Since the Chris Christie for president boomlet began, I’ve noticed one constant: the commenters on conservative websites seem notably less enthusiastic about a Christie presidential campaign than the bloggers, columnists, and reporters covering (and in some cases, promoting) the possibility. On our own site, I’ve noticed less support for Christie than most of the declared Republican candidates.
Commenters aren’t necessarily representative of a publication’s readership, much less the broader conservative movement or the Republican primary electorate. Yet it is just one small measure of how much grassroots enthusiasm is out there. After all, it doesn’t take money or organization to leave a supportive comment on a website.
Are any of you hoping Christie gets in?