Popularity is easy when troubles run deep
Q: New Jersey's new Republican governor, Chris Christie, has forced cutbacks in pay for teachers and superintendents, capped local property taxes, cut pension benefits for state workers, canceled popular public works projects and closed a $11 billion state budget deficit. Yet in spite of these highly controversial initiatives and a blunt speaking style, his popularity in a heavily Democratic state is rising. What is the lesson here for other political leaders?
In times of deep troubles about which there is a high degree of public consciousness, leaders like Chris Christie can make tough decisions and gain at least temporary popularity. Winston Churchill is the perfect example. Such decisions are much more difficult when the dangers are either obscure or distant. Under those circumstances only the bravest of leaders, unafraid of losing their offices, will speak out.
And even the Christie approval is likely to be temporary and to disappear with the crisis. Churchill is also the best example here, thrown out of office immediately after he won World War II.
Posted by: Chagasman | October 12, 2010 5:04 PM
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