Republicans are in the same danger Democrats faced four years ago. They are suffering from a messiah complex. They are looking for one person who will deliver them from all the nation's problems. He -- or she -- doesn't exist.
The latest to attract faith is New Jersey governor Chris Christie. He gave a good speech Tuesday night at the Reagan Library, saying all the right things about President Obama's divisiveness and his desire to penalize the successful. But so did Rick Perry before he got a closer look.
Christie is weaker on illegal immigration than Perry. Christie has supported a ban on assault weapons and opposed conceal carry laws. He says global warming is undeniable. And in a political ad in which Christie associates himself with Obama, that will be difficult to explain away. And there's a huge difference between running for governor and running for president. Ask Rick Perry.
Be careful what you wish for, because a "messiah" might cause more damage than help the Republican goal of ending the socialist policies of this administration.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: September 30, 2011