CPAC source: Christie wasn’t invited this year because he has a “limited future” in the GOP; Update: Sandy relief and Medicaid?

posted at 8:41 pm on February 26, 2013 by Allahpundit

Hard to argue with that assessment today of all days, but … Mitt Romney’s also been invited this year. The future doesn’t get any more limited than that.

Also, since when is one’s prospects in the GOP a litmus test for whether you’re CPAC-worthy or not? Every time someone objects to GOProud’s exclusion, the rejoinder inevitably comes that it’s the “Conservative Political Action Conference,” not the “Republican Political Action Conference.” Okay, in that case, who cares about Christie’s future in the GOP? Either his ideas are conservative enough or they aren’t.

Verdict: They aren’t. Or rather, one isn’t.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie was not invited to address the Conservative Political Action Conference because he has a “limited future” in the national Republican party given his position on gun control, according to a source familiar with the internal deliberations related to the event who was not authorized to speak publicly. As a result, the focus of this year’s conference, “the future of conservatism,” made Christie a bad fit, the source tells National Review Online.

The New Jersey governor, who has expressed concern about “an abundance of guns out there,” has said he backs the gun-control legislation currently on the books in his state, some of the nation’s most restrictive. Carrying a concealed weapon, for example, is permitted only when a citizen can demonstrate “the urgent necessity for self-protection.” Christie has not been afraid to speak out against the National Rifle Association, either, calling an ad the group ran in the wake of the Newtown shooting “reprehensible” and “awful.”

Gun-control is an instant dealbreaker for appearing at CPAC, but developing the universal health care framework on which ObamaCare was based and then refusing to apologize for it isn’t? I’m not a fan of O-Care or of new gun regulations, but I know which one I’m more worried about long-term. Also, how many of this year’s speakers are okay with, if not outright sponsoring, the disastrous plan floating around Congress to grant illegals instant probationary legal status as part of a comprehensive immigration reform deal? There’s Rubio, of course, and probably Paul Ryan, maybe Rand Paul. If you want to exclude Christie, you have lots of reasons; it’s strange to settle on just one when virtually everyone has a heresy or two to his/her record. (Ryan famously voted for TARP too, of course.) Besides, if you really want to hurt him, why not invite him and let him get booed? Being rejected by rank-and-file conservatives would be more damaging to his brand than being rejected by the organizers of the conference. He can demagogue the latter as part of a close-minded ideological power structure that “fears” him or whatever. It’s harder to do that with the average joe, especially when Christie’s big asset is supposed to be his ability to win over audiences.

Speaking of CPAC absences, via the Corner, here’s S.E. Cupp announcing that she won’t speak there this year because GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans are being sidelined. They were sidelined last year too and she spoke then. Did it take lefty Chris Hayes to blaze the trail for MSNBC hosts on this? Exit question: Who wants to tell the RGA that their next chairman has a limited future in the GOP?

Update: This is a more robust critique of Christie than the gun-control reasoning. But, er…

“CPAC is like the all-star game for professional athletes; you get invited when you have had an outstanding year,” Cardenas said. “Hopefully he will have another all-star year in the future, at which time we will be happy to extend an invitation. This is a conservative conference, not a Republican Party event.”

Cardenas cited Christie’s decision to expand Medicaid under President Obama’s health care law and his support of a $60 billion aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims, which he argued was filled with wasteful spending.

Okay, but the decision not to invite him leaked last night, before he announced his plans on Medicaid. And Medicaid expansion, in and of itself, is evidently no bar to speaking: As far as I know, Susana Martinez is still invited even though she ended up expanding Medicaid for New Mexico in early January. As for Sandy relief, it’s true — Christie’s cheap, demagogic triangulation with the House GOP over that is probably his lowest moment as a so-called fiscal conservative. (Or was, until today.) But by making Sandy aid the big peg for excluding him, you’re doing him an incredible political favor. Sandy relief is the biggest reason why his approval rating in Jersey is upwards of 75 percent; it’s likely also the biggest reason he polls well nationally even with Democrats at the moment. His whole post-Sandy nonpartisan brand is built on the idea that he’s less ideological and just more goshdarned caring than those heartless conservatives in the GOP congressional caucus. And now here’s CPAC proclaiming that, indeed, his Sandy relief support is cause for (temporary) banishment from conservatism. He’ll be crowing about it for weeks. It’s practically an in-kind contribution to his gubernatorial campaign.


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He’ll be crowing about it for weeks.

it;s jersey…meh

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 9:27 PM

And, quite frankly, as popular as he is right now, having him in the party is very preferable to having him opposing us.

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM

LOL. What do you think he did in the end of the election? He practically cut commercials for Barky.

Christie opposes conservatives. Period. It’s what he is.

With friends like Christie, who needs enemies?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Right now, if Christie said he was ticked off at the Republicans and was going to run as an independent, he would win in a landslide.

bflat879 on February 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM

What? You cannot be serious.

Hilarious.

Pork-Chop on February 26, 2013 at 9:28 PM

There was a choice. Obama or Not Obama.

Easiest choice I made all year.

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Same here. That’s why I voted for Virgil Goode. He was the only non-Obama on the ballot.

Stoic Patriot on February 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

gophergirl on February 26, 2013 at 9:27 PM

:)

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

I must have taken stupid pills this morning ….

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

What’s different about this morning?

bw222 on February 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Speaking of CPAC absences, via the Corner, here’s S.E. Cupp announcing that she won’t speak there this year because GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans are being sidelined.

Any so called conservative who works for MSNBC is not a conservative and is not a republican. When you take money from a progressive propaganda outfit you are no better than any traitor of liberty. You were hired by MSNBC for one purpose because you are useful to their cause.

William Eaton on February 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

There was a choice. Obama or Not Obama.

Easiest choice I made all year.

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Obama turned out HIS base…that’s what wins elections….Romney didn’t motivate his enough…

JFKY on February 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

LOL. What do you think he did in the end of the election? He practically cut commercials for Barky.

[ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:27 PM]

That’s because Obama bought him off.

Dusty on February 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Seriously, CPAC’s relevance to the conservative movement is tantamount to the Academy Awards’ relevance to Hollywood: a bunch of self-congratulatory circle jerkers in an echo chamber. Christie’s “limited future in the GOP” as opposed to the ACU’s embrace of Mitt ought to be enough proof of that.

gryphon202 on February 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Okay… AP let’s play pattycake. Christie wasn’t extended an invitation because he endorsed Obama a week before the election. CPAC made up an excuse that wasn’t that.. gun control. The fact that Christie knifed Romney in the back is the reason he was banned.

Illinidiva on February 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Who cares? Cupp’s an idiot. She’s semi-hot, but a moron and nothing approaching a conservative.

And what, pray tell, is your basis for this confident pronouncement? What position that she’s taken? (The GOProud stuff certainly isn’t sufficient: you’d be outnumbered on this site, which is as far right as it gets on the question of whether GOProud ought be allowed at CPAC, if you were opposed — therefore that can’t be enough to designate someone as an idiot fake-conservative.)

I ask because you regularly come off as the most aggressively ignorant semi-regular poster around here. And I think you’re literally just blathering negative words out when you write this, without actually being able to provide any justification for it.

Esoteric on February 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Same here. That’s why I voted for Virgil Goode. He was the only non-Obama on the ballot.

Stoic Patriot on February 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

So basically you voted for Obama. You are part of the problem.

The Notorious G.O.P on February 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

The fact that Christie knifed Romney in the back is the reason he was banned.

Illinidiva on February 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM

That seems plausible to me. After all, Romney’s conservative credentials are in serious doubt, and not just as far as I’m concerned. There are other rock-ribbed conservatives who share my concerns.

gryphon202 on February 26, 2013 at 9:33 PM

That’s because Obama bought him off.

Dusty on February 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

With what? Christie sold himself for nothing. He didn’t get anything from the feral government and only managed to squeeze blood-money out of Congress, not Barky. After he advertised for Barky Jersey had 5 mile long gas lines. I have yet to figure out what Barky did for Christie or New Jersey (not that he has the power to really do anything for them .,.. but the law and the Constitution never got in Barky’s way before).

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

So basically you voted for Obama. You are part of the problem.

The Notorious G.O.P on February 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

The people who voted in the primary for Romney voted for Obama.

astonerii on February 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Esoteric, or is that SE Cupp’s mom? Should we Leavvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve SE alone?!?

JFKY on February 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Given the content of your previous posts, I don’t expect you to understand what I’m about to say.

But conservatives are not a majority in this country. Not by a long shot. We’re barely a plurality, depending on whether you believe the polling data on the question or not. Like it or not, the GOP is going to need moderates to win. I know Rush disagrees with this point; well, Rush is bad at math. 40% conservatives plus 0% moderates plus 0% liberals will never, ever, equal 50%.

Now, unless you’re delusional enough to think that conservatives can win as a third party in the next twenty elections or so, it’s the GOP or nothing. So you’d better get used to the idea that not every GOP voter, or every GOP politician, is going to be in lockstep with your personal political philosophy.

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

So basically you voted for Obama. You are part of the problem.

The Notorious G.O.P on February 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

With the distinction of not having my vote count for Obama. Of course, if you voted for Romney, you essentially voted for Obama’s white clone.

Stoic Patriot on February 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Same here. That’s why I voted for Virgil Goode. He was the only non-Obama on the ballot.

Stoic Patriot on February 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

So basically you voted for Obama. You are part of the problem.

The Notorious G.O.P on February 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Yeah. I agree. It had nothing to do with the Romney-Gruber collaboration. It had nothing to do with lousy campaign staff at Romney HQ. It had nothing to do with footage of Romney distancing himself from conservatism for years in Mass-uh-chew-sits.

/Rombot

gryphon202 on February 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Great to see you..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

I wouldn’t ally with Christie if he was last democrat on Earth. He is ultimate scum. What he did at the end of the election was beyond unforgivable, and that is aside from all of his leftist BS. He is scum.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Seriously, you’re either insane or just a liberal doing a parody of a braindead foamy-mouthed “right-winger.”

This cannot be for real.

Esoteric on February 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Now, unless you’re delusional enough to think that conservatives can win as a third party in the next twenty elections or so, it’s the GOP or nothing. So you’d better get used to the idea that not every GOP voter, or every GOP politician, is going to be in lockstep with your personal political philosophy.

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I reject that false choice. When the GOP withers on the vine, there will be a political organ ready to take its place. Until then, I will exercise my God-given inalienable right to criticize whoever I want for whatever reason I want and whenever I want.

gryphon202 on February 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Esoteric on February 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

You shouldn’t be so proud of your ignorance. It’s unseemly.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

And what, pray tell, is your basis for this confident pronouncement? What position that she’s taken? (The GOProud stuff certainly isn’t sufficient: you’d be outnumbered on this site, which is as far right as it gets on the question of whether GOProud ought be allowed at CPAC, if you were opposed — therefore that can’t be enough to designate someone as an idiot fake-conservative.)

I ask because you regularly come off as the most aggressively ignorant semi-regular poster around here. And I think you’re literally just blathering negative words out when you write this, without actually being able to provide any justification for it.

Esoteric on February 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Hmmm, I guess you don’t actually spend much time readi8ng around here.

I wouldn’t ally with Christie if he was last democrat on Earth. He is ultimate scum. What he did at the end of the election was beyond unforgivable, and that is aside from all of his leftist BS. He is scum.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Seriously, you’re either insane or just a liberal doing a parody of a braindead foamy-mouthed “right-winger.”

This cannot be for real.

Esoteric on February 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Funny, that’s what I was suspect about you.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Great to see you..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Hey DS :)

another beautiful night with the HA crew

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Christi is not conservative. This is not news. The conference is CPAC, not moderate-republicans-who-can-win-in-the-NorthEast-PAC. If it were the latter, Christi could be the keynote. Seriously, people, stop trying to redefine ‘conservative.’ Neither Christi or Cupp fit the bill, they bash republicans and conservatives for personal gain.

Jackalope on February 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

But conservatives are not a majority in this country. Not by a long shot. We’re barely a plurality, depending on whether you believe the polling data on the question or not. Like it or not, the GOP is going to need moderates to win. I know Rush disagrees with this point; well, Rush is bad at math. 40% conservatives plus 0% moderates plus 0% liberals will never, ever, equal 50%.

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

235,000,000 Adult Americans. 125,000,000 votes.
If you get 100% of the 40% to the polls, that means you can get 94,000,000 votes. So, your math is not very rock solid. Even if the Democrats still pull their high point number of 69,000,000 they did in 2008, the Conservative can win.

astonerii on February 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

This cannot be for real.

Esoteric on February 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Just the other day I had someone ask me if I was for real. Heh. Been enrolled here on the commenters’ dole at HotAir since day one, and some dude wonders if I’m real. Tsk tsk tsk.

gryphon202 on February 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Until then, I will exercise my God-given inalienable right to criticize whoever I want for whatever reason I want and whenever I want.

gryphon202 on February 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Nobody’s restricting your right to free speech, Voltaire. You’re free to trash whoever you like.

Just know that the opinions you’re espousing are incompatible with political victory, that’s all.

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Now, unless you’re delusional enough to think that conservatives can win as a third party in the next twenty elections or so, it’s the GOP or nothing. So you’d better get used to the idea that not every GOP voter, or every GOP politician, is going to be in lockstep with your personal political philosophy.

You create a straw man, and require that I endorse Christie, BECAUSE he’s GOP…he damaged Romney…he’s pro-gun control, he damaged the GOP with his Sandy Pork-ulus begging, he’s damaging the nation and NJ with his expansion of Medicare (under Obamacare) in NJ.

Scott Walker wasn’t a Deep South Republican, but he didn’t actively campaign with Obama either….

and say how was the MacMahon Election reception? Did you get to the Tommy Thompson reception, too? It must have been a late night hitting the Romney Inaugurals and then all those moderate electable GOP receptions.

JFKY on February 26, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Now, unless you’re delusional enough to think that conservatives can win as a third party in the next twenty elections or so, it’s the GOP or nothing. So you’d better get used to the idea that not every GOP voter, or every GOP politician, is going to be in lockstep with your personal political philosophy.

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I’m done with the GOP. 2012 was my last vote for them – and I had to do that holding my nose. THen, when the idiots in the GOP House re-elected the Weeping Boner, there was nothing more to talk about. I guess you loved that cave on taxes …

The GOP’s all yours, dude. You and the illegals the GOP is looking to attract. Find an illegal to take over my vote because decades of voting for the GOP is over for me.

There’s “lockstep” with my philosophy and then there are the deal-breakers. You do understand what “deal-breakers” are, right? Well, the GOP has pretty much hit every deal-breaker they could find. Deal broke.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:42 PM

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

I agree fully..:)

PS..Hope you and yours are doing well..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Christie is Rotunda-non-grata in conservatism now.

He is Republican as they come.

portlandon on February 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM

The better question is why wasn’t Allahpundit invited?

SouthernGent on February 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Nobody’s restricting your right to free speech, Voltaire. You’re free to trash whoever you like.

Just know that the opinions you’re espousing are incompatible with political victory, that’s all.

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Really? I railed against Romney for almost a year leading up to the 2012 elections, and it seems like I could make a good case that a Romney candidacy was incompatible with political victory. So pray tell, what part of your advice did the Republican Party not follow that they lost in the manner in which they did? From where I stand as a voter and a principled conservative, “You’ll be stabbed in the back and you’ll like it” is rather incompatible with political victory, and that sounds like exactly what you’re saying to me.

Ye Grande Ole Party is “all we have” until it isn’t anymore. With every milquetoast sellout, it hastens its own demise.

gryphon202 on February 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Christie is Rotunda-non-grata in conservatism now.

portlandon on February 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM

LOL.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM

235,000,000 Adult Americans. 125,000,000 votes.
If you get 100% of the 40% to the polls, that means you can get 94,000,000 votes. So, your math is not very rock solid. Even if the Democrats still pull their high point number of 69,000,000 they did in 2008, the Conservative can win.

astonerii on February 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Cute trick. But also wrong.

Apart from the ludicrous idea that you’ll get anywhere near that percentage turnout, it’s phony parallelism. At that percentage turnout, Democrats get the remaining 60% of voters, equaling 141,000,000. And blowing the conservative out of the water.

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:46 PM

If you get 100% of the 40% to the polls, that means you can get 94,000,000 votes.

And if my aunt had testicles she would be my uncle.

Seriously, this is your plan? Somehow manage to maximize near 100% voter turnout of conservatives? First of all: that’s LITERALLY impossible.

Second of all, designating 40% of the population as “conservative” is wildly optimistic. In truth, a significant number of people who self-identify as ‘conservative’ adhere to positions which a lot of the more arrogantly aggressive people around here would immediately read them out of the movement for (e.g., favoring abortion and gay marriage, despite being willing — strongly inclined, even — to vote Republican). The definition of “conservative” that really matters given what we’ll call the “astonerii” criterion would therefore be “ideologically conservative enough to vote for someone ultra-far right on every single ideological issue, with no deviations whatsoever.”

And in that case you’d be lucky to have 30-35% of the American population fall into that category — and note that even there a significant number of those voters wouldn’t be as conservative as the Astonerii/PrimordialOrderedPair Dream Candidate…they’d just be willing to suck it up and for him because hey, anything but a Democrat.

You cannot win a national election with 35% of the voting public in your corner.

Esoteric on February 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM

King Gold we need about 80% of the Conservative vote, and then we only need about 18% of the moderate vote, about 45% of the moderates….that’s gross vote totals, not looking at Electoral Votes,

That’s why you lock up your base first.

JFKY on February 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Also, how many of this year’s speakers are okay with, if not outright sponsoring, the disastrous plan floating around Congress to grant illegals instant probationary permanent legal status as part of an comprehensive immigration reform amnesty deal?

FIFY.

And to answer the question, too many of them.

Christie, as bad as he is(and he is bad), is no worse than the rest of them.

xblade on February 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM

I’m done with the GOP. 2012 was my last vote for them – and I had to do that holding my nose. THen, when the idiots in the GOP House re-elected the Weeping Boner, there was nothing more to talk about. I guess you loved that cave on taxes …

The GOP’s all yours, dude. You and the illegals the GOP is looking to attract. Find an illegal to take over my vote because decades of voting for the GOP is over for me.

There’s “lockstep” with my philosophy and then there are the deal-breakers. You do understand what “deal-breakers” are, right? Well, the GOP has pretty much hit every deal-breaker they could find. Deal broke.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I got to that point back in 2004. It became obvious to me that the GOP Leadership and I had taken separate directions, and since it was not my positions or values that had changed it was the GOP that had to go.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Did you ever consider that Chris Christie didn’t want Romney to win? Had Romney won in 2012 and been reelected in 2016 and Ryan ran in 2020, Chris Christie would have never had the opportunity to run. Christie didn’t do Romney any favors beginning with his keynote speech.

bw222 on February 26, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Just watch how many Republicans in the coming months knuckle under on gun control. And immigration. And watch Boehner get all weepy as he discusses sequestration cuts that shouldn’t even merit a blip on the Republican radar! And then tell me, how many times should I be satisfied to be stabbed in the back before I turn my back on the Republican Party? “It’s all we have” doesn’t cut it for me.

gryphon202 on February 26, 2013 at 9:49 PM

New Jersey is DEAD LAST in reducing the unemployment rate in his state. That ranks him 50-50. Yet he gets about a 75% approval rating. The country is doomed.

KMav on February 26, 2013 at 9:51 PM

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:46 PM

No different than your argument that the voters in each election are static and unmoved by the policies at hand.
You see, the voters change every elections. Some static groups exist, probably about 50% total of the voters over a period of 12 years.
The rest base their vote on circumstance and the policies and person on the ballot.

astonerii on February 26, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Christie wasn’t invited this year because he has a “limited future” in the GOP

A limited future? Bwahahahahaaaa!

To say the least.

petefrt on February 26, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Esoteric on February 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I do not have a plan. I was just saying that KingGold’s numbers are just as valid as my numbers, which were worthless. He said it was impossible to win with 40% of the population, but it is not. 40% of the population is 94 million votes. Want to argue math, there you go, he was wrong. It is not impossible, only improbable.

astonerii on February 26, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Gun-control is an instant dealbreaker for appearing at CPAC, but developing the universal health care framework on which ObamaCare was based and then refusing to apologize for it isn’t? I’m not a fan of O-Care or of new gun regulations, but I know which one I’m more worried about long-term. Also, how many of this year’s speakers are okay with, if not outright sponsoring, the disastrous plan floating around Congress to grant illegals instant probationary legal status as part of a comprehensive immigration reform deal? There’s Rubio, of course, and probably Paul Ryan, maybe Rand Paul. If you want to exclude Christie, you have lots of reasons; it’s strange to settle on just one when virtually everyone has a heresy or two to his/her record. (Ryan famously voted for TARP too, of course.) Besides, if you really want to hurt him, why not invite him and let him get booed? Being rejected by rank-and-file conservatives would be more damaging to his brand than being rejected by the organizers of the conference.

These two sentences stick out to me the most. While the invite to Mitt makes no sense (but not as baffling as the invite to Chris Hayes, which I’m sure was intended as a practical joke on CPAC’s part) he probably should deserve that type of razzing by the audience. It won’t, though… maybe some guffaws, some groans, especially if he uses that infamous “severely conservative” line again.

With Christie, they knew he was going to get booed had he spoke, but fumbled by accidentally using a straw-man argument when they didn’t need to.

Myron Falwell on February 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I see AP continues to lick the sweat between each Christie roll.

I figured the Second Amendment was the last straw. This punk, after handing the election to Obama, then publicly ridiculed the NRA while the second amendment is under full assault by the media and liberals in Congress. This is the straw that broke the camel’s back, but it is one of a string of offenses Christie has made against Conservatives.

Is AP trying to get in bed with Anne Coulter with these tantrums over Christie not being invited? We don’t want him there, he has no future in the party because he’ll be a Democrat soon.

The only use he has is maybe, possible, taking away a Democratic Senate seat in the future, but even then we’ll just have a louder, fatter, sweatier Jim Jeffords.

Daemonocracy on February 26, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM

we are..thanks…busy, busy, busy

:)

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 9:56 PM

I got to that point back in 2004. It became obvious to me that the GOP Leadership and I had taken separate directions, and since it was not my positions or values that had changed it was the GOP that had to go.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Yep. I had gotten to this point in 2006 when they started pushing for illegals. I only voted for McShame because Barky was such an unbelievable threat to America – much of which he has carried out, already. 2010 was the last chance to stop Barky and turn around BarkyCare, as a full, clean repeal could have been stapled to any one of the thousand CRs, budgets, or debt-ceiling raises that would come up … but the GOP turned around and started assaulting us right after we put them back in charge of the purse strings in 2011. And they are responsible for the insane spending ever since. So … 2012 was definitely the last chance. And we all know that the GOP picked the most unappealing, distasteful, cowardly candidate they could find … but I said that that was going to be my last GOP vote, because it was the very last chance. Then, another term for the loser Boner … aaaaarrrrrrgh!!!

We tried, but the GOP is just dead-set on political suicide. There’s nothing anyone can do to stop them from killing themselves. I just hope they finish up the job quickly.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Christie is as far removed from actual Sandy relief as Obama is from the Sequester.

egmont on February 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

With what? Christie sold himself for nothing. He didn’t get anything from the feral government and only managed to squeeze blood-money out of Congress, not Barky. After he advertised for Barky Jersey had 5 mile long gas lines. I have yet to figure out what Barky did for Christie or New Jersey (not that he has the power to really do anything for them .,.. but the law and the Constitution never got in Barky’s way before).

[ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM]

No one sells himself “for nothing”. Not you, not me, and certainly not Christie. And when people let themselves be bought, they aren’t going to buy an ad in the NYT to publicize it. Just ask Senator Menendez. So, quit your rambling.

Dusty on February 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Besides, if you really want to hurt him, why not invite him and let him get booed? Being rejected by rank-and-file conservatives would be more damaging to his brand than being rejected by the organizers of the conference.

Oh and this is absolutely ridiculous. So you’re near hysterics that this guy wasn’t invited, but you think blackballing him in public is a mature thing to do? We don’t need to embarrass him like teenage mean girls, just exclude him.

Daemonocracy on February 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

The better question is why wasn’t Allahpundit invited?

SouthernGent on February 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM

The cats wouldn’t let him go.

RickB on February 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Did you ever consider that Chris Christie didn’t want Romney to win? Had Romney won in 2012 and been reelected in 2016 and Ryan ran in 2020, Chris Christie would have never had the opportunity to run. Christie didn’t do Romney any favors beginning with his keynote speech.

bw222 on February 26, 2013 at 9:49 PM

I don’t know about the figuring for the future but Christie obviously wanted Mittens to lose but what he did was just so over the top that it really demands a bit more of an explanation. If it was purely political as you figure then Christie is even worse scum than I think he is, and dumber, too, as he fried his chances at coming through the GOP to anything after that.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Wow Allahpundit very upset that CPAC invented a litmus test to exclude Christie that they didn’t use on others.

So AP should they just say “Because he’s a backstabber, that’s why!!!”

Its the truth but politics especially in the party are a little more subtle AP.

Christie deserves to be kicked to the curb and as for your why not let him get booed off the stage? Yea let’s put that image of conservatives out there. Really good thinking AP.

Conan on February 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

The only use he has is maybe, possible, taking away a Democratic Senate seat in the future, but even then we’ll just have a louder, fatter, sweatier Jim Jeffords.

Daemonocracy on February 26, 2013 at 9:56 PM

I now want to gouge my eyes out with a knitting needle after that visualization.

Myron Falwell on February 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

The better question is why wasn’t Allahpundit invited?

[SouthernGent on February 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM]

He’s the only who could be in the audience that I would bet on getting the better of Christie in a face off, had Christie been invited.

Dusty on February 26, 2013 at 10:03 PM

We tried, but the GOP is just dead-set on political suicide. There’s nothing anyone can do to stop them from killing themselves. I just hope they finish up the job quickly.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 9:58 PM

It’s not so much dead set on suicide as it was infiltrated by individuals whose goal it was to kill it off. Once you take the time to read Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and understand that there literally are millions of Marxists in America putting Alinsky’s tactics to use, what has been happening begins to be visual as a distinct pattern.

SWalker on February 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM

And when people let themselves be bought, they aren’t going to buy an ad in the NYT to publicize it.

Dusty on February 26, 2013 at 9:59 PM

But Christie did buy an ad in NY Times publicizing that. He said that he had to blow Barky in order to get help from the feral government, but he didn’t get squat. And he burned his bridges with any conservatives in the process.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM

So basically you voted for Obama. You are part of the problem.The Notorious G.O.P on February 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

And the inverse is true. Vigil Goode could be POTUS today if 50 other million people weren’t stuck on voting for obama-lite. Virgil gave a good run for it and came up short. No shame in that for his supporters, just shame for those who shorted themselves voting for the lesser of two evils.

Deal with it.

AH_C on February 26, 2013 at 10:17 PM

cmsinaz on February 26, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Good deal!!..:):)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Who was the last conservative we have ran?

Ronald W. Reagan.

Kjeil on February 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM

AH_C on February 26, 2013 at 10:17 PM

One problem with your theory..50mil were never going to vote for Goode..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 10:20 PM

One problem with your theory..50mil were never going to vote for Goode..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 10:20 PM

And one problem with the “let’s run Romney, he’s the most electable” theory: He didn’t get as many votes as Obama. So there’s that.

gryphon202 on February 26, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I can’t stand SE Cupp. Good riddance.

Blake on February 26, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I have to admit that it’s not going to bother me at all, not seeing Ms. Cupp at CPAC this year.

Last year she looked bored out of her mind.

Alas, her not scheduled in the “Main Ballroom” this year probably had something to do with it as well…

Don’t miss her on RedEye either.

How’s that for snarky!

ccrosby on February 26, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Pretty clear bySE Cupp’s recent actions, going after Limbaugh, this little stunt, that she’s desperately trying to keep her job at msdnc. Whatever, sick of her, christie, scarborough et al, good riddance.

clearbluesky on February 26, 2013 at 10:30 PM

One problem with your theory..50mil were never going to vote for Goode..:)Dire Straits on February 26, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Not my problem, theirs. They could have ignored conventional wisdom about the two party rule and voted their conscience and for their kids’ future but didn’t. So now we all get to watch it burn. It’s good that it played out this way in order to see the true colors of all the CINOs. Mark my words, their future is short because when it comes crashing down they’ll be tossed out like spit from a spitoon.

AH_C on February 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Christie lost my vote today.
If we are going to have national healthcare I’m not voting in the guy who brings it about in NJ, thats what liberal democrat governors are for.

ouldbollix on February 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Freedom of association, to invite who you want and to decline an invitation are all things we should stand up for. Personally I’d say that there is a real parallel in Christie and Cupp and it comes from the company they keep and why.

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2013 at 11:04 PM

But folks like you probably don’t even know what the expression “playing the long game” means, much less how to do so.

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Actually in state and local elections, GOP has done surprising well since 2010. 32 governors and many more legislatures. The long game is not to change our ideals, it’s to put them into action so the rest of the country can see how they work.

There’s another thread on where the jobs are and the Northeast isn’t even mentioned. This will eventually catch up with the elected politicians…look at Michigan.

monalisa on February 26, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Who wants to tell the RGA that their next chairman has a limited future in the GOP?

I’ll do it.

Ronnie on February 27, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Charlie + Crist = Christie

Kalifornia Kafir on February 27, 2013 at 12:25 AM

You have to enjoy CPAC’s illogical thinking. Governor Christie and GOProud have a “limited future” in the GOP but Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, and Mitt Romney have a bright future?

Can CPAC just admit that they have zero interest in winning any nation elections? Lets not invite a popular and successful Republican Governor with a 74% approval rating in a blue-state but instead lets invite a failed faux “reality” tv star who wears her anti-intellectualism like a badge of honor.

TEPJoePa on February 27, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Christie Blew it…nuff said

workingclass artist on February 27, 2013 at 12:57 AM

We have a problem here on the right, and i know i’m going to hear a lot of criticism over saying this, but i don’t understand how people cannot grasp the simple logic. The Left has been moving this country to the left for the last 100 years. (Yes i know that’s not 100% accurate but damn close enough.)Listen to us, “I can’t support him because he’s just Obama light” well damn it all he’s a lot more to the right than bambi is, we just need to start taking the long view back. we are not going to win this over night, we have to stop squabbling with each other and start ending the leftward movement of this country. The only thing, the only thing, that i admire about the left is there ability to walk in lockstep, damn it all, i know were a bunch of individualist but when the rubber meets the road we gotta stand together.

American Patriot1980 on February 27, 2013 at 12:59 AM

And that’s referring more to Romney than Christie

American Patriot1980 on February 27, 2013 at 2:57 AM

morning joe crew praising him this am, natch

cmsinaz on February 27, 2013 at 6:14 AM

Christie will switch to the Democratic party within 2 years.
He has his eye on the VP slot in the 2016 Presidential race.
Clinton/Christie ticket.

albill on February 27, 2013 at 6:35 AM

albill on February 27, 2013 at 6:35 AM

now I can see that happening…

cmsinaz on February 27, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Make this fat pig go away.

crash72 on February 27, 2013 at 7:13 AM

Now if the GOP were to fund a massive RINO sweep using Rove, I’d consider embracing them…

Why Rove? Even anti-venom is made using rattlesnake poison.

Don L on February 27, 2013 at 7:18 AM

The sad fact is that the Republican party has drifted too far to the left to even be recognizable to your average conservative. That one such as Christie is even considered in presidential talks is disheartening. I have long ago given up on the “elites” of the R’s ever doing anything right for the people, and work for those who show their bonafides in action. Talk is cheap, unless it’s stimulus bill.

PS: It has always puzzled me how Cupp gets any attention at all. Aside from the semi-hot/gay/elitist questions that surround her.

wolfplus3 on February 27, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Christie will switch to the Democratic party within 2 years.
He has his eye on the VP slot in the 2016 Presidential race.
Clinton/Christie ticket.
albill on February 27, 2013 at 6:35 AM

Yes, good call.

bluegill on February 27, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Charlie + Crist = Christie
Kalifornia Kafir on February 27, 2013 at 12:25 AM

How eerie a coincidence. And how true.

bluegill on February 27, 2013 at 8:15 AM

What the cr*p is the matter with the Christie fanboys? Do you really think Christie considers himself a Conservative? Do you think he gives a rat’s patootie about being invited to CPAC?

Do you think if we grovel enough this basically liberal Governor would run for POTUS as a Republican and do something other than shaft the fools who bought into the mantra that “he’s the most conservative guy we could elect?” If that’s the most conservative guy the GOP can run why would actual Conservatives see his election as a positive?

No one pretends he’s a social conservative and now that he’s in the process of sucking up the federal pork perhaps we’re seeing how he isn’t much of a small govt guy either?

katiejane on February 27, 2013 at 8:21 AM

What’s all the fuss about? It’s new jersey. He’s a favorite of Joe Scarborough. Shares donuts with Letterman. Posed like the other half of of Laurel and Hardy with Obama. He’s a joke. A big joke.

bluesdoc70 on February 27, 2013 at 8:22 AM

King – I get your point. But it comes from a mistaken premise. Most people do say they are “conservative” though that means many things to many people, thought they are not a majority of the electorate. No one faction is – they are just the largest.

But exit polling show Romney lost his base – white republicans didn’t show – their dislike of Obama was not enough to make them pull the lever for a guy they didn’t feel was much different. Now I think they were wrong and acted foolishly, but it is their vote and they can do with it what they want.

As someone noted – the GOP is doing well at the local level. But at DC I get this uneasy sense that guys who are just trying to keep the patient alive without curing them are gonna be persona non grata with many GOP voters. Let it burn is a scary thought – but it is gaining traction. They know the current trajectory cannot be sustained.

Christie’s embrace of Obama via Sandy relieve makes him about as toxic to the GOP as possible. If he wants to be a president it will be as a democrat. For the GOP, he would get fewer votes than ROmney – if he were lucky enough to win the primary – which he has no prayer of doing.

Zomcon JEM on February 27, 2013 at 8:25 AM

SE Cupp is becoming quite the media whore…….trotting over to MSNBC to fill that gop-basher niche I guess.

….and Christ Christie proves the way forward for the republicans is to embrace government tyranny and American Communists (aka Democrats).

Ann Coulter you gots a lot of splainin to do about your big boy Christie.

PappyD61 on February 27, 2013 at 8:32 AM

The idea of a conservative politician is a contradiction in terms. It’s the most natural thing in the world for a person in power to want to increase their power–or influence, or scope, or ability to problem-solve, or whatever you want to call it. It’s hard, maybe impossible, for a person to achieve power and then work to reduce it.

People like Christie see a problem–Sandy–and wants to problem-solve–get big bucks from us even if there’s pork attached. They want to “work across the aisle.” They want to find a “fair solution to immigration” or to “control” guns. They don’t get strokes by standing aside and doing nothing, or better yet contracting the size of their own organization. The get rewarded for at least making a show of doing something, and doing something always results in larger government and increase of their own power.

This is why trusting politicians to reduce the size of government is a losing proposition. I’m not sure of a solution, maybe term limits?

But it doesn’t change this basic fact–nearly everyone who attains political power will move left, or at least towards larger government. Setting Reagan aside, name me one who has. Maybe Coolidge.

PortlandJon on February 27, 2013 at 8:56 AM

And what, pray tell, is your basis for this confident pronouncement? What position that she’s taken? (The GOProud stuff certainly isn’t sufficient: you’d be outnumbered on this site, which is as far right as it gets on the question of whether GOProud ought be allowed at CPAC, if you were opposed — therefore that can’t be enough to designate someone as an idiot fake-conservative.)

I ask because you regularly come off as the most aggressively ignorant semi-regular poster around here. And I think you’re literally just blathering negative words out when you write this, without actually being able to provide any justification for it.

Esoteric on February 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM

This pretty much explains it. S. E. Cupp’s grandstanding to mshow how cool she is to the lib crowd is getting tiresome.

But folks like you probably don’t even know what the expression “playing the long game” means, much less how to do so.

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Yeah, Bob Michel et al. played that “long game” for 30 years until Newt Gingrich got impatient and decided to win for a change.

ddrintn on February 27, 2013 at 9:12 AM

But folks like you probably don’t even know what the expression “playing the long game” means, much less how to do so.

KingGold on February 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Yeah, Bob Michel et al. played that “long game” for 30 years until Newt Gingrich got impatient and decided to win for a change.

ddrintn on February 27, 2013 at 9:12 AM

How many times should we tolerate being stabbed in the back by Republicans? At what point will you say, “Gee, this isn’t working out. Maybe I should look for another alternative?” The dollar is collapsing. We are living under tyranny. It is just a matter of time before this generational theft gets so bad that parents will no longer be able to provide for their own children in the present. And then what? Are you going to cling to some kind of moral superiority because “at least I didn’t vote for the Democrat?”

/Ptooey

gryphon202 on February 27, 2013 at 9:26 AM

TEPJoePa on February 27, 2013 at 12:40 AM

What kind of lease does she have for the space in your head, apparently it’s a long-term one…I’m hoping you are getting a decent rental price from her.

JFKY on February 27, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Okay, we get it. AP loves Christie almost as much as Coulter. Otherwise he would know that none of us care about this.

fight like a girl on February 27, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Okay, we get it. AP loves Christie almost as much as Coulter. Otherwise he would know that none of us care about this.

fight like a girl on February 27, 2013 at 9:47 AM

In all fairness I think AP’s pretty much over his Christie crush.

ddrintn on February 27, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Wow Allahpundit very upset that CPAC invented a litmus test to exclude Christie that they didn’t use on others.

So AP should they just say “Because he’s a backstabber, that’s why!!!”

Its the truth but politics especially in the party are a little more subtle AP.

Christie deserves to be kicked to the curb and as for your why not let him get booed off the stage? Yea let’s put that image of conservatives out there. Really good thinking AP.

Conan on February 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Yeah… He essentially was disinvited because of frenching Obama a week before the election but CPAC couldn’t say that or they would be branded sore losers. Hence they are coming up with other excuses.

Illinidiva on February 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

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