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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Basilsbest on January 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM

“….There’s no reason Obama couldn’t have delivered this fine speech last Sunday, when it would have made a real difference. That would have been leadership. What we saw tonight was a solid performance. Those are two very different things.”

Doc Zero

tencole on January 13, 2011 at 6:24 PM

I have never been a “Sarah Palaniac” but what has happened in the past few days has been too egregious to ignore.

1 A crazed killer with a loony left ideology (being a Truther alone is enough to determine that) goes on a murder binge and people of the OPPOSITE philosophy (of the killer) are blamed.
2 As a kinda-sorta spokesperson for conservatives, Sarah Palin is the one who bears the brunt of the criticism to the extent that you’d have thought that Sarah personally directed the produced the murder scenario.
3 The Republicans (so-called) (thankful that Palin, and not they, is bearing the brunt of the criticism) have either remained silent or have joined the bandwagon by piling on with the criticism. These cowards are the ones who are making Republicans look bad and are turning this incident into a Democratic propaganda victory.
4 If Palin gives a scripted speech, she is criticized for that.
5 If Palin gives an unscripted speech, she is criticized for that.
6 If she defends herself she is criticized for that-or else she waited too long, or she didn’t wait long enough, or she should have remained silent and not given any speech at all.
7 AND ALL BECAUSE SOME LEFT-WING DIMWIT, WHO BELIEVED THAT PRESIDENT BUSH ACTIVELY CONSPIRED WITH THE ENEMY TO BRING DOWN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER TOWERS, WENT ON A KILLING SPREE.

MaiDee on January 13, 2011 at 6:25 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

No, it’s not accurate.

A person can’t exist on the Right side of the fence without a brain that is functioning properly on some level at least, even if that level is only an unconscious one.

Bizarro No. 1 on January 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM

sesquipedalian on January 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM

so is this the 7th 8th or 12th time that Gov Palin’s career has been finished?

Are you correct this time. you have been wrong an awful lot of the times before. Is she really finished this time? Are you sure. If you turn your back will she rise up?

Is this like Jason the 20th or something?

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:25 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 am so glad you’re around here. From your comments lately, we are on the same page re: Palin. I would LOVE to see her become a stronger potential candidate. I WANT to be able to say “Palin is my candidate!” As it stands, she IS improving, but she ain’t there yet.

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Dude, you were cited on C4P in the comments last night as “Hot Air Palin critic” JetBoy.

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Not a penny to the RNC or any other Republican org.

All my donations will be to Sarah Palin and other individual candidates.
I can’t wait till the call and ask for help.

Don’t give them one red cent!

idesign on January 13, 2011 at 6:26 PM

What is it with both of the coasts?
Must be the salt air er sumptin’.

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 13, 2011 at 6:26 PM

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

YYZ on January 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Does it hurt pulling numbers out of your as* that fast ?

cableguy615 on January 13, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Dude, you were cited on C4P in the comments last night as “Hot Air Palin critic” JetBoy.

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM

o_O

Have a link to the thread? I used to check that site daily, fell to the wayside on it. Love to see it tho :)

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:27 PM

MaiDee on January 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM

welcome to the world of the sane and logical. sadly it seems to be a small populated world we live in.

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:27 PM

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

He’s working to undo decades of damage to the system. Some of it done by GOP governors. All the politicians, on both sides of the aisle, in NJ know that the unions need to have their benefits restructured but are too frightened. Christie gives them cover to negotiate from a stronger position.

Someone in the White House will soon have to get the nation to accept a restructuring of Medicare and Social Security. If he isn’t the one to do it, he’s at least showing how once politically unthinkable changes can be addressed.

dedalus on January 13, 2011 at 6:28 PM

He wants Palin to be unscripted but has nothing to say about last night’s scripted “memorial”? LOL Last nights event reminded a me of the old days before hippies when Bolshevik Boorishness(BB) was known and frowned on. Last night we got a perfect example of BB. A memorial service was co-opted by the Dems and turned into a political rally and vitually no one among conservative political pundits is critical. On the contrary, they are praising the President. A commenter on another blog site and thread suggested that a fix has been put in to right wing editorialists/analysts to praise the Pres and move on now. The commenter has a point. Leftwing pundits have been more critical of last night’s “memorial” and of Obama’s performance than right wing pundits. Something does seem amiss.

JimP on January 13, 2011 at 6:28 PM

I really hope that this stroking of Democrats is some sort of campaign strategy to win over independents for 2012.

Greed on January 13, 2011 at 5:08 PM

I believe the correct term is handjob.

heshtesh on January 13, 2011 at 6:28 PM

palin’s career suddenly ends…

sesquipedalian on January 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Sweetie, as long as she has us, she will always have a career. And she has much more than a career, she has a mission.

RepubChica on January 13, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Ed Koch tweeted

@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

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Alinsky said that the only thing that could stop his communist agenda in America was the middle class.

Ergo, we have the power to turn this around if we unite, not just at the ballot box but in crafting a strategy to become not the reactors to the Left, but the actors crafting and carrying out our constitutional restoration while either laughing at or ignoring the Left, from obama on down.

This cannot work if only a few do so. It must be done en masse, with the emphasis being only on what the conservatives are DOING to right the nation, not that the conservatives are again WASTING time and energy fighting the Left’s lies, smears, phantoms and bogey men.

While the seriousness of what is being done to the nation and Sarah Palin cannot be understated, the bigger picture, imo, seems to be the Lefts constant offense and our ineffective defense.

Does our squirrel in the wheel reaction to the Left’s outrageous, evil behavior, which as seen in the last six days results in the Right running in circles trying to undo damage that can’t be undone, because the Left doubles and triples down, have to continue, ad infinitum?

What if we insisted in every interview, that the blood libel being perpetrated was outrageous, ridiculous and didn’t deserve a further response? That adults don’t indulge hysterical children, as the Left obviously is through their infantile reaction to unexpected occurances.

What if we said, NEXT QUESTION because we won’t waste our precious time and energy being turned inside out refudiating another Leftist witch hunt which has one goal,
Censorship of the Right.

Let’s ignore them totally and talk about getting the conservative agenda rolling; the massive will and political muscle that must be used in repealing obamacare, energy independence, tax cuts, protection of the unborn, ETC.

IOW, the Left will NEVER stop their lying, manipulate-a- crisis-to-defame-the-Right. We have let them become the alpha, always setting the table full of garbage and making us pull up a chair.

What if we ignored them, as one would a whining, whinging, child? What if we carried on as if they weren’t even in the room, doubling down on every behavior they insisted we stop while COMPETELY IGNORING their teenage demands, and calling them teenagers?

What if we stopped taking what they said seriously, because for animals such as they to call the Right uncivil (cowards, yes, but not uncivil) is really justifying them by the tremendous amount of attention we give to their hysterical, incredible crap.

What if we used the power we now have in the House, and rammed through everything possible to undo obama’s abuse, without caring ANYTHING AT ALL about what the media would say, because they will never be anything but the enemy.

What if we woke up and realized the Left only has power because we, by our acknowledgement of their existance, give it to them???? What if we began to act as statesmen and stateswomen, adults who refused to be distracted by vile bottomfeeders like our “president” and his minions. What if we set the narrative by exposing their evil legislation/executive orders/regulations/corruption and then went on the attack to reverse it all, undeterred by the smokescreens and firebombs that, pushing it aside and never taking our eye off of the Constitutional ball for one moment?

We Need A Unified Strategy to End our Allowance of the Left’s Domination of the Right.

tigerlily on January 13, 2011 at 6:29 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

I intended to watch, but he started out his show by wetting himself and thanking the president for being president and that wonderful speech. Made me want to puke because he fell for it like so many others. All the damage this POS has done to this country, and one speech where he doesn’t unload on all of us, and you are grateful?
Sickening!

silvernana on January 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Palin’s problem with doing interviews is not the toughness of the questioner, it’s who she can trust. Most anyone now in the old liberal media is out to get her. They would fire questions at her like -who is the prime minister of Indonesia? Is Syria Shiite or Sunni? What is pi to five decimals? They will also edit and set the camera work in a way to make her sound and look as bad as possible.

They will do that because every time a liberal ‘journalist’ counts coup on Palin, they get the high-fives at the next Manhattan cocktail party. They are out to destroy her, not get an informative interview. To destroy her in order to help their democratic party.

slickwillie2001 on January 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Christie may have a point. More than just unscripted TV appearances, Palin needs to get out of Alaska and meet people.

More than just shaking hands and giving speeches, she needs to do that retail politicking; state fairs, VFW meetings, away from the cameras, and organize the ground game. Meet people who could be potential cabinet members or senior staff.

Remember John McCain and his presidential campaign where he was somewhere every week end. When he ran out of money, he fired his staff, and carried his own bags, and kept going.

Perhaps she will, we’ll see what happens. I wouldn’t fault her if she didn’t run at all, just stayed with her TV personality gig.

Skandia Recluse on January 13, 2011 at 5:26 PM

WTF do you think she did all last summer you moron!

Sarah went coast to coast speaking to sold out stadiums and small venues alike.

Wise up.

gary4205 on January 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM

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

unseen….I’ve been saying this all day. *sigh*

tencole on January 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Lost in all of the squabbling about the use of the term “blood libel” is an under-appreciated fact. Palin’s statement yesterday was actually the most robust, unapologetic defense of vigorous democratic debate and the American system we’ve heard from any politician since Saturday, and that goes for President Obama’s speech as well. I don’t fault Obama by saying this. Obama was speaking at a memorial service (or at least that was his plan).
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/257106/blood-libel-and-beyond-jonah-goldberg
Palin did exactly what her detractors claimed she both must do and couldn’t do: give a grown up, mature statement. The timing was arguably ill-considered, given that it was bound to be overshadowed by the president’s remarks last night. But such criticism is hard to take from people who demanded that she speak up and then denounced her for doing exactly that. Likewise, the objections that she “injected herself into the story” are hard to take seriously from the same people who insisted she was the cause of the story in the first place. If she had waited a day and released her statement today, she would have been twice as vilified for re-opening the “wound” Obama the Healer had mended.

[...]

As for the “blood libel” flap, I’ve decided to ratchet down my already very modest objection to the term. While I still think it would have been better had she not used the phrase, so much of the criticism of it is in bad faith. Her intent was honorable and her point was right. Moreover, she’s hardly the first person to use the term outside the bounds of discussions of anti-Semitism. She wasn’t even talking about “the blood libel” but warning against the creation of “a blood libel,” which is exactly what Krugman, Olberman & Co. were doing. The “controversy” was a red herring and little more.

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:31 PM

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:27 PM

http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/01/round-up-of-reactions-to-gov-palins-americas-enduring-strength-message.html

First page of comments:

militantfeather says:
January 12, 2011 at 6:47 PM

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 6:31 PM

palin’s career suddenly ends…

sesquipedalian on January 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Palin’s still alive. What are you talking about?

portlandon on January 13, 2011 at 6:34 PM

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

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

She can handle the criticism…it’s her followers who can’t.

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Thanks yeah I found it…Good to know people listen to ya sometimes heh.

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM

dedalus on January 13, 2011 at 6:28 PM

And IMO it is doubtful Christie will be around long enough to undue squat. He may rail about how the unions/pensions/etc need cleaning up because that gets him publicity – personally I don’t see him in it for the long haul.

katiejane on January 13, 2011 at 6:36 PM

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Wow..Jetboy is a Rock Star..:)

Dire Straits on January 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

She can handle the criticism…it’s her followers who can’t.

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM

so which murderer do you support then for POTUS?

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Can’t ANYONE, EVER acknowledge the fact that when we speak of Palin, we are STILL speaking of an American CIVILIAN !!
Wet dreams over her running for ANY office should not have us sitting back and analyzing her every comment as NEEDING to focus on building her ‘cred’ as one intent on running !!
That is all so aggravating to me !!

pambi on January 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Christie FTW!!!

keepinitreal on January 13, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Mister Christie
You say Palin’s done
And you know that you’re the only one
To say, “No way.”

YOU’RE MOTORIN’!

Christien on January 13, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Can I just say that Christie is a disgusting fat POS, bully with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

All you Cristie bootlickers remember, the Mosque and amnesty issue is nothing, neither is his support for Castle. A red herring.

One wonders why Allah didn’t mention the fact this blowhard wants to be able to STEAL your unused gift cards and traveler’s checks to feed the government monster.

Even Joe Stalin would protect this crap. Property rights mean nothing to this ass.

gary4205 on January 13, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Sweetie, as long as she has us, she will always have a career. And she has much more than a career, she has a mission.

RepubChica on January 13, 2011 at 6:29 PM

I love this…..can I use it?

tencole on January 13, 2011 at 6:40 PM

protect = protest

Oy!

gary4205 on January 13, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Well, at least 22% of the people, anyway.
YYZ on January 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Does it hurt pulling numbers out of your as* that fast ?

You can like Sarah Palin as much as you want, but you can’t pretend she’s that popular.

YYZ on January 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM

I am not surprised by his comments. He’s made his decision, and it’s pretty much with Scott Brown and other newcomers to the scene. They will not support the base’s ardent desire.

They will clean up the budgets, however. That’s something.

AnninCA on January 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Wow..Jetboy is a Rock Star..:)

Dire Straits on January 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Don’t you forget it…matter of fact, smiiiiile when you say that ;)

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:44 PM

She’s not on a campaign yet, where she is unscripted. In person, she’s a force to be reckoned with.

And she still has the media by their collective b!alls, with free rent in their heads.

Tennman on January 13, 2011 at 6:44 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

I guess I’m in the 22%. The majority has been wrong before.

jimmy2shoes on January 13, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Can’t ANYONE, EVER acknowledge the fact that when we speak of Palin, we are STILL speaking of an American CIVILIAN !!
Wet dreams over her running for ANY office should not have us sitting back and analyzing her every comment as NEEDING to focus on building her ‘cred’ as one intent on running !!
That is all so aggravating to me !!

pambi on January 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Good post.

It’s appalling that so many people look at the world primarily through a political lens. Instead of focusing on the fact that Palin is a good person who has been mercilessly and unfairly attacked, they are thinking about her future as a politician. Unbelievable.

Bizarro No. 1 on January 13, 2011 at 6:45 PM

This thread is fixingto take a turn for the worse..

Dire Straits on January 13, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Palin’s still alive. What are you talking about?

portlandon on January 13, 2011 at 6:34 PM

They certainly do advertise their deepest, truest desires with delusions. I wouldn’t get a boner over the FOX crew last night–they got caught up in the kumbayah moment and the warm fuzzies. I suppose talking about a dead nine-year-old girl will have that effect. Nothing to see there.

RepubChica on January 13, 2011 at 6:45 PM

I think everyone was super-pleased by Obama’s speech. I liked both speeches, personally.

Sarah’s was important, too.

AnninCA on January 13, 2011 at 6:45 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.htmlBasilsbest 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

Thanks for fixing my link to Kohlmayer’s article. It’s well worth reading and is a great anti-dote to the pansy boy – isn’t Obama wonderful nonsense.

Basilsbest on January 13, 2011 at 6:46 PM

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Who’s stronger?

She is completely capable of taking on intervieweres, she will do it when she think the time is right for her. She doesn’t have to follow timetables set by you. And it’s kind of galling to see some so called conservatives measure “trength” by how many media interviews are done.

promachus on January 13, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I guess I’m in the 22%. The majority has been wrong before.

jimmy2shoes on January 13, 2011 at 6:44 PM

“The majority” was surely wrong in 2008.

And the polling from 1980 in the wake of the Nashua, New Hampshire debate, I find rather inspiring as well.

gryphon202 on January 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Fox News panel is still slobbering over the shindig and they quoted Rush from his show today where he said they were slobbering last night. And they are buying that the White House had no control over any of this. Hogwash! They should know better than that.

silvernana on January 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Good post.

It’s appalling that so many people look at the world primarily through a political lens. Instead of focusing on the fact that Palin is a good person who has been mercilessly and unfairly attacked, they are thinking about her future as a politician. Unbelievable.

Bizarro No. 1 on January 13, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Absolutely true. That’s what bothers me the most. But it bothered me with Angel and with O’Donnell, too.

They are attacking the women unmercilessly because they can.

AnninCA on January 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM

so which murderer do you support then for POTUS?

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

You just proved my point.

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Uh, Governor – Obama is always scripted. The real guy thinks we have 57 states and doctors cut off peoples legs to make an extra buck.

lonestar1 on January 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM

She is completely capable of taking on intervieweres, she will do it when she think the time is right for her. She doesn’t have to follow timetables set by you. And it’s kind of galling to see some so called conservatives measure “trength” by how many media interviews are done.

promachus on January 13, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Yeah, it’s galling, but I’ve come to accept it. Not everyone is on board yet. But when worse comes to worst, I think that the true patriots will really know what to do.

gryphon202 on January 13, 2011 at 6:49 PM

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Hey! We all want to be a big Rock Star..:)

Dire Straits on January 13, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Is she really finished this time? Are you sure. If you turn your back will she rise up?

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM

she will not be president in this decade, probably never. it’s not really news to most of us, but for conservatives, now it’s less dangerous to talk about it.

sesquipedalian on January 13, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Fox News panel is still slobbering over the shindig and they quoted Rush from his show today where he said they were slobbering last night. And they are buying that the White House had no control over any of this. Hogwash! They should know better than that.

silvernana on January 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM

They are just bending overboard to give “credit where credit is due.”

Most people do expect that and like it. It was really a good speech.

AnninCA on January 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Flyover country is red,state houses are red, the voters know that Sarah scares the hsit out of both parties. Cash goes straight to the candidates pretty much anymore so the RNC,Cornan and the “boys” are sol and they know it. The smarter rinos and Republicans will get with Sarah or get left out. We are ramped for 2012 and fixin to dump another load of deadbeat elected officials. Boma showed us his fans and they are TACKY!
Voters have shown that they can to large extent make up their own minds,this is driving the establishment pols,press nuts,we are not responding to their plan. The guys in the head shed are having a huge case of cognitive dissidence

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

she will not be president in this decade, probably never. it’s not really news to most of us, but for conservatives, now it’s less dangerous to talk about it.

sesquipedalian on January 13, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Now this is what pisses me off. Go away, douchebag.

gryphon202 on January 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

And IMO it is doubtful Christie will be around long enough to undue squat. He may rail about how the unions/pensions/etc need cleaning up because that gets him publicity – personally I don’t see him in it for the long haul.

katiejane on January 13, 2011 at 6:36 PM

He cut Corzine’s final budget by 2% and fought off several Dem attempts to raise taxes. He also signed a cap on property tax increases that will put the Dem unions in a tough spot. It will be nice if the US Congress can do something similar. He’s done enough in his first year to get Rush to say he loves him.

dedalus on January 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

she will not be president in this decade, probably never. it’s not really news to most of us, but for conservatives, now it’s less dangerous to talk about it.

sesquipedalian on January 13, 2011 at 6:49 PM

I still say, let the primaries sort it out. I’ll vote for her over the current other crop of GOP contenders. I do sort of like Huckabee, though.

AnninCA on January 13, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Voters have shown that they can to large extent make up their own minds,this is driving the establishment pols,press nuts,we are not responding to their plan. The guys in the head shed are having a huge case of cognitive dissidence

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I agree. I laughed when I saw the polls. 56% of people didn’t buy the media spin that rhetoric had zip to do with this.

That must frustrate them to no end. I can’t figure out why they are so slow. You jump the gun and are wrong? Well…take your hits, then.

AnninCA on January 13, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Christie is just reading the talking points of the Mike Castle Republicans.

He knows, as does everyone else, that Palin was criticized in 08 for being “rogue.” Now she’s too scripted. Riiiight

And not even a blowhard like Christie would have walked into an address like the one she gave yesterday without very careful preparation.

Doesn’t Christie have a constituent to ream out? or a gun law to write? or a meeting to attend for the Victory Mosque?

I’ll take her over this RINO blowhard any day.

james23 on January 13, 2011 at 6:54 PM

IOW, Sarah Palin can’t win this fight alone, or even with blogosphere support. We have to unite and start to DO something that has tangible results, such as:

Have a one day complete blackout of FOX. More blackouts to come until they get the message. No cable, internet, nothing. We made FOX and the product they are putting out is inferior. If they want to keep us, they have to remember who is the customer.

When we do this, make sure everyone knows we are acting in defense of Palin!!

Stop reacting to the Left and their teenage, hysterical lying and start speaking only of, as Palin says,”repealing, renewing and restoring”. Get and stay on offense, brush all Leftist memes aside like the rotting garbage they are.

This means you, Hannity, Beck, Rush, et al. This doesn’t mean not exposing their high crimes and misdemeanors, on the contrary, that is an integral part of the new Right Offense. We set the narrative. We set the table. And the Left eats what we serve up!

Make sure everyone knows we are acting in defense of Palin!!

If we don’t DO something, it’s all talk. If we don’t want Palin to be destroyed, we have to back her in our millions.
If we want her to run (at this point, I don’t think she will touch it with a ten foot pole), then we have to SHOW her something real, something tangible, not just words.

This is a defining moment. The GOP “men” of the establishment have joined obama and the Left in the feeding frenzy. They are either going to help him win in 2012 or are convinced he will, and they are feathering their nests accordingly. Quislings to the last “man”.

If we don’t rise up, and quickly, the chance for a Palin Presidency will be gone. The Left will have won.

Sarah Palin is just a human being. To carry this kind of burden is almost impossible without an outpouring of TANGIBLE support. We millions of Tea Partiers can do this for her, but the time is short. Let’s get going!

tigerlily on January 13, 2011 at 6:54 PM

AnninCA on January 13, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Huck is for amnesty and he’s weak on crime.

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 6:55 PM

sesquipedalian on January 13, 2011 at 6:49 PM

I guess now those conservatives who feel they can openly trash her should be spending a little of that time figuring out how they’re going to reach her base – unless they consider them unneeded. She will have no incentive to push the GOP party line, no reason to fundraise or rally the part of her base she retains.

katiejane on January 13, 2011 at 6:56 PM

OT: on Special Report, they just quoted Rush’s charge today that FNC slobbered all over Obama’s speech last night. Bret Baier looked Ashen, and Charles was predictably indignant. HA! Pass the grey poupon, Chuck! And stop slobbering.

james23 on January 13, 2011 at 6:56 PM

She is completely capable of taking on intervieweres, she will do it when she think the time is right for her. She doesn’t have to follow timetables set by you. And it’s kind of galling to see some so called conservatives measure “trength” by how many media interviews are done.

promachus on January 13, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I’m not setting timetables, but honestly, why wait? For what purpose? She has to “wait” until she’s ready to talk to other interviewers?

Sorry, that doesn’t fly.

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Wow..Jetboy is a Rock Star..:)

Dire Straits on January 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

LOL. I’ve always thought so.

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Here are a couple of paragraphs from Vasko Kohlmayer’s wonderful article at American Thinker.

This is what it boils down to: A madman shoots a Democrat congresswoman, and a group of innocent bystanders and liberals want to blame conservatives for it. This is worse than outrageous or cynical.

Liberals’ response to this atrocity is not a normal human reaction. Normal human beings do not think like that. The normal reaction to this kind of event is grief and tears. Only morally and emotionally deformed individuals could embark on a political smear campaign just moments after such a tragedy without possessing any facts whatsoever.

The criticisms of Palin’s speech are outrageous. She shouldn’t have had to defend herself from these scurrilous attacks. She did so with class. Her critics are not that much different than those described by Kohlmayer in the quoted paragraphs.

Basilsbest on January 13, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Funny how everyone else knows what Palin should do. If everyone is this concerned, she’s the top dog.

MrX on January 13, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I guess now those conservatives who feel they can openly trash her should be spending a little of that time figuring out how they’re going to reach her base – unless they consider them unneeded. She will have no incentive to push the GOP party line, no reason to fundraise or rally the part of her base she retains.

katiejane on January 13, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Great point, but first they have to figure out how to beat her. Lotsa luck with that. She’s like Robocop.

james23 on January 13, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I’m not setting timetables, but honestly, why wait? For what purpose? She has to “wait” until she’s ready to talk to other interviewers?

Sorry, that doesn’t fly.

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Why not wait until she has declared her intentions.

NoNails on January 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Dire Straits on January 13, 2011 at 6:49 PM

heh…btw, OT… but I sent THIS into the tips, Dire Straits tune gets banned in Canada…

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

dedalus on January 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

And that cap on property taxes has done zilch – it amounts to moving the deck chairs on the Titanic.

katiejane on January 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Sorry, that doesn’t fly.

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:56 PM

She should be out there, right now, mixing it up. Stay on her mantra of how the media was disgraceful to politicize mental illness and the death of so many people.

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Get ready for her to go totally RINO in all her votes for the next two years!

csdeven on January 13, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Anyone will eventually be “weak” on amnesty, I suspect. And I rather like his compassion.

I don’t like overaggressive prosecutors, personally. The one thing I did see work? In CA, for the first few years, the 3 strikes law really did get a lot of the truly dangerous criminals off the streets.

Then, as usual, prosecutors started the games. Now, it’s just a threat they use in negotiating.

And it’s unseemly, used that way.

AnninCA on January 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Dire Straits tune gets banned in Canada…

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

When you strike it down, it will rise again in far greater force…

Way to go, Canadians. Enshrining a word.

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 7:02 PM

There’s a part of me that says this Arizona tragedy will fade away quicker then we expect as all the other tragedies of the world quickly replace it.
We’ve been absorbed with this the past several days, but the world hasn’t changed. Our economy is still crumbling, terrorists still want to blow us up, war is still being fought and illegals are still flooding into out country through an open border.
If only all the other tragedies in our nation and world can all be resolved with a memorial service, a speech by Obama, and a pledge of unity and fuzzy warm feelings towards one another from members of congress.

We live under such delusions here. The world is still governed, as Rush says, by the aggressive use of force.
Arizona was a horrible unspeakable tragedy. In many nations, such tragedies are a weekly event. In some nations it is the government holding the gun.

I wonder about tragedies the people of North Korea must suffer daily. I wonder about the students standing in front of those tanks in Tienanmen Square would think about calls to tone down the rhetoric. What ever happened to that student who was photographed standing in front of that tank?
I wonder what freedom loving people in in Iran think of when they observe the events here, if able, the past few days.
I remember those brave individuals who marched and protested against the Iranian government. I remember Neda, shot down in the street by another type of madman. From and army of madmen wearing the uniform of a government of madmen. I think of her dying stare into the camera as her blood poured out onto the street. I think of all those others protesting for rights, risking their lives, many who disappeared or were arrested and brutalized, and wonder what they would think of Obama’s speech, Boehner’s tears, and calls to tone down the rhetoric?

JellyToast on January 13, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Why not wait until she has declared her intentions.

NoNails on January 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

She’s been opining on politics for quite a while now, and continues to. She’s in the spotlight, she can get an interview with pretty much anyone. So it’s not anything new she’d be getting into.

As for her intentions, come on now.

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Way to go, Canadians. Enshrining a word.

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 7:02 PM

It’s definetly a topic for another thread, but lemme just say I think banning that is stoopit.

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 7:03 PM

The criticisms of Palin’s speech are outrageous. She shouldn’t have had to defend herself from these scurrilous attacks. She did so with class. Her critics are not that much different than those described by Kohlmayer in the quoted paragraphs.

Basilsbest on January 13, 2011 at 6:58 PM

That is inevitable with her. She is the only one people are really paying attention to. Romney can hire his pollster, etc.

But Sarah owns the votes in the base, and everyone knows it. They are minimizing her just like they did Christine.

Here’s what they are playing chicken with. If they do that, will they drive off all those pocket-book voters who are women and mad? The Dems kept them for 1 election only.

I assert: This is the swing vote.

And I think the GOP is playing games, just as the Dems did.

How far will they go?

I don’t know, but they all lose my respect with the game. I do know that.

AnninCA on January 13, 2011 at 7:03 PM

There’s a part of me that says this Arizona tragedy will fade away quicker then we expect as all the other tragedies of the world quickly replace it.
We’ve been absorbed with this the past several days, but the world hasn’t changed. Our economy is still crumbling, terrorists still want to blow us up, war is still being fought and illegals are still flooding into out country through an open border.

I agree. To address the mental illness issue is actually, obviously, local education.

They could have stopped this kid.

AnninCA on January 13, 2011 at 7:07 PM

lemme just say I think banning that is stoopit.

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 7:03 PM

It just makes the term more powerful.

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 7:07 PM

The Republicans in Congress failed Sarah Palin. I believe they will fail the rest of us also.

silvernana on January 13, 2011 at 7:07 PM

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

What is next for Canada to ban..Elvis?!?..:)

PS..I am going to have to speak to Canopfor about this..:)

Dire Straits on January 13, 2011 at 7:07 PM

And that cap on property taxes has done zilch – it amounts to moving the deck chairs on the Titanic.

katiejane on January 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

It accomplishes two objectives:
1.) It spares homeowners, who currently pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation, yet another expense.
2.) It forces municipalities to confront unions rather than cave into them and bilk the residents.

dedalus on January 13, 2011 at 7:08 PM

I can read my comments 16 different ways to Sunday, but most of my mistakes I will never see until immediately after hitting the submit button.

JellyToast on January 13, 2011 at 7:08 PM

the thin-skinned meme went out the window when you nutcases accused Gov Palin of Murder.

unseen on January 13, 2011 at 6:17 PM

You must be new around here.

Move over AP, and make way for another candy-ass, Palin-hatin’ RINO.

She can handle the criticism…it’s her followers who can’t.

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM

No sh*t.

The Ugly American on January 13, 2011 at 7:08 PM

I intended to watch, but he started out his show by wetting himself and thanking the president for being president and that wonderful speech. Made me want to puke because he fell for it like so many others. All the damage this POS has done to this country, and one speech where he doesn’t unload on all of us, and you are grateful?
Sickening!

silvernana on January 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Wow. I dvd’d beck and came in about 10 minutes late and saw that he was just babbling. I turned him off. Even he doesn’t realize that obama slipped the knife between the ribs (metaphor here!) and can’t focus or form a strategy for dealing with a President who is the author of hatred and intent of choking free speech through intimidation and dancing on the graves of murder victims not yet buried, all the while laying back and watching Palin get burned at the stake of his own making.

Who will lead the resistance to defend Palin? She can’t do any more alone. Her work for the 2010 electoral victories were almost superhuman, and the thanks she receives is abandonment to the wolves. I am ashamed of America and the abortion president whose blood lust for the deaths of tiny children is only playing itself out in the blood lust for the rest of us, starting with Sarah Palin.

tigerlily on January 13, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Way to go, Canadians. Enshrining a word.

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Excellent Post!!..As always..:)

Dire Straits on January 13, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Absolutely true. That’s what bothers me the most. But it bothered me with Angel and with O’Donnell, too.

They are attacking the women unmercilessly because they can.

AnninCA on January 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Lumping those three individual women together like you did is nonsensical – they aren’t the same person, and they are deserving of different criticisms. Palin>Angle>O’Donnell.

I’m not a Palinista, but I like her and can see she doesn’t deserve any of the vitriol she’s received. I don’t like O’Donnell, I don’t believe she is a good person, and I believe she did deserve most of the negative attention directed her way. Ask yourself, what then could their sex have to do with my opposing opinions of them?

Anyway, your point doesn’t really have anything to do with the topic at hand. Unlike some people here, I don’t believe you troll intentionally. But, you still are doing it. You should think more before you post.

Bizarro No. 1 on January 13, 2011 at 7:11 PM

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Geroge Bush didn’t even talk policy let alone do policy interviews even after he threw his hat into the ring just 8 months before 200 elections. Read Karl Rove’s memoirs. And now you want Palin to do this stuff two years beofre elections? Dumb.

This is like the other day when the RINO briagde got into a snit and pressured her to declare her intentions like now, other wise she has no chance ever.

Sorry to say you are acting really dumb. And yes, why is only Palin being set these standards? Where are the polciy interviews of Romney? He was nowehre to be seen after the shallacking he got on Chris Wallace interview? What’s he got to hide?

promachus on January 13, 2011 at 7:13 PM

JellyToast on January 13, 2011 at 7:08 PM

I feel your pain…

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Dire Straits on January 13, 2011 at 7:11 PM

;)

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 7:15 PM

tigerlily on January 13, 2011 at 7:09 PM

You’re really a one-trick pony, aren’t you?

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 7:18 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

Well, O’bama refuses to do a live interview with Bill O’Reilly.

And Hillary Clinton only go on Fox News if she was interviewed by former CNN star Greta.

Del Dolemonte on January 13, 2011 at 7:18 PM

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Can you please link the other possible 2012 candidates interviews from the last two years?

I don’t recall Romney, Huckabee, Thune, Pawlenty, Daniels or any of the other possible candidates popping up on the Sunday shows for interview after interview.

Please provide evidence that the other candidates have done what you demand of Palin.

Maybe I missed them.

Also, it’s great to see things are back to normal at Hot Air where we call anyone who defends or supports Palin as being in a “cult” or her “followers”.

If you have a problem with a particular Palin supporter then call them out instead of leaning on the lame crutch of whining about her “followers”.

It’s pathetic.

chief on January 13, 2011 at 7:19 PM

tigerlily on January 13, 2011 at 7:09 PM

You’re really a one-trick pony, aren’t you?

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Debate what she writes, or leave her alone.

NoNails on January 13, 2011 at 7:19 PM

tigerlily on January 13, 2011 at 7:09 PM

The leaders of her own party is hanging her out to dry as her life is threatened by the loony left and the vile and hateful criticism is forcing her to seek protection for herself and her family. They’re going for the throat, to destroy her once and for all. If they are allowed to get by with that, we have no hope. John McCain, you gutless wonder, where are you? Why, the same place he was when members of his campaign staff were all over TV smearing her. None of them have a spine, and that especially includes the ball-less Mitt Romney.

silvernana on January 13, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 13, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Exactly. And Obaka and Hillary look like the cowards they are, too. That is the point.

ladyingray on January 13, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Geroge Bush didn’t even talk policy let alone do policy interviews even after he threw his hat into the ring just 8 months before 200 elections. Read Karl Rove’s memoirs. And now you want Palin to do this stuff two years beofre elections? Dumb.

This is like the other day when the RINO briagde got into a snit and pressured her to declare her intentions like now, other wise she has no chance ever.

Sorry to say you are acting really dumb. And yes, why is only Palin being set these standards? Where are the polciy interviews of Romney? He was nowehre to be seen after the shallacking he got on Chris Wallace interview? What’s he got to hide?

promachus on January 13, 2011 at 7:13 PM

I’m not talking about Bush, just Palin. Bush supporters even during the primaries were nothing like the Palinistas are today, where even constructive criticism of Palin sets her brigade of die-hards off like grenades exploding.

As for her announcing a run, I’m certainly not demanding she say so now. I mean, come on…we all know she’s going to run. I’ll bet a closet full of hats on that one!

Again tho, the ‘nistas are putting Palin on such a high pedestal all the time, and she is going to find herself in a bit of a pickle living up to that perch. When expectations are set too high, anything less is considered failure. Be careful how y’all deify this woman…she has to live up to all that.

JetBoy on January 13, 2011 at 7:22 PM

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