Christie's Endorsement

October 11, 2011 1:28:26 PM PDT
It's not much of a surprise, really - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsing Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for President.

Who else was he going to support? Michelle Bachman? Rick Perry?

Not likely from Mr. Christie, who interestingly made reference several times today to "pie" in his endorsement statement, as in growing the pie bigger and Americans getting a piece of the pie.

The timing of today's endorsement was fascinating. When the Governor announced last week he wasn't going to run for President he said he wasn't prepared to offer an endorsement. So what happened since then?

A fundraiser for Romney this afternoon in New Hampshire, and a Republican candidate debate tonight. Maybe they did the trick.

Regardless, it happened today, and tonight at 11, we'll have the reaction, and any developments from the debate.

Also at 11, we'll have the latest on the President's push to get his $447 billion jobs bill past its first hurdle - a vote in the Senate. It looks like the bill does not have enough votes to get its 60-member majority; it might not even have enough to get all Senate Dems on board. Meanwhile, Mr. Obama has been firing preemptive political shots, calling this bill "a moment of truth" for the U.S.

One wonders if Pres. Obama were magically given a "do-over" for his first year in office, would he concentrate more on jobs creation than he did the first time around? I suspect he would do that, instead of trying to ram through health care reform that seems destined to make the health insurance companies richer and the rest of us confused or lawbreakers or both. It's the economy stupid - that's what James Carville drummed into Bill Clinton's head in 1992, and it got him elected President.

It's the economy, Mr. President. Ya gotta wonder why Barack Obama's advisors weren't drumming that into his head every day from day one. If they had, where might the economy be today? Where might Mr. Obama's approval ratings be today? Where might Mitt Romney be today?

The Tea Party anger from the right, and the Occupy Wall Street anger from the left are part and parcel of the same emotion: There is a basic unfairness at play in the country these days, and the ones who aren't playing by the rules, the ones who are manipulating the markets, the ones who don't understand that a level playing field is the best and fairest - those are the ones who are being rewarded. And not just by the "free" markets - but also by the government.

That's the analysis by many - and, right or wrong, it's catching on.

We'll also have the latest from the growing protests by Occupy Wall Street, at 11.

And what a twisted reality involving that foiled terrorist plot against the Saudi Arabian and Israeli embassies in Washington. Tonight, Iran's news agency insists that the U.S. is launching a "new propaganda campaign" against Iran, by suggesting that Iran is behind the bombing plot. Two Iranians are now under arrest in a plot that the U.S. says was hatched by Iran's Quds Force, the militant unit of that country's Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.

We'll have the latest in the arrests and the plot, at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Laura Behnke (in for Rob Powers) with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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