Chris Christie for Vice President!

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I realize that the smart money has Chris Christie having not made the short list to be Mitt Romney's running mate. But I have my reasons for hoping the smart money is wrong.

First, a guy who, while dancing in a sky box at a Bruce Springsteen concert, "simultaneously bear-hugs and headlocks" his human services commissioner and his community affairs commissioner, can't be all bad. Second, I live in New Jersey, so Christie's getting the VP nod would be a kind of brush with greatness. The third reason occurred to me as I was watching the exchange below, between a Christie detractor and a Christie defender. It isn't that Christie defender Matt Lewis won the argument; it's that I realized that everything Christie detractor Bill Scher dislikes about Christie would make this an extremely entertaining presidential campaign. And, as a bonus: If Scher is right that Christie's entertainment assets are political liabilities, then a Romney-Christie ticket would be unlikely to prevail in November. What's not to like?

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Wright is also a fellow at the New America Foundation and editor in chief of Bloggingheads.tv. His other books include Nonzero, which was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book in 2000 and included on Fortune magazine's list of the top 75 business books of all-time. Wright's best-selling book The Moral Animal was selected as one of the ten best books of 1994 by The New York Times Book Review.Wright has contributed to The Atlantic for more than 20 years. He has also contributed to a number of the country's other leading magazines and newspapers, including: The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Time, and Slate, and the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times. He is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and his books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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