Christie: This shutdown is a failure of executive leadership

posted at 8:41 am on October 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Chris Christie isn’t terribly impressed with leadership on either side of the aisle on Capitol Hill in the shutdown, but he’s even less impressed with leadership on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue.  Appearing in a panel discussion at an event with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, Christie was asked about the partisanship that divides Congress.  Never mind the partisanship, Christie responded — where is the executive?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the shutdown in Washington can be blamed on everybody, but it is especially a failure of leadership on the part of the president.

“No matter where the partisanship is, the failure is in people not bringing people together to get it done. My approach would be, as the executive, is to call in the leaders of the Congress, the legislature, whatever you’re dealing with and say that we’re not leaving this room until we fix this problem. Because I’m the boss, I’m in charge,” Christie said hours before the government shut down on Monday night after Congress failed to reach a deal on funding. …

“When you’re the executive, if you’re waiting for leadership from the legislative branch of government … you’re going to be waiting forever,” Christie said. “While there’s blame to go around for the Republicans in the House for not coming to consensus even amongst themselves … and the Democrats in the Senate for not looking for ways to try to compromise with the Republicans in the House, there’s also blame that goes onto the president as well.”

Obama hinted yesterday that he might meet with Congressional leaders, but ran to the mikes — using Christie’s example — to scold from afar as his first impulse.  He washed his hands of the fight, claiming that Congress had to get its act together, but that he wasn’t inclined to bargain, because “[k]eeping the people’s government open is not a concession to me.” Of course, that wasn’t a concession to Republicans, either, who wanted at the end to delay only the individual mandate requirement and force Congress to be subject to the same law it imposes on the people.  Had Obama gotten involved, maybe he’d know the difference.


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harry reid told 0bama not to try this. said he wouldnt show up. cause even he knows 0bama will us it as an opportunity to scold everyone.

chasdal on October 1, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Christie trying to win back small gov’t types. Hmmm…keep talking Governor, and I’ll keep listening.

Pope Linus on October 1, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Christie should shut up and eat another doughnut.

DRayRaven on October 1, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Christie: This shutdown is a failure of executive leadership.

Hey message Mr. Progressive blowhard….

You ain’t nuthin but a union heavy with a big mouf. When push came to shove you loved up on Obama on the beach and gave the shaft to the gop nominee hapless Mitt Romney.

You couldn’t get ‘lected dog catcher here in Possum Holler or even in that liberal bastion (they have a firefighters union hall) down the road Yeller Hog Creek.

PappyD61 on October 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Christie is talking sense.

So the jump to the right for 2016 has already started, then? We won’t buy it of course, but it might help him accomplish something as Governor of New Jersey for the next couple of years.

Gingotts on October 1, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Christie trying to win back small gov’t types. Hmmm…keep talking Governor, and I’ll keep listening.

Pope Linus on October 1, 2013 at 8:46 AM

CRISTie is a phony and would make a lousy President in his own right. That being said, he at least would’ve dragged the Congressional leaders up to the Oval Office and negotiated with them as long as possible without hitting the golf course or playing to his sycophants in the media.

Doughboy on October 1, 2013 at 8:49 AM

It’s hard to get involved in government when you’re hanging out at the lobster bar with rappers on the golf course while on perpetual vacation.

patman77 on October 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Gotta love his calculated fence straddle moments.

You see me now conservatives? Ignore that Obama love fest I had which allowed him to get re-elected. Pay close attention now when I chew him out like he was some mere teacher union twerp.

Putin and I are made of the same Obama-eating genes…grrrowl!

Don L on October 1, 2013 at 8:55 AM

WTF… I woke up and the sun is up and the Earth is still spin’n….

I guess that’s because da GubRmint classified the stooges responsible for such things as essential employees

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Had Obama gotten involved, maybe he’d know the difference.

Do you actually believe that? You have watched President Obama for almost six years, and still think that the he is only “incompetent”?

Rode Werk on October 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Little OT
Watch out for the other snake . Ryan is working on immigration
behind the scenes while no one is looking .

Lucano on October 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Shut yer fat yap, Kristie Kreme!

cornbred on October 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Jeebus… now that da GubRmint is shut down all them “public servants” have even more free time to tell us how we can’t live without them.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM

It’s kind of hard to work with someone who opens the discussion with “We will not negotiate.”

Christie’s just pointing out the obvious. The thing of it is that if he hadn’t said it, nobody watching the alphabet channels would have ever heard it.

John Deaux on October 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM

I woke up today and discovered that my cats were still yowling, and that the internet still works. RAPTURE! ///

annoyinglittletwerp on October 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

I guess Christie is now off Teh SCOAMT Christmas card list. It would match the fact he never was on mine quite nicely.

Steve Eggleston on October 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Like it or not, Christie saying this will resonate far more with the ‘folks’ than Boehner or Cantor doing so.

But, he’s speaking the obvious of course. Obama doesn’t want to get his hands dirty, which is why we lurch from one crisis to the next. That’s what you get for electing someone who hadn’t run anything but his mouth prior to landing in the WH.

changer1701 on October 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Christie: This shutdown is a failure of executive leadership

…so?…Hug him already!

KOOLAID2 on October 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Picture caption for this story: “Pull my finger.”

VibrioCocci on October 1, 2013 at 9:08 AM

The only question here is whether Republicans fold or not. ObamaCare lives or dies on the individual mandate (it dies anyways, but the fantasy of the uninsured choosing such a bad deal for themselves must live on). Obama can’t delay it. This shutdown must go on for weeks before he and Reid will budge.

NotCoach on October 1, 2013 at 9:09 AM

The Climate Change Pushing Christie is right. But somehow this reminds me of Romney. Romney was always trying to concentrate on Obama’s “management” failures. Look, Obama has succeeded in getting Obamacare through. Romney repeatedly said how Obama has “good intentions” but has failed. Christie obviously thinks like Romney. Not good. And you know why Christie is not going to renounce his leftist climate change views until after his reelection for governor? Because Christie wants to be able to point to the high number of Democrats he won in the election. But that’s natural if half of your views are aligned with the Dems, and you have only token weak opposition in the governor’s race, and also the Dem media are all sitting around trying to push Christie to the front so that he could be a thorn like McCain to Republicans.

anotherJoe on October 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM

I guess this shut down shineola that MSNBC was talk’n bout is just like the Mayan Calender thang

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Christie is talking sense…

Gingotts on October 1, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Only in the abstract. In reality, the House has passed budget after budget (as required by Constitution) and the Senate just won’t take them up.

Boehner isn’t my ideal politician, by any stretch, and he’s horrible at solving the situation. Or failing that, scoring political points to help elect conservatives to solve it in the future. But Christie is wrong, the blame for causing this situation is all on the Democrats.

Fenris on October 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Pro-amnesty Ed Morrissey is pimping out Chris Christie already?

Christie is a FRAUD.

bluegill on October 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I guess this shut down shineola that MSNBC was talk’n bout is just like the Mayan Calender thang
roflmmfao
donabernathy on October 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Genius analogy!! I’m tweeting that.

bluegill on October 1, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Christie: This shutdown is a failure of executive leadership.

Hey message Mr. Progressive blowhard….

You ain’t nuthin but a union heavy with a big mouf. When push came to shove you loved up on Obama on the beach and gave the shaft to the gop nominee hapless Mitt Romney.

You couldn’t get ‘lected dog catcher here in Possum Holler or even in that liberal bastion (they have a firefighters union hall) down the road Yeller Hog Creek.

PappyD61 on October 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM
…………………………….
If you thoght we conservatives disliked Romeney just try running the fat bastard and see what happens!

rodguy911 on October 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Gee, someone with no executive leadership and is a hyper-partisan scold is a failure at executive leadership? If only we had people screaming from the rooftops beforehand that Dear Liar was way in over his head.

And he’d be in over his head in a kiddie pool.

rbj on October 1, 2013 at 9:17 AM

OMG… Huffington Post is reporting that The National Zoo will have to close and turn off its panda cams, which means no more live streaming of adorable pandas.

OHHHHHHH THE HUMANITY

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 1, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Even Dog Eater ran like hell from gun control, would you be smart enough to do that if you were POTUS, blimpie?

Bishop on October 1, 2013 at 9:21 AM

If you thoght we conservatives disliked Romeney just try running the fat bastard and see what happens!

rodguy911 on October 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM

The primaries for the 2016 campaign are going to be even uglier than 2012. The infighting was (barely) covered up during 2011-2012, with people united in fear of Obama, but it’s since been blown into the open.

Doomberg on October 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Just when I think Cristie is dead to me, he says something right.

Is BHO the president or is it already President Cruz? Since BHO is president, how can Cruz or the ‘tea party’ be respobsible?

If you want to blame me, then make me President and get the pretender out of here!

Deafdog on October 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Whoa… sorry for that mess above. I’ve never tried posting a link before.

I shoulda read the instructions ;-)

RightWay79 on October 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Nope, that beach image is still seared in my mind…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3flv5nWZgII

http://freedomslighthouse.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/christie-obama101.jpg

Fallon on October 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Chris Christie is Correct. There has not been a written budget for spending since 2008.

The appropriations were inflated by the cash amounts in the federal agencies by the original $787 billion Stimulus package. They could not write a reasonable budget in 2009 and keep those spending levels so they have not written a budget since then. Here are some comparisons of 2008 spending with various figures I can find for 2013.

Budgetary Spending levels in 2008 vs. “appropriations without a budget” in 2013

Mandatory spending: $1.788 trillion (+4.2%)
$608 billion (+4.5%) – Social Security
$386 billion (+5.2%) – Medicare (M1)
$209 billion (+5.6%) – Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)(M2)
$324 billion (+1.8%) – Unemployment/Welfare/Other mandatory spending
$261 billion (+9.2%) – Interest on National Debt

Discretionary spending: $1.114 trillion (+3.1%)
$481.4 billion (+12.1%) – Department of Defense (2013 $672 billion)
$145.2 billion (+45.8%) – Global War on Terror
$69.3 billion = M1 and M2 (+0.3%) – Department of Health and Human Services (2013 $940 billion)compared with 664 (2008) billion total including M1 and M2
$56.0 billion (+0.0%) – Department of Education (2013 $71 billion)
$39.4 billion (+18.7%) – Department of Veterans Affairs (2013 $139 billion)
$35.2 billion (+1.4%) – Department of Housing and Urban Development(2013 $46 billion)
$35.0 billion (+22.0%) – Department of State and Other International Programs
$34.3 billion (+7.2%) – Department of Homeland Security (2013 $55 billion)
$24.3 billion (+6.6%) – Department of Energy (2013 $35 billion)
$20.2 billion (+4.1%) – Department of Justice (2013 $36.5 billion)
$20.2 billion (+3.1%) – Department of Agriculture (2013 $154 billion)
$17.3 billion (+6.8%) – National Aeronautics and Space Administration (2013 $17. billion) grown only by inflation, this is the model for the rest of the government.
$12.1 billion (+13.1%) – Department of Transportation 2013 ($98.5 billion)
$12.1 billion (+6.1%) – Department of the Treasury (2013 $110 billion) apples, oranges???
$10.6 billion (+2.9%) – Department of the Interior (2013 $13.5 billion)
$10.6 billion (-9.4%) – Department of Labor ($101 billion)
$51.8 billion (+9.7%) – Other On-budget Discretionary Spending
$39.0 billion – Other Off-budget Discretionary Spending

Granted some of the discrepancies here are because of apples and oranges type accounting, they are counting differently so you don’t know that the democrats favorite budgets have gone up by 33% which is tremendously larger than inflation. The point of all of this is to suck up money and pay democrat voters with money confiscated from republican voters.

Roll it all back to 2008 and let’s start over.

Fleuries on October 1, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Obama hinted yesterday that he might meet with Congressional leaders, but ran to the mikes…to scold from afar as his first impulse. He washed his hands of the fight, claiming that Congress had to get its act together, but that he wasn’t inclined to bargain, because “[k]eeping the people’s government open is not a concession to me.”

Dear Leader playing the role of a Constitutional Monarch who is above it all, and who is self-righteously scolding, lecturing, and wagging his finger at what he considers uncooperative minority in Parliament.

farsighted on October 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Christie is wrong. The Republican house isn’t to blame. They’ve passed two CR’s that fully fund the government. One contains a provision subjecting congress to Obamacare (perfectly reasonable) and the other delays the individual mandate for one year. The only thing the GOP has asked for are modest concessions on a healthcare bill that the majority of the country opposes and which members of the president’s own party call a “train wreck.”

So no… there’s not really blame to go around. It starts and stops with the leadership in the Whitehouse and the Senate. The president wants the house to rubber stamp the whims of the executive. That’s not how it works.

SAMinVA on October 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Just when I think Cristie is dead to me, he says something right.

Don’t be fooled. He can afford to start tacking right now because Peter King stepped up to be his stalking-horse.

Fabozz on October 1, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Here is a correction, which is a typo.

(Reads: $69.3 billion = M1 and M2 (+0.3%) – Department of Health and Human Services (2013 $940 billion)compared with 664 (2008) billion total including M1 and M2)

Sorry it should say: (Change = to a + sign)

$69.3 billion + M1 and M2 (+0.3%) – Department of Health and Human Services (2013 $940 billion)compared with $664 (2008) billion total including M1 and M2

Fleuries on October 1, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Only in the abstract. In reality, the House has passed budget after budget (as required by Constitution) and the Senate just won’t take them up.

Fenris on October 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM

As much as I hate to agree with Christie, he’s right on this. It is a failure of presidential leadership. Reid, a Democrat, has been treating the U.S. Senate as his own personal fiefdom for years now, refusing to allow a vote on any bill that he doesn’t personally approve of. He’s the reason we haven’t been able to get a budget passed in years, and have to rely on these CR’s to keep government funded.

A strong president would have gotten Reid under control back in 2009. Barry is the leader of the Democratic party, and he could have used his clout to force Reid to pass a budget. But Barry has been too busy golfing, reading his fawning press clippings, and admiring himself in the mirror to bother with the actual business of administering the government. Only a failure of a president would have allowed the government to get to this point because of the egotistical power plays of a subordinate member of his own party.

AZCoyote on October 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Obama has succeeded in getting Obamacare through.

anotherJoe on October 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM

No he didn’t. Pelosi rammed it through, not Obama.

Johnnyreb on October 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

budfox on October 1, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Don’t agree entirely.

1. Not negotiating on the debt ceiling is not a reasonable position. The Constitution puts spending primarily into the House’s hands, if anyone has the right to say “I’m not negotiating” it’s the Speaker.

2. Shutting down the government, after the chaos settles, can only be good for the economy in the long run. The government is a leech and the continuing bloat cannot continue. If it does, we’ll collapse for certain, the only question is when.

3. Maybe the history books will say something like that 50 years from now, but current events are written by hyper-partisan journalists. That’s what matters.

Fenris on October 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Bingo. Our pathetic example of a president would rather go golfing that do his job.

sadatoni on October 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

All the govt. shutdown means is more whine time for Democrats and the media.

albill on October 1, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Christie’s just pointing out the obvious. The thing of it is that if he hadn’t said it, nobody watching the alphabet channels would have ever heard it.

John Deaux on October 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Yeah, nothing particularly brilliant or visionary in what Christie said. It doesn’t make a difference after that 11th hour endorsement of Obama before the 2012 election.

Happy Nomad on October 1, 2013 at 9:46 AM

AZCoyote on October 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Oh, blame Obama all you want, he’s in on the scam with Reid. And blame Boehner for not being a great leader, even a RINO on some issues, but don’t tell me that they all share the blame equally.

Christie does allude to it when he says if one side is being obstinate. But the one being obstinate is the one Christie says should be solving it. The Houses passes budgets, in plenty of time. And the lefty media covers for the Senate. That’s not equal blame in my book.

Fenris on October 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Because I’m the boss, I’m in charge,” Christie said hours before the government shut down on Monday night after Congress failed to reach a deal on funding. …

“When you’re the executive, if you’re waiting for leadership from the legislative branch of government … you’re going to be waiting forever,”

Christie’s point about a lack of executive branch leadership is correct. Besides that he is wrong, wrong, wrong and I am suprised how many people are ignoring it. His comments are especially troublesome in 2 regards:

1) POTUS is not the boss of congress. He’s not in charge of congress. Co-equal branches of gov’t and all that wonderful constitutional stuff. Christie here telegraphs the type of executive he is and would be if elected to higher executive office. It is not a pretty or comforting glimpse.

2) Boss. In charge. Never once does he say the one thing totally lacking in the executive branch. RESPONSIBLE. When you are the executive you are RESPONSIBLE. Christie’s entire focus is on the power of the executive, however, he expends not a moment’s energy re: the responsibility of the executive.

deepdiver on October 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM

OMG… Huffington Post is reporting that The National Zoo will have to close and turn off its panda cams, which means no more live streaming of adorable pandas.

OHHHHHHH THE HUMANITY

donabernathy on October 1, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Pandacam is down. From the National Zoo website:

Federal Government Shutdown

Due to the federal government shutdown, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is closed. None of our live animal cams will broadcast. The cams require federal resources, primarily staff, to run and broadcast. They’ve been deemed non-essential during the shutdown.

Happy Nomad on October 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

What a blowhard. Yeah, I know, it’s Christie.

You may be the Executive, but you are only “in charge” and “the boss” of the Executive Branch of government. You can request leaders in Congress attend a meeting, but they don’t have to show up.

You do have the authority to convene Congress, if it is not currently in session, but you can’t make them do things, other than by force of public opinion, moral suasion, and out of respect for your leadership and the office of president.

The problem of dysfunction in Washington can be laid in it’s entirety at the feet of Obama, which means you have to put it on the desk, not the floor, in the Oval Office.

Dusty on October 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Too late fat boy!

crash72 on October 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

My approach would be, as the executive, is to call in the leaders of the Congress, the legislature, whatever you’re dealing with and say that we’re not leaving this room until we fix this problem. Because I’m the boss, I’m in charge,”

WHAT????

Christie thinks the President is the boss of Congress?

And people think he’s conservative, why?

The man doesn’t understand the basic principle this country is founded upon: separation of powers.

ButterflyDragon on October 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Yep. This is what a President is supposed to do.

As liberals can tell you, Obama has little interest in actually sullying his tongue in discussion with people who he knows are wrong.

As we can tell liberals, Obama is an ideologue who refuses to give an inch which, unfortunately, is coupled in an egoist who sees himself as historic and transformational.

The fact that the House is in the hands of the other party is not an excuse; it’s a public mandate. This is the government America wanted. If you don’t want to represent the Left in forging a consensus, a synthesis, then you should pass it off to Crazy Joe.

He’s really quite bad at this. His only excuse is that it’s not his fault that the presidency has been reduced to this Darwinian exercise in working a personal brand to get 50%+1.

HitNRun on October 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

deepdiver on October 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Exactly. Spending bills begin in the House. Christie does his blowhard bully routine, and suddenly people are loving it. I’m not loving it. We live in a Republic with checks and balances, or we used to.

Fenris on October 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Chris Christie is Correct. There has not been a written budget for spending since 2008…

Fleuries on October 1, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Depends on how you mean that. The House passes written budgets, they just don’t make it through the rest of the process for some inexplicable reason.

Fenris on October 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Appearing in a panel discussion …

… seated next to Chef Tom Colicchio … for some reason. Was this a panel discussion about FOOD?

———————————————————

And, speaking of “failure” – what ever happened to Christie’s lap-band weight loss program?

Pork-Chop on October 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Because I’m the boss, I’m in charge,” Christie said hours before the government shut down on Monday night after Congress failed to reach a deal on funding. …

Maybe that’s how it works in Joisey but if the fed is made of 3 co-equal branches then you’re not the boss. Just as a ceo answers to the board, POTUS answers to both the people and congress. He has room to maneuver and to lead but not the boss.

AH_C on October 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Maybe that’s how it works in Joisey but if the fed is made of 3 co-equal branches then you’re not the boss. Just as a ceo answers to the board, POTUS answers to both the people and congress. He has room to maneuver and to lead but not the boss.

AH_C on October 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

This is exactly right.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on October 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Does anyone notice Willie getting all fidgety when Christie is speaking? You can tell by his body language how much he hates to listen to this.

djaymick on October 1, 2013 at 10:20 AM

“Executive leadership,” gee, where’d I put my decoder ring?

bour3 on October 1, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Pandacam is down. From the National Zoo website:

Happy Nomad on October 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Whoa! This could be worse than (ta da!) “Sequester” that monster unleashed from the foul pits of the Earth’s crust by greedy capitalists seeking profits.

Big-government scientists have traced this horrible breakdown directly to a mad man, the evil Dr.”Cruz” and have verified that without panda cam our future rests fragilely in the hands of confused and worried children who yearn desperately for their nanny-state to restore Panda-cam before it’s too late.

Meanwhile Captain Reid and his sidekick Botox girl have rushed to the netherworld’s secret tunnel somewhere under the Whitehouse to seek the source of power that can take down the evil Dr. Cruz. After restoring their power from the magical Obama-stone they intend to fly away to enlist help from the always ready mercenary, John McCain and his split-personality friend and companion Lindsey Graham…….

Don L on October 1, 2013 at 10:37 AM

In other news, Chris Christie running for President in 2016.

BKennedy on October 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

My approach would be, as the executive, is to call in the leaders of the Congress, the legislature, whatever you’re dealing with and say that we’re not leaving this room until we fix this problem. Because I’m the boss, I’m in charge,” Christie said

Like him or not, Christie does know how to get things done. Actually taking action is a lot different than just proclaiming “I won“.

UltimateBob on October 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

There goes Christie. He sounds somewhat like McCain when he is running for president. He throws the occasional bone to the conservatives just to appear to be fair and balanced. Christie is a progressive from top to bottom. Look at the financial situation in N.J. This thread just might be the obligatory Chris Christie story.

mobydutch on October 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Kripie is full of it

My approach would be, as the executive, is to call in the leaders of the Congress, the legislature, whatever you’re dealing with and say that we’re not leaving this room until we fix this problem. Because I’m the boss, I’m in charge

Who died and made this blowhard King? First thing I would do if anyone pulled that stunt on me, would be to get up, walk out. Of course, Krispie told Obama he would get up, and walk out unless Obama bailed out NJ. Not.

The Big Twinkie governor is so greased a seat belt wouldn’t hold him down. He is carrying water for Obama. He is the useful idiot tool plant in the game.

His antics are being staged as a criticism of failed executive leadership, but the psychology of the script is that Obama’s opposition is a bunch of children requiring guidance. Obama is being cast as the one who should be controlling the children better

Step two of this Stage Play: Obama chastizes the bad kids. Then, Obama makes a sterm Father speech. But Obama and Krispie are not the only Actors in this slick scam

“While there’s blame to go around for the Republicans in the House for not coming to consensus even amongst themselves … and the Democrats in the Senate for not looking for ways to try to compromise with the Republicans in the House, there’s also blame that goes onto the president as well.”

While there is blame to go around – as if that is a given. Anyone care to infer whom Krispie is blaming?

Both the GOP leadership and the WH/Krispie brigade want conservatives to go away. The GOP leadership got stung by public pressure and had to dance to avoid the bullets.

Krispie’s personal need is to downsize the Tea Party before his own primary. Kind of fits in with the RINO game strategy.

Meanwhile they have Amnesty in the RINO chop-shop and are working with a plan to re paint the parts. Wonder if one of those pieces is going to end up in the budget compromise? Ryan is burning the night-weasel oil to work the package, and everyone will be forced, forced to vote yea just to save the economy

The RINOs have regrouped. The rats are working to take back the ship

entagor on October 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Happy Nomad on October 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Animals want to live in freedom. They want to hunt and forage and scavenge and mark territory and live like nature intended. The government shutdown is the best possible thing for them, but not good enough – they want to live in freedom, and thus, they’re probably still confined. The government shutdown hasn’t freed them yet. I feel sorry for them.

The Nerve on October 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Don L on October 1, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I suppose I have to now start sub-categorizing the Comment of the Day™ award. That one wins the Long Form Comment of the Day™.

Steve Eggleston on October 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM

If Christie keeps talking like that, he is going lose his BFF (BO) status AND be de-friended on Facebook.

WOW, the winds have shifted… from he’s doing a GREAT JOB….to Failure in Leadership.

Thanks for the update Christie (RINO).

UltimateBob on October 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Getting things done, huh? Was he done on the coastal housing areas?

-west

mr_west on October 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I’m sorry. I couldn’t hear what Kristie Kreem was saying. All I could hear was the chair he was sitting on screaming in pain.

NOMOBO on October 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Well.

What possible compromise is there here? The democrats did a huge power grab and they’re not letting go. So… what is the compromise?

Karmashock on October 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

As others have said, and it’s the first thing I thought of when I read this, is the President is not the boss of congress. They are co equal. This just confirms that Christie is as much a bully as Obama. A good president would not have that attitude. He would bring everyone together to try and find a workable compromise, without the arrogance.

Rose on October 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

King Barry likes to keep himself “above the fray”, until it’s time to claim credit.

GarandFan on October 1, 2013 at 12:57 PM

No future in pork bellies.

Sherman1864 on October 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Like him or not, Christie does know how to get things done. Actually taking action is a lot different than just proclaiming “I won“.

UltimateBob on October 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Actually, he doesn’t know how to create jobs. When he took office, New Jersey ranked 33rd in unemployment. Now the state ranks 43rd.

KMav on October 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM

a panel discussion at an event with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation

Tells you all you need to know about Chris Christie…

mountainaires on October 1, 2013 at 4:47 PM

“No matter where the partisanship is, the failure is in people not bringing people together to get it done. My approach would be, as the executive, is to call in the leaders of the Congress, the legislature, whatever you’re dealing with and say that we’re not leaving this room until we fix this problem. Because I’m the boss, I’m in charge,” Christie said hours before the government shut down on Monday night after Congress failed to reach a deal on funding. …

I’m hardly impressed with Obama’s leadership, but the president is not the boss of Congress, and can’t just tell them, “We’re not leaving this room until we fix this problem.”

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 1, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Nope, that beach image is still seared in my mind…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3flv5nWZgII

http://freedomslighthouse.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/christie-obama101.jpg

Fallon on October 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I think they’re still finding the used condoms.

Nutstuyu on October 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM