This is a dual post really. A snippet from the National Review piece where NJ Governor Chris Christie says he knows he can win the nomination … and the presidency. And a link to a great new on-line straw poll that has gone viral.
First, Rich Lowry interviewed Chris Christie and asked him why he still rejects the idea of running for President. It’s not anything he hasn’t said before … but with an added twist. Talk about self confidence.
Yes. Believe me, I’ve been interested in politics my whole life. I see the opportunity. But I just don’t believe that’s why you run. Like I said at AEI, I have people calling me and saying to me, “Let me explain to you how you could win.” And I’m like, “You’re barking up the wrong tree. I already know I could win.” That’s not the issue. The issue is not me sitting here and saying, “Geez, it might be too hard. I don’t think I can win.” I see the opportunity both at the primary level and at the general election level. I see the opportunity.
But I’ve got to believe I’m ready to be president, and I don’t. And I think that that’s the basis you have to make that decision. I think when you have people who make the decision just based upon seeing the opportunity you have a much greater likelihood that you’re going to have a president who is not ready. And then we all suffer from that. Even if you’re a conservative, if your conservative president is not ready, you’re not going to be good anyway because you’re going to get rolled all over the place in that town.
I understand that once one becomes a CEO, you begin to understand how tough the job is … and how much you don’t know about governing. If only the young President had that same self awareness. But somehow I think running for President is like having children: if you wait until you think you’re ready, it’ll never happen. Sometimes when duty calls, you go to war with the army you have.
Here’s how he put it a while back to Neil Cavuto. Notice please the crowd response when the subject of the Presidency comes up. Maybe he has reason to be confident.
Now to the poll. Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit pointed this straw poll out yesterday. It’s an amazing wqeb application that asks you, the reader to respond to about 20 head to head match ups in different combinations and using that data to project a straw poll winner. Go there to read about the idea behind the poll, but here’s a snippet.
So How does it work?
This poll gauges such support using a unique “run-off” matchup model. It is designed to elicit deeper preferences from voters and make it much more difficult for well-organized campaigns to “game” the system. The results below reflects the percentage of times a candidate was preferred in a head-to-head “run-off” against other potential candidates. We also suspect they more accurately reflect the true pulse of the tea party movement than those cited by the mainstream media.
So far here are the results we’ve seen. 1,627,821 votes and counting:
Want to cast your votes? Go for it…The 2012 Tea Party Straw Poll