Memo to self on 2016

So Jeb Bush wants to run. “Wants” to, because he busted open the door and yelled, “I’ll make a decision by the end of the year”. I didn’t see a ground swell inviting him.

Great, another so-called Republican with a grudge against the conservative base wants to run. We already have Christie with a huge chip on his shoulder, he tells conservatives at every opportunity. Now Jeb tells us illegals break our borders out of an “act of love”. And what pray tell is his motivation? Wait, don’t tell me, “compassionate conservatism”.

What we could really use is a Republican/conservative with a chip on his shoulder against the Republican establishment. It’s not just the Washington establishment that is the problem; it’s the RNC establishment. After all, they’ve been a problem for about ten years and deserve our ire. Why should they get sympathy as a victim? Right, they have to attack the big bad conservative base – that elaborate power center. (sarcasm off)

Here’s an act of love to Jeb Bush, stay home.

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Republicans, a bad moon is rising

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!

Christie BridgegateSince 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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Esoteric election results

What has the election shown us?

The Atlantic Wire said

    “Even though Christie’s actual politics often lean conservative, he’s done some serious rhetorical work to try and distance himself as much as possible from the Tea Party cohort of the Republican Party, especially in the shut down. As the national party’s approval ratings plummeted in the wake of the shutdown, Christie had some strong words: “get the government reopened, stop monkeying around, and get back to work. I said, I’m out there in the field, people have no patience for this stuff. None.”

If you remember in the last few months, gov Christie was taking shots aimed at both the Tea Party and Libertarians. Rand Paul in particular. He also attacked those “esoteric debates” taking place, and this growing strain of libertarianism in both parties.

Esoteric as defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary:

1
a : designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone
b : requiring or exhibiting knowledge that is restricted to a small group ; broadly : difficult to understand
2
a : limited to a small circle
b : private, confidential
3
: of special, rare, or unusual interest

Flash forward, 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. The GOP can criticize factions in the Party, but dare we criticize their motivations. Typical for the GOP.

Also typical is that they need to credit themselves for a win that really was never in question. What was the purpose again that the RNC had to dump cash into NJ when Christie had it sown up? The answer is so they could lay claim to his moderate strategy. I don’t know how much patience people are going to afford his esoteric candidacy?

I think the election and results in New Jersey were esoteric. Who really cares about the results there other than NJ? Still we have this esoteric election discussed as if it has great national significance.

After Christie took big swipes at two major GOP factions and “esoteric debates”, his reelection proved exactly what? That favorites win? On the other hand, there was much more national significance and interest in those “esoteric debates”, as he called them. I forgot, nobody but nobody is supposed to criticize Christie. Governor, don’t be looking for that groundswell f popular support for your esoteric candidacy.

Not all governors would make good presidents, some are more esoteric than others.