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Is it too late for Chris Christie to get into the race?

Yesterday morning, I predicted HERE that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will not jump into the race for the Republican presidential nomination. (I updated that post a few hours later to reflect various reports that Christie definitely is not going to run.)

My sense that Christie won’t take the plunge is based in great part, as I explained in that post from yesterday, on loads of evidence that he can’t win the nomination. The far-right base of the GOP will simply find him unacceptable. The guy is bright enough, it would seem, to recognize that he would get a lot of grief from the Tea Party crowd for his views on immigration, gun control, global warming and homosexuality, among other issues. (Does the word “RINO” sound familiar?)

But perhaps there’s a more fundamental reason why Christie won’t run: It’s just too late to get in the race. That’s what former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer SAYS.

UPDATE: Incidentally, in his speech last night at the Reagan Library in California, Christie implied his endorsement of higher taxes.

Read about it HERE:

[T]he heart of his critique of the current administration is that President Obama failed to endorse the Bowles–Simpson deficit reduction plan. Christie presents this as an indictment of Obama. It is a dishonest indictment — Obama knew full well that embracing the proposal openly would extinguish any chance of Republicans joining it, and he later offered essentially the same thing to House Republicans in closed-door negotiations, only to be spurned. But that isn’t the important thing. The important thing is that Christie is advocating a bipartisan deficit plan that increases tax revenue.

The Bowles–Simpson proposal would increase tax revenue by $1 for every $3 of reduced spending. That’s a pretty right-wing plan, but it’s way too left-wing for most Republicans. The current presidential field unanimously indicated that it would reject a plan with $1 of tax cuts for every $10 of spending cuts. Christie’s (implied — but clearly implied) position places him far to the left of the field and the Party consensus.

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