As expected, Chris Christie will officially deliver the keynote speech at the GOP convention later this month.
"I'll try to tell some very direct and hard truths to people in the country about the trouble that we're in and the fact that fixing those problems is not going to be easy for any of them," Christie said.
He'll cite his experiences in New Jersey as evidence that "the American people are ready to confront those problems head-on and endure some sacrifice."
Christie as keynote speaker -- all the exclamation marks you'd want without any of the question marks that would dog him as a vice-presidential candidate.
Last month, the New Jersey Star-Ledger editorial board urged a particularly spirited round of applause for the idea of Christie as keynoter, while pouring an equally spirited round of rain on the idea of Veep.
It’s hard to imagine a more inspired choice [for convention speaker]. Christie’s passion for the conservative cause and his style of straight talk will have the party’s faithful on their feet. Count on that.... [but] he’s not ready to be president, as he acknowledged last year when he decided against running himself.
His experience is too thin, and his temperament is too wild. The prospect of him running the nation’s foreign affairs is frightening.
In the end, Christie doesn't need the fame a keynote would bring -- he's already doused in popularity. But it could be that the convention needs him.