Audiences will forgive a lot of those who can inspire them. Remember Winston Churchill's comeback during World War II. As Christie demonstrated at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), he knows how to rally a down-and-out party and, in the process, give them hope about the future. Here is Politico's analysis of his 15-minute speech at CPAC.
Christie's speaking strategy is to simplify issues, then package them in Jersey brashness. Both require a unique kind of genius. Few can break down big matters into a sentence. Fewer still, in a society trained to be diplomatic, will have the courage to articulate the sound bite with a rawness.
For example, Christie pointed out that conservatives won't get a shot at governing unless they are elected. So, come on, go out there and do whatever it takes to get elected. Another point simplified was the power of the media. He told the GOP to not have them "define who we are and what we stand for."
That kind of speech content fires up people. Christie has that gift. And it's what is needed after 9/11 and two recessions since the turn of the century. If Christie can restore America's belief in itself he could be the next president. Certainly he has huge faults. So did Churchill.