Romney's first VP pick passed.

The New York post reports that Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was Romney’s first pick for a Vice Presidential running mate, but passed on the gig because he didn’t think Romney would win.

Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t willing to give up the New Jersey statehouse to be Mitt Romney’s running mate because he doubted they’d win, The Post has learned.

Romney’s top aides had demanded Christie step down as the state’s chief executive because if he didn’t, strict pay-to-play laws would have restricted the nation’s largest banks from donating to the campaign — since those banks do business with New Jersey.

But Christie adamantly refused to sacrifice his post, believing that being Romney’s running mate wasn’t worth the gamble.

“[Christie] felt, at one point, that [President] Obama could lose this. And, look, there still is that chance. But he knows, right now, you have to say it’s unlikely,” one source said.

Ouch.

Maybe I’m just a cynic, but I think it’ll be fairly close (though I still think Obama will win).  I’m not Obama’s biggest fan, but he’s certainly, as the cliche goes, the lesser of two evils.  However, I’m not put at ease when Obama says that if Republicans are willing that he’s prepared to make a whole range of compromises.  I realize that good leaders must be willing to compromise, but I’d sure like to see on what points he’s willing to do it.  Some things, like marriage equality, should reside behind a rigid and unmoving line.  Human rights should not be negotiable.

Seriously, why can’t we get Michael D. Higgins?

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • http://skepticalimerick.blogspot.com/ Rich Stage

    Even before it had bloomed
    Chris Christie knew it was doomed.
    Although the ticket
    asked him, he quit it
    to avoid the G O P’s gloom.

    A limerick for you. Because I care.

  • Robert B.

    Damn it. New Jersey would have been better off if Christie had gone for it – especially since he’s quite right, Romney’s chances are slim.

  • Trebuchet

    So why didn’t those rules apply to Sarah Palin?

    • http://skepticalimerick.blogspot.com/ Rich Stage

      I think the same rules did apply to Palin, but she was too dense to make the right decision.

      Although she did quit her governorship shortly after, so it wouldn’t have mattered anyway.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=641090103 j.p.hollembaek

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/ I check this one daily. at the moment, its putting obama at 70% confidence of winning with 300 electorals.

  • Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven

    Obama is far from perfect and makes me cringe somewhat regularly, but it’s like choosing between being punched in the gut, and being dropped feet-first into a poorly oiled wood chipper.

  • http://researchtobedone.wordpress.com researchtobedone

    I’m hoping Obama wins this round, and then the next two elections go to Elizabeth Warren. I have no idea if she has any plans to run, but that would make me incredibly happy.

  • anteprepro

    Obama is far from perfect and makes me cringe somewhat regularly, but it’s like choosing between being punched in the gut, and being dropped feet-first into a poorly oiled wood chipper.

    B-b-b-but, the lesser of two evils is still evil!1!!one!

  • Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven

    Of course, Ryan was passed too, but it took quite a bit of Miralax.


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