Chris Christie: Obama’s speech was excellent, Palin needs to be more unscripted

posted at 5:02 pm on January 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

First he endorses a “path to citizenship,” then he endorses Mike Castle, now this.

Dude, I think he might be the RINO messiah.

“I think people need to be judged by the way they conduct themselves in the public arena, in a way that is as minimally staged as possible,” he said. “That’s where you really get to know people.”

When it was noted that Ms. Palin has preferred communicating with the public in ways she can control, Mr. Christie said that “rightfully has been criticized.”…

“You have to look at it and see, what are they like when they’re tested, what are they like when they’re not scripted, what are they like when they’re pushed,” he said. “And I would contend to you that if Governor Palin never does any of those things, she’ll never be president, because people in America won’t countenance that. They just won’t.”

You’ll find his comments on The One’s speech and the obligatory defense of Palin’s nonviolent intentions below. I know Palinistas are going to tear him apart in the comments, but isn’t this … good, constructive advice? I’ve made the same point before about her venturing out from behind the Fox News curtain to sit down with a fair reporter (e.g., Jake Tapper) for a freewheeling policy exchange. To her credit, she actually has started venturing out, chatting late last year with a Times reporter for their big Sunday Magazine piece about her advisors and with Robin Roberts and Barbara Walters for profile segments on ABC. Those weren’t policy interviews, though, and as much as her supporters like to point to her speeches and Facebook posts over the past few months on ObamaCare and quantitative easing, Christie’s right about the public wanting to see prospective candidates “tested” and “pushed.” That’s especially important for someone like Palin who, unfairly or not, is routinely derided by big media as a dimwit when they’re not busy calling her a murderer. After the Katie Couric interview and all the SNL skits, the only way to crack the ice of hardened public perceptions about “qualifications” is to bust through in real time.

Just as I’m writing this, news is breaking that she’s agreed to an interview tonight about her “blood libel” comment — with Sean Hannity. Exit question: How much longer until the big guy here really does start to be thought of as a squish? We’re still looking for a keynoter at RINOcon, you know.

Update: Scratch that last part. The Hannity interview is apparently set for Monday, not tonight.


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Folks, it doesn’t matter if Palin does 50 or 100 unscripted interviews. The narrative has been set — in stone — for most of the democratic party and a large portion of the republican party. This is like a dog chasing its tail. There is nothing she can say or do because people believe what they want to believe about her. They just keep looking for anything Palin says or does to keep their belief alive. If they believe she’s stupid, then they’ll find a spelling or grammar error somewhere. If they believe she’s devisive, they’ll parse, contort and twist her words to show that she is a divider. This is a no win game I’m afraid. Palin has been brilliant in rebranding herself after leaving the governorship. She’ll need all her wits to outsmart these operatives trying to take her out!

KickandSwimMom on January 13, 2011 at 5:34 PM

But what if it DID get her elected. Then everything that NYT, Katie Couric, Keith Obermann, and Kos, et al have ever said or even though about how relevant they are is WRONG.

Lily on January 13, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Bingo.

Kataklysmic on January 13, 2011 at 5:35 PM

So after the posts about the gun grabbing and some strange Palin errr “bashing” (?), is it time for a new HA Prez Poll?

MeatHeadinCA on January 13, 2011 at 5:35 PM

So…um…Hopeys speech was a um…a godsend…
that helped him..ah..rebrand the narrative of
ah…the MidTerm Election Defeat,that..ah…was
achieved by SarahCuda!!!

canopfor on January 13, 2011 at 5:35 PM

As ElRushbo says, the left and the rino’s will always tell you who they’re afraid of. It’s the one they attack most often.

Big Orange on January 13, 2011 at 5:36 PM

I’d like to see more of Palin mix it up, too.

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I adore Chris Christie.

EarthToZoey on January 13, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Why should I be made at Chris Christie because he has an opinion. I like the guy’s fiscal policy and smackdown on union types, but that’s it. He has shown a lack of judgement when it comes to who he has endorsed so far, Mike Castle is a hack.

As for interviews on policy, goodluck, she will have to be absolutely precise or they will tear her apart at the slightest mistake.

Africanus on January 13, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Someone help me out here and tell me what they disagree with in this statement. Does anyone really think Facebook posts, softball interviews with Sean Hannity, e-mails to Glenn Beck, and staged videos are going to get Sarah Palin elected President?

rockmom on January 13, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Did I miss something? Has Palin delcared herself a candidate yet? If she does, though, I’m sure she will go toe-to-toe with the rest of the hopefuls and endure the same media riggors they do. But it will all be on her terms. Palin doesn’t owe the press or the GOP beltway a damn thing. She will be pleading her case to the voters not the pundits.

It just kills me that Palin is held to such a different standard than anyone else. Do you truly believe Obama would ever have been elected President had he endured the media sliming Palin did? And what about Huckabee, Romney and the rest of them? Would they still be standing today had they gone through the exact same thing? I doubt it.

Redneck Woman on January 13, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Johnnyreb on January 13, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Sure did fool me.
The VFW and American Legion have a long history of showcasing presidential speeches. Google’m yourself.

Skandia Recluse on January 13, 2011 at 5:40 PM

I like Sarah. I like Christie. Christie is kind of right. Its not that Sarah needs to be more unscripted, its that she needs to sound as eloquent and presidential when she is speaking off the cuff as she does when she has prepared text.

Sorry if that offends some people, but it is a fact that a large number of Americans, and indeed a large number of Republicans want a candidate and president whose intelligence — like Christie’s, like Jindal’s, like most Republican candidates — is SELF EVIDENT, and not easy to call into question because the person speaks sloppily.

It is a MAJOR handicap for her right out of the starting block, and if she wants to gain more support, she should fix it.

American Elephant on January 13, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Is Christie selling those Together We Thrive T-shirts today?

faraway on January 13, 2011 at 5:30 PM

At least he’s part of the memorial party cheerleader team, pom poms and all.

the_nile on January 13, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Gov chrsitie likes mitt and Danials. he has a fond place for Danials. the Mr. true time Danials. anyone want to have a debate that he is a conservative and not a big RINO?

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 5:40 PM

This has been a very disheartening day.

PrincipleStand on January 13, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Notice how the Ruling class are amalgamating of late ?

Sandybourne on January 13, 2011 at 5:41 PM

No beef with Christie, but last time I checked it was Palin doing unscripted moments on the campaign trail across the US in 2010. What is he talking about?

Sorry ‘Cuda. Looks like darned if you, darned if you don’t. Proof positive: You will NEVER please these people. They ALWAYS got something to complain about.

I’m tired of it.

xax on January 13, 2011 at 5:42 PM

chrisite is just a handsome man, I think Gov Chrsitie is happy in NJ, I hope he stays there.
-quote unknown

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 5:43 PM

First of all, I think Palin has pretty good instincts. She knows how much the left wants her destroyed and she’ll pick the time and place to go “unscripted”.

Secondly, I have no idea what Christies talking about … Obama is the most scripted politician in American history, and he’s the damn president.

darwin on January 13, 2011 at 5:43 PM

I have zero interest in tearing the guy apart. I mostly just want to nuzzle his big, fat cheeks and listen to him rail against the unions.

So far as Palin criticism goes, this is pretty reasonable.

myrenovations on January 13, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Of course it is. They are being very subtle: It’s not that criticism of Palin is unwarranted, it’s that they are giving Obama a pass. He spoke three words “it did not” about the whole mess. That’s absolutely insufficient, evidenced by the fact that the entire professional Left blew him off and keeps acting nuts. So to say “Obama was amazing but Palin needs to work on x” is unfair even if it is true, because he needs to work on “y” but no one is calling him on it.

alwaysfiredup on January 13, 2011 at 5:43 PM

As for interviews on policy, goodluck, she will have to be absolutely precise or they will tear her apart at the slightest mistake.

Africanus on January 13, 2011 at 5:39 PM

She could be 100% dead on, with every question hurled at her, and they’d still find a way to crucify her. People just need to learn to see thru the b.s., think for themselves, and not let the MSM’s be their deciding factor.

capejasmine on January 13, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Sorry ‘Cuda. Looks like darned(she is a woman) if you, darned(she is a woman) if you don’t. Proof positive: You will NEVER please these people. They ALWAYS got something to complain about(she is a woman).

I’m tired of it.

xax on January 13, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I thought we were past it, but after the last two years I really wonder

Limerick on January 13, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Someone help me out here and tell me what they disagree with in this statement. Does anyone really think Facebook posts, softball interviews with Sean Hannity, e-mails to Glenn Beck, and staged videos are going to get Sarah Palin elected President?

rockmom on January 13, 2011 at 5:16 PM

I don’t disagree. But the current occupant of the WH barely got his tires checked. And when he stumbled, the media sprinted to help him up.

BuckeyeSam on January 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Sarah Palin: The Democrats and all the right Republicans hate her.

samuelrylander on January 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Sorry ‘Cuda. Looks like darned if you, darned if you don’t. Proof positive: You will NEVER please these people. They ALWAYS got something to complain about.

I’m tired of it.

xax on January 13, 2011 at 5:42 PM

the question that hasn’t been asked yet that needs to be asked is do we care about pleasing them. think about it. Gov Palin can win the POTUs without winning one NE state nor one westcoast state. She can run against the GOP establishment and the dems. We do not need the Northeast coast. We do not need ONE FREAKING vote from NYC, DC or LA.

At this point I hope she runs and I don’t even care if she wins I do not want to see the left destroy a conservative. If we allow the left/media/establishment to destory Gov Palin the Tea party is finished, the conservatives are finsihed. there will never be another Reaganite because the media will simply do a blood libel on them.

Screw this fat blowhard.

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

American Elephant on January 13, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Dude they said the same thing about Bush. And guess what, his dialect worked well with average people. Why? Because he sounds like them.

Intelligence through speech? If Obama is any proof then sounding intelligent is easy, being intelligent is hard.

If this is what it has come down to, then we have reached the bottom of American politics. We’ve reached a point where appearances matter more than the substance of what someone actually does.

xax on January 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Nobody likes Sarah Palin but the people.

kingsjester on January 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I thought we were past it, but after the last two years I really wonder

Limerick on January 13, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I don’t think “we” were ever past it. The Left is always going to demonize anyone right a socialist … but it’s the so called Conservatives that have been doing their little swipes at the fighters like Palin. Let’s just call them what they are. The Nicole Wallace Bloc.

MeatHeadinCA on January 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

When it comes to interviewing Palin, Sean Hannity is Mike Wallace compared to Greta

YYZ on January 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Someone help me out here and tell me what they disagree with in this statement. Does anyone really think Facebook posts, softball interviews with Sean Hannity, e-mails to Glenn Beck, and staged videos are going to get Sarah Palin elected President?
rockmom on January 13, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Ok I’ll help you out. I believe Palin when she says she’s not decided if she’ll run. So if she hasn’t decided to be a candidate why should she act like one? She engages the MSM when she has to, like say, when they Blood Libel her and call her a mass murderer. If she decides she can’t have that cup pass her by and she runs then she will engage the MSM but on her terms, with her safeguards, so they can’t pull their usual BS. Got that?

CCRWM on January 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

She could be 100% dead on, with every question hurled at her, and they’d still find a way to crucify her. People just need to learn to see thru the b.s., think for themselves, and not let the MSM’s be their deciding factor.

capejasmine on January 13, 2011 at 5:44 PM

which when it comes down too it is what gov Palin is doing and she is doing it well. gov Chrisite is telling her to stop winning and go into the lion’s den so they can tear you up.

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I think K Lo said it best this morning.

I Like Chris Christie as Much as the Next Gal Who Supports Good Governors . . .

. . . but why does he have so much time to deny he’s handicapping the GOP 2012 field?

. . .

I’ve heard serious people say they would consider Christie if he ran, but I say, Let him be governor of New Jersey. Governor, let yourself be governor of New Jersey.

Terrie on January 13, 2011 at 5:50 PM

I thought we were past it, but after the last two years I really wonder

Limerick on January 13, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Always remember her 2008 acceptance speech. She threw down a challenge to the good ol’ boys in the Beltway and the press, neither of these groups have forgotten and they are going to show her just how powerful they are. Never forget these things.

darwin-t on January 13, 2011 at 5:50 PM

This country is going to miss out on the greatest opportunity for integrity in the White House because of silly little things that don’t even matter. It was great to be an American; what we are becoming is yet to be seen, but it ain’t American.

jimmy2shoes on January 13, 2011 at 5:51 PM

If Palin loses the primary and runs as a third party candidate…. will you vote for her, or will she be hijacking the process????

I agree with Christie… this guy is the real deal. And to those of you making the connection to Obama reading from teleprompters… come on! You sound like a bunch of whiney babies, “well HE did it frist!!!”

The LSM and the Left will always tell you who they are afraid of. And they are TERRIFIED of Palin.

UnderstandingisPower on January 13, 2011 at 5:32 PM

And SHE is afraid of THEM. Things always sound good on your home turf.

jdoubleu on January 13, 2011 at 5:51 PM

If this is what it has come down to, then we have reached the bottom of American politics.

xax on January 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

We haven’t gotten there… The people that throw around the Intelligence Card usually prop up people that aren’t exactly Intellectual Heavyweights. Why don’t these people run to Herman Cain. He could very likely be the most intelligent Republican running … ahhh… but he’s not Romney (Bush-lite).

MeatHeadinCA on January 13, 2011 at 5:51 PM

*doh* greatest opportunity in 30 years.

jimmy2shoes on January 13, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Already sentenced to death for horse theft, a person might as well go out and steal a few more before they are caught.

The rope is knotted, the posses are assembled, the wanted posters are up in San Fran, and the reward money has been tripled.

So go ahead and run, Sarah. What have you got to lose? I’m not a fan, but sheer contrariness is pushing me to your side.

PS I doubt she could say anything, unscripted or not, that won’t be torn into nanoshreds anyhow. Policy positions — how about checking the Bill Whittle video below to see just how important those are to getting elected, or maintaining a level of support afterward.

GnuBreed on January 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

You know when a sitting GOP GOv takes potshots at a leading conservative who is getting smeared and dragged through the mud while a former dem NYC mayor defends her the GOP establishment has moved so far to the left that there is no difference between the marxists and the Bush wing of the GOP. Gov Chrisite with this statment will never win the South. He will never win the NE and thus he will never be POTUS. Not even if he lost 250lbs.

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Sorry ‘Cuda. Looks like darned(she is a woman) if you, darned(she is a woman) if you don’t. Proof positive: You will NEVER please these people. They ALWAYS got something to complain about(she is a woman).

I’m tired of it.

xax on January 13, 2011 at 5:42 PM

LOL!

Subliminal Man!!!

portlandon on January 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

If Palin loses the primary and runs as a third party candidate…. will you vote for her, or will she be hijacking the process????

jdoubleu on January 13, 2011 at 5:51 PM

*raises eyebrow

Depends on who’s running in the other two parties. I don’t vote for crap.

MeatHeadinCA on January 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Nobody likes Sarah Palin but the people.

kingsjester on January 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

…and sadly the politicians and their lap dog press have taken the power away from ‘we the people’. There will never again be unquestioned elections in this country. Does anyone know where ACORN went? They didn’t just fold up the traveling circus tent and quit, there was too much money involved. Well still have the pagentry of election day but it’s all smoke and mirrors.

darwin-t on January 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM

It’s shocking how many “smart” conservatives got sucked in by the Democrats emotional gathering to pay tribute to and memorialize – and cynically take every bloody political advantage that they could from the exercise – the victims of a nut.

Some of my fellow conservatives are such naive twits.

The most important thing about Obama’s speech was its hypocrisy. Everyone knew the day of the shootings that it was the work of an insane person. Yet, Obama wasn’t merely silent in the days after the shootings, he was praising Sheriff Dupnik who, unreserved in his demagoguery, like a good Democrat operative was blaming the political opposition.

When Obama’s Media (the MSM) picked up on this and blamed the acts of a lunatic on Palin, Beck and Limbaugh this President, this hypocrite, said nothing. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Some leader. Even though he knew better, as did all of us.

With the political advantage this tragedy now fully exploited he states the obvious. And this makes him a hero? As well as lacking humility, Obama lacks common decency. And his conservative admirers lack common sense. In fact, they are effing brain dead.

Basilsbest on January 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM

We haven’t gotten there… The people that throw around the Intelligence Card usually prop up people that aren’t exactly Intellectual Heavyweights. Why don’t these people run to Herman Cain. He could very likely be the most intelligent Republican running … ahhh… but he’s not Romney (Bush-lite).

MeatHeadinCA on January 13, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Sorry Meat but we’re there.

darwin-t on January 13, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Here’s the thing. Palin is NOT a public official. She does NOT hold public office. She has NOT declared her candidacy for President. She is a private citizen. She no more “needs” to give an interview to the MSM anymore than Rush Limbaugh needs to give an interview…or the Podunck, USA local Tea Party leader needs to give an interview to the MSM.

Now once she declares her candidacy for an elected position, then she needs to give interviews to the MSM and I would agree she if she refused to, that would be a problem.

But she owes her critics nothing at this point. And they can’t stand the fact that she ignores them.

ramrants on January 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

And the Spartans whined because the Boetians whipped them by avoiding a head on collision of infantry and attacking their flanks instead.

The alphabet media outlets can eat my socks.

pugwriter on January 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Christie’s right about the public wanting to see prospective candidates “tested” and “pushed.”

False. Where has Obama been tested or pushed by the BLM (Blood Libel Media)? George Stephnapoulos asked Obama one lousy question about Bill Ayers during a debate with Hillary Clinton and the indignation caused a backlash that was fierce and immediate–from his colleagues and the nutroots. So don’t act like there’s a level playing field. There’s not. Some people are taken care of by the media in our great new world and others are targeted and destroyed.

Christie is jockeying to be in their good graces for they have the power to sway and destroy.

RepubChica on January 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM

So, the Fat Boy didn’t pick up on all the code words.

Just goes to show: He ain’t one of us.

He and his fellow RINOs can go pound sand.

davidk on January 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Sorry Meat but we’re there.

darwin-t on January 13, 2011 at 5:55 PM

My point is the people claiming they want the “smart candidate” are lying through their teeth. They want the safe candidate. The candidate that keeps things stable. I wish they would be a little more honest with the rest of us.

MeatHeadinCA on January 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

How much longer until the big guy here really does start to be thought of as a squish?

Earth to AP: We stuck a fork (with long tines, obviously) in this RINO when he played holier-than-thou over the GZ Hamasque. He’s um…no longer among the politically living to me.

Western_Civ on January 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Nobody likes Sarah Palin but the people.

kingsjester on January 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

That’s not true. The GOP loves Palin when it comes time for Fundraising.

Also, if Palin doesn’t run, watch and see the GOP fight for the Palin endorsement like a pack of dogs that just got thrown a porkchop.

portlandon on January 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I guess its too much to ask for Gov chrisite to not be a shill for his Bush buddies.

At least some people have some honor left and do not allow politics to get in the way of the correct thing to do like

Ed Koch former Dem Mayor of NYC:

@SaraPalinUSA is smarter than critics who denounce her for defending herself from false charges that she contributed to forces causing…

…the terrible shooting in AZ. Today most ppl incl the president publicly acknowledge no connection. She has a right to defend herself.

Denouncing the blood libel that her critics, primarily on the left, sought to pin her with is appropriate, & I’m Jewish & a liberal w/sanity

note to Gov chrisite and his youtube fanboys when the liberal Ed Koch is showing you up in defending a conservative I think it’s time to switch parties. Why exactly is Christie a REP anyway. He is against gun rights, he is agains tsecure borders, he waffles on abortion. what really is is reason for being in the republican party? Because it certainly isn’t the party’s platform.

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Can we wait until Palin declares her intentions to run for elected office again before we demand that she act like a candidate.

Christie’s “advice” is spot on for someone that is seeking political office. When/if Palin decides to run for office then she will do plenty of local and national interviews with many different media outlets.

We will also see “candidate” Palin at Townhall events and at the GOP primary debates. They should all be unscripted and will give voters an idea of whether she can “think on her feet” as Christie puts it.

When the time comes to put forth specific policy initiatives and try to convince voters that these policies are best for America then we will see plenty of Sarah Palin.

Anyway, I thought she was already overexposed. Which is it?

chief on January 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Sarah Palin has the been subjected to the most vile, viscious, ugly, dangerous campaign of pure hate in our history. The leftist blogosphere, network, cable, satellite, print, law enforcement (dupnik), politicos and right wing pundit(FOX)/politician (why no statement, boehner?) backstabbers are shimmering and glowing white hot with radioactive hate. The President of the United States the one who talks sh*t daily, non-stop, stood back and let the fires rage and when given the chance to quench the flames, poured on the gasoline.

IS THERE NOT ONE MAN ALIVE WITH THE MODICOUM OF COMMON DECENCY AND RESPECT FOR THEIR OWN MANHOOD THAT IT WOULD TAKE TO DEFEND THIS WOMAN INSTEAD OF PILING ON?

Christie couldn’t take one day in Palin’s shoes. He and the rest of the GOP “men” are worse than eunichs. Every last one of them. This kind of hate is visceral, and the TARGET can literally feel it, like a hellish weight bearing down.

Pray for her and her family. They can feel that, all the more.

tigerlily on January 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Exit question: How much longer until the big guy here really does start to be thought of as a squish? We’re still looking for a keynoter at RINOcon, you know.

This fat **** was ALWAYS a RINO.

Try as people like you, Sour Kraut and the rest of the cocktail set to sell him as anything else has been quite an amusing display of fail.

Somewhat more amusing (and incredibly disgusting) is the fat **** calling Obama, a guy who can’t fart without stage direction and complaining about a woman who’s being savagely attacked trying to defend herself (because apparently, none of you ***holes have the stones or inclination to do so) being “scripted”.

SuperCool on January 13, 2011 at 6:01 PM

I wish they would be a little more honest with the rest of us.

MeatHeadinCA on January 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Well we know that won’t happen in my lifetime.

darwin-t on January 13, 2011 at 6:01 PM

First he endorses a “path to citizenship,” then he endorses Mike Castle, now this.

1>path to citizenship – Fail
2>then he endorses Mike Castle – Fail
3>”now this” – That hasn’t come yet. I am sure if it come to that, he will again be a fail.

On 3, I can bet she will gather more votes than Christie could ever hope to get on national stage :-)

PS: The more they get uncomfortable, The more support she gets. Keep it up.

antisocial on January 13, 2011 at 6:01 PM

“You have to look at it and see, what are they like me when they’re tested, what are they like me when they’re not scripted, what are they like me when they’re pushed,” he said.

Fixed, CC. What are the chances he watches those sweet, sweet videos of himself?

Christien on January 13, 2011 at 6:01 PM

My point is the people claiming they want the “smart candidate” are lying through their teeth. They want the safe candidate. The candidate that keeps things stable. I wish they would be a little more honest with the rest of us.

Amen to this.

Big Orange on January 13, 2011 at 6:02 PM

just posted with the word t$rget in caps and it got lost…looks like the filter added a new word?

tigerlily on January 13, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Well we know that won’t happen in my lifetime.

darwin-t on January 13, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Then, I guess we’ll have to keep calling them out.

MeatHeadinCA on January 13, 2011 at 6:02 PM

I have a very optimistic view of her ability to go one on one with anyone. I don’t like the feeling of her interviews on FOX that seem like a paid employee filling a requisite number of minutes. It probably seems that way because that’s what it is. I bet she is far more concise and dexterous than she is given credit for. And that isn’t damning with faint praise, just a feeling that she has untapped talents yet to shine.

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Nobody likes Sarah Palin but the people.

Well, at least 22% of the people, anyway.

YYZ on January 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Also, if Palin doesn’t run, watch and see the GOP fight for the Palin endorsement like a pack of dogs that just got thrown a porkchop.

portlandon on January 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

It won’t matter. If palin doesn’t run and is forced out of the race she could endorse anyone she wanted but I wouldn’t vote for them. I have been a life long republican. I came of politcal age during Reagan. i have held my nose and voted for the leftist Bushies hoping against hope that some part of Reaganism would be there. Never again. Never again. If the country is going down I will not allow the country clubbers to share in the spoils of the countries demise

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Question;

How come the left defamed Palin for some symbols on a map, but didn’t attack Christie for his nasty YouTube videos? How come she took all the heat for the lack of “civility” when Christie’s behavior could hardly be called civil?

AP – I hope you can get Christie as keynote speaker at RINOcon – he’d be perfect for it if he isn’t too busy making YouTube videos!

Done That on January 13, 2011 at 6:04 PM

I think this is what Chris Christie meant by UNSCRIPTED

texasconserv on January 13, 2011 at 6:05 PM

As long as you’re destroying a Conservative you are useful to the Media…….

PappyD61 on January 13, 2011 at 5:29 PM
Is Christie the new McCain?

faraway on January 13, 2011 at 5:32 PM

McCain? Haven’t heard anything from him since they’ve been accusing his running mate of being an accessory to murder have you?

Christie would have a lot of competition to be the GOP Whore of choice for the media. There is Scott Brown, Collins/Snowe, Graham, and a horde of others (depending on the topic).

There are so many whores in the GOP who could keep track.

PappyD61 on January 13, 2011 at 6:05 PM

tigerlily on January 13, 2011 at 6:02 PM

The filter picks up yelling (all caps) and scrutinizes it. Looks like you passed muster.

darwin-t on January 13, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Well, at least 22% of the people, anyway.

YYZ on January 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

And that’s why your side started attacking her 2 hours after the horrible tragedy in Tucson? Wow. Talk about overkill.///

kingsjester on January 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM

When it comes to interviewing Palin, Sean Hannity is Mike Wallace compared to Greta

YYZ on January 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

True. I think Greta is an honorary Palin by now.

myrenovations on January 13, 2011 at 6:06 PM

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

I understand what you mean. It’s just getting on my nerves. When she was mostly off the cuff, they complained that she needed to formulate her thoughts more and put forth better positions. So she puts out a facebook page, along with op-eds with formulated positions and they complain about that.

For the op-eds: “well, she hasn’t quite thought it through all the way.” For her facebook posts: “oh they’re silly little posts and not thought out policy positions.” “oh that’s silly social media; it’s for kids.”

Meanwhile, I’m inundated with polls and news stories telling me that Huck and Mitt, even Pawlenty (and no one knows who he is) are front runners/better than Palin.

I sit back and think:

I see a woman who is willing to put in the work, put her feet on the ground and get things done- get people elected. She’s willing to take it to the media, call them on their BS and jump into the fray. Doing all this while managing to keep freaking smile on her face. Next door, Mitt and Huck are afraid to take positions or endorse candidates without sticking their fingers in the air first. Now I got GOP beltway types playing armchair quarterback. And the rest of the cowards are sitting back complaining about how she “doesn’t sound presidential”.

Give me a break. I’m just sick of it.

xax on January 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

I have no idea why anyone would give a rat’s ass what Christie says about Palin.

ORconservative on January 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Christie is the king of the unscripted encounter. He makes it look easy, even to himself apparently.

DFCtomm on January 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

You know what really aggravates me? The fact that these republicans sat back all last year and let Palin do much of the heavy lifting in putting their party back in power. Now, her thanks is either a kick in the teeth or indifference when she’s being attacked. I’m not a Palin worshiper, but this crap really makes me root for her to have the last laugh. I won’t soon forget who is stabbing her in the back FROM HER OWN PARTY either. These people are either cowards or scum — or more likely both.

KickandSwimMom on January 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

It’s shocking how many “smart” conservatives got sucked in by the Democrats emotional gathering to pay tribute to and memorialize – and cynically take every bloody political advantage that they could from the exercise – the victims of a nut.

Some of my fellow conservatives are such naive twits.

The most important thing about Obama’s speech was its hypocrisy. Everyone knew the day of the shootings that it was the work of an insane person. Yet, Obama wasn’t merely silent in the days after the shootings, he was praising Sheriff Dupnik who, unreserved in his demagoguery, like a good Democrat operative was blaming the political opposition.

When Obama’s Media (the MSM) picked up on this and blamed the acts of a lunatic on Palin, Beck and Limbaugh this President, this hypocrite, said nothing. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Some leader. Even though he knew better, as did all of us.

With the political advantage this tragedy now fully exploited he states the obvious. And this makes him a hero? As well as lacking humility, Obama lacks common decency. And his conservative admirers lack common sense. In fact, they are effing brain dead.

Basilsbest on January 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Excellent post!

The only part I disagree with you is where you said “brain dead” – I think asleep would be more appropriate.

Bizarro No. 1 on January 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM

McCain? Haven’t heard anything from him since they’ve been accusing his running mate of being an accessory to murder have you?

PappyD61 on January 13, 2011 at 6:05 PM

McCain was too busy visiting Meggy at Journalism Camp for Middleschoolers.

MeatHeadinCA on January 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM

I can’t wait for mike myers to play chrisite on SNL. You know he will. He will reprise his role of FAt bast*rd screaming about get in his belly…

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Give me a break. I’m just sick of it.

xax on January 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

agreed. and Gov Palin I guess should thank gov chrisite. I just sent $50 to sarahpac.

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Sheesh …the man was asked a question and he gave his opinion.

Let’s not create another thin-skinned monster.

Palin is a big girl …she can obviously handle the criticism.

The Ugly American on January 13, 2011 at 6:11 PM

People like Christie need to wake up. He praises Obama who praised a man (Dupnik) who demagogued this tragedy.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/liberalisms_ugly_face.html

Basilsbest on January 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM

“I am a star. I’m a star. I’m a star. I’m a star. I am a big, bright, shining star. That’s right.”

Dirk Diggler Chris Christie

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Christien on January 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM

I get the feeling that they know she’s the nominee and they’re trying to mold her in their image by complaining about all that’s wrong with her.

xax on January 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM

It won’t matter. If palin doesn’t run and is forced out of the race she could endorse anyone she wanted but I wouldn’t vote for them. I have been a life long republican. I came of politcal age during Reagan. i have held my nose and voted for the leftist Bushies hoping against hope that some part of Reaganism would be there. Never again. Never again. If the country is going down I will not allow the country clubbers to share in the spoils of the countries demise

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Exactly this!

davidk on January 13, 2011 at 6:13 PM

But if you can’t face down and pwn the MSM talking heads, you can’t face down world leaders…or our enemies.

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Agreed. Palin avoiding the more challenging interviewers is no different than Obama refusing to be interviewed by, say, Chris Wallace.

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Mark Levin has kept away from the kool-aid. That’s one stalwart who can be counted on to stay on his toes.

RepubChica on January 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Don’t forget his stance on the GZM. That came before any of the other RINO’isms.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

I think this is what Chris Christie meant by UNSCRIPTED

texasconserv on January 13, 2011 at 6:05 PM

nice link. Its amazing that huck is one of the only GOPers that defned Palin.

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Next paycheck.

Had to get it off my chest. Let it roll off the back like water.

xax on January 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Brain dead is accurate.
Obama just used a tragedy to kick start the hope and change, too bad they didn’t have a situation in October, Christie wouldnt be governor and there’d be more Dems in Washington.
Brain dead. Or Stepford wives.

ORconservative on January 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

The more I learn about Christie, the less I like him. Perhaps he should go back to governing New Jersey, shake-up the public service employee unions (especially the snow removal/sanitation workers), be in the state during a natural disaster emergency, and make his state a real engine of wealth production. If he does all this, then I will be able to take his comments on current event matters more seriously.

Mutnodjmet on January 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

The fact that Palin needs to broaden her reach is a given, if she decides to run. Until she decides to run, she certainly doesn’t need advice from any politician or political consultant. She’s a private citizen with no title, yet she causes the commentariat to soil their drawers whenever she says or does anything. Her political skills are miles ahead of those trying to give her advice.

Once she declares her intentions, then and only then will it be imperative that she goes into the “hostile environs”. So far, her written policy statements allow her to set the table for issue discussions later on. She’s made many sound statements on policy and they’ve been out there for anyone to debate her. Some jerk at the WSJ tried to take her on about food inflation, and she’s been proven right. Her position on QE2 was highly regarded by many including the WSJ Editorial Board. She has gone on record with her positions on the Ryan Roadmap, bailouts, START, Energy Production, Iran, Tax Cuts, and a variety of other subjects.

What she has been doing by publicizing her positions via FB or Op-Ed, is to put herself in a stronger position once she starts going to interviews to discuss issues. By addressing these issues now the way she has, she’s had a chance to hear from those who agree with her and those who disagree with her. In other words, she has allowed herself to hear the arguments against her positions and when she sits down with someone, she’ll know what objections to expect.

She knows that anything she writes or says will be turned upside down and inside out. She will make that work to her advantage. Performance in unscripted interviews is largely dependent upon preparation. Because she has pitched her positions one by one, she’s been able to read, hear, and analyze what her detractors have had to say, and she’ll be prepared, when and if she decides to run.

If she decides to run, the interviewers need to talk about the issues and not about her divisiveness or her colloquialisms. And, as others have mentioned, she needs to record every word and be prepared when another Couric or Gibson tries to change the context by selective editing.

NoNails on January 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Does anyone really care what that gun grabbing yankee thinks?

bluetick on January 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

The elites have this creed to live by, anyone but Sarah. Time is on her side because the people like Sarah and are tired of the elites. Hope you all saw Beck tonight on Bernays,”very interesting”.

tim c on January 13, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Palin is a big girl …she can obviously handle the criticism.

The Ugly American on January 13, 2011 at 6:11 PM

the thin-skinned meme went out the window when you nutcases accused Gov Palin of Murder. unless you want to debate how its thin-skinned to be upset about being called a supporter of a murderer?

thought not. the left destorys itself.

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:17 PM

People like Christie need to wake up. He praises Obama who praised a man (Dupnik) who demagogued this tragedy.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/liberalisms_ugly_face.html

Basilsbest on January 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM

The phrase “useful idiot” immediately comes to mind…

PS you’re on a roll – keep going! :)

Bizarro No. 1 on January 13, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Exit question: How much longer until the big guy here really does start to be thought of as a squish

Anyone still unsure about Christie being a RINO squish of the first order has NOT been paying attention. Christie is NOT a conservative – if NJ wasn’t in a majopr financial pit he might not even be much of a fiscal conservative. To date all his ranting and raving hasn’t improved much in NJ – the state still ranks first in people bailing out because of taxes & fraud.

katiejane on January 13, 2011 at 6:19 PM

This has been a very disheartening day.

PrincipleStand on January 13, 2011 at 5:41 PM

i can see that. palin’s career suddenly ends and the vultures are out in shocking numbers. caught completely off guard, the entire fox news network goes on a serious obama kool aid binge.

it’s something to behold.

sesquipedalian on January 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Palin says nothing. “She’s a weakling!”
Palin speaks out. “She’s a thin-skinned victim!”

Have all the bases covered, don’t you, kids?

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Had to get it off my chest. Let it roll off the back like water.

xax on January 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM

nope that’s what the left wants you to do. Like the British marching in their nice red uniforms in nice straight lines. while the left takes shots form the woods. Nope no more letting it roll off my back. i will fight fora return to reaganism. I will answer insult with insult. the fatboy wants to play patty cake? he wants to attack Gov Palin’s character while he was the direct cause of the lose of Meg Whitman in Ca by his hamming it up for youtube in an unscripted moment. christie cost Meg 120 million of wasted effort by his one unscripted moment. becaus ehe was too much of a blowhard and media seeker to allow the lady to control her own house.

that’s right Gov Christe cost the GOp party the GOv of CA. Take that and smoke it chrisite fanboys.
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unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:21 PM

But if you can’t face down and pwn the MSM talking heads, you can’t face down world leaders…or our enemies.

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Agreed. Palin avoiding the more challenging interviewers is no different than Obama refusing to be interviewed by, say, Chris Wallace.

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

I agree. Palin will have her moment. She will either Win or Fail.

It’s up to her.

portlandon on January 13, 2011 at 6:22 PM

The elites have this creed to live by, anyone but Sarah.

tim c on January 13, 2011 at 6:17 PM

I don’t know who you mean by “elites”…I would think you don’t mean Christie, at least…but Palin’s critics, me included, aren’t interested in any perceived “anyone but Sarah” nonsense. We’re all looking for a strong, conservative candidate, and many of us don’t think Palin is strong enough.

It’s not “hate” or “elitism”, it’s simply that there are a lot on our side who don’t find Palin their “dream candidate”, as surprising at that revelation may be to you.

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:23 PM

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