One Theory on Why Conservatives Love Christie

David Frum: It's not what he says, it's how he says it
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2011 1:57 PM CST
One Theory on Why Conservatives Love Christie
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R- N.J. gestures while speaking at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

New Jersey's Chris Christie is a "tough budget-balancing Republican," but he holds plenty of views that don't mesh with conservative orthodoxy, notes David Frum. So why do the likes of Ann Coulter love him so, even though it "makes no ideological sense?" Frum thinks part of the reason is that he "perfectly exemplifies" the notion that "conservatives tend to care much more how a politician speaks than what a candidate says," he writes at Frum Forum.

"If he were a soft-spoken, conciliatory Northeastern budget-balancer, he’d be dismissed as a Bill Weld/Mike Castle RINO," declares Frum. "But instead, he’s an-in-your-face confrontationalist. So he can favor handgun control and still be the Coulter choice for president. Just so long as he’s rude about it." (Read more Chris Christie stories.)

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