Former tough guy Chris Christie completed his transition to a neutered lapdog Tuesday night when he shuffled on stage in leg shackles and, with the faraway look of man facing a long prison sentence, introduced Donald Trump as "a tough and strong and bold" leader of a new "movement" to unite America.
Wearing a slightly askew pink tie, and looking a bit like a nervous altar boy in church, Gov. Christie hailed Trump as the finest man who has ever answered the call to public service.
"The win is important for our country," Christie muttered prior to Trump's Super Tuesday victory speech. "Tonight is the beginning of Donald Trump bringing the Republican Party together for a big victory this November. Tonight is the beginning of Donald Trump bringing the people of our nation together to help America win again."
With a fading voice, he added, "America wants to come together. America wants to be strong and successful again. But they know that to do that they need to have strong, bold, tough, decisive leader back in the Oval Office, and they have that man after tonight."
Then, with mouth slightly agape, Christie demonstrated just how different he is from that strong, tough leader he admires so much by dutifully drifting behind Trump and staring at the back of his head like a lobotomy patient for the next 30 minutes.
He could just be the perfect running mate.