There are other good combos, of course.
This observation by Allahpundit over the Christie/Walker dynamic in the primaries is worth noting:
One crucial thing that righties learned about [Scott] Walker during and after the Thunderdome in Madison over collective bargaining is that the guy simply will not bend on a policy he believes in, no matter how much acid the left spits at him and how far into the tank the media goes for Democrats in attacking him. He’s unflappable. That’s hugely significant when you’re thinking of throwing your vote to a guy who isn’t the most orthodox conservative in the field. The big worry about [Chris] Christie is that he’ll be wooed by media adulation of his charisma and his own rhetoric about the glories of compromise into governing even further from the center than people think. That’s less of a worry with Walker, the guy who became a right-wing rock star precisely because he wouldn’t compromise.
This is largely true, I think. Make no mistake: if Chris Christie gets the nomination I will require none of the talk-myself-into-it that I required for both McCain and Romney. This is partially because I am in point of fact also a Northeastern Republican (something that my readership mostly politely overlooks*), but mostly because I know very well that Christie will not have to be goaded into going in swinging against Democrats. The man knows very well that a large part of his appeal lies into Christie’s willingness to mix it up and, indeed (and as Walker noted here) call people idiots when they deserve it. That quality is, in fact, the one thing that worries me about Walker; nobody takes a punch better, and Scott Walker punches back effectively enough, but he could use a little more flash in the ring.
But if it boils down to a Christie-Walker in the primaries (with the loser getting the VP slot) I’m not going to be upset**.
PS: On the gripping hand, let’s get through 2014 first.
*This is not an invitation to tell me how wonderful I am. Basic politeness should not a matter for extravagant praise.
**Optimally, I’d like the two slots filled by any combination of: Christie, Martinez, Perry, and/or Walker. I suspect that if the Presidential nomination is a governor then the VP nod goes to a Senator, but I’ll be counseling against that (both publicly and privately). Especially if it’s Christie: the last thing that he wants to do is look like he’s appeasing the base by picking Cruz or Paul. He can get away with it if it’s another governor, though; less worries about the VP nominee getting his/her career blighted if Christie somehow ends up losing.