No Questions!

It wasn’t quite as bad as Mitt Romney’s trip in 2012 that created a major furor among his hosts, but Chris Christie’s London trip this week has been pretty much a washout. Dogged by questions on vaccinations, Christie’s cancelled three press conferences, and is apparently trying to get out of town without arousing further notice, which is not ideal for a trip that’s half “trade mission,” half seeing and being seen with powerful Brits.

The Daily Mail, a conservative tabloid that would normally be sympathetic to a visiting right-of-center pol, lumped in the trip with both Romney’s and with Bobby Jindal’s recent appearance in which he told the British they had “no go” zones. I think they are beginning to wonder if there’s something inherently wrong with Republicans.

‘Is there something you don’t understand about, “No questions”?’ Christie snapped when a reporter asked whether he’d discussed the Islamic State group during his meetings with dignitaries during the visit to the Globe [Theater].

Nice impression you’re making, Governor.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.