September 29, 2011

The Christie Interlude (… and Nancy's As Well)

Chris Christie Nancy Reagan

Now that Rick Perry has transitioned though stage one of the MMSG (Media Messiah Stages of Grief) — past “bright shiny object” to straddling the line between “sinking like a rock” and “flash in the pan,” we citizens get to enjoy another interlude of “find the savior.”

Currently basking in the glow of “no is just another way of being coy,” the corpulent one is at least going through the motions, which means, depending on the day, either an excursion to the border; a huge Tea Party Express Rally (in other words, a truck-stop BBQ with dozens of photographers in front of a throng at least equal in size to the headcount at the #OccupyWallStreet encampment on a rain-drenched night), or else, if it’s the middle ground he’s seeking (currently Mitt’s left flank), it’s securing an official Reagan Library photo with the ossified former First Lady, but really, touchstone to the Gipper himself. (No “just say no” jokes, please!)

Fearing I could get myself in trouble if I say more, I’m just going to sit back, enjoy the Christie interlude and, certainly, think on the meaning of that neon pink tie.

UPDATE: After reading the comments by LT and Momly, I realize I completely ducked the striking (maybe the word is, terrifying) apparition of Nancy Reagan here. The best that could be said is that Nancy (prepped for a photo produced and distributed by the library foundation) certainly seems “made up for posterity.” Speaking “less fancy,” though, what this photos touches on (as much or more than the campaign dance) is America’s denial of death — Nancy, almost literally a ghost.

(photo: handout/via Getty Images caption: In this handout provided by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) poses for a portrait with former first lady Nancy Reagan after Christie delivered remarks during the Perspectives on Leadership Forum at the Reagan Library on September 27, 2011 in Simi Valley, California. Influential Republicans are urging Christie to run for president and are prepared to raise money. Christie is on a Republican Party fund-raising tour with stops in Missouri and California including a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum..)

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