We have now entered the “if you can’t beat ’em, better join ’em” period of the 2016 Republican campaign, in which the opportunists and careerists begin to come forward, eager to jump on the frontrunner’s bandwagon. The first major figure to make the move is Chris Christie, who now boasts a whopping 29 percent job-approval rating from voters back home in New Jersey and has no discernible future in state or national politics.
Unless he hitches a ride with The Donald, that is.
“I am proud to be here to endorse Donald Trump for president of the United States,” Christie said in a surprise joint appearance with Trump at a rally in Texas today. Trump was equally gracious, noting in response to a question that Christie has “certainly got the talent” to be vice president, but “we actually haven’t even talked about it.”
Others will soon follow, especially if Trump does as well as expected Tuesday. As Gingrich implies, what was once unacceptable must now be made acceptable; what the party once tried to reject must be embraced. Memory banks will be wiped clean, because we have always been at war with Eurasia. Politicians who in the recent past have been blunt about their opposition to Trump will begin to discover previously unsuspected virtues in the man, and will come forward to kiss the ring.
And Trump is going to enjoy it all immensely.