Is Chris Christie a faux-political rockstar? Paul Mulshine says we should be glad Christie isn’t in the presidential horse race. Though New Jersery Governor Chris Christie has managed to don the cape and cowl of a conservative crusader on the national stage, sending politicos and Republicans around the country into a swoon, his true political identity is one of a compromising moderate, Mulshine says. He traces Christie’s rise to political prominence, painting the portrait of a modern-day Rockefeller Republican who just happened to have the right clips on YouTube at the right time.

The Chairman of Libya’s interim government spoke in Benghazi on Sunday, declaring that the new Libyan government would embrace Islam.

“We are an Islamic country,” the chairman of the Transitional National Council, said as the sun descended. “We take the Islamic religion as the core of our new government. The constitution will be based on our Islamic religion.”

What will that mean for US interests? Eric S. Margolis doesn’t see an easy road ahead:

Competing groups of western-backed technocrats and former regime members will now vie for power with militant Islamists and hard men from Benghazi. The British, French, and Italians, all former colonial masters of North Africa’s coast, will likely offer troops for “training.” Businessmen and carpetbaggers from Europe, the U.S. and Canada are already pouring into Libya, a new sandy version of Alaska’s Klondike gold rush.

Back in March, Pat Buchanan mused that the ambiguity around the Libyan uprising’s outcome spelled potential trouble for the U.S. in a post-Gaddafi Libya.

In the midst of the Arab Spring, the editorial from the newest issue of TAC tells why the future of the Palestine conflict matters.