Quotes of the day

posted at 10:01 pm on November 6, 2013 by Allahpundit

Chris Christie said Wednesday that he’s ignoring – for now – the fevered speculation about his presidential ambitions following a decisive re-election victory as a Republican in deep-blue New Jersey. But his words and actions suggested otherwise.

“It’s complimentary. It’s flattering and I have no problem with it,” Christie said at a press conference at a school on Wednesday. “But I want to be really clear about this: I have a job to do. I got re-elected to do a job last night, and that’s the job I’m going to do.”…

The governor made clear, though, that he’s not about to go changing his trademark style should he wage a bid for the presidency.

“I’m not here to put on a show,” he added a bit later. “I’m here to win.”

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President Obama on Wednesday afternoon called newly re-elected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to congratulate him on his landslide victory.

“Obviously [the president] and the governor have spent a lot of time together … The president was glad to congratulate him on his victory,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday, according to a pool reporter traveling with the president.

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Last year, Chris Christie was elected chairman of the Republican Governors Association and he officially takes over that post in Arizona in 15 days. It’s a position with a high national profile, money to spread around and a bully pulpit.

So, in way, Christie’s power just doubled

The national leadership role will also take Christie around the country many times over to raise money, make speeches and show off his prowess as a world-class schmoozer born and bred on bare-knuckle Jersey politics. He did the same thing last year as RGA vice chairman.

“I think he’s going to be the most popular draw on the campaign trail for 2014,” said Schmidt, a native of North Plainfield. “He’s going to have a great opportunity to build that national fundraising network to run for president, a reason and an excuse to campaign all over the country for all sorts of other candidates other than his own ambition.”

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Another open question is how pointedly Christie will contrast his style of governance to politicians like Sen. Ted Cruz, who has been unabashed in his belief that the government shutdown served a purpose.

Barbour said that instead of comparing themselves to Cruz, he expects governors to contrast themselves to Barack Obama. Still, he added: “But that will be smarter than going out and starting fights you can’t win.”

Others hope Christie will be more blunt.

“Any Republican who considers himself a party leader has an obligation to be singling out Ted Cruz and not just taking the easy way out of blaming House Republicans,” said Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), who did not specifically name Christie. “So far I’m the only one that’s doing it.

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“I was very interested that he had Susana Martinez there in the last days to campaign with him,” [Orrin] Hatch told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday. “Because that would make a great ticket.”…

“I think that the man really is an exceptionally tough, smart, good conservative who literally appeals across the board, which is what the Republicans need to have,” Hatch said, referring to Christie. “And let’s face it, Susana Martinez has a lot of qualities that would help a lot of people to understand that the Republican Party is a broad base party.”

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“I understand that everyone is upset because I’ve said some things. But they need to learn that about me. If they are going to hire me to do a job, I’m going to do the job for the people that I’m representing, and they are going to hear it from me,” Christie told CNN’s Jake Tapper Tuesday.

“I don’t think I need to fence mend, I think people just have to learn who I am,” said Christie.

“He built a profile as somebody who was quick to criticize Republicans. If you remember after Sandy, he criticized Republicans as being the ones that were holding it up,” said CNN political commentator and Republican strategist Kevin Madden.

“He was so quick to criticize Republicans. And he gained a lot of favor and a lot of love from the mainstream media … and that put him in a difficult position with a lot of base voters,” said Madden.

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“I wonder whether Democrats are going to really start to regret how much of a pass they gave Christie in this election,” Hunt said. “You didn’t really see the party apparatus crank up for Barbara Buono…They could have dredged up some of what we’re seeing come out, the Romney vet of Chris Christie, all of these problems in his past, but they let all that go.”

“The Reagan Democrats are alive,” Matthews said. “They’re working class, middle class, mostly Catholics—I’m just saying, it’s a fact—ethnic people, people who came two or three generations ago. They tend to be very, very patriotic. And they like reality. They don’t like Al Gores. They don’t like people like [Michael] Dukakis. They want real people with blood in them. People that talk with attitude.”

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Just one day after Chris Christie’s successful reelection bid, Ron Paul already foresees doom for the New Jersey governor’s 2016 aspirations. The former Texas representative saw Christie another possible candidate from the “mushy middle” similar to the past two Republican presidential nominees who have lost.

“If he wants to go the way of McCain and Romney, I guess he can go ahead and do it,” Paul said on Fox News on Wednesday. “I think it’ll be same old stuff again, wishy-washy stuff — chase [out] all the constitutionalists, limited-government, libertarians.”

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The big problem for Christie is that these two ostensibly separate concerns—his temperament and his problems with the base—are likely to merge in unpleasant ways. If there is one thing about Christie that does appeal to the Tea Party crowd, it is his demeanor. (I am uncertain that even hardcore right-wingers will enjoy Christie’s personality after being exposed to it day after day for a year, but let’s leave that aside.) They love his disdain for liberals and unions, his “straight talk,” and his seemingly anti-establishment, regular-guy shtick. (Ironically, it’s this anti-establishment shtick that seems to have endeared Christie to the Republican establishment, from the Wall Street Journal editorial page to the Lords of Finance.)

When Christie is inevitably attacked by his competitors on some of the issues Cohn mentions, then expect him to go into full-bore angry guy mode. The GOP primary is thus going to set up a dynamic in which Christie will have to rely on his worst instincts. If you think Mitt Romney was forced into unpalatable general election positions during his primary campaign, just wait until Christie uses his anger to deflect attacks and provides a whole slew of new YouTube clips. The other option is to rebrand himself as a staunch rightwinger, which could do the trick in the primary, but will also hinder his efforts to be a different type of Republican.

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There are few things an elected official works harder at than pretending to be a “real” person. Christie is comfortable playing himself. It doesn’t feel like he’s reaching for a mental cue card with talking points every time he answer a question. And when he doesn’t want to answer a question, Christie tells you “it’s none of your business.” Lawyer, lobbyist, governor, perhaps, but the perception is that he is as real as real gets in major league politics. Even when you disagree with him, you rarely dislike him. That kind of public currency goes a long way…

Christie is a product of a Northeastern Republican tradition that is expert at running bureaucracy, not standing athwart history, yelling Stop. He’s a politician like everyone else — in some ways, even more true to the vocation than others. Actually, the factors that make someone like Rand Paul and Christie compelling are entirely different. The latter doesn’t spend too much time reflecting on democracy’s role during Jim Crow (as interesting a topic as that might be), he wants to know where the &%#@&?$%# money is for Sandy relief. That’s why Christie probably wouldn’t sound like a very good Senator, though there is the strong possibility that he might make a very good national candidate.

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There’s a historical precedent: Bill Clinton. He was ostensibly a “New Democrat,” even though he was pro-choice, supported higher taxes, a universal health care system, gun control, and expanded rights for gays in the military. Rather than abandon core elements of the Democratic agenda, Clinton softened the edges on unreformed welfare, crime, middle class taxes, and said abortion should be “rare,” even if it should remain legal.

Today’s “New Republican” might not look very different from Chris Christie. He or she would preserve the core elements of the Republican agenda, but might retreat on a few symbolic but ultimately incidental issues—like immigration reform. He or she would stress pragmatism, the ability to work with both parties, and routinely distinguish him or herself from the party’s extremists. After losing the popular vote in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections, Republicans should be quite familiar with the effectiveness of this tactic…

What should scare Republicans is the possibility that Christie is the only candidate who can pull off his own success. Christie is an exceptional candidate, and it wasn’t even inevitable that Christie would become Christie—it took quite a bit of luck, and even some perverse luck in the form of Hurricane Sandy. It’s unclear whether any other Republican can advance through the primaries while retaining enough credibility to tack back to the center and distinguish themselves from the party in the general election. If not, the compounding effects of demographic change, a sour GOP brand, and a conservative Republican nominee might put the GOP at a real disadvantage. Fortunately for electability-minded Republicans, the last few months have brought deceptively good news.

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The obvious analog for this Christie triumph is the 1998 Texas reelection victory of George W. Bush. The outcome of that race was never in doubt, but the Karl Rove-led Bush team pushed hard to produce a result that would be interpreted as a national GOP blueprint – something they achieved when Bush crushed Democrat Garry Mauro by 37 points and won 40 percent of the Latino vote and nearly a third of the black vote…

But the party is also much different now than it was 15 years ago. For many in the Republican universe, purity is now just as important – if not more important – than general election success. This is a consequence of the Bush years, which ended with the rise of Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress and the enactment of an agenda that the right regards as an affront to freedom. To explain how this could happen – how Americans could go to the polls and willfully elect a left-of-center government – the right decided to blame Bush. The basic idea: Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” amounted to reckless Big Government, gave conservatism a bad name and led a confused electorate to turn to Obama. It is out of this conviction that the Tea Party was born – both to fight Obama and to fight the Republicans who enabled Bush (and who might enable a future Bush)…

Many people loathe Christie, but plenty appreciate his swagger, especially in the Republican universe. The risk of Christie as a national candidate is that he’ll lose his temper at the wrong time, in the wrong way – an ugly explosion that becomes his identity and sinks his campaign. The flip side, though, is that he’s good at this game. He’s the rare politician who can talk to a room of people who disagree with them and win them over. They warm up to him, they laugh at his jokes, start to like him – then, without even realizing it, they’re working backward in their minds to tell themselves why, come to think of it, it actually wouldn’t be crazy to support him. I’ve seen him do this in rooms of skeptical Democrats. I’ve seen him do this in rooms of skeptical conservatives. And I can absolutely see him doing it in a room of skeptical Iowa Republicans two years from now.

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Think about the map: To beat a candidate with Christie’s profile one on one, either Paul or Cruz would need to win Florida and then at least part of the industrial Midwest — the places where first McCain in 2008 and then Romney in 2012 successfully fended off the challenges from the right. Does Ted Cruz, whose resume is part Ivy League elite and part Texan evangelical, and whose father probably sets off every non-evangelical alarm bell there is, somehow win enough middle class Catholic Republicans to beat an Irish-Italian former prosecutor in Ohio and Michigan? Does Rand Paul, who veers between showing remarkable political savvy and indulging in not-ready-for-prime-time fumbling, really have what it takes to fundraise, organize, and win in big, not-deep-red states? Especially amid polls showing, as they probably would, that neither of them would fare as well as Christie in a general-election matchup against You Know Wh(illary)o?

Now maybe there’s a dark horse like Scott Walker or Mike Pence who can get oxygen instead and reshuffle the map. Maybe one of the Christie pseudo-scandals turns into a real one and wrecks his bid before it begins. Or maybe Rubio makes a roaring political comeback and fulfills his party-unifying potential. It’s early yet, Christie is hardly a near-lock like the current Democratic frontrunner, and (as she well knows) even near-locks have been known to run and lose.

But still, I’d be more certain of his vulnerability if I had a clearer sense of who might actually beat him.

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Christie does have a powerful advantage that was in evidence in his New Jersey experience that would help him address this national dilemma, but it is not one he has yet brought forth. Christie has an unusual ability to connect with the common person because of his background and his manner of speech. As such, he is perhaps the only one of the major GOP contenders being bruited about who could conceivably rally mass public opinion behind a coherent center-right economic platform. But such ability does not come from the fighting Christie or the crisis leader, nor is it directly connected to the issues involved in the pension war: It comes straight from the average-Joe part of the Christie persona.

Christie’s New Jersey success ultimately rests on the notion that he represents the aspirations of average New Jerseyites against the elites. Translating that to the national stage would necessarily require him to explain to Republican elites why they must sacrifice to deal with our fiscal woes. Subsidies for business and the upper middle class will have to be cut to simply maintain today’s tax rates. Such translation would also apply to average Americans: Those who can afford to do more themselves will need to do so to avoid the tax hikes that could cripple our economy. Such a formulation would avoid the “many versus the few” trap the Democrats are waiting to deploy. Christie as the tribune for the common man would be defending the common good, asking the many to contribute for themselves.

Such an approach would draw on, but not simply repeat, Christie’s New Jersey experiences. Common Man Christie can be angry at times and soft at times, so long as in each case the emotion is deployed on behalf of the many and not on behalf of the few.

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The breathless burbling about how Chris Christie’s victory “shows the path forward for the GOP” conveniently ignores his inability to turn New Jersey red for anyone but himself. Before election day, the New Jersey media didn’t see any reason for the Dems to worry about a Christie victory, as they enjoy a 48-32 majority in the Assembly and a 24-16 lead in the state Senate. While these numbers may change, early reports indicate most incumbents will be reelected. The New Jersey media reported that most polls indicate support for Christie won’t help any down-ballot Republicans. In 2009, Christie’s coat-tail effect was negligible too, resulting in only one new Assembly seat for the Republicans.

Like Schwarzenegger, Christie is a useful idiot for the Democrats—a needy, politically correct, ruling-class Republican who is trending liberal on everything from “climate change” to gay marriage to size-of-government issues. Christie loves the liberal limelight—a trait that will only intensify over time. The Democrats know a Trojan Horse when they see one…

The future of the GOP is not Christie but Cruz. Have the Republicans learned nothing from Romney’s loss, McCain’s loss, Dole’s loss? The lesson is simple: do not run moderates; that just hands victory to the Dems from the start. A basic test for any GOP nominee should be: Can this candidate win his own state? In Christie’s case, the question, despite Tuesday’s results, remains open. After all, he wasn’t exactly running against Hillary Clinton. Another test is: Can this candidate reclaim his own legislature for his party? If not, all the enthusiasm is empty. Republican governors in blue states that remain for all intents and purposes blue always end up doing damage to the party, racking up personal victories for themselves while selling out the party’s principles.

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Via Campus Reform.

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Via MFP and Mediaite.


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Ok I waited to give some hoser a chance.

SparkPlug on November 6, 2013 at 10:03 PM

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Bmore on November 6, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Sick of fatso…

OmahaConservative on November 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Bmore on November 6, 2013 at 10:03 PM

You had your chance hoser. (:

SparkPlug on November 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

RINO…

… #DefundGOP

Seven Percent Solution on November 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Bmore on November 6, 2013 at 10:03 PM

You bad :)

Murphy9 on November 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

You had your chance hoser. (:

SparkPlug on November 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Allah switched our places. ; )

Bmore on November 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Can we nominate Rahm instead?

happytobehere on November 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

.

workingclass artist on November 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Have the Republicans learned nothing from Romney’s loss, McCain’s loss, Dole’s loss?

None whatsoever. Bush II got lucky. And we don’t need to go down that road again.

nobar on November 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Can we nominate Rahm instead?

happytobehere on November 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

That sure would bypass all that mucking around in hyperspace.

Murphy9 on November 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Let me just say when he loses in the primaries, HE (AND THE RNC) SURE AS HELL BETTER CAMPAIGN LIKE THEY ARE HIGH ON CRACK FOR THE WINNER.

SouthernGent on November 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Murphy9 on November 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Well I have been listening more lately and commenting less. Interesting threads around here as of late. Some folks are talking so much they don’t know sometimes what they are even saying. So……….. I like keeping it simple. ; )

Bmore on November 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

FYI Allah, typo in the picture caption.

Should be: Chump?

ShainS on November 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

workingclass artist on November 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Lolz! Link?!?!

Bmore on November 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Can we nominate Rahm instead?

happytobehere on November 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Heh.

Either him or Jeantel, pretty much interchangeable …

ShainS on November 6, 2013 at 10:10 PM

QOTD = CC 2016….ugh.

d1carter on November 6, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Pretty much

Myron Falwell on November 6, 2013 at 10:12 PM

You know, these Christie man crush posts are getting kind of creepy.

fight like a girl on November 6, 2013 at 10:12 PM

None whatsoever. Bush II got lucky. And we don’t need to go down that road again.
nobar on November 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM

He didn’t even win the popular vote. Lucky indeed.

Regardless, I think it’s possible that an actual conservative would get totally destroyed in the general. This might be as close as we’re going to get. The electorate is very far gone and getting worse.

Nonetheless, electing Christie would put all sorts of stuff on the fast track, Climate Change legislation, Amnesty, gun control, weird coddling of Islamists. Whatever the Democrats want, they’ll get with an allied GOP president and totally defanged GOP congress.

We’d seriously be better off as a nation with a obstructive GOP congress and Democrat president.

happytobehere on November 6, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I really can’t wait until the terrorist-supporter, Petey King, dies.

Resist We Much on November 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Champ?

Chump!

INC on November 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

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Bmore on November 6, 2013 at 10:03 PM

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workingclass artist on November 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

These are references to Citizen (or Criminal Alien) Period, right?

The lone person to whom Barky was referring when he said “If you like your plan …” (h/t RWM).

ShainS on November 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

President Obama on Wednesday afternoon called newly re-elected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to congratulate him on his landslide victory.

Simply incredible… And this delusional fool and his supporters think that he is going be the nominee in 2016?…

mnjg on November 6, 2013 at 10:15 PM

fight like a girl on November 6, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Tedious as well.

INC on November 6, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I knew I got my hopes up when a commenter said that Jeb Bush would be the QOTD.

The Nerve on November 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

The destruction of Christie should begin immediately and before it is late… Make him so toxic to the Republican base that he will be hated beyond belief…

mnjg on November 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

‘Obamacare by morning’: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hilariously mock HealthCare.gov during CMAs [video]

Todd Starnes:

The CMA’s opened with a spectacular take-down parody of Obamacare. Oh my goodness! This is why I love country music.

“I started signing up last Thursday and I’m almost done,” said Carrie Underwood.

Then Carrie and Brad Paisley launched into a parody of the great song, “Amarillo by Morning.” Their version was called, “Obamacare By Morning.”

Sing along and share, friends!

OBAMACARE BY MORNING

Obamacare by morning, why’s this taking so long?

I’m gonna wind up with hemorrhoids if I sit here ’til dawn

We’ll have cataracts and dementia

Oh this is getting on my last nerve

Obamacare by morning…over six…people served.

INC on November 6, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Christie’s ego is going to be his downfall along with this slamming the base every chance he gets.

Instead of bringing the party together – he’s going to create a bigger divide.

The person who gets the nomination is going to be the one that understands the value of the base. Christie doesn’t get it.

gophergirl on November 6, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Good Night All. xo

Bmore on November 6, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Cristie = a fatter and more loud mouthed Hillary Clinton.

VorDaj on November 6, 2013 at 10:20 PM

None whatsoever. Bush II got lucky. And we don’t need to go down that road again.

nobar on November 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Chris Christy gets lucky a lot – like when the bakery opens an hour early.

The Nerve on November 6, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Quit the tease, Fat Boy, change parties and get it over with.

(The Donks have better buffets, so you’ll have that goin’ for ya too!)

Bruno Strozek on November 6, 2013 at 10:21 PM

The destruction of Christie should begin immediately and before it is late… Make him so toxic to the Republican base that he will be hated beyond belief…
mnjg on November 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

It’s probably already too late. Go for it though.

happytobehere on November 6, 2013 at 10:21 PM

People need to ask Christie if he believes that America needs a Ministry of Happiness, and if he foresees toilet paper shortages.

Mr. Christie, if you want peace, will you work for justice?

Mr. Christie, do you now, or have you ever believed that we are the ones we have been waiting for?

Mr. Christie, will you think globally and act locally?

Mr. Christie, do you believe that it takes a village to raise a child?

Mr. Christie, despite your obvious physical constraints, will you be making a great leap forward?

Murphy9 on November 6, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Nonetheless, electing Christie would put all sorts of stuff on the fast track, Climate Change legislation, Amnesty, gun control, weird coddling of Islamists. Whatever the Democrats want, they’ll get with an allied GOP president and totally defanged GOP congress.

happytobehere on November 6, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Exactly right.

Christie = amnesty = electorate problem becomes much worse

As another commenter said, the Democrat Party has become the Socialist Party, Republicans have become Democrats, and the Tea Party is now the conservative Republicans.

Guys, we need to nominate a conservative. Don’t believe he lies that we would get crushed. Those same people said Cuccinelli had no prayer and should be abandoned, but he ended up making it a strong race, despite being outspent 10-to-1 on tv ads.

Obamacare is falling apart, and things will only get worse. Let’s not throw away this opportunity on a pro-amnesty RINO like Christie who would really be no better than Hillary.

bluegill on November 6, 2013 at 10:22 PM

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Bmore on November 6, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Nicely done.

KCB on November 6, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Gopher Girl-

Cam Winton fought a good fight. At least that weaselly Andrews didn’t win.

How are the pot holes on your street?

Bruno Strozek on November 6, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Shorter Hannity: Rubio/Bush 2016!

Punchenko on November 6, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Chris Christie said Wednesday that he’s ignoring – for now – the fevered speculation (from the media and the whorish political consultants that are licking their chops over 2016) about his presidential ambitions following a decisive re-election victory as a Republican in deep-blue (Socialist/Communist) New Jersey.


Christ Christie……you’ll have to do without me. You are a big Progressive bully and you suck.

PappyD61 on November 6, 2013 at 10:25 PM

So, in way, Christie’s power just doubled…

You’re thinking of his girth there.

whatcat on November 6, 2013 at 10:25 PM

The GOP will set up ANOTHER RINO ( and a fat and sassy one at that ) only to be outvoted once again by a radical progressive named Clinton in 2016.

Wash, rinse, repeat…

Christie is so high on his own gas he can’t see the scam through the fog of stench!

katy on November 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Semi-live from Hellinois

annoyinglittletwerp on November 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Regardless, I think it’s possible that an actual conservative would get totally destroyed in the general.

Like Reagan. I understand your skepticism.

MrX on November 6, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Goldwater was right. The north eastern seaboard of America should be cut off and set adrift, especially including smelly New Jersey and NYC. Maybe it would all then float down to Venezuela. Maybe it would even float down to the Antarctic and protect them from their global warming. I think the people of the north eastern seaboard would be much happier that way. I know I would be.

VorDaj on November 6, 2013 at 10:27 PM

You know, these Christie man crush posts are getting kind of creepy.

fight like a girl on November 6, 2013 at 10:12 PM

You know it’s just going to get worse exponentially as we approach 2016, too. HA will be relentlessly flogging this anointed, inevitable, electable heir apparent.

Midas on November 6, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Ann Coulter Officially Dumps Chris Christie Over Amnesty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcTZg3_F_6s

anotherJoe on November 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

The pretend champ. If only you believe.

JellyToast on November 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

INC beat me to it, but here’s the link… it’s funny stuff… http://t.co/4oyajOfx1o

vamp57mw on November 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Semi-live from Hellinois

annoyinglittletwerp on November 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM

You realize that Crook county has a per-comment tax of $4.00, and if you bring more than what is considered personal use comments with you across the state line, you can be fined and/or imprisoned. You’ll be sweeping the gutters at 65th and Ashland.

Murphy9 on November 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Ann Coulter Officially Dumps Chris Christie Over Amnesty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcTZg3_F_6s

anotherJoe on November 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Heart.Ache!

Murphy9 on November 6, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Trenton Donut shops…send the bill to the Republican Governor’s Association.

kcewa on November 6, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Murphy9 on November 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

‘Bout as bad as 71st and Jeffery.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM

If there is one thing about Christie that does appeal to the Tea Party crowd, it is his demeanor.

Not hard to tell when a liberal is writing. The stupidity just announces itself.

Anyone … feel free to introduce the Tea Party voters who find this RINO douchebag’s demeanor appealing. Anyone.

Jaibones on November 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Sick of fatso…

OmahaConservative on November 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Can I get an amen?

jazzuscounty on November 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Here’s the quote that -should- be front and center here:

The establishment wing of the GOP, those I call the Gentry GOP, are as inextricably entwined with, and dependent on, the power of the state as any Democrat. So they view any attempt to lessen the power and wealth of the state (which they view as their own power and wealth) as a direct threat to them – just as the Democrats do.

Make no mistake: this is personal self interest at stake. This is food from their mouths, clothing from their childrens’ backs, their gold plated benefits, their well-funded retirements – and those damned conservatives want to take that away from them.

How dare they?

It’s time that conservatives understand the vast gulf that now exists between them and the Gentry GOP, and why it exists: The basic interests of the two are as opposite as they could possibly be. Conservatives view the state as inmical to personal liberty, financial solvency, and human concern. The Gentry GOP, on the other hand, view the state as their lifeblood, and will do anything they can to make sure the blood keeps right on flowing.

The Gentry already understands that gulf on a visceral level. It’s time conservatives begin to do so as well.

http://www.dailypundit.com/?p=78592

ebrown2 on November 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

UNREAL: WH Wouldn’t Tell State Exchanges How Obamacare Federal Hub Worked Because It Was Too Complicated And GOP Might Seize On It…

Jaw, meet floor.

Via Bloomberg News:

[A]ccording to two former officials, CMS staff members struggled at “multiple meetings” during the spring of 2011 to persuade White House officials for permission to publish diagrams known as “concepts of operation,” which they believed were necessary to show states what a federal exchange would look like. The two officials said the White House was reluctant because the diagrams were complex, and they feared that the Republicans might reprise a tactic from the 1990s of then-Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.), who mockingly brandished intricate charts created by a task force led by first lady Hillary Clinton.

In the end, one of the former officials said, the White House quashed the diagrams, telling CMS, instead, to praise early work on those state exchanges that matched the hidden federal thinking.

Resist We Much on November 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Gopher Girl-

Cam Winton fought a good fight. At least that weaselly Andrews didn’t win.

How are the pot holes on your street?

Bruno Strozek on November 6, 2013 at 10:24 PM

I wanted him or Cohen. Hodges is pretty barf inducing too. Have you read her “solutions” packet? It’s right out of the progressive playbook.

Potholes are fine but I live on a pretty main road so they’ll fix it.

gophergirl on November 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Ann Coulter Officially Dumps Chris Christie Over Amnesty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcTZg3_F_6s

anotherJoe on November 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Alternate title, Ann Coulter finally accepts her Captain Louis Renault award for deliberate political obtuseness.

“I’m shocked, shocked to find that Gov. Chris “I heart sharia” Christie is an amnesty supporter!”

ebrown2 on November 6, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Anyone … feel free to introduce the Tea Party voters who find this RINO douchebag’s demeanor appealing. Anyone.

Jaibones on November 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

His “personality” is about as appealing as hemorrhoids and VD.

VorDaj on November 6, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Is it possible that we can just sell Krispy Kreme as bribe to not run?

nobar on November 6, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Any Republican who considers himself a party leader has an obligation to be singling out Ted Cruz and not just taking the easy way out of blaming House Republicans,” said Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), who did not specifically name Christie. “So far I’m the only one that’s doing it.

I agree. By all means, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE spend any future campaigns reminding voters who it was that tried to protect them from the disaster everyone is now learning Obamacare is, lol.

xblade on November 6, 2013 at 10:35 PM

vamp57mw on November 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Thanks! The Twitchy video from You Tube wasn’t working.

INC on November 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Yeah, we’re all suppose to celebrate and throw a party because a RINO got re-elected in New Jersey.

What am I missing?

Hey.. how many times did RINO Christine Todd Whitman win re-election in New jersey? Where is she today?

JellyToast on November 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Let’s stop calling Christie fat and fatso. He’s morbidly obese.

VorDaj on November 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

You know it’s just going to get worse exponentially as we approach 2016, too. HA will be relentlessly flogging this anointed, inevitable, electable heir apparent.
Midas on November 6, 2013 at 10:27 PM

All Christie all the time. Enough to make one physically ill.

fight like a girl on November 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

One problem I have with HotAir bloggers is that they just follow the professional pundit and mainstream media swarm. They often go wherever others go. Now, I have no problem with this QOTD, and I like that this daily feature includes a variety of views. But this site is rarely an opinion maker or leader in any sense. Ed is so timid and often seems like more of a summarizer. Allah asks great questions and provides intelligent insight, but it’s usually just a reaction to others. The site increasingly feels almost irrelevant. Perhaps some strong, fresh blogger blood could reinvigorate things.

bluegill on November 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Don’t think about it. Just believe this is ground breaking.
Yawn.. I’m sleepy. Bored even.

JellyToast on November 6, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Besides that he is a liberal Christie is a mean super arrogant SOB… May be they like “mean and arrogant” in New Jersey but the rest of the country cannot stand this at all… Destroy the SOB now…

mnjg on November 6, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Anyone … feel free to introduce the Tea Party voters who find this RINO douchebag’s demeanor appealing. Anyone.
Jaibones on November 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Try “appalling” instead if you want takers on that.

whatcat on November 6, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Regardless, I think it’s possible that an actual conservative would get totally destroyed in the general.
Like Reagan. I understand your skepticism.
MrX on November 6, 2013 at 10:27 PM

It’s possible that Reagan got elected despite his conservatism not because of it. Goldwater got trounced. The electorate is way less conservative now then in 1980. Out of wedlock births have skyrocketed and marriages have plummeted. That doesn’t make for a conservative electorate, regardless of how they answer polling questions.

I still think we should nominate someone like Rand or Cruz. Whether I think they can win or not isn’t important. It’s substantially worse for the nation to have a GOP liberal in the White House than an actual democrat because the GOP congress can’t stop a GOP president.

happytobehere on November 6, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Ann Coulter is batty.

We tried to warn her about RINOS

SparkPlug on November 6, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Ugh.

Jack_Burton on November 6, 2013 at 10:41 PM

I’ll bet morbidly obese Christie can’t even pee, not straight anyway, standing up. He probably has to lay down on a hole in the floor.

VorDaj on November 6, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Christie can’t slide down the banister in the morning.

Nor in the evening.

SparkPlug on November 6, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Anyone seen where they stashed Little Boy? Could have swore we made two of those 1945.

nobar on November 6, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Just say no to Fats Amnesty.

BuckeyeSam on November 6, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Ann Coulter is batty.

SparkPlug on November 6, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Yeah, but she’s smart and hot. Batty kind of works for her.

Jaibones on November 6, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Besides that he is a liberal Christie is a mean super arrogant SOB… May be they like “mean and arrogant” in New Jersey but the rest of the country cannot stand this at all… Destroy the SOB now…
mnjg on November 6, 2013 at 10:39 PM

A lot of Democrats love the guy because they rightly see him as friendly to Obama.

Look how Christie kisses up to liberal talkshow hosts, lapping up their praise about how he is a “different” kind of Republican and not one of the “crazies.” His smiling and winking demeanor while these liberals trash conservatives sends the message that he agrees with their premise that conservatives are “crazy.”speaking of “crazies “, that is the term Christie used to describe conservatives concerned about Islamic fundamentalists promoting sharia law. Principled conservatives are treated with derision by Christie, while he sucks up to hard-core liberal progressives.

bluegill on November 6, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Anyone … feel free to introduce the Tea Party voters who find this RINO douchebag’s demeanor appealing. Anyone.

Jaibones

I will say this….I wish more folks on our side would respond to the manufactured attempts at “gotcha” moments the way he does instead of acting like they have something to be ashamed of.

xblade on November 6, 2013 at 10:53 PM

I’m just not sensing a lot of respect for Christie, the man who could possibly lead the repubs out of 40 years in the wilderness by pulling the 40 mule team wagons.

arnold ziffel on November 6, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Can’t wait to see pictures of Christie campaigning in the Southern summer heat and humidity.

kcewa on November 6, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Yeah, but she’s smart and hot. Batty kind of works for her.

Jaibones on November 6, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Might once have agreed but batty goes bad real quick—a week buddy. Plus she let Mahrer rough her up. oooh, not good.

arnold ziffel on November 6, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Remember how Michael Steele nodded in agreement in that television show appearance when the host suggested that Republicans are racist? That reminds me of how Christie acts with reference to discussions focused on trashing principled conservatives.

Christie will defend himself and those he wants to impress, but he couldn’t care less about conservatives. He believes he doesn’t need them. He is not guided I any way by conservative principles, anyway.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/11/05/Chris-Christie-Isnt-Concerned-About-The-Tea-Party

bluegill on November 6, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Can’t wait to see pictures of Christie campaigning in the Southern summer heat and humidity.

kcewa on November 6, 2013 at 10:54 PM

There will be a run on clothes pins.

VorDaj on November 6, 2013 at 10:57 PM

The signals are all over the place that the GOPe are jonesing over the idea of making Christie the new McCain/Romney 3.0 candidate for Pres. The Dems are awfully excited as well. Hmmmm wonder why that is???

neyney on November 6, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Christie can’t slide down the banister in the morning.

Nor in the evening.

SparkPlug on November 6, 2013 at 10:45 PM

But, spray that banister with Eau de Bacon and stand back.

Resist We Much on November 6, 2013 at 11:00 PM

President Obama on Wednesday afternoon called newly re-elected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to congratulate him on his landslide victory.

That has to be the first time Obama ever called to congratulate a Conservative!

bluefox on November 6, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Now that AP has picked his presidential candidate for 2016, we’ll be seeing a LOT of Crist Christie’s picture on Hot Air.

RoadRunner on November 6, 2013 at 11:03 PM

INC on November 6, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Obamacare by Morning, LOL

bluefox on November 6, 2013 at 11:03 PM

So, were there any Texas democrats on stage with Obama in Dallas today?

kcewa on November 6, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Obamacare by Morning, LOL
bluefox on November 6, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Youtube video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7HdIqXrY3U

whatcat on November 6, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Yeah, but she’s smart and hot. Batty kind of works for her.

Jaibones on November 6, 2013 at 10:48 PM

In that Adams Apple kind of way.

RickB on November 6, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Nonetheless, electing Christie would put all sorts of stuff on the fast track, Climate Change legislation, Amnesty, gun control, weird coddling of Islamists. Whatever the Democrats want, they’ll get with an allied GOP president and totally defanged GOP congress.

We’d seriously be better off as a nation with a obstructive GOP congress and Democrat president.

happytobehere on November 6, 2013 at 10:12 PM

There’s a lot of truth to that. Had McCain been elected President, amnesty would have been a done deal in 2010 and we’d be in the middle of World War III.

bw222 on November 6, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Let’s stop calling Christie fat and fatso. He’s morbidly obese.

VorDaj on November 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

What happened to that lap band or sleeve or whatever it was he had done?? It doesn’t seem to have worked all that well.

Shay on November 6, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Anyone … feel free to introduce the Tea Party voters who find this RINO douchebag’s demeanor appealing. Anyone.

Jaibones on November 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Or this..”They love his disdain for liberals and unions, his “straight talk,” and his seemingly anti-establishment, regular-guy shtick.

The writer is totally clueless, LOL

bluefox on November 6, 2013 at 11:13 PM

“I think that the man really is an exceptionally tough, smart, good conservative who literally appeals across the board, which is what the Republicans need to have,” Hatch said, referring to Christie. “And let’s face it, Susana Martinez has a lot of qualities that would help a lot of people to understand that the Republican Party is a broad base party.”

Susana Martinez doesn’t need Chris Christie. She’s going to cruise to re-election in a purple majority-Hispanic state next year, and then she can write her own ticket.

KingGold on November 6, 2013 at 11:15 PM

“Obviously [the president] and the governor have spent a lot of time together …”

Birds of a feather …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on November 6, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Yeah, but she’s smart and hot. Batty kind of works for her.

Jaibones on November 6, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Dude, she’s got an adam’s apple.

msupertas on November 6, 2013 at 11:16 PM

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