And while the liberals are coming unglued, students of Reagan, like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, are thrilled at what Christie is doing. When Limbaugh looks at the way Christie is willing to “stand up to [liberals] and tell the truth,” he sees a model that conservative politicians throughout the country should be following. And Hannity recognizes Christie as someone who may actually possess the fiscal responsibility and leadership necessary to turn New Jersey around.
Yet it’s not just through policy alone that Christie impresses people, but also through the manner with which he communicates his policies and the rationale behind them.
In other words, just as Reagan is often referred to as “the Great Communicator” because of how he talked directly to the people and presented things with clarity, so too the New York Times admits that Christie “uses clear language, doesn’t mince words, … and he says what he thinks.” Or to use Christie’s own words, he is “treating New Jerseyans … reporters … and union leaders … like adults.”
While it may be a weird concept for students of the circuitous oration that characterizes Obama-speak, Christie is straightforward in admitting that when he “feels something,” he’s actually “going to say it.”
No wonder conservatives in New Jersey and around the country are comparing Christie to Reagan and hoping he makes a 2012 presidential run.
The bad news is that Christie says the presidential run isn’t going to happen. The good news is that he’s still going to be in New Jersey, bringing his version of Reagan’s “shining city on a hill” to bear on union leaders and tax-hiking Democrats.