Christie on VP: Hey, Romney might be able to convince me

posted at 8:05 pm on April 30, 2012 by Allahpundit

If we’re going to have a daily “meaningless poll” post, it’s only right that what we have a “meaningless VP tea leaves” post too. That’s what election blogging is all about until, say, late September, when suddenly the news starts to matter. Five more months to go, filled with stuff just like this. How will we find time to post it all?

If you believe the CW that Romney wants a safe pick as VP, someone who’s bland but solid in the Portman/McDonnell mold, then Christie’s the longest shot in the field. He’d be a terrific attack dog against O and a forceful spokesman for fiscal conservatism a la Paul Ryan or Mitch Daniels, but Team Mitt will probably be scared off by the lack of regional diversity on the ticket and the fear that he’d say something on the trail that would haunt the campaign. The media enjoys Christie’s bombast right now because it makes for good copy and because they appreciate, I think, what a good communicator he is, but they’ll go looking for things he says to be fake-outraged about if he’s VP because he’ll pose a threat to O and the Democrats. I don’t think Romney wants to deal with it. Also, although Christie gets plenty of “RINO” critiques from the right, he’s still a bigger conservative star than Romney is, which would make the dynamic of the ticket potentially awkward. The same is true of Rubio, but Rubio’s so much younger than Romney — and looks even younger than he is — that the elder statesman/rising prodigy appeal of the ticket would prevent Romney from being overshadowed. (Same with Paul Ryan as VP.) Not so with Christie. Remember, this is a guy who told NRO a year ago that he knew he could win the nomination if he jumped in and ran against Romney. He’s probably right. Why would Mitt want to co-exist with someone in that position?

Two vids here, one of the VP comments and the other of Christie explaining why Jimmy Kimmel’s fat jokes at the WHCD didn’t bother him. Exit question via NBC and Slate: Did Obama make fun of himself for eating dog meat to give the media an excuse to bring up Romney’s Seamus episode again? It’s an easy pretext for news stories about the “dog wars.”


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Could be an interesting combination.

Gotta think on that one a bit.

coldwarrior on April 30, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Watch his weight. Seriously not a slam. If he’s dropping weight, he’s the guy.

forest on April 30, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Can’t be havin’ a 1/2 Gov. as the VP nominee…

Gohawgs on April 30, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Can’t be havin’ a 1/2 Gov. as the VP nominee…

Gohawgs on April 30, 2012 at 8:09 PM

1/2 term nor 1/2 a Gov., thanks to Jenny Craig…

Gohawgs on April 30, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I like Christie-but as Attorney General

gerrym51 on April 30, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Good God… hey Fat Boy, STFD and STFU…

SWalker on April 30, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Did Obama make fun of himself for eating dog meat to give the media an excuse to bring up Romney’s Seamus episode again? It’s an easy pretext for news stories about the “dog wars.”

I doubt it. Even the idiots at ObaMao HQ understand that they’ve lost that one. No, I think it’s President Thin-Skin’s attempt to join us in laughing at himself. He bragged about eating dog in his book. Bark ObaMao made his bed and now he’ll just have to sleep in that bad boy.

cicerone on April 30, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Romney and Christie would be a one way ticket to rinoville. If they stuck to fiscal issues fine. But I can see gay marriage, amnesty, appointment of judges that will come out of the closet as liberals, etc. Do.Not.Want.

Blake on April 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Romney needs a lap dog as a VP. That’s what VPs are. Lap dogs.

keep the change on April 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Can’t be havin’ a 1/2 Gov. as the VP nominee…

Gohawgs on April 30, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Chris Christie will never be a 1/2 Gov, a 1 3/4 or 2 1/2 Gov. maybe, if he drops a little weight.

SWalker on April 30, 2012 at 8:15 PM

He’d be a terrific attack dog against O and a forceful spokesman for fiscal conservatism a la Paul Ryan or Mitch Daniels, but Team Mitt will probably be scared off by the lack of regional diversity on the ticket and the fear that he’d say something on the trail that would haunt the campaign. The

Clinton didn’t worry about regional diversity with Gore. Perhaps they shouldn’t worry about that this year. Wish I knew.

blatantblue on April 30, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Watch his weight. Seriously not a slam. If he’s dropping weight, he’s the guy.

forest on April 30, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I don’t know. He’s pretty adept at making that line against him backfire. That said, I hope he does lose at least some weight so that he’s in a healthy range.

Esthier on April 30, 2012 at 8:17 PM

The Democrats will have a field day with his weight.

JPeterman on April 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

God no..please no.

bazil9 on April 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Christie is a RINO. Live in Jersey, voted for Christie..but he is NO conservative. Don’t believe me: Ask Mark Levin. Why?? How about guns, judicial appointments, global warming just to name a few. And the press would love to add “out of touch” and show Christie climbing out of the state helicopter at his kids football game. That won’t play too much into their hands? Right?
I know you like his tough talk to the unions…but take away that now OVERPLAYED tough guy routine and there is nothing there.

Dan Pet on April 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

I like him, but no. He’s saying this because he’s worried about Booker.

Christie would mobilize the Teacher’s Union unlike anyone but Scott Walker. I don’t know how he could offset those numbers in the Mid-West.

budfox on April 30, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Christie endorsed Romney right away; Romney must just appreciate such loyalty, unlike Ryan, Jindal or Rubio who endorsed much, much later.

IR-MN on April 30, 2012 at 8:19 PM

He’s not conservative enough and he his personality would drown out Romney. Not a good pick.

CW on April 30, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Romney and Christie would be a one way ticket to rinoville. If they stuck to fiscal issues fine. But I can see gay marriage, amnesty, appointment of judges that will come out of the closet as liberals, etc. Do.Not.Want.

Blake

Perfect.

Dan Pet on April 30, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Has Coulter regained consciousness yet?

conservative pilgrim on April 30, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Christie enjoys good ties with the press (like McCain did). If he’s against Obama in the race (like McCain), the media will turn on him. He better be sure he wants to do this, cause the liberal maggots in the media will have no problem tearing him apart.

rubberneck on April 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Clinton didn’t worry about regional diversity with Gore. Perhaps they shouldn’t worry about that this year. Wish I knew.

blatantblue on April 30, 2012 at 8:16 PM

I can’t imagine it making a huge difference in this election, but I honestly have no idea.

Esthier on April 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM

He’s morbidly obese.
It’s immoral to run for (not exactly run, it would be more like hurrying with pauses to catch his breath) office when he’s not in optimal health. What if he did have to step into the presidency? Could we depend on him continuing to live?
Yes he’s smart and yes we all enjoy the clips where he gives some idiot what they deserve but let’s try to be a little serious since we’re already in so much trouble.

vityas on April 30, 2012 at 8:23 PM

More likely that Romney picks Ayotte. He’s mentioned her as someone he might pick, and was campaigning with her today.

Jon0815 on April 30, 2012 at 8:23 PM

He’d be a terrific attack dog against O and a forceful spokesman for fiscal conservatism a la Paul Ryan or Mitch Daniels, but Team Mitt will probably be scared off by the lack of regional diversity on the ticket and the fear that he’d say something on the trail that would haunt the campaign.

Bush picked Cheney. Both lived and voted in Texas. Of course Bush served. As for Christie committing a gaffe, that’s possible. It won’t be long before he tells some idiot to shutup. Then again, Americans don’t really mind this kind of behavior.

rubberneck on April 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Good to see Gov.Christie has ‘thick political skin’,
on the fat jokes,compared to the Left!

canopfor on April 30, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I can’t imagine it making a huge difference in this election, but I honestly have no idea.

Esthier on April 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM

It’s such an national, existential election this year.

I am unsure that regional diversity should be a priority for our pick.

blatantblue on April 30, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Christie explaining why Jimmy Kimmel’s fat jokes at the WHCD didn’t bother him.

A bit embarrassed, but I did chuckle at Kimmel’s riff: “Governor of the Garden State, not the Olive Garden State”.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on April 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Remember, this is a guy who told NRO a year ago that he knew he could win the nomination if he jumped in and ran against Romney. He’s probably right. Why would Mitt want to co-exist with someone in that position?

Wrong! Christy wouldn’t have made it any longer than Herman did, for “other reasons”. He’s never felt the full weight of the national liberal media, (west of the Hudson River). We don’t need two “northeastern” candidates.

Rovin on April 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Christie?
Nooooooo!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2012 at 8:29 PM

The Obumbler picked Biden…Let me repeat that, The Obumbler picked Biden! A no nothing Senator in Chicago picked a racist Senator from Delaware and we are worried about “Regional Issues”? Please Romper Room is dismissed!!

Tbone McGraw on April 30, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Good God… hey Fat Boy, STFD and STFU…

SWalker on April 30, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Ladies and Gentleman another Tolerant, Open Minded liberal has entered the building, close and lock the door before anymore get it gets out! I’ll flush him down the toilet when we stop his breathing.

Tbone McGraw on April 30, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Has Coulter regained consciousness yet?

conservative pilgrim on April 30, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Yeah, she had one hell of an org*sm.

Blake on April 30, 2012 at 8:35 PM

They’re all changing their tune now that it looks like Romney might win this thing.

Mr. Arkadin on April 30, 2012 at 8:36 PM

He’d be a terrific attack dog against O

It seems… Romney already has that covered.

Hog Wild on April 30, 2012 at 8:41 PM

…NOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooo…!!!!!!!!

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2012 at 8:42 PM

The media enjoys Christie’s bombast right now…

Just so we’re all clear, here’s the OED:

Pronunciation: /ˈbɒm-/ /ˈbʌmbəst/ /-bæst/

Forms: 15 bombaste, bumbaste, 15–17 bumbast, 15– bombast.

Etymology: A variant of bombace n., bombase (French bombace ), in 16th cent. pronounced /bɔmˈbaːs/ , the t being either simply phonetic (the converse of bass, bast ) or perhaps influenced by the past participle bombast of bombase v. Originally accented on second syllable, as still in Byron: but already in Shakespeare on the first. Most dictionaries make the first syllable /bʌm-/ , but contemporary usage favours /bɒm-/.

†1.

a. The soft down of the cotton-plant; raw cotton; cotton-wool. Obs.

†b. attrib. Cotton. Obs.

†2.

a. Cotton-wool used as padding or stuffing for clothes, etc. Obs. exc. Hist.

†b. fig. Padding, stuffing; stopping of the ears.

3.

a. fig. Inflated or turgid language; high-sounding language on a trivial or commonplace subject; ‘fustian’; ‘tall talk’. [This sense has been erroneously supposed to have originated in the name of Paracelsus (P.A.T. Bombast von Hohenheim).]

b. transf.

Cotton! Nothing to do with bombs!

Tzetzes on April 30, 2012 at 8:46 PM

God no..please no.

bazil9 on April 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

:O

christie’s a super cool dude :)

DHChron on April 30, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Geez! This is not an audition of Laurel & Hardy….this got to be a joke?

journeymike on April 30, 2012 at 8:48 PM

That’s what VPs are. Lap dogs.

keep the change on April 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Dick Cheney ?
:O

burrata on April 30, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Yeah, she had one hell of an org*sm.

Blake on April 30, 2012 at 8:35 PM

LOL!

bazil9 on April 30, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I don’t care if the VP candidate (or any candidate)for that matter is fat as Jabba The Hut or as skinny as an anorexic model.

NOOOOOOO to Chris.

bazil9 on April 30, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Wrong on too many issues.

But in good in Joisey.

profitsbeard on April 30, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Wrong on too many issues.

But in good in Joisey.

profitsbeard on April 30, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Exactly.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

what issues is Christie wrong on? just a question…I really don’t know.

DHChron on April 30, 2012 at 9:12 PM

What is considered a conservative by New Jersey standards is considered a liberal in fly-over country. If Romney wants no support from conservatives, Christie is a great choice (second amendment, judicial appointments, etc.).

bw222 on April 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

If Romney picks a WASP male as a running mate, the Obama team is going to double down on the race card. Bad idea, Mitt.

Just sayin’.

sage0925 on April 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

T-Paw would be better VP. T-Paw is the only one besides Daniels who is not serving office right now.

BroncosRock on April 30, 2012 at 9:32 PM

A Rino and a Hippo.Both north eastern moderates .That will play well with the conservative base and assure a great turn out.

logman1 on April 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Watch his weight. Seriously not a slam. If he’s dropping weight, he’s the guy.

forest on April 30, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I like him a lot but not sure I want him as a vp. as for the weight thing, not really an issue for the VP position though, not this election year anyways…besides, look at Biden, soon he’ll be like M Jackson, all those liftings and botox injections, he looks terrible, apart from being terribly inept…the man is a joke really and nobody really cares…

jimver on April 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM

.Both north eastern moderates .That will play well with the conservative base and assure a great turn out.

logman1 on April 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Thats what I think too…besides, Christie is not a conservative.

Mimzey on April 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM

The Democrats will have a field day with his weight.

JPeterman on April 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

They did when he ran against Corzine in 2010, and look how that turned out.

Myron Falwell on April 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM

.Both north eastern moderates .That will play well with the conservative base and assure a great turn out.

logman1 on April 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Thats what I think too…besides, Christie is not a conservative.

Mimzey on April 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM

+1

Christie is a nice guy, and he can talk straight, but… no. He’s be great as a keynote speaker at the convention, though.

Myron Falwell on April 30, 2012 at 10:26 PM

They did when he ran against Corzine in 2010, and look how that turned out.

Myron Falwell on April 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM

HE WON BECAUSE OF TEA PARTY, AND PARTLY BECAUSE OF CORZINE’S SCANDAL!

Yes, I’m shouting. People here in HA forgot who was FIGHTER and DEFENDER OF CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES ESPECIALLY 2009-2010.

TheAlamos on April 30, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Even though the thought of Cristie being the VP nominee gives AP a boner, the country will never go for two north-eastern semi-liberal GOP governors on the ticket.

RoadRunner on April 30, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Christie is a RINO. Live in Jersey, voted for Christie..but he is NO conservative. Don’t believe me: Ask Mark Levin. Why?? How about guns, judicial appointments, global warming just to name a few. And the press would love to add “out of touch” and show Christie climbing out of the state helicopter at his kids football game. That won’t play too much into their hands? Right? I know you like his tough talk to the unions…but take away that now OVERPLAYED tough guy routine and there is nothing there.

Dan Pet on April 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

THIS!

deepdiver on April 30, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Nope. Please no. Christie is great fiscally, everywhere else, there is not a bit of difference between his positions and the democrats.

AZfederalist on April 30, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Take a hike on this jackass RINO, Allapundit. I know you love Christie, but he will not be the nominee. If I were Romney I would pick Daniels, but I truly have no idea who Mittens will select.

James Thomas on April 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Maybe his gun-grabber tendencies would offset Romney’s gun-grabbing tendencies.

bbhack on May 1, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Romney and Christie would be a one way ticket to rinoville. If they stuck to fiscal issues fine. But I can see gay marriage, amnesty, appointment of judges that will come out of the closet as liberals, etc. Do.Not.Want.

Blake on April 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Don’t forget both of them muslims and sharia sympathizers. Both FOR ground zero mosque.

American Dream 246 on May 1, 2012 at 2:11 AM

go please no romney!

Pragmatic on May 1, 2012 at 2:37 AM

God please no to Romney, I meant to say

Pragmatic on May 1, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Maybe his gun-grabber tendencies would offset Romney’s gun-grabbing tendencies.

bbhack on May 1, 2012 at 12:11 AM

As one who has no use for Romney and even less for Christie, I think their gun-grabbing tendencies pale in comparison to Turdboy’s. The whole Fast & Furious thing was an attempt to shift public opinion in favor of more gun control even at the cost of Mexican and American lives. I believe strongly that Romney, in all his glorious RINO-ness, would never do that.

swinia sutki on May 1, 2012 at 5:43 AM

The Democrats will have a field day with his weight.

JPeterman on April 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

If they do it will back fire on them big time. I’m talking Wellstone-level backfiring.

DethMetalCookieMonst on May 1, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Oh, please! Try cleaning up NJ Bluto!

insidiator on May 1, 2012 at 7:53 AM

This arrogant bully needs to be kept far away from the White House. We have all seen what these types of people are willing to do with power. I could care that he happens to loathe teacher’s union folks, that doesn’t excuse his puffed up ego and his penchant to bully everyone into submission. The fact that Ann (never turn your back on her) Coulter likes him makes it a double problem. He is not this conservative’s choice for much of anything – save for walking a beat in a tough neighborhood.

Don L on May 1, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Christie is good on certain fiscal issues, particular where education and the teachers’ unions are concerned. However, is far from being an across-the-board conservative, especially on social issues. And those types of issue are where Romney is weakest. It makes no sense for him to pick a vice-presidential nominee who will not give him some additional credibility in those areas, unless he thinks Christie’s “attack dog” persona makes up for it, which I don’t.

Shump on May 1, 2012 at 9:37 AM

blo·vi·ate/ˈblōvēˌāt/ Verb: Talk at length, esp. in an inflated or empty way. It’s what comes to mind when considering the northeastern establishment liberal Chris Christie, who failed to join over half the states in their suit to overturn Obamacare. When the Supremes weigh in in June, and throw out this unconstitutional monstrosity, he will have major egg on his Rino face.

Tripwhipper on May 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Dan Pet on April 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Besides what Dan Pet alluded to, Christie has said umpteen times he has no interest in being VP! He loves the job he has!

So, we may conclude, as of this latest pronouncement, that he is also a fat liar!

tomshup on May 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

As one who has no use for Romney and even less for Christie, I think their gun-grabbing tendencies pale in comparison to Turdboy’s. The whole Fast & Furious thing was an attempt to shift public opinion in favor of more gun control even at the cost of Mexican and American lives. I believe strongly that Romney, in all his glorious RINO-ness, would never do that.

swinia sutki on May 1, 2012 at 5:43 AM

Without a doubt. Another go with this admin and you better get good at lying to the jackboots when they come to your door.

bbhack on May 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Ann Coulter must be about ready to tinkle herself over this.

Reggie1971 on May 1, 2012 at 3:59 PM