Quotes of the day

posted at 10:42 pm on February 16, 2011 by Allahpundit

“With just one impressive speech, Chris Christie put three full days of CPAC speakers to shame.

“That’s the bottom line from a bipartisan panel of experts, who watched the New Jersey governor’s address on Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute for POLITICO – and drew a sharp contrast between Christie and the cattle call of potential GOP hopefuls at the just-concluded conservative gathering…

“‘He hit precisely the right notes people are looking for,’ Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons said of the Republican, citing the governor’s focus on getting the states and nation’s fiscal house in order…

“‘He looked presidential in the kind of Hollywood sense,’ Simmons said. ‘The Bulworth, straight-talking politician. John Goodman on The West Wing. Republican guy from the heartland. He looked that part but it’s a long way to go from there to the White House.’”

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“The way to understand Christie, says Ben Dworkin, director of the Institute for New Jersey politics at Rider University, ‘is he has the leadership skills of a powerful prosecutor who happens to be governor. He argues his case in the press, and he stays on the attack constantly.’ As a federal prosecutor in New Jersey, Christie never lost a corruption case, and there were plenty in a state best known for The Sopranos. His favorite phrase: ‘Heads I win, tails you lose.’ Yet he’s declined to join other Republican governors and attorneys general in challenging Obama’s health care reform. He says he doesn’t have the money to fool around with that stuff right now, and if the law is found unconstitutional, New Jersey will benefit without having to kick in legal fees.

“His refusal to join in suggests a degree of pragmatism that is attractive to non-true believers. This is a guy who has focused his message of change, and is clear about what he stands for. This is distinct from Obama’s message of change, which meant different things to different people in 2008 and left almost everybody disappointed…

“Christie’s tough-guy approach is working, making him a national figure after just 13 months in office. ‘He commands the bully pulpit more effectively than any other governor we have seen in modern history,’ says Dworkin, who predicts Christie will deliver the keynote address at the GOP convention in 2012.”

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DYLAN RATIGAN, HOST: Go ahead, Jonathan. Set all of that aside, just your evaluation of [New Jersey Governor Chris] Christie, period, as a politician and his rhetoric.

JONATHAN CAPEHART, WASHINGTON POST: I think Chris Christie is terrific. Here’s a guy whose tough talk is matched up by tough action. All those things he’s talking about, he talked about at AEI today, those are all things he’s done with the exception of dealing with entitlements and things like that which he doesn’t really have to deal with because he’s a governor. But because he’s a governor in a state with deep financial problems and is forced every day, day in and day out, to make decisions, you know, he’s, he’s making them and he’s not sugar-coating them. He’s not trying to be anybody’s friend. He, you know, President Obama talks about adult conversations. Speaker Boehner talks about adult conversations surrounding the big, tough issues that face the country. Chris Christie is the one who’s actually having the adult conversation and making the tough decisions. And when people get in his face and try to yell back at him, he yells back. He actually yells back, which is why I think is driving his popularity.

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Christine Todd Christie

Angry Dumbo on February 17, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Angry Dumbo on February 17, 2011 at 8:54 AM

If he turns out to be like her, no matter what he says, he will suffer the same fate. Anonymity!

Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Ah, the Elite Beltway crowd have found a horse they can ask ‘how’s it hanging’?’ Unfortunately, they’ve not found an true red elephant—that’s Sarah Palin—but a donkey-ish kind of horse.

That’s they’re ululating about Christie is a mark of their very substantial fear of Palin. She’d devastate Christie in debates cuz he’s weak on everything Conservative, except beating up on teachers’ unions.

Chris Christie, RINO.

SilentWatcher on February 17, 2011 at 8:59 AM

The difference between Gov. Christie and Gov. Walker in Wisconsin could not be any more dramatic. One talks a big game, the other takes action.

If you really care about limited government and the deficit, the time for talk is over. Rather than debating whether Christie is a RINO, we need to be supporting Governor Walker who is being called Mini-Mubarak by the union thugs of the left and the Obama Media.

Angry Dumbo on February 17, 2011 at 9:08 AM

So he wants NJ to go along for a free ride with the other states who are putting their money where their mouth is to defeat Ocare and will be glad to reap the benefits when it is declared unconstitutional. We have a neighbor like that who doesn’t pay into the road fund but loves to drive on it when it’s freshly plowed.

Kissmygrits on February 17, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Too bad Christie’s not going to run because he might be our best chance of taking back the Oval office.

keepinitreal on February 17, 2011 at 9:19 AM

2016 dream showdown: Christie v. Cuomo

ernesto on February 17, 2011 at 9:28 AM

What is a “non-true” believer? A false believer?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 17, 2011 at 10:07 AM

I don’t give a rat’s hind-leg what ANYBODY thinks about it… I just love that guy. Right now, we’re looking at several state governor’s taking on their teacher’s unions, and Christie led the way on that.

He doesn’t have to meet the purity standards set by Palinistas and Paulbots in order to have my support. It’s his if he decides he wants it. And that’s because he really IS the only politician in this country willing to walk his own talk.

Murf76 on February 17, 2011 at 11:08 AM

All this Bull#@$! about supporting Christie because of the fear of Sarah.
What many fear from Sarah are the coattail losses she’ll bring down with her because she’s not electable.
Christie can go face to face with any reporter or pol and not look foolish or weak. Sarah plays it safe with the amen chorus of talk show hosts and Fox’s and Friends that fawn all over her.
If I want to vote for a hot woman who I agree with 99% of the time I’ll vote for my wife. If I want a winner I’ll go with Christie.

crashman on February 17, 2011 at 11:26 AM

crashman, coattail losses like what happened in the 2010 election when she had a 75% win record, something no one else has ever had? Christie is weak. He’s a RINO. Ask him about immigration, the Islamist he’s sticking on NJ courts, the border, etc. Ask him about Conservative issues that won handily in 2010. Chris Christie is absent and running scared on all of them, that’s why he’s ducking reporters. Palin has been interviewed by a variety of reporters, even while they like to claim that she ducks them. Christie is afraid to land a punch on Obama; Palin has been using Obama as a punching bag since 2008. Palin supported genuine Conservatives so we have a chance to see true reform; Christie supported MS, PhD in Mike Castle and other RINOs.

Chris Christie, one-note blowhard who hopes to ride the one note into the WH, who hopes that Conservatives ignore his duck and run on critical issues. Tell Christie to answer Mark Levin’s questions. Why can’t he go on Levin’s show now, the way he did when he was running for governor? Here’s why: Christie doesn’t want to go on record with his RINO answers to hard questions that the Conservative base fully realize he’s a Democrat-lite. Well, I’m part of the base, and Chris Christie isn’t a speck on the horizon.

If he’s the GOP candidate, Obama’s welcome to the WH cuz Christie will be no better.

SilentWatcher on February 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

SilentWatcher on February 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

That’s a mouthful from someone who obviously can’t discuss Sarah’s liabilities, which mainly are she quit when she had time to finish her term and she can’t get elected beyond the RINO hating base.
Dude, I LIKE her but I despise Obama more. You Palinistas really can’t discuss her without the vitriol lobbed at those who earn the Scarlet Letter “RINO”.
Levin is pandering to his demos, as do the big 3 before him. And I like his impersonation of Bob Grant. All 3 hours.But he knows where his bread is buttered.
If you’ve followed Christie’s career as a prosecuter you wouldn’t be calling him a coward, which at this point sounds hysterical and histrionic. You’d have to have lived in NJ to know what busting the Mob and bullying the unions takes.. and it takes more than a coward, as you see him.
Here, I’ll save you …you only have to say RINO once and the rant will take up less space.
But I mean it in a good way………

crashman on February 17, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I like the part of the question where the premise is… Since even if you do everything to fix Jersey that is possible, and it works… it won’t be enough to save the state if the federal government goes down the tube?
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The implied conclusion is… why even try on a local level if you’re not willing to do the heavy lifting on a national level?-
Damn it all… The premise is wrong… Think in terms of a forest fire. The feds are at this moment blowing on the embers and throwing more fuel on (debt). Had they allowed most of the dead wood and underbrush to burn out the forest would be healthier and the fire would be almost out by now.
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Christy is doing just that where he can. The hope is that our state has enough resistance to the coming flames to survive in spite of the feds debt orgy.
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Saving the home front is a very useful thing when the nation overall is lining up for financial calamity.
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RalphyBoy on February 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Christy is doing just that where he can. The hope is that our state has enough resistance to the coming flames to survive in spite of the feds debt orgy.
Saving the home front is a very useful thing when the nation overall is lining up for financial calamity.
RalphyBoy on February 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Ralph, I don’t think anyone who has voted in NJ knows how ballsy his agenda is. It’s a different climate and many “Pure Conservatives” lay in the trash heap of electoral thrashings in Senate, House and Gubernatorial elections there.
I thought his candor about SSI and Medicare where better than what we here from those in Washington and he’s right about Republicans if they don’t stop acting so meek about the debt.
2 brothers moved south because of NJ taxes and fees. I live in Ohio and couldn’t afford to live there after my layoff.
If you watch AP’s clips you have to at least admit WHY he’s appealing to some.
Hey, we didn’t say RINO once!

crashman on February 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Too bad Christie’s not going to run because he might be our best chance of taking back the Oval office.

keepinitreal on February 17, 2011 at 9:19 AM

If the nation calls, if he knows he is the one that can take the reins from Obama, he will run.
I am a huge Palin fan, but Christie has the “it” factor for the independents that Sarah does not.
He can win, if he keeps his momentum going…and he will run.
This is his choice: Run and win or
Let Obama win, and he has to wait another 4 years, does he have the endurance to stay in New Jersey for 6 more years? With a conservative senate and house, the dems may win another 4 years, so he may have to wait 8 years…
No, he will be called to duty, to serve our country, if he is needed…and right now he is the leader.

right2bright on February 17, 2011 at 4:24 PM

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