Thursday's Republican debate was ugly. Even the The Weekly Standard's official reaction was "yikes." So with only a month left until the filing deadline, the GOP establishment is breaking out their diamond-encrusted kneepads to beg New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run, and the man who said just weeks ago, "I'm not running," is allegedly considering it. Newsmax reports, "the effort to draft Christie culminated in a hush-hush powwow in the past week with Christie and several notable Republican billionaires." Ahh, democracy.

Christie suggested to an audience at Rider University earlier this week that the field of candidates was somewhat lacking: "I think what the country is thirsting for, more than anything else right now, is someone of stature and credibility to tell them that and say, "Here's where I want us to go to deal with this crisis." We may just need a private helicopter to get there.

Current Republican frontrunner, Rick Perry, who last month was hailed as a quicksilver Jesus but now looks like he might implode, told Newsmax he'd be fine duking it out with Christie. "I see anybody that gets in the race that believes in America and is a small government but efficient government individual, I would welcome into the race," Perry said. "It just strengthens the point that the Republican Party's all about getting our country working again." Perry then presumably added, "I got an engraved, laser-sighted pistol with his name on it if he wants to be my VP."

Christie is due to decide that thing he supposedly decided months ago this week. A source of the Post's tactfully adds, "Everybody has been kissing his ass and begging him to do this." However our sources inform us that "it will take much longer than a week to kiss Chris Christie's ass."