Quotes of the day

posted at 10:30 pm on November 23, 2010 by Allahpundit

“Faced with the prospect of a President Sarah Palin, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican party’s darling from another coast, shook his head and rolled his eyes.

“‘I don’t know, but it’s an amazing world,’ he said to Jimmy Fallon during a taping of Tuesday’s Late Night show.

“Christie brought his sharp tongue to the talk show Tuesday after the two traded barbs over Twitter when the Republican governor canceled a long-planned Hudson River train tunnel.”

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“Less than a year into his tenure, Christie is no longer just a popular governor; he has become a national Republican star. His focus on fiscal issues and his reluctance to wade into the culture wars—during his gubernatorial campaign, he declined Palin’s offer to stump for him—have endeared him to members of the GOP’s sane wing. ‘The breakthrough he’s scoring in New Jersey is hugely promising,’ says David Frum, a conservative writer who fears that the Republican Party is being swallowed by the tea party. At the same time, Christie’s combativeness has made him a popular figure with the tea party in a way that someone like Indiana governor Mitch Daniels—who’s fought some of the same fiscal battles in his state but with the mien of an accountant—can only dream of. More than anything, Christie fills the longing, currently felt in all corners of the GOP (and beyond), for a stern taskmaster. ‘People just want to be treated like adults,’ Christie says. ‘They just want to be told the truth. They know we’re in tough times, and they’re willing to sacrifice. But they want shared sacrifice.’”

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“This is no small consideration for Christie. He spent years positioning himself for New Jersey’s governorship, waiting until all of the pieces were in place and the timing was just right to make his move. He could have run in 2005; there was a gigantic void on the Republican side and most (but not all) party leaders were urging him to get in. But he resisted — wisely, as it turned out. By the fall of ’05, the political climate — nationally and especially in blue state New Jersey — was so poisoned against George W. Bush and the GOP that Christie would have been a sure loser against Jon Corzine. Instead, the task went to Doug Forrester, who was beaten by ten points. 2009 was different, though, with the Democrats running Washington and New Jersey voters — for the first time since before the 1994 GOP revolution — looking to vote against them. Christie won by four points — the second-largest margin for a Republican statewide candidate in the state in 37 years.

“Winning the governorship, in other words, was a landmark achievement for Christie. And by all measures, he enjoys being the king of Trenton. Sure, he’d probably trade it in for the White House, but he has to be careful. Because of New Jersey’s general hostility toward Republicans, he has little margin for error within the state. To abandon his job after a year and seek the GOP presidential nomination would ruin Christie’s standing with the Garden State’s electorate. If he were to then flame-out in the GOP primaries — say, six percent in Iowa and four percent in New Hampshire — he’d return home a statewide joke, and a clear lame duck heading into his ’13 reelection year.”

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“Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie is the person Democrats fear most in the run for the White House in 2012.

“At a farewell reception and dinner for Senator Chris Dodd at the Irish Embassy this week I heard his name over and over…

“Christie is also moderate enough that they know he will not be easily consigned to the Tea Party tea chest when the going gets rough if he decided to run.

“But most of all he is seen as plain spoken, articulate and prepared to take on special interests. He’s now the candidate in the way Obama was for Democrats last time, unencumbered by baggage, liked at all levels of the party so far, but still somewhat of a mystery.”


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shared sacrifice is the line left wing deems use as code for tax increases. christie is a total fraud as evidenced by his support of mike castle. what I roll my eyes about is his inability to get things done by convincing people. he is a flash in the pan and he will not be successful in NJ

georgealbert on November 24, 2010 at 7:05 AM

Hmm, he needs some liberals to attack him to offset the Frum endorsement and Palin shot.

Put it this way, you name me a better candidate than Christie. Romney? Huckabee? Pawlenty? Palin? Who?

Dash on November 24, 2010 at 7:20 AM

shared sacrifice is the line left wing deems use as code for tax increases. christie is a total fraud as evidenced by his support of mike castle. what I roll my eyes about is his inability to get things done by convincing people. he is a flash in the pan and he will not be successful in NJ

georgealbert on November 24, 2010 at 7:05 AM

People who supported the candidate that lost by 16 points to a “bearded Marxist” shouldn’t be lecturing anyone about failure, being a flash in the pan, an inability to get things done by convincing people, etc.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 7:34 AM

People who supported the candidate that lost by 16 points to a “bearded Marxist”

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 7:34 AM

That’s a self fulfilling prophecy. By your logic, the Republicans should just accept the establishment candidate and be good little soldiers. Screw that. The Tea Party asked for a better candidate and the establishment said no. They wanted Castle. So the Tea Party voted for someone else.

What you’re talking about is classic loser mentality. You won’t get anything done thinking like that.

MrX on November 24, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Let me guess…you have pics of Sarah Palin taped-up around your cellar with the eyes cut out, yes?
Bishop on November 24, 2010 at 12:38 AM

Just wow. windandsea posted contrasting comments from Christie and Palin, where Palin looked more RINOy than Christie and that’s your response?

Buy Danish on November 24, 2010 at 7:48 AM

I simply don’t have any respect for a politician who demeans so many followers of Palin by sneering at their choice.

It doesn’t speak well of his character at all.

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 7:51 AM

I hope that eye roll was because he was tired of being invited on shows only to be asked about some other politician. I know that would bother me.

Kafir on November 24, 2010 at 7:55 AM

This is a bad move by Gov. Christie, he shouldn’t view the country as if it is all like New Jersey and New York. If they differ on issues, fine but to ridicule is self defeating.

Cindy Munford on November 23, 2010 at 10:37 PM

I agree. AP may love him to death, but Christie just won’t play nationwide.

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 7:55 AM

People who supported the candidate that lost by 16 points to a “bearded Marxist” shouldn’t be lecturing anyone about failure, being a flash in the pan, an inability to get things done by convincing people, etc.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 7:34 AM

Sometimes, changing the national agenda is more important winning a single vote. The teaparty has successfully focused DC on spending and deficit reduction.

Moreover, I fail to understand this disdain for the movement which has ushered in HUGE wins in state after state.

It’s simply perplexing. Are people like Cristie this stupid?

Are they simply that ego-driven that if they don’t do it, it must be garbage? Cristie wouldn’t have a single chance of winning a mandate to do what he’s doing without this movement. And if he doesn’t know that, then he’s both stupid and an egomaniac.

Nobody does anything because of their own brilliance. That’s one thing I like about Sarah Palin’s message. It’s much more respectful of the people underlying why her message is resonating. It’s not so much about her.

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 7:55 AM

People who supported the candidate that lost by 16 points to a “bearded Marxist” shouldn’t be lecturing anyone about failure, being a flash in the pan, an inability to get things done by convincing people, etc.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 7:34 AM

Conversely, people who are forever b1tching about O’Donnell should get out there and show us how moderates like Whitman and Fiorina can win. Show us how it’s done!

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 7:57 AM

“I urge every Republican out there from Delaware who believes in smaller, smarter government to send somebody like Mike Castle to the United States Senate,” Christie said outside the University of Delaware football season opener.

This guy needs to seek medical attention, not the White House

wheelgun on November 24, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie is the person Democrats fear most in the run for the White House in 2012.

Huh? I thought it was Jon Huntsman. Or was it Thune? Or Daniels? I forget.

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 7:59 AM

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 7:57 AM

Touche!

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 8:00 AM

At least we got rid of cap & taxer Castle.

Jenfidel on November 24, 2010 at 2:27 AM

This is what I don’t understand with some of you over the Castle vs O’Donnell. You make idiotic statements like this…without realizing that someone far, far, far, far worse that Castle actually got elected.

And you see this as a win? Yeah, you really showed that cap and trade Castle.

We ended up with a Marxist, but damn it – we didn’t elect the cap and trade Castle.

WE WON! Yeah for us!

Seriously, you people are stuck on stupid.

ramrants on November 24, 2010 at 8:02 AM

Seriously, you people are stuck on stupid.

ramrants on November 24, 2010 at 8:02 AM

The notion that Castle was a “shoo-in” is simply that: a notion. Just because Rove said so doesn’t mean it was remotely the case.

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 8:07 AM

Seriously, you people are stuck on stupid.

ramrants on November 24, 2010 at 8:02 AM

Get bent. It’s attitudes like your that have led to the big government Republican party we have today … and now you want to chastise the very people who want to fix what you gave us.

Get lost.

darwin on November 24, 2010 at 8:14 AM

without realizing that someone far, far, far, far worse that Castle actually got elected.

ramrants on November 24, 2010 at 8:02 AM

No, he isn’t far, far, far, far worse. Ideologically, he’s just a little worse; and prctically, at least Coons won’t be providing a farcical show of bipartisanship whenever the Dems need to line up some “reasonable” Republicans to get some crap of theirs passed.

Tell me, who was it that let ObamaCare out of committee in the Senate?

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Get bent. It’s attitudes like your that have led to the big government Republican party we have today … and now you want to chastise the very people who want to fix what you gave us.

Get lost.

darwin on November 24, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Yeah, having Coons there instead of Castle should bring about you’re low taxes and smaller government. Soon…it’s coming real soon.

ramrants on November 24, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Conversely, people who are forever b1tching about O’Donnell should get out there and show us how moderates like Whitman and Fiorina can win. Show us how it’s done!

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 7:57 AM

What the COD fans have shown us is a recipe for getting hard-left Democrats elected in blue states.

It’s simply perplexing. Are people like Cristie this stupid?

Are they simply that ego-driven that if they don’t do it, it must be garbage? Cristie wouldn’t have a single chance of winning a mandate to do what he’s doing without this movement. And if he doesn’t know that, then he’s both stupid and an egomaniac.

It’s spelled Christie. If you’re going you dump all over the guy for no apparent reason other than he supported the candidate most likely to win in DE, is it too much to ask you at least spell his name correctly?

By your logic, the Republicans should just accept the establishment candidate and be good little soldiers. Screw that. The Tea Party asked for a better candidate and the establishment said no. They wanted Castle. So the Tea Party voted for someone else.

And they lost. Big. It wasn’t even close, in case you haven’t noticed. It was a rout.

What you’re talking about is classic loser mentality. You won’t get anything done thinking like that.

The losers in that race were the TP and COD.

Oh, wait. There was a “moral victory” or something.

Nobody does anything because of their own brilliance. That’s one thing I like about Sarah Palin’s message. It’s much more respectful of the people underlying why her message is resonating. It’s not so much about her.

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 7:55 AM

?

What did anything I say have to do with Sarah Palin? I didn’t even bring her up.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Tell me, who was it that let ObamaCare out of committee in the Senate?

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 8:20 AM

It’s a good thing there’s an Obamacrat in there now. Becuase that vote will likely go our way about half the time, at least.

Oh, wait.

The notion that Castle was a “shoo-in” is simply that: a notion. Just because Rove said so doesn’t mean it was remotely the case.

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 8:07 AM

Rove was just looking at the polls.

Something COD fans were loathe to do after her nomination because they all had her down by significant margins at every turn.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Conversely, people who are forever b1tching about O’Donnell should get out there and show us how moderates like Whitman and Fiorina can win. Show us how it’s done!

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 7:57 AM

What the COD fans have shown us is a recipe for getting hard-left Democrats elected in blue states.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:21 AM

You mean like Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer? Jerry BROWN, man. Good grief. Come on, now. Show us how you get those moderates elected.

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Yeah, having Coons there instead of Castle should bring about you’re low taxes and smaller government. Soon…it’s coming real soon.

ramrants on November 24, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Did you not understand what I said? People like you gave us what we have today. All you were offering is more of the same.

There’s something coming, real soon … and you’ll be able to reap the rewards of your big government Republicanism.

Get ready!

darwin on November 24, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Christie is in fact, no friend to Conservatives. Rhetoric notwithstanding, his basic philosophy deserves close scrutiny. Some in NJ say he is a Moderate, which in NJ means he is probably closer to Corzine than we ever could have imagined.

He appears to be slow on property tax relief, he rolls his eyes at the prospect of a Sarah candidicy and proudly endorsed Mike Castle. He is becoming to me to be a pill much too large to swallow.

One isolated fight with a teacher’s union, does not necessarily make one a good conservative.

Mr. Grump on November 24, 2010 at 8:33 AM

You mean like Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer? Jerry BROWN, man. Good grief. Come on, now. Show us how you get those moderates elected.

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Just do what you did in DE.

Obviously.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Just do what you did in DE.

Obviously.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Deflection. Let’s compare the scorecards of the TP and the moderates. You can talk about O’Donnell and Buck and Angle all you want.

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Some in NJ say he is a Moderate, which in NJ means he is probably closer to Corzine than we ever could have imagined.

Yeah. He’s doing exactly what Corzine was doing.

He appears to be slow on property tax relief, he rolls his eyes at the prospect of a Sarah candidicy and proudly endorsed Mike Castle. He is becoming to me to be a pill much too large to swallow.

Maybe he should quit the governorship, write books about himself and make a reality show. That would enhance his credibility.

Or live off political donations from his previous campaigns and make TV appearences as a “consultant.”

That’s what he should do to “recover” from the disastrous term he’s having.

One isolated fight with a teacher’s union, does not necessarily make one a good conservative.

Mr. Grump on November 24, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Doesn’t hurt either.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Deflection. Let’s compare the scorecards of the TP and the moderates. You can talk about O’Donnell and Buck and Angle all you want.

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 8:37 AM

You forgot Miller.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Deflection. Let’s compare the scorecards of the TP and the moderates. You can talk about O’Donnell and Buck and Angle all you want.

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 8:37 AM

He doesn’t want to. All he wants to do is condense Nov 2 into one election and play his silly game.

darwin on November 24, 2010 at 8:40 AM

He doesn’t want to. All he wants to do is condense Nov 2 into one election and play his silly game.

darwin on November 24, 2010 at 8:40 AM

We were talking about that particular election.

And it was a tactical and electoral disaster for those “who knew better” who are now dumping on Christie for…well, we’re not sure yet.

I think they see a formidable opponent to Palin shaping up, and it’s making them a bit nervous. One who hasn’t quit the governorship.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Let’s wait and see what he actually accomplishes before we get all tingly about him. This is true of any of the possible candidates. We’re supposed to be the party of facts, logic and merit, not the party of rockstar sychophants. Just because someone sounds good on one issue or is fun to watch on YouTube, doesn’t mean they’ll be a good president. I don’t have any idea who I’ll vote for yet, they all have strengths and they all have big flaws. Well, I actually do know I don’t like the Huckster at all.

jnelchef on November 24, 2010 at 8:46 AM

I think they see a formidable opponent to Palin shaping up, and it’s making them a bit nervous. One who hasn’t quit the governorship.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Who cares? I want whoever will reverse course and restore this nation. You on the other hand are clueless and live to play stupid little “gotcha” games.

darwin on November 24, 2010 at 8:47 AM

You on the other hand are clueless and live to play stupid little “gotcha” games.

darwin on November 24, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Don’t hate.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Rove was just looking at the polls.

Something COD fans were loathe to do after her nomination because they all had her down by significant margins at every turn.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:27 AM

The last poll showed both Castle AND McDonnell beating Coons. I never understood why Rove wasn’t challenged on that when he put out the story line that Castle could win and she couldn’t.

She tried, but by then? She couldn’t get through all the noise.

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 8:53 AM

You forgot Miller.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Yeah. How many did you forget?

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 8:54 AM

I think they see a formidable opponent to Palin shaping up, and it’s making them a bit nervous. One who hasn’t quit the governorship.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Contrary to popular belief, a lot of Palin supporters aren’t personally invested in Palin. If a better candidate comes along, we’ll know, and we’ll vote for him/her. I don’t really care who it is. I don’t have to camp out in Christie and Romney threads though, trying to convince the assembled multitude how hopeless they are.

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I think DE GOPers in the established machine there took a stand. They really are the ones who voted for Coons.

That loss is more on them than on the teaparty.

BUT….I’ll agree with you on one issue. I mentioned this back initially, too. When an outside group such as the Teaparty Express moves into a state, then the local Teapartiers really aren’t in charge. That can backfire with your local GOP establishment, too.

That’s something to learn about in the future.

And, we learned in CT that the establishment sometimes picks a candidate for the wrong reason. Linda M. (whom I still really like, personally) had the money, so that’s why they went with her. All the candidates who self-funded pretty much lost. There’s something about needing to go to people that matters in politics.

And we learned in AK that the old boys networks and a couple of ridiculous wins in court can spell trouble, particularly when a candidate is has “foot in mouth” disease.

And we learned in NV, once again, that SEIU really is formidible.

And heck if I know, really, what the lesson in CO was, other than don’t compare being gay to alcoholism. That was the tipping point.

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM

The last poll showed both Castle AND McDonnell beating Coons.

O’Donnell, not McDonnell.

And please link that poll. Because it would be the only one.

Rasmussen, for example had her down by 9 and 11 points a month out in their two polls. The closest any major poll had her during the cycle was about 7 points. Well outside the MOE.

I never understood why Rove wasn’t challenged on that when he put out the story line that Castle could win and she couldn’t.

Assuming this poll even exists, it was obviously an outlier.

She tried, but by then? She couldn’t get through all the noise.

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 8:53 AM

She had plenty of face time and plenty of opportunity to make noise.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I think DE GOPers in the established machine there took a stand. They really are the ones who voted for Co

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Yeah, I’d bet the farm that Castle voted for Coons, or maybe wrote himself in.

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 9:00 AM

I am tired of feeling obligated to defend Sarah Palin.

I may or may not think she’s ready to hold the highest political office, but that’s not the issue.

It’s the fact that other established political figures can’t just ignore her when that’s exactly what they think we should do.

If they want her to become irrelevant, maybe they should heed their own advice…ignore her.

Same goes for the media…just ignore her!!!

Miss_Anthrope on November 24, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Rasmussen, for example had her down by 9 and 11 points a month out in their two polls. The closest any major poll had her during the cycle was about 7 points. Well outside the MOE.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM

By how many points did Whitman and Fiorina lose? How could you moderates let this fiasco happen?

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Don’t hate.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:51 AM

The Palin cult has determined that you are guilty of thought crimes, in this case because you don’t dislike Chris Christie because he is stealing some of the spotlight from the anointed one jr. No threats to her supremacy, real or imagined shall be tolerated.

Boxy_Brown on November 24, 2010 at 9:04 AM

“He’s now the candidate in the way Obama was for Democrats last time, unencumbered by baggage, liked at all levels of the party so far, but still somewhat of a mystery.”

Yessiree… every time I watch a Christie clip I think to myself, Gee he’s just like Obama.

Spider79 on November 24, 2010 at 9:09 AM

I think if the establishment wants to dismiss the voters again, for example, as they did in some of the races….then, that’s their choice. It’s tough to watch.

In this clip, however, my own objection to Cristie isn’t that he doesn’t support Palin, it’s HOW he communicates that. I simply don’t respect any public figure who sneers at people. I REALLY don’t respect someone’s judgment if they sneer at someone with such huge backing from voters. Like he won’t one day want those votes?

I watched Obama pull this junk in the primary. He “flicked” Hillary off his shoulder when she clearly beat him in a debate. That kind of immature reaction really left an impression, too, later. He had a heck of a time bringing Hillary voters into the fold, and please note who he has lost first: Wall-Mart Moms.

It matters how you handle these questions. It tells me a lot about someone’s basic philosophy, and right now, I have to say that Palin looks quite a bit more professional than some of the others.

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 9:09 AM

By how many points did Whitman and Fiorina lose? How could you moderates let this fiasco happen?

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 9:02 AM

DE was going to be a GOP pickup.

Boxer was favored to win. A Fiorina win would have been an upset.

A Castle win would not have been an upset.

See the difference yet?

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 9:10 AM

The Palin cult has determined that you are guilty of thought crimes…

Boxy_Brown on November 24, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Cuts both ways. The Palin-Deranged Cult does similar stuff, and they seem to be the ones more likely to roost in Palin threads with their evangelism. What their message is beyond “Palin sux!!!!” is hard to tell.

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 9:10 AM

DE was going to be a GOP pickup

You don’t know that.

Boxer was favored to win. A Fiorina win would have been an upset.

A Castle win would not have been an upset.

See the difference yet?

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 9:10 AM

You left out Whitman. Did she trail throughout?

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Boxer was favored to win. A Fiorina win would have been an upset.

A Castle win would not have been an upset.

See the difference yet?

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 9:10 AM

But that misses the point, though. Boxer was favored to win over a nice, educated, moderate GOPer? How on earth could that happen????

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Cuts both ways. The Palin-Deranged Cult does similar stuff, and they seem to be the ones more likely to roost in Palin threads with their evangelism. What their message is beyond “Palin sux!!!!” is hard to tell.

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Before you set off to sell flowers at the airport and flood internet polls like the Ron Paul revolution for Sarah… I wonder if you could point out where someone wrote “Palin sux!!!!” Thanks so much.

Boxy_Brown on November 24, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Boxy_Brown on November 24, 2010 at 6:52 AM

Why the focus on DE. Why not SC (Haley) or NH (Ayotte) or any of the other races where an endorsement helped a candidate win? As for her methods, they were effective weren’t they? And, she did endorse candidates before the election took place…

Gohawgs on November 24, 2010 at 9:18 AM

In this clip, however, my own objection to Cristie isn’t that he doesn’t support Palin, it’s HOW he communicates that.

Again, its spelled CHRISTIE.

And it’s Christine O’Donnell, not McDonell.

If you’re going to pretend you know what you’re talking about, at least spell their names correctly.

I watched Obama pull this junk in the primary. He “flicked” Hillary off his shoulder when she clearly beat him in a debate. That kind of immature reaction really left an impression, too, later. He had a heck of a time bringing Hillary voters into the fold, and please note who he has lost first: Wall-Mart Moms.

Um, he won the Presidency.

It matters how you handle these questions. It tells me a lot about someone’s basic philosophy, and right now, I have to say that Palin looks quite a bit more professional than some of the others.

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Yeah.

After she quit the governorship and went around on book tours (selling books she wrote about herself – sound familiar?), she made a TLC reality show in which she’s seen clubbing and helping gut halibut. Then she refused to do interviews with Katie Couric because she’s afraid of “gotcha” questions.

By contrast, Christie goes on every news channel (not just FOX) and takes on the liberal dingbat and numbskull reporters head-on. And makes them looks stupid. And he’s putting the kibosh on the terminally corrupt teachers unions of NJ, which hasn’t been done effectively in decades. They’re getting nothing from him, and they don’t know what to do. The Democrats in that state are in a tizzy because they can’t handle him.

But yeah. Christie is the one with the image problem here.

Sheesh.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Christie rolls his eyes at mention of a President Palin? He appeals to the ‘sane wing’ of the GOP?

Too bad. I was hoping Christie represented something different and better about the Republican Party. Alienating the daylights out of people like me gets him–and the GOP–nowhere. People like me–people comprising the conservative base and who generally like Palin–are the ones who are the boots on the ground every election cycle, the ones who vote and take the trouble to knock on doors and make telephone calls and persuade others to vote.

They keep talking this guy up as if he was some kind of political uber-genius and super-strategist. I don’t see it.

troyriser_gopftw on November 24, 2010 at 9:20 AM

And as long as we are focusing on DE, does anyone remember Rove making a disclaimer to the fact that he approached the CO’D “camp” and advocated that she NOT run against Castle at anytime during his 3 day rant after her primary win over Castle?

Gohawgs on November 24, 2010 at 9:22 AM

RE.Gohawgs

Why the focus on DE. Why not SC (Haley) or NH (Ayotte) or any of the other races where an endorsement helped a candidate win?

Because a compelling case could be made for endorsing Haley, etc. No such case could be made for O’Donnell. Running her was quite literally handing a Senate seat to the democrats.

As for her methods, they were effective weren’t they?

Really? Shooting a reality show in Alaska is effective campaigning for O’Donnell?

Boxy_Brown on November 24, 2010 at 9:24 AM

I live in New York State the heaven for welfare and the 47% that do not pay federal income taxes and is governed by dems that pride themselves with entitlements that we cannot afford. We would certainly like to have a governor like Christy that has the nads to say no to more debt. He is like sheriff Joe in Arizona, an army of one.

mixplix on November 24, 2010 at 9:26 AM

But that misses the point, though. Boxer was favored to win over a nice, educated, moderate GOPer? How on earth could that happen????

ddrintn on November 24, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Fiorina was also a businesswoman, I believe. A capitalist. You know – somebody the TP should support.

What’s relevant is that Boxer winning in CA is not unusual – it was not due to a moderate Republican being nominated at the expense of some mystery “true conservative” candidate that didn’t get a shake.

The loss in DE happened because the “true cons” lost their sh*t over a horrible excuse for a candidate. They went completely nuts over COD for no good reason other than they hated Mike Castle, and lost what would have been a Senate pickup.

I know you want to equate the two completely different electoral situations and ignore the dynamics in those two different states, but you can’t.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Alienating the daylights out of people like me gets him–and the GOP–nowhere.

OMG HE ROLLED HIS EYES AT THE NOTION OF PALIN RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OMG!@! I’M TAKING MY BALL AND GOING HOME!@!1!

He rolled his eyes at the COD candidacy as well, and he was right to do it.

People like me–people comprising the conservative base and who generally like Palin–are the ones who are the boots on the ground every election cycle, the ones who vote and take the trouble to knock on doors and make telephone calls and persuade others to vote.

Wnat a medal? I did the same (made calls, knocked on doors, talked to neighbors and friends, etc), and I don’t think she’s a great candidate. Nor did I think COD was a great candidate.

Now what? I guess if you don’t like Palin as a candidate, you aren’t a conservative or something.

Makes sense. Really. It does.

They keep talking this guy up as if he was some kind of political uber-genius and super-strategist. I don’t see it.

How is Christie TEH SUXOR, but Palin suddenly is the savior?

What has she done since quitting the governorship that is so much better than what Christie is doing now as governor and what he is doing for the GOP brand nationally?

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 9:31 AM

My take on Christie is that he’s the 400 lb. gorilla in the room and he knows it. He was the person “in charge” when he was a Federal Prosecutor and he’s carrying that persona forward as Governor of NJ. He has a lot of low hanging fruit to pick from after all that NJ has allowed to happen to it over the past several decades from both dem and Republican adminstrations. He’s making a dent in NJ and that’s good for both NJ and the U.S.

Gohawgs on November 24, 2010 at 9:31 AM

“Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie is the person Democrats fear most in the run for the White House in 2012.

Oh, really??? Then why are the democRats and mediaRats relentlessly attacking Palin AND her family? And, at the same time, they give lip service to “wanting her as the Republican nominee in 2012″, as if she’d be so easy to beat. Methinks they are very afraid that Palin can win and have been on this “destroy Palin” campaign since 2008 to poison the well. Hell, I know so many women that can’t stand Palin for one reason…her pro-choice stance. Single-issue voters are morons.

Jarhead68 on November 24, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Boxy_Brown on November 24, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Are you sure that you aren’t from NJ?

Gohawgs on November 24, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Don’t hate.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 8:51 AM

I’d say take your own advice but of course you can’t. If you did you’d have to let go of O’Donnell then you’d have nothing to whine about.

Ever think of becoming a liberal? You’d be good at it.

darwin on November 24, 2010 at 9:38 AM

all we need is another fat arrogant establishment republican. forget the fat-man for president…I’d rather have Mr. Cairo.

right4life on November 24, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Oh, really??? Then why are the democRats and mediaRats relentlessly attacking Palin AND her family?

Because they’re putting themselves out there in ridiculous situations (reality shows, Dancing with the Stars, etc) and it’s low-hanging fruit for them. They think Palin’s a joke.

And, at the same time, they give lip service to “wanting her as the Republican nominee in 2012″, as if she’d be so easy to beat.

You think 2008 was unfair to Palin? Wait until they trot out the QUITTER 2012 campaign slogan, coupled with healthy dosings of reality TV show jokes. Every day.

Better toughen up.

Methinks they are very afraid that Palin can win and have been on this “destroy Palin” campaign since 2008 to poison the well.

They’re just doing to her what they did with COD – they’re trying to make her the face of the GOP and the American right rather than Christie.

Why do you think they would they do this?

Hell, I know so many women that can’t stand Palin for one reason…her pro-choice stance. Single-issue voters are morons.

I know plenty of others that dont’ like her because they think she’s unserious as a candidate and, more superficially, that her voice is grating and annoying.

Sure – they aren’t issues. But not all voters vote on issues.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Because they’re putting themselves out there in ridiculous situations (reality shows, Dancing with the Stars, etc) and it’s low-hanging fruit for them. They think Palin’s a joke.

why are reality shows ridiculous? its actually a good way to reach the people who are not political junkies.

they’re trying to make her the face of the GOP and the American right rather than Christie.

christie is not the face of the american right.

right4life on November 24, 2010 at 9:48 AM

I’d say take your own advice but of course you can’t. If you did you’d have to let go of O’Donnell then you’d have nothing to whine about.

Ever think of becoming a liberal? You’d be good at it.

darwin on November 24, 2010 at 9:38 AM

That wasn’t hate for COD.

It was the reiteration of factual information about the horribleness of her candidacy and the mistake that many people were making championing her as some kind of conservative warrior. Sounding the warning bell early and often is not “hate.”

On the flip side, the namecalling, derision and nastiness I and others got in return for this was closer to hate than anything I’ve dished out.

But whatever. Life goes on.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 9:49 AM

why are reality shows ridiculous? its actually a good way to reach the people who are not political junkies.

Reality shows are now serious TV?

I think TV interviews and roundtables on Sunday shows are more serious for somebody trying to run for high office.

And handing the leftwing moderators and leftwing journalists their a**es in those forums is the best thing you can do as a GOPer going forward in a campaign.

christie is not the face of the american right.

right4life on November 24, 2010 at 9:48 AM

I know. And the Democrats (nor the media) don’t want him to be.

They want more Palin and COD. Ask yourself why.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Also, she has a son in the U.S. Army.

Jenfidel on November 24, 2010 at 3:39 AM

I have to laugh at this statement because you’re implying that Palin has foreign policy and militiary experience based on the fact that she has a son in the army.

That’s like saying Mitt Romney has foreign policy experience because his children all served as religious missionaries in different countries.

Using your children to build up your resume or credentials won’t get you far in the business world. It won’t work in trying to run for POTUS either.

Do you see how ridiculous it is to cite Palin’s son as giving her credibility on certain issues?

Conservative Samizdat on November 24, 2010 at 9:52 AM

But whatever. Life goes on.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Yeah, whatever. Life will go on until you get another chance to whip out your O’Donnell card.

darwin on November 24, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Boxy_Brown on November 24, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Are you sure that you aren’t from NJ?

Gohawgs on November 24, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Boy am I. Again, no need to crush my self esteem here… Jeez…

Boxy_Brown on November 24, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I simply don’t have any respect for a politician who demeans so many followers of Palin by sneering at their choice.

It doesn’t speak well of his character at all.

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 7:51 AM

So, how do you feel about Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer?

Khun Joe on November 24, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Boxy_Brown on November 24, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Ok, last time…for now

Gohawgs on November 24, 2010 at 10:01 AM

I know. And the Democrats (nor the media) don’t want him to be.

They want more Palin and COD. Ask yourself why.

Good Lt on November 24, 2010 at 9:52 AM

yeah anyone the left doesn’t hate, I am suspect of. I’d rather have palin than christie as the face of the right.

sounds like christie is just another establishment arrogant republican….and from what I have heard he is not all that conservative.

right4life on November 24, 2010 at 10:09 AM

This is funny:

“But most of all he is seen as plain spoken, articulate and prepared to take on special interests. He’s now the candidate in the way Obama was for Democrats last time, unencumbered by baggage, liked at all levels of the party so far, but still somewhat of a mystery.”

Chris Christie won 135 convictions of public officials in new Jersey as U.S. Attorney. What exactly had Barack Obama accomplished when he decided to run for President?

rockmom on November 24, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Reality shows are now serious TV?

I think TV interviews and roundtables on Sunday shows are more serious for somebody trying to run for high office.

the same people that are not listening to talk radio, fox news, msnbc, etc…are not watching sunday talk shows. but they are watching reality tv

right4life on November 24, 2010 at 10:11 AM

rockmom on November 24, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Why, the obamanation had organized at least 135 community events and with the help of Bill Ayers had funded as many worthy activists, of course!!!

Gohawgs on November 24, 2010 at 10:13 AM

yeah anyone the left doesn’t hate, I am suspect of. I’d rather have palin than christie as the face of the right.

sounds like christie is just another establishment arrogant republican….and from what I have heard he is not all that conservative.

right4life on November 24, 2010 at 10:09 AM

The leftists in New Jersey hate him with a passion. You have to understand that the most leftwing groups in the country today are the unions, especially the SEIU and the other public employee unions. Christie is not only taking them on successfully, he is waking up a lot of Americans to the way th4ese unions have taken over our state and local governments and led directly to the fiscal deisasters facing many of them. Christie refused to extend a “millionaire’s tax” in NJ to fund all these lavish state employee benfitsd and pensions, and the people backed him.

Christie has the entire Democratic Party and the unions in New Jersey in disarray and running from the battlefield. Isn’t this what we want from our national leaders?

rockmom on November 24, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Shoot, lost post. I’ll try again.

The poll I mentioned was Rasmussen. 7/14. O’Donnell over Coons by 2 points.

You can verify on RCP.

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 10:15 AM

So, how do you feel about Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer?

Khun Joe on November 24, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Both women are vastly over-rated. Both have foot-in-mouth disease as bad as some of the candidates we saw demeaned this season.

AnninCA on November 24, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Christie has the entire Democratic Party and the unions in New Jersey in disarray and running from the battlefield. Isn’t this what we want from our national leaders?

I don’t know him that well to make an informed opinion of him…but when I see things like this I wonder….

The above video is linked there, as are several others from back when he was marketing himself as a moderate. Note at the 2:50 mark where he refuses to define himself as a conservative. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But as someone who has always seen Christie as a member of that species of politician I call the Morris County Moderate, I share Conservative New Jersey’s amazement that nationally he is being seen as a conservative icon. In my opinion, Christie has no core beliefs. He’s an opportunist much like another New Jersey governor with big aspirations, Jim McGreevey.

http://blog.nj.com/njv_paul_mulshine/2010/11/is_christie_a_conservative.html

right4life on November 24, 2010 at 10:19 AM

here’s some more about christie….doesn’t sound very conservative at all…

Sweep away the bluster and the attitude, and behind it all is the largest property tax hike New Jersey has ever seen.

As was said of Bill Clinton’s budget in 1996 – “The era of big government is over — and all the programs are in place.” Underneath the hype that cocoons Christie’s budget is the fact that it grows state government by more than 6 percent – more than double the proposed 2.5 percent cap on local governments.

Beyond the rhetoric of phantom “spending cuts” is the fact that there are no layoffs in the bloated government payroll that exploded under the direction of Govs. Christie Whitman, James McGreevy and Jon Corzine. Every entitlement program is not just in place, but expanded. Property tax relief to suburban and rural taxpayers is reduced by an astonishing $2.56 billion.

Under Christie, New Jersey’s own Cap and Trade program is being implemented. This program not only mirrors, to the word, President Obama’s proposal, but places an enormous cost of $70 million on utility ratepayers this year alone.

And that’s not the only plank of the Obama agenda in the Christie budget. This budget implements the “public option” – called “family care” – and expands it by an astonishing $107 million, as the Christie administration announces its participation in the Obama “catastrophic pool.”

Christie’s budget expands entitlement programs as well, with food stamp eligibility expanded to 185 percent of poverty level, up from the traditional 135 percent.

Under this budget, state government grows at three times the rate of inflation. No departments are eliminated. No departments are consolidated. All bureaucrats remain in place and the central planners are in their glory.

http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/americans-for-prosperity-chris-christie-may-not-be-as-conservative-as-advertised/

right4life on November 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Personally – I think it’s very telling and says very bad things, not only about Christie’s character – but the character of RINOs in general.

Next we start talking about “team players” – let’s remember that it’s the CONSERVATIVES that are the team players – not the RINOs.

Team players don’t slam other players on their team – especially when those players have done nothing but support them.

Palin did offer her help to Christie – he declined it. That’s fine – but now, he’s SPITTING on her – and for what good reason?

Is it only important that a Republican win the oval office if it’s someone that HE chooses? Someone that passes HIS litmus test?

Wow.

But that’s the way RINOs are. I was told by the RINO crowd to swallow my tongue and support McRage in 2008 – and I did that even though I hated the guy. But now, when the tables are turned – I see that RINOs only want ME to support them – they aren’t here to support ME.

Sooooo … fool me once, hehe … but you’ll never fool me again. I would not vote for Chris Christie for president – I would vote for Obama because, at least, Obama has provided the stimulus to create a resurgency in true conservatism. If we don’t have enough of that commodity in 2012 to take hold of this nation and fix it – then maybe another four years of Obama will provide the necessary “stimulus” to convince most Americans that we’re on the wrong path – maybe, if we can’t exterminate the RINO’s by 21012 – then perhaps 2016 is our year. Matters not to me – I’m willing to wait as long as necessary in order to get REAL CONSERVATIVES who believe, not only in fiscal responsibility – but LIBERTY into office.

HondaV65 on November 24, 2010 at 11:09 AM

what I roll my eyes at is that people think a 1 year Gov from NJ even has the qualifications to run for POTUS.

unseen on November 24, 2010 at 11:30 AM

F#%king RINO’S!

MCGIRV on November 24, 2010 at 1:20 PM

This is totally O.T., but a nice respite in that it made me laugh and hopefully will do the same for the rest of you (although I grant you, most people won’t find it funny)…

Buy Danish on November 24, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Christie has the entire Democratic Party and the unions in New Jersey in disarray and running from the battlefield. Isn’t this what we want from our national leaders?
rockmom on November 24, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Yes! You RINO:)

Buy Danish on November 24, 2010 at 2:11 PM

alwaysfiredup on November 24, 2010 at 2:38 AM

That line about the Permanent Fund Dividend: you have to take that out to get an accurate picture.

AshleyTKing on November 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Geez, GoodLt, turn down the sarcasm dial. The point I made is solid: based on his behavior during the Fallon interview, Christie is no doubt attempting stake out his ground as the moderate middle guy, the mainstream GOP candidate able to capture independent votes. He could have accomplished this without showing overt contempt for Sarah Palin on a talk show. Doing what he did shows lack of character. Would he smirk or do the eye-rolling bit in Palin’s presence? Thought not.

And about Christy: he’s good TV but what about his views on national issues important to the GOP, specifically immigration and Obamacare repeal? His silence on these issues is deafening.

troyriser_gopftw on November 24, 2010 at 3:49 PM

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