Aw: Chris Christie wins teddy bear on Jersey boardwalk for best friend

posted at 3:21 pm on May 28, 2013 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Christie not running in 2016.”

Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, says that Republicans remain frustrated with Christie. “We get a slew of e-mail and tweets from Republicans, basically saying, ‘forget hell,’” about Christie, he says. “They’re not going to forget nor forgive what Christie did at the end of the 2012 campaign. They’re just not.”

And in Iowa, Republicans are also frustrated with Christie’s decision to team up with Obama. “I think it is something they’re going to remember,” Craig Robinson, former political director of the state GOP and editor of The Iowa Republican, says…

New Hampshire GOP strategist Mike Dennehy agrees that Christie is risking alienating GOP-primary voters. “I think everyone understands in a crisis elected leaders getting together to view devastation,” Dennehy remarks. But, he says, Christie “just has to be careful about being seen as too cozy with a president who has been sticking his thumb in the eye of Republicans all across the country.” Toward near the end of 2016, he says, “Obama will be most disliked Democrat president Republicans have ever seen.” And the Republicans Christie is alienating are some of the most involved in the volunteering, fundraising, and organizing that is so crucial to win primaries in the early states.

“Obama and the Republican governor appeared to be the best of friends Tuesday, smiling and backslapping their way across the Garden State,” reports Time. (Jay Carney earlier called Christie’s Sandy relief efforts “excellent.”) Below you’ll find vid of them trying to throw footballs through a tire at a boardwalk game stand; Christie nailed it on the first try while O, true to form, went 0 for 5. (Those weren’t his biggest misses today either.) Why would Christie, far ahead in the gubernatorial polls, double down with another conspicuously chummy photo op with Obama knowing that he’ll be bludgeoned with it if he runs in 2016? I think he’s simply committing to his national brand. He was always going to have trouble winning conservative votes in a national primary but his post-Sandy embrace of Obama last October and subsequent endorsement of gun control sealed the deal. If he runs now, it can only be as an overt out-and-proud centrist, aiming to scoop up 35-40 percent of the GOP electorate while hoping that Rubio, Paul, Jindal et al. split the conservative vote several ways. Either that or he’s quietly planning an independent run. Whichever it is, he’ll use his friendship with Obama to prove that he’s bipartisan and that he can bust through D.C. gridlock like no one else on the political landscape. In the meantime, though, expect to see the photo of Obama clutching that bear in a few thousand Republican primary attack ads.

After the video, go read John Sexton’s post on Obama’s “emotional” defense to scandal. As silly as today’s shenanigans with Christie are, this little Sandy-related photo op is helping O politically just like the last one did.


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If Chris Christie were the republican presidential candidate in 2016 i would vote for him before any democrat.

gerrym51 on May 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Why would you ever vote for a Democrat?

Are you retarded?

98ZJUSMC on May 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Not retarded. Communist.

acyl72 on May 29, 2013 at 7:28 AM

I have to sit back and almost enjoy all those kneejerk people who rushed to any and every pretend conservative, who skillfully utters so much as one conservative word in hopes that this one will be the new conservative messiah or leader on a white horse that can mysteriously turn America around. Often they are the same ones that cry out that “any RINO is better” than the left’s candidate, only to strengthen the corrupt RINO wing of the GOP.

Right-wing messiah? It won’t happen–we allowed this mess to develop over decades, loving much of the vote bait (sex, weed, corporate freebies, whatever,) offered by both the left and the right.

We caused it and only we can fix it–not the co-conspirator rulers in DC. They’ll continue to tell us what we wish to hear and then stab us in the back after they get the celebrity power they deceitfully sought.

Until, or unless, we return to those values that forged America out of Western Civilization’s rich heritage this rot will continue, regardless of which polished wannabee leader arises from our fouled ranks.

Don L on May 29, 2013 at 7:32 AM

aww…this is a cute moment. a breath of fresh air in today’s hyper-partisaned environment.

nonpartisan on May 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Only when the right sells out to the left do you consider such betrayal as bipartisan?

Don L on May 29, 2013 at 7:41 AM

I truly enjoy how Christie states something akin to “this isn’t about politics, it’s about rebuilding New Jersey- when the entire premise for this circus is…politics.

Why hold this sideshow at all Chris? Why not walk a few blocks West or to some of the other towns where people still can’t get back into their houses because you’ve put the resources into rebuilding the Cheese-Steak House?

Marcus Traianus on May 29, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Did you see the look on Obummer’s face? I’ll bet that bear gets tossed in the drink on the way back to DC. Chris lost his double chin and needs suspenders. Must be easier to get on his knees now.

Kissmygrits on May 29, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Christie and Obama… Now Starring in Brokeback Boardwalk.

HT: G. Beck

petefrt on May 29, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Christie and Obama… Now Starring in Brokeback Boardwalk.

HT: G. Beck

petefrt on May 29, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Yeah, Beck and crew had me laughing my head off on my way into work this morning. Good Times.

kirkill on May 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

This is just so repulsive on so many levels.

Ya think Romney regrets his choice for GOP keynote speaker, or what?

The clue should’ve been when the speech mainly centered on his fat self.

Et tu, Ann Coulter?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Yeah, Beck and crew had me laughing my head off on my way into work this morning.

kirkill on May 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

My fave is Pat’s Algore immitation. It never fails to crack me up.

petefrt on May 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM

It’s been shown over and over again. A NE conservative is liberal by any standards. Yes, NJ is in the NE crowd. Christie is no exception.

TerryW on May 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Did I miss something? Who was pitching and who was catching?

ConcealedKerry on May 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Oh wait, I get it, Obama failed at the pitching part!

ConcealedKerry on May 29, 2013 at 10:45 AM

So this officially makes Chrissy Obama’s go to biatch when he feels like nobody loves him any more…

And Chrissy for his part wears the purple tie, and wins the Lose in Chief a symbolic Bear Hug Bear… Awwww…..

RalphyBoy on May 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Maybe they can have a TV series – Joke and the Fatman.

bw222 on May 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Obama tosses football.

Christie tosses salad.

1921 C DRUM on May 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Christie just doesn’t get the fact that Odumbo is just using him.

rjoco1 on May 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Christie just ticked off Larry Sinclair.

Texyank on May 29, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Dear Ann Coulter

Now don’t cry, sweetie. This is just a summer bromance, a little experimental salad tossing between the boys. Your big Jersey cookie bear will See You In September.

You’re welcome.

Demonized on May 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM

China is cleaning our clock and prepares to attack and defeat the US, all the while we kiss their arse.
Please wake up before it is too late if it isn’t already.

losarkos on May 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

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