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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et all the data support that very hypothesis.

casuist on August 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

at 3.97, I would say he “out performs” you commie messiah on many levels. Although Super Mitt does fall short on Acorning experience.

And that Romney personal wealth, anybody can do that. Tell your OWS buddies that one, often.

FlaMurph on August 6, 2012 at 5:30 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

What data? The data that shows he got both an MBA and a law degree from Harvard? Or the data that shows he started a private equity firm and became a very successful businessman? Or how about the data associated with his work with the Olympics..or the fact that he won the Governor’s race in Mass?

No…he is not stupid, but you might be.

Terrye on August 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Yes, this would be about right…the way this campaign has been run…I can totally believe this… LOL

CCRWM on August 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Terrye on August 6, 2012 at 5:24 PM

You are about as truthful as Harry Reid.

VorDaj on August 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Presidential elections are partly a beauty contest, like it or not, and Chris Christie has a huge optical problem: he looks disgustingly fat.

Besides Chris Christie panders to Islamists according to those who keep up with these things like Daniel Pipes & Steve Emerson:

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/297322/chris-christie-s-islam-problem-daniel-pipes

and others

http://bit.ly/Iylafv
http://bit.ly/fRyyB4

http://bit.ly/Nkprnf

IMO there are much better choices.

Chessplayer on August 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I mean, one really can’t see such a ticket as being balanced, if you visualize it that way.

spiritof61 on August 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Christie will be a good Secretary of the Interior.

Since he has more than most.

Veep, not so much.

profitsbeard on August 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Ya, lard ass Christie as VP, that way we can keep the current Homelandinsecurity Big Ass Boss lady, and the amnest and open border will seal all our fates.

In fact it is a election loser idea.

Could it be the Republican party leaders are just not going to lead ever?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

It’s not going to be Christie. The decisive battleground in the election is going to be in the Great Lakes States and the Midwest. Christie might (and that’s a very small might) get Romney New Jersey, but picking a current or retired politician from either the Great Lakes States or the Midwest is the most probable outcome.

Picking someone to shore up the Bush states of 2004 that McCain lost is choosing from a position of weakness. I realize that contradicts my statement about New Jersey – but other states have a better probability of flipping Republican than New Jersey.

Jurisprudence on August 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

That sound you heard was Ann Coulter re-enacting the restaurant scene from When Harry Met Sally.

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Rubio is the one! Please, God, don’t let Mitt pick CC. It is gonna be hard enough as it is to get Romney across the finish line, we are going to need someone along who can be the wind for the sails and that guy is Rubio.

cpasherry on August 6, 2012 at 5:32 PM

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Here’s a clue for you. This is generally a place where conservatives and mostly Republicans discuss things. Yeah, there are other birds of different feathers that make for good discussions. sometimes we even poke fun at other people.

But it get’s absolutely tiresome having Paulestinians and “Johnson Supporters” try to hijack every single thread. Why do you guys have to poop on absolutely everything?

Here’s another clue. As a life long Republican from New Mexico I know all about Gary Johnson. He was a good Governor. But, he’s not Presidential material. I’m not even sure why the guy is running.

And he has googly eyes.

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Mitt have go full retard to pick Christie. Even Mittwits everywhere realize this.

jdun on August 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

They will not choose a 420 pound man, who the base dislikes and who brings nothing to the table except a fork. They are simply trying to raise Christie’s profile for when he gives the key note address and for 2016 when he is the next establishment candidate they attempt to shove down our throats. The good news is that by 2016, Christie will not fit down our throat.

KMav on August 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

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

whatcat on August 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM

LOL!

terryannonline on August 6, 2012 at 5:33 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

Re: Gary Johnson

Anyone who prefers Mittens to Gary Johnson is truly and completely out of touch with reality!

Pragmatic on August 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

rino/RHINO 2012

fixed it for you.

gerrym51 on August 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I’m lovin it.

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

That sound you heard was Ann Coulter re-enacting the restaurant scene from When Harry Met Sally.

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Now that right there is funny.

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Anyone who prefers Mittens to Gary Johnson is truly and completely out of touch with reality!

Pragmatic on August 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Liberalism tends to have that detrimental effect on the human brain.

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

That sound you heard was Ann Coulter re-enacting the restaurant scene from When Harry Met Sally.

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

So then who is playing Sally?

Mark1971 on August 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

They will not choose a 420 pound man, who the base dislikes and who brings nothing to the table except a fork. They are simply trying to raise Christie’s profile for when he gives the key note address and for 2016 when he is the next establishment candidate they attempt to shove down our throats. The good news is that by 2016, Christie will not fit down our throat.

KMav on August 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

There’s comedy gold buried in this comment. Bronze, anyway.

spiritof61 on August 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Re: Gary Johnson

Anyone who prefers Mittens to Gary Johnson is truly and completely out of touch with reality!

Pragmatic on August 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Anyone who thinks Johnson has got a prayer in hell of winning needs to have his head examined.

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 5:36 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

From your comment it doesn’t seem you’ve read the primary documents.

Statement & links to all the letters:
http://bachmann.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=303509

Link to the Dept of State IG letter:
http://bachmann.house.gov/uploadedfiles/ig_letter_dept_of_state.pdf

INC on August 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

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

whatcat on August 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I thought it might be a sign that Rubio is in close contact with Team Romney….but who knows!

terryannonline on August 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

GARRRRRYYYYYYY JOOOOOOHHHHHNNNNSSSSSOOOOONNNNN!!!!

wargamer6 on August 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

That sound you heard was Ann Coulter re-enacting the restaurant scene from When Harry Met Sally.

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Now that right there is funny.

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Funny is not what I’d call it… seeing Ann Coulter going full org@%m is not something I’d pay to see, or for free for that matter… :)

Jurisprudence on August 6, 2012 at 5:39 PM

terryannonline,

You need to read those letters as well.

INC on August 6, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Didn’t Romney say that he didn’t want a “hair on fire” campaign? Then he will not choose the bomb lobber Christie.

onlineanalyst on August 6, 2012 at 5:39 PM

On the other hand Gov. Christie does need to do some running.

Start with a 1/2 jog and work up to the ability to run.

I would suggest a bike ride but they do not make any strong enough.

He has no personal control, over weight and a loud mouth to boot.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 6, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I like Christie, but don’t see how he can help the ticket, really….but then Krystoll is a nutjob with 0 credibility to his failed pundit name….probably his ‘ source’ for this nonsense piece of ‘news’ is somethng like Reid’s source, made up or non-existent…

jimver on August 6, 2012 at 5:40 PM

GARRRRRYYYYYYY JOOOOOOHHHHHNNNNSSSSSOOOOONNNNN!!!!

wargamer6 on August 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

The only way I see Gary Johnson in the executive branch is if Romney approaches him for the Veep spot in trying to create a Republican- Libertarian fusion ticket. Would be interesting indeed…

Jurisprudence on August 6, 2012 at 5:41 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

I agree.

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

That sound you heard was Ann Coulter re-enacting the restaurant scene from When Harry Met Sally.
Mr. Wednesday Night on August 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Or, from another film,
“Kiss me, Fatboy!”

whatcat on August 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM

“Vote for Christie, the over sized deep loud throat.”

“When Republicans make a mistake they make big one.”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Christie’s size not only indicates lack of self-control… you can’t maintain that size without out-of-control eating.

INC on August 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I think well-regulated, systematic, constant eating will achieve the same girth and mass as out-of-control binging.

profitsbeard on August 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I’m already not a Mitt Romney fan except in contrast to the train wreck known as the Obama Administration. Add Christie to Romney and I think I would literally throw up trying to vote for that ticket.

deepdiver on August 6, 2012 at 5:44 PM

But it get’s absolutely tiresome having Paulestinians and “Johnson Supporters” try to hijack every single thread. Why do you guys have to poop on absolutely everything?

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

1) Your liberalism is showing again.

2) As an elected GOP delegate I’ve got loads more relevance than you can imagine.

While you post like a liberal I will continue my efforts to get people to volunteer with the GOP grass roots efforts, the TEA Partys, and give those looking for a reason to vote when Romney just doesn’t do it for them, Gary Johnson.

You might not care if we don’t take back the Senate, but I do, and giving Americans a choice for POTUS accomplishes that effort more than any 20 RomBots here ever will.

If you cannot sell your liberal RINO candate, too durn bad. Don’t blame your failure on people working to get rid of the Communists supporting socialism in Washington, or those begging for a reason to vote in November.

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Full Interview: Mark Levin talks to Andy McCarthy about Bachmann, McCain, and Muslim Brotherhood

Mark Levin had Andy McCarthy come on the show tonight to discuss the Muslim Brotherhood and the attacks on Michele Bachmann by McCain [and Rubio] and others who are standing on the side of the Muslim Brotherhood. It runs 21 minutes but it’s a great interview and well worth your time.

VorDaj on August 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Perfect fit.

Two Northeastern Liberals that the conservative part of the Country hate.

Christie gets a lot of hype but he is one of the most liberal Governors and would likely pull a Bloomberg if he felt it necessary. He is more conservative than Mitt but that is saying little. He has more fiscal sense than Romney who only sees raising taxes (fees) as the answer to government shortfalls.

At lease Christie knows how to handle the Press. Romney sorely lacks this ability.

But all that said this is simply not going to happen. It never does. From the beginning we all knew Romney would wait to the convention and now he is admitting he will.

Whoever Mitt picks it is unlikely to please the base he seems to rather like sticking it to the base. His primary enemy is the Republican Base. Obama is more of an afterthought only minor attacks on him. Major attacks are saved for Republicans.

Steveangell on August 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

GARRRRRYYYYYYY JOOOOOOHHHHHNNNNSSSSSOOOOONNNNN!!!!

wargamer6 on August 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

jerry who?…

jimver on August 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

CC is needed in NJ to keep pushing that state in the conservative direction. CC’s Lt. Gov. has not demo’d any of CC qualities and would probably only be a chair warmer till John Corzine was reelected. CC need to pull a Huckabee and lose 100lbs before he runs for Pres in ’16. With CC’s help Menendez can be defeated in Nov., but not if he is running around the country.

Sen. John Hoeven of ND continues to be my fav. 10yrs as governor. Also time with the state bank of ND–another remarkable success story. Who doesn’t want the country to follow in ND footsteps? Hopefully Hoeven’s 2 yrs in the Senate have taught him to deal with the inside baseball.

KenInIL on August 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I guess there are good arguments for all these folks, but didn’t they all say they weren’t interested?

scalleywag on August 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Don’t know if that means anything, but it’s interesting catch.
whatcat on August 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I thought it might be a sign that Rubio is in close contact with Team Romney….but who knows!
terryannonline on August 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Yeah, or just doing some kissing up. Who knows? One thing – the Romney camp is doing a good job at keeping the VP cat in the bag.

whatcat on August 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Christie would need to tour the swing states by ambulance because he has both asthma and morbid obesity. He’d be real hard to resuscitate of that Field of Dreams.

gracie on August 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Jim DeMint?

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Given that so many elites in the ruling class have admitted to supporting Al Qaeda’s Syrian allies, chances are that some of them are probably be in violation of and subject to the unconstitutional provisions of the Patriot Act and the NDAA, possibly even McCain who is among those most to blame for the unconstitutional provisions.

How ironic would it be if Obama detains McCain and locks him away and throws away the key without trial or access to a lawyer using McCain’s own un-American law. But of course it will never happen because elitists like McCain are above the law.

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I agree.

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I was counting gold on you, Blondie.

VorDaj on August 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Romney is touring the swing states this week. Maybe he’ll announce his VP choice and take him with him. Probably could just pick up Pawlenty or Portman on the way.

gracie on August 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Jim DeMint?

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

The ABRs would find something wrong with him too.

wargamer6 on August 6, 2012 at 5:49 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.
dgarone on August 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Okay, go ahead and ignore those issues, but when the Donks-in-disguise come to take your guns and shove hybrids down your throat, don’t come crying to me.

Dunedainn on August 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 6, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Seriously-attack him on the issues-not his weight.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2012 at 5:52 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

On immigration, yes — Marco Rubio is Chamberlain appeasing La Raza. Regardless, I still wouldn’t mind having Rubio on the ticket if it means cutting into Barry’s share of Hispanics and women voters.

We must win if we are to save our republic.

Punchenko on August 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Gov. Christie is well-suited for brawling, Tony Soprano NaJoyzy politics, but he is much too abrasive for the swing states. Christie’s conservative claim to fame is attacking the teachers’ unions, but Romney could get that with Scott Walker, who is much more palatable to swing voters, and a proven winner in Wisconsin.

Rob Portman or Tim Pawlenty may be too bland to be Romney’s “attack dog”, and Rubio might be too young (or young-looking), but what about Bobby Jindal? He has more experience than Rubio (in his second term as Governor, dealt with the Gulf oil spill, already served 2 terms in the House), and is a well-known expert on energy and health-care issues (the latter are a weakness for Romney). Jindal’s Indian heritage could help Romney reach out to minority voters, while his can-do competence would attract voters sick of Obama’s bumbling and excuse-making.

There are MUCH better choices out there for VP than Chris Christie.

Steve Z on August 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Just remember. If Christie is the vp we will have to pay his food bill.

gerrym51 on August 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM

1) Your liberalism is showing again.

2) As an elected GOP delegate I’ve got loads more relevance than you can imagine.

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Um….I though you were part of the Tea Party leadership…

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM

So we can’t really attack Obama on Obamacare because our nominee is saddled with Romneycare

and now we can’t attack Obama on the historical downgrade of the US economy credit rating because under Krispy Kreme New Jersey has been downgraded THREE times.

http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/nj-hit-with-third-credit-rating-downgrade-under-christie

Bloody brilliant Mittens… freaking brilliant. In an election cycle against the worst POTUS in history when the GOP should be dominating in the polls, we are barely squeaking by if at all.

With Christie on the ticket, we will lose this. Obama will have a field day with him.

Why can’t the GOP pick a successful Governor that has turned their state around like Walker, not a lousy Governor who has nothing to show for his efforts except credit downgrades, support for the ground zero mosque, appointment of a muslim judge and has a fetish for food and seeing himself be a bully on Youtube?

Firelight on August 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Just remember. If Christie is the vp we will have to pay his food bill.

gerrym51 on August 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Will he charge the Secret Service and his Chef rent? Or will the Chef live at the VP quarters free?

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

What data? The data that shows he got both an MBA and a law degree from Harvard? Or the data that shows he started a private equity firm and became a very successful businessman? Or how about the data associated with his work with the Olympics..or the fact that he won the Governor’s race in Mass?

No…he is not stupid, but you might be.

Terrye on August 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

The ‘data’ that Romney signed a gun ban and seems to be considering an anti-gun Gov. as VP.

I’m voting anti-marxist. Just don’t try telling me there’s anything worthwhile about a bunch of anti-gun pukes (including Kristol) winning by default.

rayra on August 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Seriously-attack him on the issues-not his weight.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I honestly don’t care about his weight but it will clearly be an issue. The Democrats will push the idea that he is a candidate for a heart attack, and flat out mockery will be used from the leftist gutter crew. And quite bluntly some people just don’t like fat people.

In any case, he won’t be the VP unless Mitt is seriously spooked.

sharrukin on August 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM

People please don,t believe anything that comes out of the Weekly Standard .Romney is a lot of things but being stupid is not one of them.

logman1 on August 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM

GARRRRRYYYYYYY JOOOOOOHHHHHNNNNSSSSSOOOOONNNNN!!!!

wargamer6 on August 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

LLLLLOOOOOOOSERRRRRRR !!!

‘Nuff said.

Steve Z on August 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Actually anybody who can rip Biden a new one in the VP debates will do.

jake49 on August 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM

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.

But how would it play in Peoria Pompano Beach, FL; Pembroke Pines, FL; Pahokee, FL; Pennsacola, FL; Panama Beach, FL?

Flora Duh on August 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Will he charge the Secret Service and his Chef rent? Or will the Chef live at the VP quarters free?

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Washington has a pretty good food truck scene these days. Maybe a few trucks could just stop by on the way to and from other locations….

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Well, Kristol is also in favor of some type of gun registration, so,…..they may be kindred souls.

a capella on August 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 6, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Seriously-attack him on the issues-not his weight.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I’m not interested in attacking his weight but I’ll defend people who do. Christie is a big-government statist who tries to tell other people what’s good for them using the force of government, putting the interests of the collective (state) above the individual, (such as the 2nd amendment), so therefor he opens himself up to criticism in other areas where he is harmful to the collective, according to statists, such as obesity. That is another case wherein statists argue that the collective rights are more important than individual rights.

The more infighting among statist d-bags, the better.

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

…but what about Bobby Jindal? He has more experience than Rubio (in his second term as Governor, dealt with the Gulf oil spill, already served 2 terms in the House), and is a well-known expert on energy and health-care issues (the latter are a weakness for Romney). Jindal’s Indian heritage could help Romney reach out to minority voters, while his can-do competence would attract voters sick of Obama’s bumbling and excuse-making.

There are MUCH better choices out there for VP than Chris Christie.

Steve Z on August 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Totally agree w/ Jindal. I have the “surprise” is going to be John Thune. A guy with legislative, but not executive, experience, but in running against Obama who didn’t either, that argument is awash.

Jurisprudence on August 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

at 3.97, I would say he “out performs” you commie messiah on many levels. Although Super Mitt does fall short on Acorning experience.

And that Romney personal wealth, anybody can do that. Tell your OWS buddies that one, often.

FlaMurph on August 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

The old Rombot stand-by: you don’t like Romney and leftist Republicans in general, so you must be an Obama supporter.

Dunedainn on August 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I love how people attack Kristol, yet when he says things like the above, people treat his words like gold.

wargamer6 on August 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

not gonna happen….

cmsinaz on August 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I mean, one really can’t see such a ticket as being balanced, if you visualize it that way.

spiritof61 on August 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Would we need two Romneys to balance Christie?

Steve Z on August 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

…who brings nothing to the table except a fork.

LOL!

Romney/Ryan has a nice ring to it!

mkenorthshore on August 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Seriously-attack him on the issues-not his weight.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

People rip Barker for his continued smoking for the same reason people rip Christie- a perceived lack of self control.

To my mind, Christie’s weight is not even an issue compared with his other very serious political problems.

CorporatePiggy on August 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Seriously-attack him on the issues-not his weight.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Why can’t we do both. His weight btw is a serious issue. He has already been hospitalised with exhaustion.

Have you ever discussed Palin’s looks or voice? Just curious.

KMav on August 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Well, Kristol is also in favor of some type of gun registration, so,…..they may be kindred souls.

a capella on August 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

He also supported the Kelo verses City of New London decision. That’s the case with which the SCOTUS expanded eminent domain to grant the right of corrupt local government officials to confiscate private property from unimportant people and give their land to the wealthy cronies who donated to their campaigns.

FloatingRock on August 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Fox news just announced Rubio is joining Romney on a bus tour this weekend. Hmmmm

bopbottle on August 6, 2012 at 6:07 PM

OMG !!!!

NO to a PRO-AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS, PRO-ABORTION, PRO-MAN-MADE GLOBULL WARMING HOAX, PRO-GUN-CONTROL, DOESN’T WORRY ABOUT SHARIA LAW…and has many other positions too despicable to mention… RINO LEFTIST for Romney’s VP choice — causing Romney to lose.

TeaPartyNation on August 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM

It’s not so much the weight as the shape. It shouldn’t matter but it does. No to VP Weeble Man.

curved space on August 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM

They will not choose a 420 pound man, who the base dislikes and who brings nothing to the table except a fork
KMav on August 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Hahahahahahahaha! I am so stealing that one. That was hilarious.

Uppereastside on August 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Fox news just announced Rubio is joining Romney on a bus tour this weekend. Hmmmm

bopbottle on August 6, 2012 at 6:07 PM

:)

terryannonline on August 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Full Interview: Mark Levin talks to Andy McCarthy about Bachmann, McCain, and Muslim Brotherhood

Mark Levin had Andy McCarthy come on the show tonight to discuss the Muslim Brotherhood and the attacks on Michele Bachmann by McCain [and Rubio] and others who are standing on the side of the Muslim Brotherhood. It runs 21 minutes but it’s a great interview and well worth your time.

VorDaj on August 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Mark Levin and Andy McCarthy are two people whose judgment I trust on the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Arab Spring.” Michele Bachmann and the co-signers of the letters raised serious questions about the vetting of the personnel influencing our foreign policy and national security.

onlineanalyst on August 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Have you ever discussed Palin’s looks or voice? Just curious.

KMav on August 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I’ve said…that she’s attractive. She is.
I’m married to a fat guy. He’s more than his weight.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Uppereastside on August 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Thief.

wargamer6 on August 6, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I’ll say the same thing that I said the last three times this trial balloon was attempted to launch here at HA. (I’ll try to avoid the ‘blimp’ joke set up with that terminology)

Sure, great. Pick another Progressive Republican for the ticket. At least Christie isn’t progressive, or even moderate in his speech, (unlike in his politics).

Maybe the belligerence in his talk will fool some pseudo-Conservatives into thinking Romney picked a tough talking conservative for his running mate.

We must win if we are to save our republic.
Punchenko on August 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

“Our republic’ was lost two decades ago, when The REPUBLICans became populist Democrats, and the Democrats became statist socialist totalitarians.

Electing Progressive Republicans will only prolong the agony, not save it.

LegendHasIt on August 6, 2012 at 6:12 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

So you have never questioned or even discussed her voice? That would be surprising.

KMav on August 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Has anyone done any research on Gov Fortuno of Porto Rico? I know he’s done the red meat conservatives are craving down there, but would that be enough of a success story at this point for Romney to consider? He’s basically the shadow candidate of Rubio. Fortuno seems to be the same soft spoken but direct type of person when being interviewed.

As far as Chris Christie, Uh not only no, but hell no. NO MORE NORTH EASTERN REPUBLICANS PLEEEEZZ.

Ronaldusmax on August 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Talk about a stereotypical GOP ticket …

Rich, boring old white guy and fat white guy who hasn’t seen his private parts since pre-school.

I mean seriously? Really? This would be considered “game” in Team GOP?!

LMFAO!!

HondaV65 on August 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Electing Progressive Republicans will only prolong the agony, not save it.

LegendHasIt on August 6, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Ah … but you see … the GOP Ayatollahs have their minions of conservative slaves FOOLED with ILLUSION!

An illusion crafted with a LIE which has been told over and over and over again for the last 50 years …

Elect US!! IT’S YOUR ONLY CHANCE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD ELECT US – THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIME! ELECT US AND WE WILL CUT GOVERNMENT!!

HondaV65 on August 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Hahahahahahahaha! I am so stealing that one. That was hilarious — Michael Moore

Uppereastside on August 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM

With Christie, OBOZO will win just by telling endless fat jokes.

TeaPartyNation on August 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Hahahahahahahaha! I am so stealing that one. That was hilarious.

Uppereastside on August 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I wish I would have said that.

— Michelle Obama

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Can’t wait to see them down here in Southaven, MS.

“No, Chris. Its pork barbeque down here.”

What a ticket. It will certainly appeal to Conservatives in the Heartland.///

kingsjester on August 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM

They will not choose a 420 pound man, who the base dislikes and who brings nothing to the table except a fork
KMav on August 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Normally I’d say you’re right – but since the top of the ticket is already the only man in America besides Obama to have a socialist healthcare system named after him …

Nothing the GOP does surprises me anymore.

HondaV65 on August 6, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Um….I though you were part of the Tea Party leadership…

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM

There ya go thinking again!

I made my point VERY CLEAR back when posting that information that while I am not an official TEA Party leader [I cannot be one and also be an elected GOP delegate] I DO OFTEN provide leadership when needed. That is why I still impress the chairman of our local TEA Party along with many of our members. Besides, they know I’ll be there when needed.

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I made my point VERY CLEAR back when posting that information that while I am not an official TEA Party leader [I cannot be one and also be an elected GOP delegate] I DO OFTEN provide leadership when needed. That is why I still impress the chairman of our local TEA Party along with many of our members. Besides, they know I’ll be there when needed.

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Impressive.

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Extra! Extra! Romney’s Backbone Discovered!

Now this is news: an intact spinal column believed to be the property of Willard Mitt Romney has been discovered by anthropologists! As I write, the former governor of Massachusetts and U.S. presidential hopeful is being examined by surgeons and the American electorate to determine whether the missing anatomical structure can be successfully reinserted.

A critical test comes later today when the Muslim Public Affairs Council holds an inquisition, er, “press briefing” to demand that Romney denounce Rep. Michele Bachmann for telling the truth about members of the Muslim Brotherhood exerting influence at the highest ranks of the U.S. government.

Exhibit A in Rep. Bachmann’s brief is Huma Abedin, chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a woman with deep and extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood — ties, by the way, that include not only her immediate family (father, brother, mother) but Ms. Abedin herself, who from 1996 to 2008 worked as a editor at the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. The journal was founded in the 1970s by Abdullah Omar Naseef, head of the Muslim World League, which (as Andy McCarthy explained) is a “Saudi-financed global propagation enterprise by which the Muslim Brotherhood’s virulently anti-Western brand of Islamist ideology is seeded throughout the world, very much including in the United States.”

VorDaj on August 6, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Christie is the wrong man for the job, I heard him say that he’d run in 2016. He’s a RINO and we cannot afford another RINO on the ticket. I’m unsure of Mitt, we know he’s changed positions on so many things.
We do not need Christie, he’s bad news for conservatives. He’s good for NJ but no as VP.

carolt2 on August 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Romney intends to run AGAINST Washington DC, so a current member of Congress won’t do.

Which brings us to a governor or former Governor – Jindal, McDonnell, Christie or Pawlenty.

I don’t see anything that Pawlenty brings to the table. He cannot deliver Minnesota and people in Iowa or Wisconsin have never heard of him. And he would be a lousy attack dog.

matthew8787 on August 6, 2012 at 6:38 PM

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