Chris Christie: That Obama inaugural speech wasn’t very helpful, was it?

posted at 10:31 am on January 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via the Washington Free Beacon. Alternate headline: “Christie still capable of occasionally criticizing Democrats — barely.” You’d think that a guy whom nearly 70 percent of local voters say deserves a second term might be bolder in taking shots at the president; as it is, the most arresting thing about this is how tepid it is compared to his usual rhetorical M.O. When he praised Obama for his help on Sandy relief just before the election, it wasn’t enough to say O did a nice job. He was “outstanding” and deserved “great credit.” When the House GOP didn’t pass the Sandy relief bill as quickly as he’d like, it wasn’t a disappointment. It was “callous” and “disgusting.” The NRA ad that focused on security at Obama’s daughters’ school wasn’t over the line and counterproductive, it was “awful” and “reprehensible.” Whereas Obama’s partisan inaugural address, which many commentators — including the Republican Speaker of the House — took as a second-term declaration of war on the GOP, doesn’t “augur well” for bipartisanship and wasn’t “necessarily productive” in reducing gridlock. But “we’ll see how he acts.” Gee, Chris, go easy on him.

But I guess he knows what he’s doing. Jim Geraghty notes that his approval rating among New Jersey Republicans right now is, no typo, 93/4. If he’s serious about running for president, he’ll spend most of 2014 and 2015 dumping relentlessly on Obama to get back in the good graces of Republicans nationally. Most GOP primary voters have, as I’ve noted before, very short memories when it comes to candidates who’ve strayed too far towards the other side of the aisle in the past. And the more Christie can keep his approval rating up with Democrats, the more he can sell himself as the “electable” candidate who can poach centrists from Hillary or Cuomo or whoever. (There’s already one poll suggesting that might be true.) We nominated McCain and Romney on those grounds. What makes you think Republican voters have learned their lesson?


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It’s NJ. I’m guessing that if NY managed to vote outselves a republican governor, he or she would garner a 94/3 approval rating at the amazement of such a feat no matter how much of a rino they were.

hopeful on January 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Off topic: Zuckerberg to fundraise for chris christe

http://www.myfoxny.com/story/20670047/facebook-ceo-holding-fundraiser-for-christie

ChunkyLover on January 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM

ourselves

hopeful on January 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM

What a waste of food.

DDay on January 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Chris Christie isn’t Charlie Crist…similar names aside…Could you really envision Christie losing a state election and bolting the GOP like Crist did? In that respect, they are nothing alike.

I could definitely envision him ditching the Republican Party after losing the Republican nomination in 2016. He strikes me as that deluded. Moreover, I could see him lurch rightward during the primaries in a desperate bid to save his chances. The Republican candidates have declared a detente on immigration. The only way I could see that detente breaking is if Christie cynically exploits the immigration issue in a desperate bid to stay relevant.

Not to mention, and not aimed at you specifically, the fat jokes don’t help for peeps to take you or us seriously. I leave the obvious stale references like those to the liberals…they’ve pretty much relied on that every day.

I use nicknames for all politicians I don’t like. And I have no qualms about laughing at a bully, which is what Christie is.

I believe Christie will have that national appeal in a couple of years, but it’s far too early to speculate about any potential candidate. Look at the whole Palin thing…she was supposed to be the conservative savior who would “definitely run” last cycle. And after a long wait, the answer was “no”.

Palin had issues with indies 2009 and she knew it. That is why she decided to cash in. Her sitting out the 2012 election didn’t surprise me.

I’ve asked a few of my liberal friends just recently about what Republican they can say they admire most…there were a couple surprised, but Christie was most mentioned by them. And it’s not that they agree with Christie on most issues, but they admire his “no bs” approach…he’s outspoken and doesn’t “nuance” his opinions.

Who cares which Republicans your liberal friends like? They aren’t going to vote for Christie in a Presidential race. New Jersey just reflexively votes Democratic, and liberal Manhattanites are going to do the same thing. Ask McCain how much being the Democrats’ favorite Republican helps in a Presidential race.

And honey catches more flies than vinegar. Rubio has spent the last two weeks chastising Republicans on immigration and has been getting quite a bit of kudos from Republican circles for it. Ryan basically had the same reaction to the infamous NRA ad that Christie did, but there has been nary a peep about it today. Christie’s over the top rantings about the GOP and effusive praise of Obama have gotten him Springsteen tickets and liberal friends; however, they aren’t going to help him advance any of his policy ideas or win a Republican nomination.

Illinidiva on January 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Chris Christie: That Obama inaugural speech wasn’t very helpful, was it?

Should have given that some thought when you were sticking Romney in the back, Huggy-Bear.

Tenwheeler on January 24, 2013 at 1:22 PM

True, CorporatePiggy, Corzine got away with the robbery of the century: $1.5 billion. I suppose that’s the difference between the (2) sleazy politicians.

Belle on January 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Nice try, Fatboy. A weak-kneed pivot in the face of left partisan politics won’t cut it. Enjoy you career as Governor. You’re toast.

Jaibones on January 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

He’s dead to me…………..

Opposite Day on January 24, 2013 at 1:38 PM

New Jersey Republicans=RINOS

burserker on January 24, 2013 at 1:54 PM


Should have given that some thought when you were sticking Romney in the back, Huggy-Bear.

Tenwheeler on January 24, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Well Said!

Natebo on January 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM

If he’s serious about running for president, he’ll spend most of 2014 and 2015 dumping relentlessly on Obama to get back in the good graces of Republicans

Not true. Christie will not be running against Obama, so he may have decided to be supportive of Obama, at least in his verbiage. It will help him in the general election to seem moderate and why dump on someone as personally as popular as Obama?

Dr Snooze on January 24, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Oh, shut up and go blubber over him a bit more, you f*ckwit.

Midas on January 24, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Thanks. Now I don’t have to come up with a really cool name for our fake controversies.

VegasRick on January 24, 2013 at 11:21 AM

lol

Tim_CA on January 24, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Hey Chris: you know who else isn’t helpful?

I’ll give you a hint: he’s fat, he loves Springsteen, and he’s the governor of New Jersey.

SAMinVA on January 24, 2013 at 3:27 PM

..when will this tub of goo just explode and cease to exist?

The War Planner on January 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Christie intends to be the hybrid of McCain and Romney. Like Romney he is a governor of a northeastern blue state who works with Democrats to succeed. Like McCain he from time to time takes Democrats to the woodshed but spends most of his time lecturing conservatives.

This only means one thing: he will be the 2016 GOP nominee :)

Joey24007 on January 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

We will continue to see glowing media coverage of Christie until it is obvious he will win the GOP Primary. Then the gloves come off, Christie gets attacked from all angles, and we stand there wondering how Hillary is President given how awesome and bipartisan Chris Christie is.

Conservatives need to unite in opposition to Christie right now. This high approval stuff is BS. We cannot let the MSM pick our candidate again. It has already begun…

MSM on Christie, Jan 2013:
“Chris Christie Walks on Water, can do no wrong”

MSM on Christie, May 2016:
“Chris Christie floats really well in water because he is so fat, cannot stop eating.”

weaselyone on January 24, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Christie would be a far, far better candidate than both Romney and McCain were. And he’d be a darn good POTUS because he’s willing to bring both sides together to get things done.

That is what the American people are clamoring for, after all.

nicktjacob on January 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Christie would be a far, far better candidate than both Romney and McCain were. And he’d be a darn good POTUS because he’s willing to bring both sides together to get things done.

That is what the American people are clamoring for, after all.

nicktjacob on January 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Yes, the American people are clamoring to bring both sides together which is why they re-elected Obama who has been known for his bipartisanship and they re-elected a Democratic Senate and Republican House who can’t get along. Makes perfect sense… /s

weaselyone on January 24, 2013 at 4:17 PM

BURP!

Pork-Chop on January 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Christie would be a far, far better candidate than both Romney and McCain were. And he’d be a darn good POTUS because he’s willing to bring both sides together to get things done.

That is what the American people are clamoring for, after all.

nicktjacob on January 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Pray tell.. How will he bring us together? In hatred of him and his tactics?

Americans hate bullying hotheads and bullying hotheads make awful presidents.

Illinidiva on January 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

If Christie is the GOP nominee, that means that Obama did not damage the country enough and harm enough people to make the voters willing to fix it no matter how bad at that point.

In short, NO to Christie. I’ll vote for Hillary before I vote for Christie and that is not being hyperbolic. If I am going to vote for some anti-gun blue state statist jerk wad, from now on it is going to be the (D) anti-gun blue state statist jerk wad to ensure that the (D) get the full credit they deserve when their policies finally set hell fire and damnation loose on this country.

While on paper I voted Bush-Bush-Dole-Bush-Bush-McCain-Romney, in reality I voted NOT Dukakis-NOT Clinton-NOT Clinton-NOT Gore-NOT Kerry-NOT Obama-NOT Obama. I’m voting NOT Christie. Period. No more RINOs, no more blue-state (R), no more, no more, no more.

deepdiver on January 24, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I am not sure what group Christie is trying to appeal to in the GOP? There is no way in hell he will ever get the Tea Party and hardcore conservatives to vote for him. If we are going to go down the “who is more electable” route we might as well go with Rubio because (1) He might actually give us a state Republicans need to win, (2) He might bring a few Hispanics with him…and even he does not he still is more conservative than Christie.

The only Republicans who think Christie is going to win the GOP nomination are Northeast elites who get on TV and come from states the GOP has zero chance of winning in a national election no matter who they pick.

One Note: Christie might actually pick up a few Northeast states as an independent depending on who the democrats pick.

William Eaton on January 24, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Off topic: Zuckerberg to fundraise for chris christe

http://www.myfoxny.com/story/20670047/facebook-ceo-holding-fundraiser-for-christie

ChunkyLover on January 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM

World’s most obnoxious governor and founder of one of the world’s most obnoxious companies.. Sounds about right.

Illinidiva on January 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Why don’t we just stop reporting on the corpulent self-absorbed climate change pushing Christie. That guy is more of a RINO than even Huntsman. And he’s no William Howard Taft, so don’t start thinking that. Just get him out of the picture. Stop reporting on him, I advise.

anotherJoe on January 24, 2013 at 5:33 PM

How much do I despise Chris Christie? Two examples…..

I despise him more then Barack Obama.

I am tempted to send him a gift of a life time supply in the “cake of the month club”.

KMav on January 24, 2013 at 5:39 PM

I will NEVER forget this bag of hot air (no offense to this website) but I will NEVER EVER EVER VOTE FOR THIS RINO

SDarchitect on January 24, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I hope this clown runs, I will personally crawl over broken glass to see this disgusting lardball defeated.

I don’t care if his opponent is Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama or Hugo Chavez.

Norwegian on January 24, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I will never vote for that disgusting pile of lard. Never. That is one of life’s very few certainties.

Rational Thought on January 24, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I could care less about Krispy Kreme Christie. I don’t think he’ll ever be the GOP nominee – but I didn’t think they would nominate the author of Romneycare either.

TarheelBen on January 24, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Christ Christie is a Northeastern “republican”…….therefore his a DEMOCRAT.

Yap all you want to Governor. When you kissed the ring of the GOD/KING after Sandy you lost the gop nomination (not that it’s worth a bucket of warm spit) but hey…..go for the DEMOCRAT nomination.

PappyD61 on January 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Chris is a popular guy by the looks of this thread. Say, I don’t really need a sarc tag do I?

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Well, that walk on the beach did look like MADtv’s Lowered Expectations

Fallon on January 24, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Who cares what Chris Christie thinks about anything? He’s the turd who helped to throw the election to his buddy, Barky. Christie is a lowlife worm who should just announce his switch to the dems, already, as he was the biggest dem of 2012.

Christie, FOAD.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 24, 2013 at 6:41 PM

but I didn’t think they would nominate the author of Romneycare either.

TarheelBen on January 24, 2013 at 6:08 PM

After they had nominated the most detested man in GOP politics, Amnesty Juan in 2008 whose hated attempt to shove amnesty down our throats or sneak it by in the Senate (more than a few times) was roundly beaten back by the base, going for RomneyCare in 2012 was just par for the course. The only difference this time was that Romney’s mother wasn’t on TV telling conservatives that they’d have to hold their noses as they voted for her son.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 24, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Most GOP primary voters have, as I’ve noted before, very short memories when it comes to candidates who’ve strayed too far towards the other side of the aisle in the past.

John McCain and Mitt Romney both lost because the base stayed home, so I don’t think memories are as short as you might imagine. The primaries are set up in liberal states with liberal voters and don’t really reflect the base.

sharrukin on January 24, 2013 at 6:50 PM

“More like my way or the highway…”

Yeah, well, you would know FAT MAN.

If you’re ever within striking distance, I’ll spit on you.

mountainaires on January 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Don’t try to make up.

Cindy Munford on January 24, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Go away, or as AP said to Santorum GTFO.

Fuquay Steve on January 24, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Does Obama have a mandate since he’s re-elected with a higher percentage of popular vote than John Kennedy, Richard Nixon in ’68, Jimmy Carter in ’76, Ronald Reagan in 1980, Bill Clinton in ’92 or ’96 or George Bush in 2000 or ’04?

JustTheFacts on January 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM

???????

The answer to a question that no one except those on the far left are asking….

Kennedy, Nixon 68, and Bush 00 were notoriously close and divisive elections. Nobody claimed Carter had a mandate in 76, nor Bush in 04….Reagan 80, Clinton 92 and to some extent Clinton 96 had strong third party challengers….at least Reagan managed to get over 50% of the vote and actually beat Carter by more than 9 pts ( a lot more than Obama has ever managed). Gave Reagan a better claim than Obama has, that’s for sure.

Want to talk about Reagan 84? There’s a mandate. Obama: no way.

Dreadnought on January 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Christie…I know it was you. You broke my heart. You have to answer for Santino.

Huckabye-Romney on January 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Dude, he is running for reelection THIS YEAR in a state that Obama just carried with 58% of the vote. Thousands of New Jerseyans made the trip to DC for Obama’s inauguration. You think Christie MIGHT just need a few of their votes??

Sheesh.

rockmom on January 24, 2013 at 11:07 AM

OK, but does he have to be quite so craven about it?

I mean, exactly how big of a smooch does a Republican have to give Obama (during the last couple weeks of a presidential elcetion, no less) to make it look like he’s “putting his state above politics” and win over independents?

I would think a nice little peck on the cheek would be more than enough, but the big guy goes for the full ten-minute lip-lock.

A bit excessive I would say, but maybe he’s just a man prone to excess, which would also explain his girth, as well as his devotion to the theatrical and bombastic Springsteen.

Dreadnought on January 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Shut up, you muzzie loving mountain of garbage.

sablegsd on January 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

And if you were across the street in flames, the only reason I would walk very slowly over to you would be to throw gas on the flames. TRAITOR

sablegsd on January 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

nicktjacob: “he’s willing to bring both sides together to get things done”.

Right!!! Bringing both sides together, same thing as sleeping across the isle. We’ve have plenty of these dishonest rinos, I’m sick of them. What did Christie do? Helped hand the election to Obama, crooning at him at the Sandy disaster.
Hey with Reince Preibus running the RNC again, it’ll be another rino set up to lose guy. & another prolonged primary season with republicrats ripping each other apart. How come you don’t see the Demon party eating their own? Of course with more amnesty, our vote won’t matter.

Need to lighten up, don’t you just love these fly photos!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9825687/Barack-Obama-provides-landing-pad-for-fly.html

Belle on January 25, 2013 at 12:22 AM

This is my first comment since the election.

I needed to decompress.. and after all the media salvoring over dragging their boy over the finish line by making Mitt toxic.. there is no popularity for Obama.. not when ten million less voted for him than in 08.. it was a decided lack of enthusiasm for Romney.

We were sold another moderate who would “save” the party. Except our people stayed home.. just like in 08.. that can never win against the unionistas arm twisting people on to buses.. the eternal dem voting fraud.. the medias free commercials for any democrat.

we need a real conservative.. who isn’t tame and weak… who doesn’t bow to the medias pressure to play nicey nice while they enable leftwing lies to go warp speed on every news show.

we need. another happy warrior like Reagan.. somebody who shows folks that we have nothing against the weak.. but are tired of liberals swamping the system with bogus claims.. I have real fractured vertebre.. real nerve damage.. real advanced arthritis all on MRI’s… and a neighbor who also gets SSD because he has ADHD, and anxiety issues..

really?..

SSD Was intended for real injuries.. and Obama and his ilk have made it another welfare program for the lazy. That idiot Obama has succeeded in making me ashamed I had my back broken.. because even democrats now just asume you are anotherfaking freeloader when they fi d out you’re on it.

the public needs to see just how badly they’re beinging scammed by dem vote buying schemes like this.

mark81150 on January 25, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Gee, why isn’t he squealing because the senate hasn’t passed his pork yet? Could it be because the senate is controlled by Democrats? He needs to switch parties and get it over with already.

Festus on January 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Chris Christie can officially jump up my butt.

Allahs vulva on January 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Sorry Mr. Christie. A New England Republican here in Middle America is called well left of center. It aint gonna happen Chris. We’ve flown the RINO route to h*ll 3 times crashing 3 times. It’s time for a true dyed in the wool conservative. Good Gawd Christie wake up man! Why do you think 6M conservative’s stayed home in November? Don’t believe your local press Christie because we aint buyin, at all.

Tangerinesong on January 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM

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