WaPo: Christie should “stand up” to Palin

posted at 8:41 pm on August 14, 2013 by Allahpundit

But … why? Why would a guy who, as nominee, would need tea partiers to hold their noises and vote for him in the general pick a needless fight with a tea-party favorite? He’s already alienated libertarians with his shots at Rand Paul. Now he’s going to (further) alienate mainstream grassroots conservatives too?

Brawling with your would-be base is an especially bad idea for a guy known for hugging Obama a week before election day last year. The rap on centrist Republicans is that they’re more comfortable with Democrats than with right-wing Republicans. If you’re one of them, take care not to do anything that would lend credence to that unless you’re getting a big political benefit from it.

Palin is widely viewed by much of the party — with the exception of her core followers (and she does retain a real following) — as someone who is advocating a direction for the Republican party that could lead to its electoral demise in 2016 and perhaps beyond.

There is a sentiment — largely expressed privately, still, at the moment — that someone needs to stand up to that wing of the party and say “enough is enough.”…

It’s possible that a Christie denunciation of Palin would mean that the likes of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, both of whom are considering running for president in 2016, jump to defend Palin — sensing a political opportunity. Maybe. But, our sense is that Cruz and Paul — and their political advisers — will likely steer clear from any too-close association with Palin since she has proven herself to be a sort of free radical in the political process.

And, even if Christie does take some heat from the right for saying something along the lines of “I believe Sarah Palin is a voice for shrinking the Republican party, not growing it”, the gains he would make among the GOP voters who don’t identify with Palin and her brand of confrontational conservatism would more than make up for it.

Why stop there? Denounce gay-marriage opponents too, as well as conservatives who are willing to risk a government shutdown over defunding ObamaCare. Cover the whole media wishlist of things that a “reasonable” Republican should be and do. Let’s alienate as many core constituencies as possible in order to really dazzle them, and centrist voters, with Christie’s boldness.

Besides, his whole tough-guy act is a double-edged sword potentially. Centrists who hate Palin would enjoy seeing him take shots at her — as he’s done before — but if he got into an extended exchange with her, the narrative would shift from “RINO charges!” to “Does Christie have the temperament to be president?” and “Why is Christie allowing himself to be baited?” If he runs, he’ll end up signaling in various subtle and less subtle ways that nominating him would mean repudiating the Cruz/Palin wing of the party. No need to make it more explicit than it has to be.

Via RCP, here’s Mark Levin vowing to do what he can to make sure Christie’s not the nominee. Exit question: If Christie is the nominee, what are the odds of a third-party candidacy from the right? Rand Paul won’t do it, I think, just because he’ll want to remain viable for the GOP nomination in 2020.


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Oh I’m sure he will to gain some Indi votes here in Jersey of those who can’t stand Sarah. His concern RIGHT NOW is his re-election.

Mr. Bingley on August 14, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Good luck with that. She’ll have him as a trophy on her wall, even though he is tough. BUT he’s RINO – light. And she’s got a gun! OMG, call Piers!

ProfShadow on August 14, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Who gives a damn what “the party” thinks…?
They go out of their way to defy the people who vote for them.
The only reason they still have jobs is only because the alternative is so much worse.
Let Christie pick a fight with Sarah Palin and her supporters and he’ll never make it out of Jersey.

NeoKong on August 14, 2013 at 8:46 PM

LOL

#WarOnWoman

Fallon on August 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

WaPo: Christie should “stand up” to Palin

WaPo endorsed McCain to help Republicans get it right in 2008.

This is more of the same. Fat bastard has a better chance challenging cankles for the Dem nomination.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Why would a guy who, as nominee, would need tea partiers to hold their noises and vote for him in the general pick a needless fight with a tea-party favorite?

He wouldn’t. Or at least he shouldn’t, as it would damage him badly.

That’s why you can never take seriously the advice from “concern trolls” like WaPo.

petefrt on August 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I thought Palin was a washed up nobody.

Why would the NYT be scared of her?

faraway on August 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

would need tea partiers to hold their noises and vote for him in the general pick a needless fight with a tea-party favorite?

I’mma be loud and proud and vote for Palin…mmmmkay!?!!??

SouthernGent on August 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I say go for it Phat Boi…OF COURSE, according to Mittbots the Irrelevant Quitter cost Mitt the election..SO, Gov. Krispy Kreme, do you really want to run that risk?

And yeah, whiners I don’t mind the fat jokes…their going to used any way, so worrying about being like “them” is pointless, and no I don’t have to “better than them”…

In fact, it hits me that many of the better than that folkz really are just defending their guy…I don’t hear that sort of “Lets be bigger people than that” when Bluegill or nottakingsides or meredith or the like go after Palin…didn’t hear anyone saying to John McCain, “We’re better than that, don’t use ‘Whacko Birds.’” No all that’s OK, but don’t you dare mention Mitt’s hair or Christie’s girth…why? Other than he’s your guy? Basically you’e like Obama/Clinton, “Let me insult YOU, but then call a truce and ask that we be ‘civil.’”

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Future WaPo headline?: Hillary should “stand up” to Obama

faraway on August 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

His concern RIGHT NOW is his re-election.

Mr. Bingley on August 14, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Of course it is. That is why this needless special election for Senator.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Lol! Sarah Palin needs no and seeks no protection from the likes of Christie.

Bmore on August 14, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Fat bastard has a better chance challenging cankles for the Dem nomination.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2013 at 8:48 PM

That’s my hope, that he devolves to Dem and runs in the primaries against Billary.

Actually, if he could rescue the Dem party from the radicals and return it to mainstream America as the Dem candidate, he could do us all, do the country a great service.

petefrt on August 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Christi would make a good rodeo clown —for a few minutes.

claudius on August 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

WaPo: Christie should “stand up” to Palin

WaPo with its liberal agenda has everything to gain from a Republican party that’s split, and nothing to lose. Of course they want Krispy to take a swing at Palin.

Burke on August 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

There is a sentiment — largely expressed privately, still, at the moment — that someone needs to stand up to that wing of the party and say “enough is enough.”…

Listen to your beltway betters and tow the line! (Rove, inc.)

predator on August 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Why? Because there’s more than a bit of the bully in Christie. And it suddenly stope being cute when he directs it as us instead of the unions.

Palin, however, will likely kick his ass in any running debate. She has better writers and a better tone, and is in a better position to pick her spots. She also has the advantage of being right.

Christie isn’t the answer. Whatever else may be said of Romney, he wasn’t a smartass. I don’t think Christie has a prayer of winning the nomination. But even if I’m wrong, he will have alienated the base far more than did Romeney.

NCC on August 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Lol! Sarah Palin needs no and seeks no protection from the likes of Christie.

Bmore on August 14, 2013 at 8:52 PM

For sure.

I hate to see us cannibalize each other, and I hope a Palin-Christie fight doesn’t ensue. But if it does, my bet is Palin will eat his lunch.

petefrt on August 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM


And, even if Christie does take some heat from the right for saying something along the lines of “I believe Sarah Palin is a voice for shrinking the Republican party, not growing it”, the gains he would make among the GOP voters who don’t identify with Palin and her brand of confrontational conservatism would more than make up for it.

“Confrontational conservatism,” huh? As opposed to WHAT? Cowering in the corner conservatism? Mushy middle moderation? Silly, sappy centrism?

And once again, since when do people like the Washington Post editorial writers care about what’s best for the Republican Party?

L.N. Smithee on August 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Just picture this,”Sarah and Todd with friends at a pig roast”.

tim c on August 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

“enough is enough.”…

You are correct enough is enough. I won’t pull the trigger for Christie. I will still vote at the state and local level but will do a write in or vote for the libertarian at the national level.

chemman on August 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

NCC on August 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Chris Christie is my “stay at home” candidate.

predator on August 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Christie is falling into the same trap McCain did. The media is wooing him now, will turn on him when he needs them. I am betting he just switches parties. He could be Hillary’s VP.

ctmom on August 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Just picture this,”Sarah and Todd with friends at a pig roast”.

tim c on August 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Hog cholera is a problem in Jersey.

predator on August 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I got $20 on the chick from Alaska.

bigmacdaddy on August 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Christie vs Palin ?
Christie = Speed Bump !

Lucano on August 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

There we have it, predictably, the libs are pushing for the big climate change pushing rino. And of course the libs are saying that Palin isn’t electable. That should be a sign actually that Palin is the one they really fear.

anotherJoe on August 14, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Lol! Sarah Palin needs no and seeks no protection from the likes of Christie.

Bmore on August 14, 2013 at 8:52 PM

For sure.

I hate to see us cannibalize each other, and I hope a Palin-Christie fight doesn’t ensue. But if it does, my bet is Palin will eat his lunch.

petefrt on August 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

She’ll need protection, a stout bulwark and/or a elephant gun IF she tries to tamper with Christie’s lunch…just say’n. I Pity Da Fool that mess wit’Christie’s lunch.

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I’m amazed Christie can even stand up at all.

Kensington on August 14, 2013 at 9:03 PM

The simple fact the The Washington Post has sided with Christie says volumes about Christie.

rplat on August 14, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Why would a guy who, as nominee, would need tea partiers to hold their noises and vote for him in the general pick a needless fight with a tea-party favorite?

Because WaPo says so and they know what’s best for the GOP.

farsighted on August 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

I hate to see us cannibalize each other, and I hope a Palin-Christie fight doesn’t ensue. But if it does, my bet is Palin will eat his lunch.

petefrt on August 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

It would take Palin about a week to make it through one of Christie’s typical lunches, I suspect.

Kensington on August 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

They media want’s a fight with Palin, they’re just looking for proxies.

idesign on August 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

the gains he would make among the GOP voters who don’t identify with Palin and her brand of confrontational conservatism would more than make up for it.

How did picking a non confrontational candidate in 2008 and 2012 work out? Not so well since Obama won both those elections being a confrontational progressive.

chemman on August 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

I thought Palin was a washed up nobody.

Why would the NYT be scared of her?

faraway on August 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

The Left fears Palin because she could mobilize an army of conservative low-info voters. She would bring the working stiff whites who sat out the last cycle back with a vengeance.

She can play the Class Warfare game , too.

Which is why the GOP Ruling Class loathes her.

Bruno Strozek on August 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

LOL

#WarOnWoman

Fallon on August 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I think he’d lose that war:-)

bluefox on August 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

They media want’s a fight with Palin, they’re just looking for proxies.

idesign on August 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Lol! Sarah Palin needs no and seeks no protection from the likes of the media.

Bmore on August 14, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Exit question: If Christie is the nominee, what are the odds of a third-party candidacy from the right? Rand Paul won’t do it, I think, just because he’ll want to remain viable for the GOP nomination in 2020

.

Exit Answer:
Hey, AP! Since you always love to blather about the biggest RINO blatherer, why don’t you do a polling post like Hot Air used to do last year?

Run a straw poll of registered Hot Airians with Christie, Cruz, Rubio, Rand, Palin and, your current man crush, King … among others and let’s see who comes out on top.

PolAgnostic on August 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM

The only thing that Christie should be doing with Palin is asking for healthy salmon recipes.

Midwestprincesse on August 14, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Let’s always listen to left-wing concern trolling.

Not.

rbj on August 14, 2013 at 9:14 PM

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Which the more dangerous, getting between Christie and his lunch or Moochelle and her tamales?

petefrt on August 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM

What if she challenges him to a footrace? Should he stand up to her then?

Stu Gotts on August 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Brawling with your would-be base is an especially bad idea for a guy known for hugging Obama a week before election day last year.

Allah – The Media Narrative is going to run Christie as Obama’s “real” Veep.

They want him to pick fights with the base as a signal his camp is in tune with the fourth estate.

That way if things look dire before Iowa, he can run indie with Bloomy/Bankster/Cali money.

Prepare. Yourself.

budfox on August 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM

You freking RINOs just don’t get it-you,yes,you have brought the GOP its electoral demise twice alreaqdy,and if you get to nominate another of your Mccain,Romney,Christie ilk you will score an electoral hat trick.So go ahead you fat pig-go after Palin-and you will not only destroy your own chance of being the Republican nominee, you will help bring about the destruction of the Gelded Old Party, once and for all.So do us all a favor!

redware on August 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM

They are fluffing him up so he can be their chosen loser in 2016

WisCon on August 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Nice to know Allahpundit considers Sarah Palin mainstream.

Sharr on August 14, 2013 at 9:20 PM

How long would it be before Christie pulls the Quitter card? Probably not too long.

Dongemaharu on August 14, 2013 at 9:20 PM

If Christie is the nominee, what are the odds of a third-party candidacy from the right? Rand Paul won’t do it, I think, just because he’ll want to remain viable for the GOP nomination in 2020.

So I take it the odds of 2020 being a Christie re-election campaign are pretty long *lol*

Ukiah on August 14, 2013 at 9:20 PM

She’ll need protection, a stout bulwark and/or a elephant gun IF she tries to tamper with Christie’s lunch…just say’n. I Pity Da Fool that mess wit’Christie’s lunch.

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:02 PM

LOL Actually I think Christie would need a defender:-)

bluefox on August 14, 2013 at 9:22 PM

What a joke!

Christie’s needing this tiff with Palin (and Rand Paul) to keep his name in the limelight.

Stick a fork in him! Heck, stick the whole set of silverware in him!
After his little kissy facie with Obama no one nationally cares about him any more.

BTW, I am confused as to what affiliation Rand Paul actually belongs to. I thought he was elected in 2010 as a conservative in the republican party, not as a libertarian. Allapundit keeps referring to Rand Paul as a libertarian. Is he not a conservative or is a libertarian sort of the
same thing? I have a feeling Allapundit has an agenda behind what he is doing. What is the real scoop on this? I might have to email Rand Paul to find out!!!!

Amjean on August 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Who are the “centrist Republicans?”

It it the PETA supporting NRA members, or the pro abortion Christians? Maybe you are talking about the Taxed Enough Already Obamacare lovers?

There are not enough moderates these days to make a baseball team.

conservativeBC on August 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

They media want’s a fight with Palin, they’re just looking for proxies.

idesign

Someone who says “Let’s you & him fight” doesn’t have your best interests at heart.

BD57 on August 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

If Chris Christie is the Republican candidate, I will either vote Libertarian or stay home for the first time in my life.

Enough with the Dem Lite people in the Republican Party!

Common Sense on August 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Which the more dangerous, getting between Christie and his lunch or Moochelle and her tamales?

petefrt on August 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM

All I can say is that it appears that Christie has charged a few more buffets than Michelle.

LOL Actually I think Christie would need a defender:-)

Again, I doubt you want to get between the Cape Buffalo (Wing Pizza) and its buffet…

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

It’s possible that a Christie denunciation of Palin would mean that the likes of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, both of whom are considering running for president in 2016, jump to defend Palin — sensing a political opportunity. Maybe. But, our sense is that Cruz and Paul — and their political advisers — will likely steer clear from any too-close association with Palin since she has proven herself to be a sort of free radical in the political process.

This writer seems poorly informed. Is the writer unaware of Palin’s endorsement of Cruz and his kind words of thanks for her assist? I also don’t think either Cruz or Paul are the type that will stab a conservative in the back.

Personally, I think we need more free radicals in the political process if Cruz, Paul and Palin represent “radical” thought. When did it become radical to want small government, sound economic principals, love of country, secure borders, and less government intrusion in our lives?

Ibanez Lotus on August 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

The Left fears Palin because she could mobilize an army of conservative low-info voters. She would bring the working stiff whites who sat out the last cycle back with a vengeance.

Bruno Strozek on August 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Huge. And she has libertarian and socon roots, that go deep, and both libertarians and socons would be unified behind her. And don’t worry about the GOPe, they’ll show up.

The main thing, a unified and excited party would not be killed by the “missing white vote.” That’s the key, we have to appeal to the missing white vote, not try to pull a few liberals or illegals over to our side.

And by the way, if we “defuse” the immigration issue by granting amnesty, it’s going to hurt, because that issue, as a live issue, is a motivator for the missing white voters. Romney didn’t play up that issue which would of helped us in ’12. Idiot. Once we realize why the WaPo et al fears Palin, we should get behind her.

anotherJoe on August 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Exit question: If Christie is the nominee, what are the odds of a third-party candidacy from the right?

A gun control advocate will not be the titular head of our party.

Not

Gonna

Happen

And if it does,

I

Am

Outa

Here!!

JohnGalt23 on August 14, 2013 at 9:28 PM

I guess the “Headlines” story didn’t generate enough comments…

Gohawgs on August 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

The poster “Buy Danish” seems a GOP/Conservative Moderate…s/he continually whines about how extremism is hurting our cause…”Don’t go to Starbucks packing.”

Apparently moderates BELIEVE in things, but not acting to actually DO ANYTHING about the things you believe in…because acting on your beliefs alienates moderates/centrists/soccer moms and sets our cause back….

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

WP is just trying to defend their buddy from N.J. Sarah already shot a couple of arrows Christie’s way.

Sarah Palin went after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Fox News, saying Christie “is for big government and trying to go along to get along.” Discrediting Christie’s reputation as a governor who “goes rogue,” Palin said “he’s got a schtick going there where he’s got a YouTube videographer following him around, kind of these set-up situations sometimes so he can be seen as perhaps a little bit avant-garde and going rogue on things.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/08/12/palin-slams-christie-says-im-on-team-rand/

Bullseye!! Go Sarah!!!

bluefox on August 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

WaPo: Christie should “stand up” to Palin

Hmmm. Put this in the category of Helpful Advice to Republicans From the Media That Hates You

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Gohawgs on August 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

It happens.

Bmore on August 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM

There is a sentiment — largely expressed privately, still, at the moment — that someone needs to stand up to that wing of the party and say “enough is enough.”…

Hilarious. These people are walking dead men and they have no idea. And they think their contempt is “expressed privately”? Even more hilarious. They exude it. It drips from their very beings.

You’re finished, RINOs. The party’s over. “Standing up” to conservatives, the grassroots, will only speed the plow.

I hope Christie “stands up” to Palin. That should be fun. You just lost the libertarians, you fat sh*t, now go ahead and alienate and disgust the principled and passionate core of your party. At some point this just becomes outright parody. The Left loves and coddles their base and the Right hates and repels theirs. See how that all ends.

rrpjr on August 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Focus people……Defunding ObamaCare by any means, and stopping Amnesty.

There is plenty of time to worry about which republican will roll over for Hillary in 2016 at a later date.

And frankly, he cold NOT win a fight with an untethered Palin.

PappyD61 on August 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I think Palin is a kook but Christie bashing her wont win any points with me. I dont see the purpose.

If she bashes him I’d shrug it off.

Dash on August 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

[Paul and Cruz} will likely steer clear from any too-close association with Palin

That sounds about right. Paul won’t defend Palin. Cruz might.

rrpjr on August 14, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Enough with the Dem Lite people in the Republican Party!

Common Sense on August 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

If we removed all of the Demlites, there wouldn’t be enough for a quorum-)

bluefox on August 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

That sounds about right. Paul won’t defend Palin. Cruz might.

rrpjr on August 14, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Musta missed the earlier thread about Paul, “What’s not to love about Palin?”

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I don’t get it.
Say Christie is the nominee. Why would he not expect prominent Republicans to not give him the exact disrespect he gave to Romney days before the election? Because the Republican would lose again? As I remember, he “didn’t give a damn!”

This is the one candidate in my history of voting that I would indeed sit home for.

Marcus on August 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I think Palin is a kook…

Dash on August 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Keeper of odd knowledge? Nah.

wolfsDad on August 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Christie would make an excellent democratic nominee for potus.

workingclass artist on August 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I will say this to all us, and note US, TruCons…we may or may not be a majority in the GOP, we are only a PLURALITY in the electorate…

So all this Dem-Lite/GOP-E/Get Out of Our Party talk is silly…

You’ll need Karl Rove’s vote and money before this is over…so let’s not declare war yet.

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I think Palin is a kook…

Dash on August 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

I believe someone said that of G Washington and A Lincoln, too…look at those Kooks, everyone KNOWS….

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM

But … why? Why would a guy who, as nominee, would need tea partiers to hold their noises and vote for him in the general pick a needless fight with a tea-party favorite?

Because he doesn’t need tea partiers to hold their noses and vote for him in the general.

2008 and 2012 showed that a moderate candidate will get no where by kissing the base’s ass – those voters will stay home anyway and so will the moderate voters that the moderate candidate alienated by sucking up to the base.

Meanwhile, something like 6 million Obama voters stayed home in 2012; they weren’t libs, either. They were moderates who for whom Romney was too far right.

Guess what, conservatives – the rest of the electorate did not share your opinion that there was no difference between McCain/Romney and Obama, or that McCain and Romney were closet liberals/socialists. That’s not why they lost.

Christie won’t make the same mistake.

So Mark Levin will do everything in his power to prevent Christie from becoming the nominee, will he? I’m sure Christie is real ascared of all that. After all, Levin was so successful at preventing McCain and Romney from becoming the nominee.

Mr. Arkadin on August 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Musta missed the earlier thread about Paul, “What’s not to love about Palin?”

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM

No, I saw it. Completely different. In that quote he was passively accepting praise from Palin. It took no effort whatsoever. And listen to his choice of words — neutral and non-committal, i.e., “what’s not to like”? This is a world of difference from coming to her defense. That would take an active insertion into conflict on her behalf. I simply don’t think he would do it. I think Cruz might, though I’m not sure he would either.

rrpjr on August 14, 2013 at 9:51 PM

So Mark Levin will do everything in his power to prevent Christie from becoming the nominee, will he? I’m sure Christie is real ascared of all that. After all, Levin was so successful at preventing McCain and Romney from becoming the nominee.

Mr. Arkadin on August 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Hey Sparky, he sure made a point of what a squish Romney was, and that could be part of the reason three million Conservatives stayed home.

idesign on August 14, 2013 at 9:52 PM

I also don’t think either Cruz or Paul are the type that will stab a conservative in the back.

Personally, I think we need more free radicals in the political process if Cruz, Paul and Palin represent “radical” thought. When did it become radical to want small government, sound economic principals, love of country, secure borders, and less government intrusion in our lives?

Ibanez Lotus on August 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

I agree they wouldn’t stab Palin in the back.

Conservative positions are radical to the RINOS since they are for the opposite.

bluefox on August 14, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Levin was so successful at preventing McCain and Romney from becoming the nominee.

Mr. Arkadin on August 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Say Mr Arkadin, did you enjoy the McCain/Romney Inaugural Balls?

2008 and 2012 showed that a moderate candidate will get no where by kissing the base’s ass – those voters will stay home anyway and so will the moderate voters that the moderate candidate alienated by sucking up to the base.

So in YOUR world the answer is F*ck your base, in fact don’t have a base…say how did Obama get elected, by saying “F*Ck the Base” or firing it up?

But the “moderates” in the GOP didn’t fire their bases up…and they prospered? No, they LOST….

So in Arkadin World the ONLY base that counts is Obama’s, not ours…and the proof of the brilliance of your electoral strategy is…Obama wins, twice…but we need Christie to make it a trifecta of fail?

Once more the Moderate GOP fails to turn out it’s base, Shillary turns out hers, and the GOP loses, but they don’t have to put up with those pesky Conservatives spoiling things, right?

Really your plan, such as as it is, is UNFATHOMABLE…and I can only conclude your were on the McCain 2008 Campaign staff.

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM

When did it become radical to want small government, sound economic principals, love of country, secure borders, and less government intrusion in our lives?

Ibanez Lotus on August 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

It became radical in 1776.

Apparently, it is so, again…

JohnGalt23 on August 14, 2013 at 9:54 PM

“as someone who is advocating a direction for the Republican party that could lead to its electoral demise in 2016 and perhaps beyond.”

Um…

2012?

cs89 on August 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

I think Palin is a kook…

Dash on August 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Having made the assertion will you please provide some evidence?

Don’t talk about accents, t-shirts, or hi heels, please, otherwise you are violating a Patent of Bluegill’s.

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

That’s right. P@ss off the core base.

Go ahead. I dare ya. I double dog dare you.

Please try.

kim roy on August 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

After all, Levin was so successful at preventing McCain and Romney from becoming the nominee.

Mr. Arkadin on August 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Flip it around and ask yourself if his fervent support would have turned out more conservatives to vote for them when it mattered? Christie won’t win. He can’t win his base. It’s that simple. He won’t pull in enough democrats away from a Clinton or a Warren. He won’t win libertarians. It doesn’t add up.

rrpjr on August 14, 2013 at 9:59 PM

I don’t understand what compels RINOs to suck up to Democrats and the leftist elite like they do. Sure, they’ll help inflate your ego when they want to see someone farther right than you get taken down a peg, but become an electoral threat, and suddenly you’re farther to the right than right itself and you’re Hitler and murderous and inhumane and steal the elderly’s breath.

There is NOTHING in it for you guys, so why do you persist?

mintycrys on August 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM

JohnGalt23 on August 14, 2013 at 9:28 PM

You’d have a lot following you!! Christie is just not even a good Republican; actually not even a good RINO!! Guess he belongs to the Dems and they can have him with my blessing.

bluefox on August 14, 2013 at 10:01 PM

There is NOTHING in it for you guys, so why do you persist?

mintycrys on August 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Stockholm Syndrome.

rrpjr on August 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I think Palin is a kook…

Dash on August 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Keeper of odd knowledge? Nah.

wolfsDad on August 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Good one, LOL I like that!! Does the ‘gill have a cousin?

bluefox on August 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

I don’t think WaPo should be dictating Rep “fights”

Once again, it’s about messaging and rallying around the eventual nominee.

The Clintons launched an all out racial assault on Obama… yet no one remembers or cares. “He would be getting our coffee” and “the original birther” Now I am using liberal dog whistle optics – and of course the MSM picks and chooses racial issues… but for the love of God, stop the nonsense about “If he/she fought with he/she… they will never get elected” in Rep circles.

The cannibalism and myopia of Republicans = loss on the Executive front. And btw – the House doesn’t mean squat, for the sniveling Rep’s there don’t have the balls to do anything conservative or challenge Liberal’s, hence the Dems and their psychosis running rough shot over American policy.

Odie1941 on August 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

uh … this, from the DOOFUS at WaPO

But, our sense is that Cruz and Paul — and their political advisers — will likely steer clear from any too-close association with Palin since she has proven herself to be a sort of free radical in the political process.

this WaPO writer is willfully ignorant concerning the way the CruzMissile has spoken of Madame Steel Spine, on more than one occasion, but the most widely known example being the spontaneous, ie unscheduled impromptu introduction of Sun Tzu Palin at CPAC 2013 …

and this DOOFUS also fails to recognise that the #CruzMissile along with Madame Steel Spine can be described as:

a sort of free radical in the political process.”

Did this writer FAIL to notice it, when Cruz, on the floor of The Senate, said:

“I don’t trust the Democrats, and I don’t trust the Republicans …” (the issue being raising the Debt Ceiling)

Ted Cruz is BUCKING the America-killing DC Status Quo at EVERY opportunity, you WaPO NINNY

he is ALLIED with Sarah Palin

ALLIED with her, DOOFUS

exodus2011 on August 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

WaPo: Christie should “stand up” to Palin

I’m not worried. Palin is a runner and the best Christie could manage is a slow waddle.

Fenris on August 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Oh and Mr Arkadin, let’s review Mitt Romney..tried to bring more womyn into government which became BINDERS OF WOMYNZ/WAR ON WOMNYZ!

I believe Christie has ceased funding and forced a number of Planned Parenthood Units to close their doors…guess what that becomes WAR ON WOMYNZ111ELEVENTY1111..CHRISTIE WANTS YOU BAREFOOT AND PREGNANT…

The reality is Christie will be savaged by the Democrats, in the Party, and the LSM as an “extremist”…he won’t turn out his base, and as an extremist the LIV won’t vote for him, and he might split the undecideds…*WOW* What an electoral strategery you propose…I now believe you are on the HILLARY 2016 Campaign bus.

I try to avoid ad hominems, but I cannot help but say that you ahve proposed on of the most STUPID plans for “winning” an election I ahve seen in some time…I put it right up there with Hondav65′s plan to vote for Obama, for only by electing Progressives do Libertarians advance or Gryphon’s abandonment of democracy-say gryph, shouldn’t you be broadcasting from a mines haft bunker somewhere?

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Again, I doubt you want to get between the Cape Buffalo (Wing Pizza) and its buffet…

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

At least Christie isn’t wearing boob belts… yet.

petefrt on August 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM

HatAir sure has a lot of Palin threads lately….

idesign on August 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

You’ll need Karl Rove’s vote and money before this is over…so let’s not declare war yet.

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Rove? We’d like to defeat Rove and his money. He has been at war with the Tea Party and Conservatives forever.

bluefox on August 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Mr Arkadin watch the end of “A Soldier’s Story”…you and so many Moderates are just like Sergeant Waters…so determined to fit in and be liked, to show you’re not “one of them”/a Gichi….but, in the end, you discover that to the LSM and many groups you are STILL “just a N!gger” to them…Sucking up to the WaPo/NYT/ChiTrib/Strib/LAT doesn’t get them to like you come November…..

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

idesign on August 14, 2013 at 9:52 PM

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Wow, two idiots saying the same stupid thing on a Hot Air thread. Who would have guessed?

Levin didn’t say he would do everything in his power to prevent Christie from becoming President; he said he would do everything in his power to prevent Christie from becoming the Republican nominee.

Last I checked, McCain and Romney became the Republican nominee, despite Levin’s opposition.

Do I need to repeat that for the slow readers?

Of course, once McCain and Romney became the nominee, Levin, Rush, Beck, and the like got behind them, and they still lost.

And let us not forget that Levin, Rush, and the like rallied behind Romney to deny McCain the nomination, and failed.

Now that’s real power!

Mr. Arkadin on August 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Rove? We’d like to defeat Rove and his money. He has been at war with the Tea Party and Conservatives forever.

bluefox on August 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

News Flash “Conservatives” 38-40% of the populace…as 40% is less than 49.9% (about the minimum it takes to win an election) getting 100% of the “Conservative” Vote ain’t going git’er done….

SO, we’re gonna need Rove and the Moderates, too…get used to it.

And I think Rove, like a good house dog, can adapt himself to the new owner of the party….

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

That would take an active insertion into conflict on her behalf. I simply don’t think he would do it. I think Cruz might, though I’m not sure he would either.

rrpjr on August 14, 2013 at 9:51 PM

I think it would depend on the issue and the political climate at the time. Hard to make a definite yes or no on that imo.

We know that Rubio most likely wouldn’t:-)

bluefox on August 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Having made the assertion will you please provide some evidence?

Don’t talk about accents, t-shirts, or hi heels, please, otherwise you are violating a Patent of Bluegill’s.

JFKY on August 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

I like her accent, no idea about t-shirts or high heels. Just having heard her speak on many issues she sounds out of it. She’s good at some select things like energy, and then it’s off the rails.

Her resignation and then “going rogue” all seemed like nonsense. The reality show she did seemed contrived and an odd choice for a politician.

I’m sure she’s a nice person but she’s a bit of a kook and requires more defending than is warranted for the amount of benefit she provides.

Dash on August 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM

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