Funny: Chris Christie disarms opponent by turning into the anti-Christie

posted at 6:01 pm on October 9, 2013 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate. Guy already posted it in the Greenroom but I want to bring it down to the front page, partly because it’s funny and partly because it shows that this guy can resist his bull-in-a-china-shop pugnacious impulses when it’s in his political interest to do so. He had a choice here — repay Barbara Buono’s pettiness with pettiness or underscore her pettiness by drawing a high-toned contrast. The result reminds me of what Stephen Potter called “plonking,” even though it’s not a textbook example. Textbook plonking involves using one’s wits to disarm a superior adversary. Christie’s adversary is … not superior:

Christie leads Buono 58 to 25 percent, meaning the governor is further ahead of the state senator than he was in August. When FDU conducted a poll then, Christie enjoyed a 50-26 lead. About 90 percent of Republicans said they’ll vote for Christie, but only 44 percent of Democrats are in Buono’s corner, the poll said.

About 44 percent of Democrats support Christie, who will tangle with Buono in the first of their two scheduled debates tonight.

Among independents polled, 53 percent said they’d vote for Christie.

44/44 — among Jersey Democrats. Watching this again, I think both of them were trying to prove something with what they said, even though it redounded to Christie’s advantage. Buono, battling the stereotype that a woman might not be “tough enough,” probably wanted to show that she could throw punches as well as Governor Tough Guy could. Christie, aware that he often comes off as abrasive, knew that getting personally nasty with a woman opponent might make him come off as a bully. (Hillary, Christie’s likely 2016 opponent if he ends up as nominee, famously accused Rick Lazio of trying to bully her when he crossed the stage to hand her a copy of his tax plan at one of their New York Senate debates in 2000.) So she deployed the zinger and he smothered her in hugs. Game over.


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He’s a great actor.

ctmom on October 9, 2013 at 6:02 PM

RINO, nuff said.

bgibbs1000 on October 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

That was well done.

p0s3r on October 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

This must be a definition of “funny” that I’m not familiar with.

But it seems that AP has picked his candidate.

RoadRunner on October 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I remember seeing Al Gore, of all people, do the same thing to Jack Kemp in the 1996 Vice Presidential debate; that is, say nice things about Kemp that threw Kemp completely off guard in the middle of a very complex and sometimes heated debate. The ironic part, knowing what we know about Gore, is that I think he (Gore) was sincere in what he said. And it’s true what he said: Jack Kemp was a great public servant and–more importantly–viewed himself as a public servant.

It’s the only fond memory I have of Al Gore.

troyriser_gopftw on October 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Easy call when you have a 25-point lead — any zinger aimed at Buono would be flagged, indexed and filed away by the national Democrats and the big media for use in their 2016 “War on Women” campaign with Hillary (and — assuming he was born before the spring of 2008 — Christie should know that whatever media love he’s getting right now would evaporate just like Maverick’s did, once he secured the GOP nomination).

jon1979 on October 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Having prepared candidates for debates before, the “What can you say good about your opponent” question is one of the first things you cover — it’s asked in almost every debate. Here, Christie having substantial support among D voters, and knowing that the Rs in NJ have no where else to go and that most of them are RINOish anyway, this made what he did here a no-risk, no-brainer.

That said, he should be praised for coming across as very genuine in his answer, a natural talent the guy has.

TXUS on October 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Buono looks like she wants to crawl into a hole.

It’s funny in that her statement was turned completely against her. She thought she scored a point but it hit her right back in her head.

SteveMG on October 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

He had a choice here — repay Barbara Buono’s pettiness with pettiness or underscore her pettiness by drawing a high-toned contrast.

Christie is to Buono as Rand Paul is to Christie.

besser tot als rot on October 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

But Brutus is an honorable man…

newtopia on October 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

LOL. That made me chuckle but he’s still a Repulsive RHINO turncoat in my opinio who licks Obama’s boots at every opportunity.

cynccook on October 9, 2013 at 6:16 PM

In the primaries his policy positions will be important.

But in the general election all that matters is how cool and likable he is on Leno. Sadly.

I have no idea what policies a President Christie would advocate.

commodore on October 9, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Chris Christie disarms opponent by turning into the anti-Christie

I don’t see it that way. He is well in the lead. His opponent is a girl while he is a morbidly obese Obama-loving white male. He has room to be “nice.” Were the polls even we’d see a different Christie.

Happy Nomad on October 9, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Having prepared candidates for debates before, the “What can you say good about your opponent” question is one of the first things you cover — it’s asked in almost every debate.

TXUS on October 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

To be fair, Buono didn’t have much to work with.

besser tot als rot on October 9, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Christie is to Buono as Rand Paul is to Christie.

besser tot als rot on October 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

And what Ted Cruz is to Rand Paul.

Happy Nomad on October 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I hope this Turkey gets served up at the polls soon.

He is Progressive gop porn…..and it’s big and not purty.

PappyD61 on October 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM

To be fair, Buono didn’t have much to work with.

besser tot als rot on October 9, 2013 at 6:18 PM

That is a fair criticism. How do you say something nice about a “Republican” who changed endorsements to Obama days before the 2012 election?

Happy Nomad on October 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Hahaha, that was classic. Whether you like him or not. And I’m not a big fan, but maybe he can recover from his mistakes, who knows.

scalleywag on October 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Christie is the only republican that can beat clinton.

rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha, I bet she’s wow pissed off after getting smothered with kisses.

Rode Werk on October 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

And what Ted Cruz is to Rand Paul.

Happy Nomad on October 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I don’t know. Hopefully comrade, ally, brother-in-arms. I don’t think my analogy is applicable to that combination because I don’t find either to be petty.

besser tot als rot on October 9, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Christie is the only republican that can beat clinton.

rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

And he would vote just like Clinton would.

Rode Werk on October 9, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Christie is the only republican that can beat clinton.

rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

And it begins.

Smiles on October 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Christie is the only republican that can beat clinton.
rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

McCain is the only candidate that can win in 2008. Romney is the only candidate that can win in 2012.

I’ve heard all this before.

mrscullen on October 9, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Christie is the only republican that can beat clinton.

rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Not true. People talk as if Hillary is somehow an unstoppable force of nature. She isn’t. Obama’s people took her to school even with her extraordinarily powerful and cohesive political organization, fundraising capabilities, and husband Bill at her side, arguably one of the country’s greatest natural politicians since FDR. Truth is, Hillary’s a terrible campaigner and a horrible person who manages to alienate the daylights out of virtually everyone with whom she’s ever worked for or with, going all the way back to her Watergate days.

She can be beaten, and not just by Christie.

troyriser_gopftw on October 9, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Too bad but the days of having honorable disagreements and civility are over. Buono will hit the campaign trail tomorrow claiming Christie is too fat to be Governor, hates gays and wants to drag women back into the kitchen and take away their shoes…..oh, and racist, NATCH!

If he gets the nomination in 2016, the liberal media (sorry, I know I repeat myself…) and Hillary’s brown shirts will do everything in their power to denigrate Christie and destroy him personally. They will do a thousand times worse to him than what was done with Romney with his power to cause cancer from afar.

We are in an asymmetrical war here where the political battlefield overwhelmingly favors democrats. He can throw all the hugs and kisses he wants, but he will be destroyed….he must be destroyed…there can be no niceties here.

Sad part is, RINO republicans will lie down and take it every time….

powerpickle on October 9, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Can’t stand that pile of puss, but he pwned her. The look on her face was priceless: “Crap. I just got totally pwned.”

Rational Thought on October 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

I understand that Christie is about as good as the northeast leech states will ever get. So, as much as I don’t care for the guy, I would rather have him nominally on our side then the uber libs that area of the country usually sends us.

I see there are plenty of “know it all” Christie haters here who are doing the same thing Bouno did.

Blees their hearts. Too stupid to learn from the mistakes of idiots.

Buono is smarter than they are.

cozmo on October 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

When Christie took office, New Jersey ranked 33rd in unemployment. The state currently ranks 42nd. Christie doesn’t know how to create jobs like most Republican Governors.

KMav on October 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

If Chris Christie gets the nomination in 2016 he will lose. Its as simple as that. He has ZERO chance of winning the election.

Jack_Burton on October 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Christie is the only republican that can beat clinton.

rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Fool me once (2008), shame on you.

Fool me twice (2012), shame on me.

Fool me three times…you can’t get fooled again!

Kafir on October 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Christie is the only republican that can beat clinton.

rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

It is not a question of who can beat whom; that focus is all wrong. The focus should be in nominating a conservative candidate who can articulate his/her positions in a way that will motivate the millions of Rs who sat out the elections in 2008 and 2012 (which alone likely would’ve won these elections) while also appealing to a majority of the Indies who tend conservatively to begin with, when presented with a clear and convincing conservative position. See, e.g., Ronald Reagan, about whom it was also said back then by the Ds and the media (I repeat myself) was an “extreme right wing nut job.”

TXUS on October 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Last week the state Democrats threw a party honoring a former governor, and nearly all the former Democrat governors were there along with most present-day movers and shakers. Christie was there and sat at the main table with the Democrat leadership. Buono sat elsewhere. There were even rumors circulating that the Union County Democrat chair wanted to endorse Christie, but that was a bridge too far (probably for both of them).

MTF on October 9, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Christie is the only republican that can beat clinton.

rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

And it begins.

Smiles on October 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

I know……I was here at HA for the RINO vs. Conservative vs. TeaParty wars of McCain and Romney. ALWAYS it was a LOUD march toward loser-ville. 2012 The pro-mittens contingent clobbered posters on HA in the comment area and as those that disagreed w/romney dropped out the pro-mittens people talked amongst themselves. That should’ve told anyone how it was going to be.

athenadelphi on October 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

anti-Christie

Heh.

Marcola on October 9, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Not true. People talk as if Hillary is somehow an unstoppable force of nature. She isn’t. Obama’s people took her to school even with her extraordinarily powerful and cohesive political organization, fundraising capabilities, and husband Bill at her side, arguably one of the country’s greatest natural politicians since FDR. Truth is, Hillary’s a terrible campaigner and a horrible person who manages to alienate the daylights out of virtually everyone with whom she’s ever worked for or with, going all the way back to her Watergate days.

She can be beaten, and not just just not by Christie.

troyriser_gopftw on October 9, 2013 at 6:35 PM

It’s hard to imagine that anyone willing to vote for Christie wouldn’t just rather have Hillary in the first place.

cynccook on October 9, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Christie is the only republican that can beat clinton.

rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

…in hip size?

KOOLAID2 on October 9, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Not a fan but very clever. What’s more he pulled it off beautifully while obviously thinking, “pound sand you harpy”

Mason on October 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Christie is the only republican that can beat clinton.

rubberneck

At what, a hot dog eating contest?

xblade on October 9, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Re:Christie; Conservative or not, the man can govern and politic with the best of them. He could accomplish more conservative reform than did Reagan. Sure, it’s risky, and we’ll lose on some fronts. But it would be nice to have a strong man leading our team for once, instead of a deer-in the headlights, or a patrician wiener, or a war-wounded fossil.

ceruleanblue on October 9, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Yeah, I know… he outclassed her with the comment… I don’t like it when politicians appear on entertainment television, I fear his recent ‘I’m the boss of Congress’ comment, and couldn’t vote for the Jersyite for governor or any other office.

The Nerve on October 9, 2013 at 8:01 PM

RINO, nuff said.

bgibbs1000 on October 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Democrats in NJ don’t consider him a “RINO”

AYNBLAND on October 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Democrat Christie is the HotAir bloggers’ choice for GOP Presidential nomination?

Most of the bloggers, anyway.

I think Allahpundit is for Rand Paul.

And the pro-amnesty brigade of RINO-loving bloggers like Ed, MKH (does she still post here?) and Guy Benson seem to favor Christie, pro-amnesty Scott Walker, pro-amnesty Paul Ryan and Jeb Bush.

I think Erika is for Jindal.

bluegill on October 9, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Democrats in NJ don’t consider him a “RINO”

AYNBLAND on October 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

They certainly do. That’s why they’re supporting him at the same rate as their own candidate.

besser tot als rot on October 9, 2013 at 9:09 PM

“Smothered her in hugs?” With Christie wouldn’t that amount to assault with deadly intent?

Bitter Clinger on October 9, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Thank God I’m a Texan!

Bleed_thelizard on October 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Before any talk of voting for this communist for president, just remember that this is the guy who teamed up with the Sodomite Syndicate™ to prosecute parents who seek professional counselors to give advice to their sexually confused children.

NeverLiberal on October 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM

This must be a definition of “funny” that I’m not familiar with.

But it seems that AP has picked his candidate.

RoadRunner on October 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Yes, I don’t see the funny side of this. “Routine pandering” is what I would call it. And this should not surprise us in an individual who is given to extraordinary pandering.

virgo on October 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Christie reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt, although I can’t put my finger on why. Considering Roosevelt’s progressive bent, we should continue to keep an eye on Christie so we can torpedo any presidential ambitions.

Othniel on October 10, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Christie is the only republican that can beat clinton.

rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Thank you for subversively admitting that you want eight years of President Hillary.

Typical GOPe loser.

Myron Falwell on October 10, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Christie reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt, although I can’t put my finger on why. Considering Roosevelt’s progressive bent, we should continue to keep an eye on Christie so we can torpedo any presidential ambitions.

Othniel on October 10, 2013 at 3:00 AM

The GOPe tried to quash Teddy Roosevelt’s presidential ambitions by selecting him for the VP slot in 1900, and his popularity did play a role in defeating William Jennings Bryan. Becoming a VP at that time was even more pointless than what it is now.

They just didn’t expect William McKinley to be murdered by an anarchist.

Myron Falwell on October 10, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Wooow, a lot of emotional Christie haters on this site.

One of ‘em even claimed Allah had made his choice for POTUS in ’16 based off of this video. Allah’s been very critical of Christie. He was showcasing an effective debate tactic. That’s it. It’s 2013. We’re not even close to the prez primary yet. Everyone calm down and enjoy a bit of humor.

nickj116 on October 10, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Christie is the only republican that can beat clinton.

rubberneck on October 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

With a 7-iron. Sopranos.

thejackal on October 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM