After much speculation, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he would not run for president. The news isn't exactly surprising, considering he had denied interest in running countless times before (at one point even referring to a Politico video mash-up of the many times he had said no). Yet, many Republicans hoped he would reconsider, including Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough who wrote an op-ed arguing, "Why America needs Chris Christie to run for president in 2012."
The call—though unanswered—for Christie to run shows a lot about what voters think about the current crop of candidates. Explains U.S. News's Alex Parker:
The unrequited yearning for a Christie run shows that none of the candidates have convinced Republican voters or activists that they have a compelling vision for the party's, or America's, future aside from replacing Obama.
Though conventional wisdom holds that Gov. Rick Perry and former Gov. Mitt Romney cling on to the front-runner spots, their popularity continues to be challenged by the rest of the pack. Herman Cain, the latest of the supposed "fringe candidates" to capture media attention and donor dollars, is now tied with Perry according to Tuesday's Washington Post/ABC poll. Whether he stays there is uncertain, considering both Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Ron Paul experienced similar bursts of popularity before falling back into a lower tier. But a continually shifting field coupled with the call for more candidates may point to a dissatisfied electorate.
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Previously: Is Herman Cain the 'Flavor of the Week'?