Christie on the ropes
I have some criticism I need to get out. But before I do, anyone that wants to remind me of the 11th commandment,(thou shalt speak no ill of Republicans) can can their discontent. (1)It’s early, (2)there hasn’t been a primary or vetting, and yet (3)the establishment has already anointed their Jersey Shore candidate. And don’t tell me it was others. It was the establishment plutocrats who gave the nod to the Patriarch of Palisades. They were going to run with that as long/hard as they could.
Take a bow establishment GOP, this one is on you. It was a bridge too far, from the beginning, to project anyone but you anointed Christie. He’s all yours!
Since this establishment pick seemed to run into some headwinds lately, I thought it was a good opportunity to illustrate GOP issues. I know they won’t listen when things are running smooth for them.
One of Christie’s touted assets of is that he can work with people and get things done. He and his fans have also made the case that Republicans have to be more flexible and willing to work with other people. He used his photo op with Obama to drive the point home.
“I’ll work with anyone and everyone who is willing to work with me, consistent with my principles, and the principles that were just affirmed by 61 percent of the voters,”
… “you go there, you listen and you present your views and that’s the way you bring people into your movement.”
Of course, the problem is that they do not work with others themselves. Sure, they talk about it all the time. They reach out to Democrats or the Left, but they can’t or won’t even work with other members in their own party. In fact, they alienate and marginalize members of their own Party who disagree with them. But they will make all sorts of concessions with Democrats. (think John McCain and his gang of 14). Dems do not work with others either — unless they get their own way. So let’s dispel the notion that they are people “willing to work with everyone”. They aren’t.
In July, Christie called Constitutional concerns of conservatives and Libertarians “esoteric, intellectual debates” and a “very dangerous thought”:
“I love all these esoteric debates that people are getting in.”
“As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought,” Christie said.
Asked whether he includes Paul — a fellow potential 2016 presidential candidate — in his criticism, Christie didn’t back down.
“You can name any one of them that’s engaged in this,” he said. “I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. … I’m very nervous about the direction this is moving in.”
The Palisades’ Patriarch should be more concerned with traffic direction in his own state.
The real problem is that they can’t work with their own members. For whatever reason, from power rivalries to ideology, they openly chastise those they don’t agree with. They make certain they do it in public to get brownie points with the media and the Left. They don’t even want to associate with conservatives if they can help it. John McCain called conservatives and the Christian Right “agents of intolerance” in 2000. Little has changed since, it’s actually gotten worse. More recently he labeled conservatives “wacko birds”.
Months later, the Daily Caller reported:
Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he’s worried about the Republican Party’s future and the infighting that is dividing it, calling efforts by conservatives to unseat incumbent Republican lawmakers “wrong.”
The famously wry McCain, R-Ariz., said he regretted calling the Tea Party wing of the Republican Senate conference “wacko birds” during budget negotiations, saying he’s learned to “never get personal” in political disputes…
“I do worry about the Republican Party,” he said at the Hero Summit hosted by The Daily Beast. “It’s the first time I have ever seen Republican senators running ads, raising money that is being used to attack incumbent Republican senators.”
Notice the pattern?
So if someone was buying the well-worn notion that we need Christie (or another) because they are moderate and work with others, find another dog that hunts. That one doesn’t. Is there any reason we have to start off with deception and misconceptions?
See my prior post that Christie vs. Clinton shows Christie cannot get Liberal support and he cannot get Conservative support. While Hillary reels in some Repubs and her base at the same time, so apparently she is a crossover candidate. Christie, you gotta know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em. But changing traffic patterns on the George Washington Bridge is not gonna get you to Pa. Ave., or conservative support.
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Great write-up, Bullright. And your conclusion is spot on target. The fact that the old guard thinking Repubs want to ‘get along’ defies the purpose of having opposing approaches to governing and view of the Constitutional limits. Not that those supposed limits have any meaning today.
Yea, it stands everything on its head. Nothing to even have elections for if they have their way. As Hairball Hill says: “what difference, at this point, does it make?”
Great article and your commentary. Establishment republicans are only sheep in liberal clothing. John McCain is the wacko bird himself. He is now saying that he is going to run again in 2016. Well go for it you wacko bird and see how far you fall. He says “people want him”. I don’t know where this man’s brain is.
The old guard of the republican party don’t want anyone rocking their profitable jobs. Those who are in there wanting to take back our government the way it should be are treated as if they are traitors and extremists. Who ever thought that wanting to follow the Constitution makes one extremists?
Christie had best stay as governor of NJ. Who is interested in ” talking to the other party” who just want their way or no way? You cannot negotiate with the demonrats/commies. They won’t give an inch while the repukes give away the house.
Pepp, whoa once they get a taste of that running thing, seems there’s no cure. Not in McCain’s case anyway. They actually believe the country cannot go on without them. There really is no reasoning with them. So it’s now extreme to support the Constitution. We’ve come a long way! And all the names they call us are icing on their theatrics.
Bull, ha, we could get along quite well w/o McCain. The hubris of this man is over the top. Doesn’t he recall his defeat? What a butt head.
It’s repugnant that men like McCain call his own repukes names. You don’t hear that on the other side. They stick together.
Christie is a joke. And it’s not only because of his weight.
He gave the opeing remarks in the Republican Convention in 2012 and his whole speech was about himself and never mentioned Romney until 16 minutes after he started.
Rush said he was PO’d because he was not picked for VP.
His ego is bigger than his bloated body.
That is hilarious. “His ego is bigger than his bloated body”. Thanks for the laugh.
You’re welcome! 😀 I never criticize anyone for a physical problem unless I have had it and recovered. He can too. I do believe. He needs a good advisor.
But nothing can be done for the ego.
tannngl, he needs an adviser for his big mouth as well.
Ha ha Funny, and he could be right up there with comedy central. He was mocking it before saying he was on cone duty. Just what we need an establishment guy with a sense of humor. I bet the commuters weren’t laughing. Never heard the Rush endorsement. His anti-establishment face has been melting off.
Sorry, froggy, I meant Rush said Christie was mad because Christie wasn’t chosen for the VP running mate for Romney. Rush chooses his words carefully to not endorse anyone. I heard him doing that today too. Very careful.
Got it …same thing didn’t hear that. Yea, he does, but all those who went around the world for Christie…..well, they ain’t laughing.
The GOP USA eagle reported:
Feds go after Christie over use of Sandy relief funds
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is under federal investigation about whether he misused federal relief funds from Hurricane Sandy, CNN reported Monday. CNN said federal officials are investigating whether Christie improperly used relief aid in tourism ads that featured him and his family.
The making of a GOP victim coming…?
Oh, boy. Now another scandal and he isn’t even prez yet. May ruin his chances and the RNC will have to throw money behind some other loser.
Pepp, Quick, can we find another suit with a mouth?
Bull, I’m sure we can come up with another liberal repuke. They are all over the place ready to run. Run Jim, run! And fall down while you’re at it. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall and couldn’t get up…….. I’m getting overly tired,. Can you tell?
Pepp,. Yea, and maybe tie Jim’s hands behind is back for good measure — to help him.. Then can’t imagine why he cannot compete and keep up with Hillary? And they talk to us about being divisive? Well, we’re back to psychological disorders, on both sides. You better get rest, I guess we’re going to need it. As your post says, the idea is to exhaust us.
“…he wins his reelection, which really wasn’t in question. Regardless of his chances, RNC still felt compelled to dump a million and a half dollars into it. Why, is the big question?. It became clear right after the election. RNC wasted no time claiming victory and some credit in New Jersey. Though its cash could have been better spent elsewhere, but we aren’t supposed to criticize that.”
And just what did we get for GOP’s money. We got “scandal”, that’s what we got. Let Cuccinelli sink, but worry about Christie. Great choice.
And Cuccinelli ?
But Christie, like McCain, has the incurable fever. That was evident right after the elections on his media blitz.
Too bad about Cuccinlelli. I really liked that guy. Very much an extremist. LOL!
Let’s say McCain would call him a nut.
Yea he’s way out there on a Constitutional limb. That’s extreme. They couldn’t even pretend to support him. I wouldn’t put it past them to want him to run for something else to take a dive. But the difference between Christie and those others boils down to grass roots support of conservatives. Christie has the top down thing going, w/o grass roots.
Add this one to the “one flew over” pile:
GOP establishment figure Karl Rove said on Fox News Sunday that the Fort Lee and George Washington Bridge scandal New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie is facing will end up giving him “street cred” with the Tea Party movement.
LET THE STREET-CRED ROLL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay Genius Boy, if that’s what we want, why not get Donald Trump….
at least he is real good at firing people.
Yea, they are “true (comparatively) in a narrow sense”. But the idea is not to have the scandals in the first place. At least the truth comes out now, the wiz-kid Rove is coming out to exonerate Christie — the establishment boy.
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