The Republican field for the presidency boasts eight viable candidates - and Newt Gingrich - yet the base is still looking for alternatives. When New Jersey governor and part-time Bobby Bacala impersonator Chris Christie spoke last week, he was asked if he would reconsider running.

The Republican field for the presidency boasts eight viable candidates — and Newt Gingrich — yet the base is still looking for alternatives. When New Jersey governor and part-time Bobby Bacala impersonator Chris Christie spoke last week, he was asked if he would reconsider running.

Christie directed people to a montage of clips on the Politico website of him repeatedly saying he had no interest in running for president. It was an unequivocal, “No, I’m not running,” but all the pundits still interpreted that as him leaving the door slightly open.

He said no, and if I remember from my freshman dorm orientation correctly, no means no. C’mon baby, can’t we just from an exploratory committee? No. C’mon baby, let me touch your SuperPAC. No.

Christie has given his answer, so stop grinding up against him.

At least not all pundits were blinded by seeing what they wanted to see.

“I think that we can take Gov. Christie at his word,” said Fox News’ Sarah Palin. (And if I were the media, by gosh, I would go back to lavishing unwarranted attention on other possible non-candidates who have sent maybe more mixed messages.)

Palin could be found on Fox literally less than a minute after Christie had spoken — like an alarm went off that they were talking about somebody else — to reassure the nation that not every possible candidate had made a clear decision.

“Through my process of decision-making … on whether or not I should throw my name in the hat … Is a title worth it?” said Palin.

I get it. Is it worth the scrutiny on your family, the incredible burden of responsibility that is the presidency?

“Does a title shackle a person? Are they someone like me who’s a maverick? I do go rogue and call it like I see it,” said Palin.

The biggest contemplation piece in your process is that becoming the president would diminish your power? It’s not that you may not be able to bear the weight of the presidency? It’s that the ballpark isn’t big enough to contain your super-awesomeness?

You would be the f---ing president — the commander in chief of history’s greatest fighting force! What possibly do you mean? And don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to talk you into running.

Perhaps I’m not giving her renegade Alaskan bird spirit enough credit. I know she’s a big deal — a former governor who starred on the same network that’s brought us three shows about little people.

But, Palin spent her summer vacation in a Constitution-wrapped bus shuttling between Iowa and New Hampshire giving speeches about your plan for America and policies.

You can have a colorful bus and drive to early primary states, or tell people what you would do if you were president, but when you put those two together there are really only two possibilities: You are running for president or you’re a crazy person.