Chris Christie, the Devil’s Advocate

Today we have another example of how the insanely crowded GOP presidential field seems to be having a strange effect on some of the candidates (via Salvador Rizzo of the Bergen Record):

Governor Christie went on the attack against Hillary Clinton on Friday, saying the Democratic presidential candidate is calling for an expansion of voter registration because “she just wants an opportunity to commit greater acts of voter fraud.”

Christie was responding to comments Clinton made Thursday in a speech in Houston. A Republican likely to announce a presidential run this month, Christie began the day greeting breakfast patrons at a New Hampshire diner and spoke briefly with reporters afterward, saying he “was not worried about her opinion.”

The claim that letting those people vote without a fight is an inducement to an entirely imaginary threat of “voter fraud” is standard “conservative GOP base” talk, but doesn’t sound too good to much of anyone else, certainly without the kind of qualification Christie omitted. You can add this to Christie’s equally odd championship of cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits and wonder if the dude is really running for president or just wants his own Fox News show. I mean, seriously, Christie’s not so ignorant as to believe in the Voter Fraud myth, so this has to be a ploy.

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.