Business Insider speculated that when Fox News announces tomorrow the participants in next week’s Republican debate Chris Christie (with a 2.25% average poll rating) will be knocked off the main stage, effectively ending his ridiculous pursuit. I too see him relegated but for three more practical reasons.
- The Fox Business honchos do not want another CNBC debacle where the moderators became the story and their options are to (a) come up with intelligent thoughtful questions on important issues or (b) winnow the herd to a more manageable seven. My guess is that they will go the (b)-route with Christie, Huckabee, and probably Paul dumped.
- Assuming the Fox people are rooting for a Republican victory next year, their focus would be on getting their eventual candidates through the nominating process without absorbing too much damage from attacks that an increasingly desperate loose-canon like Christie might resort to.
- Chris Christie has:
- scandals brewing
- no record of accomplishment
- no constituency beyond that misinformed 2.25%
- no chance