Chris Christie, who has rebounded somewhat from his various scandals to hold a slight lead in Real Clear Politics’ GOP 2016 Average, is trying to learn about foreign policy, but per usual where he’s concerned, only a flimsy tough guy veneer is apparently sticking (via):
A few days after Russian forces invaded Crimea, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was asked at a confidential meeting of Republican activists how he would have handled the situation differently from President Obama.
It was not, according to several of those in attendance, a tough or unexpected inquiry. But Mr. Christie, usually known for his oratorical sure-footedness, offered a wobbly reply, displaying little grasp of the facts and claiming that if he were in charge, Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, would know better than to mess with him.
According to an audio recording of the event, he said Mr. Putin had taken the measure of Mr. Obama. “I don’t believe, given who I am, that he would make the same judgment,” Mr. Christie said. “Let’s leave it at that.”
One attendee described Mr. Christie’s answer as disturbingly heavy on swagger and light on substance. Another called it “uncomfortable to watch.”
No, really? Chris Christie, heavy on swagger and light on substance? Come on now, that’s just crazy talk.
I look forward to a President Christie’s “I don’t really know who all these foreigners are or what they want, but that’s OK because I can just intimidate the hell out of them” brand of diplomacy. Should work out great.