Weekly Standard: Christie now under “serious consideration” for VP?

posted at 4:51 pm on August 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

Bill Kristol’s been a Christie booster for ages so it’s tempting to dismiss this as wishful thinking, but I don’t know. Makes more sense now than it did three months ago.

Speaking of Christie: As of Friday, when we wrote the editorial [recommending Ryan or Rubio for VP], we’d been led to believe Christie wasn’t in serious consideration. We now have reason to think he may be. So to be clear: We’d certainly include him with Ryan and Rubio as potential gold medal finalists. As to choosing among the three of them? A photo finish. But choosing a VP candidate who will help Romney run a big, forward looking campaign—that is not a close call.

We’re three months out from election day and Romney’s favorables are still upside down. In Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll, Obama’s suddenly ahead for just the second time in two months. The last wispy chances of an economic recovery before election day evaporated long ago, yet according to Nate Silver’s statistical model of the electoral college, Obama would crack 300 EVs (barely) if the election were held today. If you believe Major Garrett, even Romney’s own advisors are worried that he’s been “too rich for too long” to put some undecideds at ease. And because political news today moves faster than it did 30 years ago, there’s no telling if the convention and the debates will shift votes as dramatically as they did for Reagan against Carter.

If, in other words, the campaign’s decided that it needs some oomph, who better than Christie to provide it? Arguably only Rubio would jolt the race more, but Rubio’s lack of experience would be a bigger problem for the ticket than Christie’s would for the simple, silly, superficial reason that Rubio looks so much younger than his age. People will look at him and be amazed that he’s 35, a bad reaction when you’re presenting him as the man you want one heartbeat away. Christie’s older and looks the part of a seasoned pol even though he’s only held major political office as long as Rubio has, so he’s easier (though necessarily easy) to sell in that role. Beyond that, Christie’s better suited to the campaign demands of the VP role than Rubio is: Romney needs an attack dog and that’s not really who Rubio is. He’s more of an uplift guy a la Obama 2004 than a streetfighter, whereas Christie’s the preeminent streetfighter in the GOP right now. And like Rubio and Paul Ryan and precious few others, Christie can deliver big-picture fiscal conservatism on the stump like few other politicians in America can.

The argument against picking him has always been that (a) he’ll overshadow Romney and (b) he’s enough of a loose cannon that he’ll say something damaging on the stump. As to the latter point, Christie’s been stumping for Romney for months without any miscues; in fact, he’s trusted enough that Romney chose him, among the Republican all-stars who were with him, to give the closing remarks at the big GOP confab in Colorado a few days ago. He’s not a dummy. He can rein himself in with the stakes this high. As to the former point, the more the election looks like it’s slipping away from Romney, the more I’d bet he’s willing to make peace with the idea of a larger-than-life VP if that guy can help him win. And Christie probably can help: Just four days ago, an FDU poll of the deep blue state of New Jersey found CC with a 55 percent approval rating there, including 65 percent approval among independents. Some conservatives would argue that that’s because Christie, apart from fiscal issues, is basically a centrist, but I doubt Romney cares about that either. If tea partiers are willing to line up behind the guy who signed off on RomneyCare in the interest of bouncing The One, adding a guy to the ticket who believes in global warming isn’t going to deter them. The question at this point is, simply, would Christie increase Romney’s chances of winning more than any of the other shortlisters? There’s an argument to be made that, yeah, he would. Risky, but potentially high reward.


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HELL NO!!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Please don’t Romney. The man has a temper.

terryannonline on August 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The only upside I see to this is that a Romney loss then tears down two RINOs instead of just one.

Stoic Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Christie supports: MMGW, GZM, Gun Control.
He’s a sure winnah to fire–up the base. ///

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

HELL NO!!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Hey, we need him here in New Jersey! If he goes to D.C., let it be in some useful capacity, like Atty Gen.

Archivarix on August 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Christie VP Nominee Acceptance speech Leaked excerpt:

“….because shut up. What are you gonna do about it? Huh? Tough guy?”

portlandon on August 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Oh yes fantastic. Lets have a fake hardman, leftist, statist, bullying, morbidly obese, gun-grabbing pig to compliment Lord RINO.

It will play very well in the South and Midwest, rally the base, and really scare the Dems. If we can’t have Elizabeth Warren lets have Humpty Dumbo.

CorporatePiggy on August 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Why not.

gerrym51 on August 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

My fear, if they take both Romney and Christie from the East Coast… Well, my fear is that the whole country will tip over and capsize.

Fallon on August 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Absolutely not.

Wrong policy positions and a lack of self-control that could only be acceptable in Jersey.

I cannot think of anyone less suited in temperament to be second in line to the presidency.

INC on August 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Look, it’s the northeastern Tea TepidParty….

idesign on August 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I hope these rumors are wrong. This would make voting very depressing.

Rose on August 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I’m still trying to figure out why Bill Kristol should be considered a credible source.

Mark1971 on August 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Christie would be perfect for mittens; one figurative RINO teams up with a figurative and literal RINO/Rhino

Pragmatic on August 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

“Take their guns, AND the Cannolis.”

- Chris “Clemenza” Christie.

portlandon on August 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

This would be a poor choice and a sure sign that Romney is panicking. I honestly don’t think it is likely.

sharrukin on August 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

let it be in some useful capacity, like Atty Gen.

Archivarix on August 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Why, so he can destroy the second amendment?

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I’d rather have Paul Ryan.

magicbeans on August 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Dumb Dumb Dumb, now is not the time to spit on conventional tactics.

Romney needs balanced ticket. Surest way to lose Florida and Virginia and possibly N Carolina is a two ticket northeastern Republican team.

Skwor on August 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

More pictures like that, lookin’ all presidential and stuff, oughta help too.

SailorMark on August 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

larger-than-life VP

We see what you did there.

Bouncing Beatnik on August 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Allah. you keep looking at liberal pollsters and believing their tommyrot.

this is not slipping away.

However I like Christie.He is no more moderate than Mitt is and Mitt is the nominee. If your worrying that this will put Christie in position for 2020-eight years away is eight years away.

One thing for sure. Christie would be ponding on Harry Reid right now.

gerrym51 on August 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM

It’s because he’s afraid he’ll lose the votes of Evangelicals who are leery about voting for a Mormon…

Romney-Christie — Putting “Christ” into the ticket … or something

aunursa on August 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM

“Take their guns, AND the Cannolis.”

- Chris “Clemenza” Christie.

portlandon on August 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

ROFL!!

Bitter Clinger on August 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

and mittens STILL sux!

Pragmatic on August 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

If, in other words, the campaign’s decided that it needs some oomph, who better than Christie to provide it?

I dunno… mebbe an actual conservative on the ticket? (not another “severely conservative” northeastern moderate like Christie).

My picks- Palin (unlikely), Perry (somewhat more likely, but a longshot), Jindal (pleasepleaseplease), Ryan (fiscal policy chops) etc.

cs89 on August 6, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Christie could not win New Jersey for Romney-but he might win Pennsylvania for Romney.

gerrym51 on August 6, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Christie would be perfect for mittens; one figurative RINO teams up with a figurative and literal RINO/Rhino

Pragmatic on August 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

and mittens STILL sux!

Pragmatic on August 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I think we got it the first time.

Bitter Clinger on August 6, 2012 at 5:02 PM

“Take their guns, AND the Cannolis.”

- Chris “Clemenza” Christie.

portlandon on August 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Damn. A Hell’s Kitchen reference on HotAir. That’s why I come here. :-)

Stoic Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Christie is an unnecessary distraction; pick boring white guy Portman.

bobs1196 on August 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Who cares if Christie believes in global warming or gun control? Neither of those will matter if our finances keep going the way they are. Good luck worrying about social issues or things like GW and GC when we’re a nation of beggars.

I don’t care what his beliefs are on these topics as long as he focuses on fiscal issues and doesn’t push his beliefs in non-fiscal issues on us. Let the people/legislatures handle those other issues.

We need someone who will tell the politically/fiscally ingorant how bad our check book really is. We need brutal honesty. We need to skip political correctness and have a prominent politician who seems like an actual human being. I’d prefer him to be honest about global warming, even if I disagree, rather than be an opportuniest whose opinion shifts with the wind like Obama or Romney.

Romney is a terrible spokesperson for his solid economic beliefs. However, Christie will not mince words and will make people understand and actually care about the greatest crisis our nation has ever faced.

Look at the unbelievable economic progress he has made in a Democratic stronghold. He can get his way and shift opinion with mastery.

dgarone on August 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Why, so he can destroy the second amendment?

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Mark this day on the calendar…I actually, sort of agree with you on something.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Did anyone notice last week that Rubio was the only potential VP candidate that tweeted about the VP app?

terryannonline on August 6, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I’m still trying to figure out why Bill Kristol should be considered a credible source.

Mark1971 on August 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I didn’t see the interview on Cavuto, but I was listening to it on Sirius, and I thought Bill Kristol sounded like he had absolutely no facts, just speculation. All these pundits SAY stuff, siting “confidential sources”, and personally I think they’re just making it up. Romney could pick Sideshow Bob as his running mate and it would still be a 100% better ticket than Barry/Slojoe.

BettyRuth on August 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Good luck worrying about social issues or things like GW and GC when we’re a nation of beggars.

Actually Christie is pretty solid on social issues.

terryannonline on August 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Look, it’s the northeastern Tea TepidParty….

idesign on August 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Look, it’s recycled comments that weren’t clever the first time.

changer1701 on August 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

One this is for sure, Christie wouldn’t let this bull about Romney’s tax returns and Reid’s unreal lies fester. This would have come to a head, Reid would have looked like a clown, and we’d be back to Obama’s lousy economy and jobs reports.

dgarone on August 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I’d rather have Paul Ryan.

magicbeans on August 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Ditto.

Kataklysmic on August 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The question at this point is, simply, would Christie increase Romney’s chances of winning more than any of the other shortlisters? There’s an argument to be made that, yeah, he would. Risky, but potentially high reward.

I don’t think so. Rubio would probably be the best pick if the goal is simply adding as many additional votes as possible. His youth, charisma, and ethnicity(gee, sounds like a certain former community organizer, don’t it?) will be a big boost for Romney. I’d go so far as to say it could even clinch the election for him.

Aside from Rubio though, Christie may be the most exciting choice out there. Sure, Paul Ryan can articulate the case for reducing spending and reforming entitlements better than anyone, but he won’t excite the average voter the way Christie would. And Jindal is a brilliant guy with an amazing resume, but he can come off as geeky and awkward at times.

I think you need to chill over Obama being up in Rasmussen today, AP. He always does far better in that poll when we’re coming off a weekend and worst when it’s late in the week. In other words, Republicans and conservative independents ain’t home on Saturday and Sunday to take Scott’s call. They will however make room on their schedule on November 6 to go vote against this tool.

Doughboy on August 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

We’re three months out from election day and Romney’s favorables are still upside down. In Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll, Obama’s suddenly ahead for just the second time in two months.

That happens sometimes, give it a day or two.

Terrye on August 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

dgarone on August 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Global warming is a Leftisit economic and power scam.

Gun control is a First Amendment issue and also a power issue.

Issues are inter-related. You can’t put them into tidy boxes and say that your thoughts on one says nothing about your ideas on others.

INC on August 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Some conservatives would argue that that’s because Christie, apart from fiscal issues, is basically a centrist, but I doubt Romney cares about that either.

Which tells you why the base is leery of Romney…

If tea partiers are willing to line up behind the guy who signed off on RomneyCare in the interest of bouncing The One, adding a guy to the ticket who believes in global warming isn’t going to deter them. The question at this point is, simply, would Christie increase Romney’s chances of winning more than any of the other shortlisters? There’s an argument to be made that, yeah, he would. Risky, but potentially high reward.

Which would be diametrically opposed to Cheney’s “private” advice to the Romney campaign, about picking someone solid who is ready to step into the Oval Office at a moment’s notice if needed.

cs89 on August 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

MAKE WAY FOR DA BIG MAN!!!

ToddPA on August 6, 2012 at 5:07 PM

enough using the VP pick as a fundraiser, just make the damn announcement already.

exceller on August 6, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Romney needs an attack dog and that’s not really who Rubio is.

Rubio was a pretty good attack dog for the Muslim Brotherhood against Michele Bachmann.

VorDaj on August 6, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Better pick a Southerner or the gentleman from Wisconsin, Mitt.

Punchenko on August 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

NO! But I would have to admit the VP debate with Biden would be EPIC!

tims472 on August 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Meh, just more guessing-game misdirection.

whatcat on August 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello (without the humor)!

Pragmatic on August 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Christie’s size not only indicates lack of self-control, but an addiction. This isn’t someone who needs to lose a few pounds—you can’t maintain that size without out-of-control eating.

INC on August 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

The elites of both parties are enemies of the 2nd amendment and many of our other Constitutional rights. The ruling class is lying to you, you don’t have to vote for one of two enemies to the Constitution, the lesser of two evils. In fact there will be a third choice on all of our ballots in November, Gary Johnson. His first term as governor was so successful that he won reelection in a landslide. He’s not the lesser of two evils, he’s good! He has always supported the 2nd amendment and did not sign the first “assault weapon ban” in the nation like Romney did. Not even Obama can claim “credit” for that.

Gary Johnson supports our 1st and 4th amendment rights too and opposes the unconstitutional provisions of the Patriot Act and the NDAA. And he’s not a crony capitalist that supported the TARP bailout like the other two did, and he’s not a Marxist or corporatist either, he is a free market capitalist who did not sign any un-American laws or create any un-American mandates like Obama and Romney both have. His governance was faithful to the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Remember the interview with Cheney where he talked about the VP selection process? About how there are two lists, the list that people get on to get them some news time, and the real list? And that the people on the real list must be ready to assume the Presidency on day one?

Remember?

Mr. Arkadin on August 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Rubio was a pretty good attack dog for the Muslim Brotherhood against Michele Bachmann.

VorDaj on August 6, 2012 at 5:08 PM

That is not true. I like Bachmann, but she has a habit of shooting from the hip and I don’t think she got her facts straight here. She did the same thing when she went after Perry in one of the debates..she ended up looking dumb.

Terrye on August 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I think you made great points Allah. It does appear that a boring type like T Paw or Portman isn’t going to help at all.

Christie is fiscally conservative and pro life. So he at least passes those two tests.

cat_owner on August 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

If you believe Major Garrett, even Romney’s own advisors are worried that he’s been “too rich for too long” to put some undecideds at ease. And because political news today moves faster than it did 30 years ago, there’s no telling if the convention and the debates will shift votes as dramatically as they did for Reagan against Carter.

I hate to bring up old news over which we have no control now… after all, Romney is going to be the nominee, but this quote above just wouldn’t let me pass up this chance…

Alot of people said, Obama is so easily beatable, but Romney isn’t the guy. But, nooooooooo! It was Romney’s turn apparently, and that’s who the GOP muckety-mucks wanted, and they convinced enough GOP voters that Romney was who they wanted, too.

And now it looks like what should have been a cakewalk with a decent candidate (not that their really was one in the primaries, sadly) to beat Obama is now looking like very much in doubt.

Thanks, GOP. Party of Stupid, indeed.

gravityman on August 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

INC on August 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I’m a petite broad married to a fat guy. I have problems w/ Christie-but those problems don’t include his size.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

“….Hey Chuck, do we still have the President Taft Bath tub in storage? Better get her cleaned up and ready for the VP mansion.”

-White House Maintenance

portlandon on August 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

NO! But I would have to admit the VP debate with Biden would be EPIC!

tims472 on August 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Yes, I think most of us would be willing to pay to watch it. :)

cat_owner on August 6, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Actually Christie is pretty solid on social issues.

terryannonline on August 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

If your a liberal…

idesign on August 6, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Don’t vote for the lesser of two evils in November when there is a third choice that is good and will reunify the country under the banner of reforming our broken system.

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 5:14 PM

i want to see Christie wade into wasserman-schultz and Pelosi.

Better yet I’d like too see him ROLL over them.

LOL

there goes a BALANCED ticket

gerrym51 on August 6, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I hope that Romney isn’t that dumb. Christie would be a RINO disaster and besides, he needs to stay in Jersey and make sure that all the dogs are wearing their little seat-beats.

Pork-Chop on August 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM

a guy who gets awfully worked up over many punks that shout stuff at him on the boardwalk or in a townhall? Not quite sure I want him as VP.

ted c on August 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Don’t vote for the lesser of two evils in November when there is a third choice that is good and will reunify the country under the banner of reforming our broken system.

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 5:14 PM

A vote for anyone other than Romney is a vote for Obama. less liberty and socialism.

MTF on August 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I’m a petite broad married to a fat guy. I have problems w/ Christie-but those problems don’t include his size.

Hey annoying. I’m sure your husband appreciated that comment

gerrym51 on August 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

That is not true. I like Bachmann, but she has a habit of shooting from the hip and I don’t think she got her facts straight here. She did the same thing when she went after Perry in one of the debates..she ended up looking dumb.

Terrye on August 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

If you took the trouble to look into this you would know that Michele Bachmann was right and McCain and Rubio were wrong in their trying to smear her and stab her in the back and did for all intents and purposes side with the Muslim Brotherhood over America.

VorDaj on August 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Neither Rubio nor Christie are on the shortlist. Jindal, Portman, and Pawlenty definitely. Ryan maybe. Perhaps a few others we’ve missed. That’s it.

Joe Biden has a better chance of knowing who Romney is “seriously” considering than does Bill “release the tax returns” Kristol.

Mr. Arkadin on August 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Weakly Substandard is not a credible news source, and that is doubly true when it is Kristol opining on anything.

bayview on August 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

HELL. NO.

Getting motivated to vote for Romney is hard enough; naming Christie (or Portman) as VP would make it nearly impossible.

I refuse to believe Romney is this stupid.

Norwegian on August 6, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Oh God, no.

HB3 on August 6, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Hmmm. I like Christie; I like him a lot. Not sure if he’s right for the VP spot, though.

In any case, he should discourage photos from a low angle (such as the one on the home page). Makes me think of this.

Splashman on August 6, 2012 at 5:17 PM

The elites of both parties are enemies of the 2nd amendment and many of our other Constitutional rights. The ruling class is lying to you, you don’t have to vote for one of two enemies to the Constitution, the lesser of two evils. In fact there will be a third choice on all of our ballots in November, Gary Johnson. His first term as governor was so successful that he won reelection in a landslide. He’s not the lesser of two evils, he’s good! He has always supported the 2nd amendment and did not sign the first “assault weapon ban” in the nation like Romney did. Not even Obama can claim “credit” for that.

Gary Johnson supports our 1st and 4th amendment rights too and opposes the unconstitutional provisions of the Patriot Act and the NDAA. And he’s not a crony capitalist that supported the TARP bailout like the other two did, and he’s not a Marxist or corporatist either, he is a free market capitalist who did not sign any un-American laws or create any un-American mandates like Obama and Romney both have. His governance was faithful to the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Yeah, yeah yeah. He still has those googly eyes. Did he get Ron Paul’s endorsement yet? That should throw another 0.025% of the vote his way.

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 5:17 PM

If your a liberal…

idesign on August 6, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I was watching Republican Governors conference yesterday on CSPAN. Haley, Jindal, Walker, McDonnell and Christie were on panel and the Christie spoke most eloquently about abortion compared to the other governors. Even compared to McDonnell, who is known as a social con. Gov. Haley totally avoided on the issue of abortion.

terryannonline on August 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I refuse to believe Romney is this stupid.

your not going to vote for Obama. Every potential vp has some pluses and minuses.

In Christie’s case it’s mostly plus(size)

gerrym51 on August 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Christie’s a RINO with serious flaws and gluing him to Oromney will make some of us social conservatives to re-ask is this really a change or a continuation of the big government disease?

There is one big issue coming up as a result of government trashing of the constitution and risking everything with gun running to enact gun control, just makes makes pro-gun control Christie the last man to be in the VP as opposition.

Christie is an obnoxious blowhard and matching him with a wimpy etch-a-sketch RINO is throwing the election away.

Don L on August 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Listen to Ann – better to pick a woman – The first female VP- or Ocommie can/will stay within MOE all the way up until November.

And don’t give me the “heart beat away crap”…. I’d rather my dog- who is smarter than Biden- be the VP at the moment.

Joe Biden.
The bar cannot be set any LOWER

FlaMurph on August 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Run Fat Man, Run!

You could do a whole lot worse Mitt. Christie would spell BIG trouble for Obamandias in NJ and PA!

MJBrutus on August 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM


The only upside I see to this is that a Romney loss then tears down two RINOs instead of just one.

I know, right?–and if only we could attach every RINO to this disastrous ticket so that we can set them all afloat on the ice-pack of the Romney campaign as one big happy ship o’ fools.

casuist on August 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

You could do a whole lot worse Mitt.

I don’t see how.

casuist on August 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I’m still trying to figure out why Bill Kristol should be considered a credible source.

Mark1971 on August 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Bill just wants to be relevant again, that’s all. It’s just best to kind of acknowledge him, nod your head, and hope he goes away before he flashes that psychotic smile and goes babbling on about something or another.

Punchenko on August 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Terrye on August 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Bachmann was right to raise the issue of the Muslim Brotherhood. Rubio was very, very wrong to go after her on it.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

twerp, I don’t want to get into the topic with anyone here at a personal level, because that is not my intention by commenting on Christie. Almost everyone at some time or another in their life could stand to lose a few pounds, but Christie isn’t overweight, he is obese, and it’s not simply a matter of appearance.

INC on August 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Weekly Standard: Christie now under “serious consideration” for VP?

Filed under, “Liberals of a feather DO flock together”.

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 5:17 PM

You really do not have to prove that you remain clueless. Honestly, why bother when that fact remains clear for all to see?

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Christie would be perfect for mittens; one figurative RINO teams up with a figurative and literal RINO/Rhino

Pragmatic on August 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

RINO/Rhino 2012?

spiritof61 on August 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Leave it to a NE Rhino to use convoluted reasoning to push another NE Rhino.
Let me get this straight. Rubio is unacceptable because he looks young, fit and attractive, but people will be more reassured by a freak show whale that could collapse at any minute?
If I remember right, and I do, it was Christie who mocked Palin for believing she could be President after only having been governor for two years. This guy has no redeeming qualities.
Rubio and Rice are the only two who guarantee a Romney a win, but, somehow, Rice is unacceptable for her moderate pro-choice stance (though she’s still more pro-life than Romney will ever be) and a gun grabbing, terrorist appointing, tea-party hater like Christie is? What a party!

AmeriCuda on August 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Caroline B. Glick (Columnist and former Israeli Defense Forces Captain): “For their efforts to warn about and perhaps cause the administration to abandon its reliance on Muslim Brotherhood front groups to inform it about the nature of the Muslim Brotherhood, Bachmann and her colleagues have been denounced as racists and McCarthyites. These attacks have not been carried out only by administration supporters. Republican Senator John McCain denounced Bachmann from the floor of the Senate. Republican Senator Marco Rubio later piled on attacking her for her attempt to convince the administration to reconsider its policies. Those policies again place the most radical members of the US Muslim community in charge of the US government’s policies toward the Muslim Brotherhood and other jihadist movements.

It is clear that the insidious notion that the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate and friendly force has taken hold in US policy circles. And it is apparent that US policymaking in the Middle East is increasingly rooted in this false and dangerous assessment.
In spearheading an initiative to investigate and change this state of affairs, Rep. Bachmann and her colleagues should be congratulated, not condemned. And their courageous efforts to ask the relevant questions about the nature of Muslim Brotherhood influence over US policymakers should be joined, not spurned by their colleagues in Washington, by the media and by all concerned citizens in America and throughout the free world.”

Rubio (McCain too) is far worse than Neville Chamberlain as Neville Chamberlain appeased the Nazis, but he never sided with them against Winston Churchill and England.

VorDaj on August 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I’d rather have Paul Ryan.

magicbeans on August 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

At this point the best options are Ryan or Jindal. Although I still think Romney may surprise us and pick someone who hasn’t been on the radar for awhile.

Jurisprudence on August 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I refuse to believe Romney is this stupid.

Yet all the data support that very hypothesis.

casuist on August 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

We need someone with the cojones to battle Biden. Christie will eat him alive!

shep29 on August 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Rubio (McCain too) is far worse than Neville Chamberlain as Neville Chamberlain appeased the Nazis, but he never sided with them against Winston Churchill and England.

VorDaj on August 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Stay classy.

terryannonline on August 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Just a quick note on todays Rassmussen numbers, it’s most likely an outlier, and here’s why. For several days prior to today, Romney has been leading Obama by +2, additionally the strongly approve/disapprove ratio has until today been about -20 strongly disapprove.

Then, suddenly, overnight we see a four point shift, and we see the strong disapprove drop to -16. For a tracking poll, that is an extremely abrupt change, and the fact that the change is due entirely to polling done on Sunday makes it very suspect. I would be more worried if we had seen a gradual decline in Romney’s numbers over the past few days, but abrupt changes like this are usually statistical noise.

Alternately, at the exact same time we’ve seen Obama’s lead in the Gallop tracking poll of registered voters drop from +2 to +1 and stay there for two days straight. Since registered votes tend to favor democrats modestly, if we were really seeing an abrupt surge of support for Obama chances are it would turn up there as well.

Mind you, I could be wrong, it may not be an outlier. We’ll know for certain once Rasmussen drops Sunday polling from their tracking later this week.

WolvenOne on August 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

RINO/Rhino 2012?

rino/RHINO 2012

fixed it for you.

gerrym51 on August 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Christy for VP. Now that would be a big decision. :) I can say that because I’m a little on the portly side.

One wonders about Gary Johnson. Had he been a little more patient and a little better at party building, rather than eye poking, he might be on that short list of VP possibilities. New Mexico’s Republican party has been dysfunctional in the extreme for as long as I’ve been around. His dues should have been to help straighten that out.

But true to his libertarian leanings, he had to go to “Dante’s Inferno” type of slash and burn tactics. Not exactly the way to win friends and influence people.

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 5:24 PM

If you took the trouble to look into this you would know that Michele Bachmann was right and McCain and Rubio were wrong in their trying to smear her and stab her in the back and did for all intents and purposes side with the Muslim Brotherhood over America.

VorDaj on August 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I did look into it…and Bachmann is saying that Huma Abedin is part of the Muslim Brotherhood because of her family. She then said that this means the State Department is being infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood…all of this because this woman works with Hillar Clinton and is related to people that Bachmann claims are bad people.

Maybe she is related to some people who bad actors, but before Bachmann claims that she is part of a conspiracy to infiltrate the State Department shew needs real evidence.

Terrye on August 6, 2012 at 5:24 PM

The political elite ruling class…

… What could go wrong?

Seven Percent Solution on August 6, 2012 at 5:25 PM

We need to outweigh the other side.

God this is fun.

LOL

gerrym51 on August 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I refuse to believe Romney is this stupid.

Yet all the data support that very hypothesis.

casuist on August 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

It’s good to see the scientific method being applied to rinology at last.

spiritof61 on August 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Did anyone notice last week that Rubio was the only potential VP candidate that tweeted about the VP app?
terryannonline on August 6, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Don’t know if that means anything, but it’s interesting catch.

whatcat on August 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I’m less concerned about the VP choice than I am about Romney’s apparent lack of interest in taking bold policy postions.

Mark1971 on August 6, 2012 at 5:28 PM

We need someone with the cojones to battle Biden. Christie will eat him alive!

shep29 on August 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

He eats those too?

spiritof61 on August 6, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Stay classy.

terryannonline on August 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I would like to be both classy and truthful, but if I must choose between the two it will always be the latter.

VorDaj on August 6, 2012 at 5:28 PM

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