the Republicans are left with a couple of front runners in Trump and Cruz who don’t appeal to a broad enough spectrum of voters to win a general election.
The Chris Christie effect.