Rush Limbaugh: Why aren’t Christie’s RINO pals rushing to his side?

posted at 5:21 pm on January 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Daily Rushbo, the wildebeest analogy made me chuckle. I think this is more of a shot at RINOs for having poor taste in aligning themselves with Christie in the first place then a shot at them for being cowardly in not backing their guy up in his hour of need, but the two aren’t mutually exclusive. As a noted RINO myself (albeit one who’s skeptical of Christie’s claims of innocence), I’m not sure what any of his allies could have said to defend him yesterday. If your strongest argument for your guy is “well, there’s no proof that he’s involved yet,” you’re probably better off sitting tight and hoping for the best. For what it’s worth, my Twitter timeline this morning was overflowing with praise for Christie from center-righties for his quick firing of Bridget Kelly and extended apologetics at today’s presser. By closing time tomorrow, I’d bet, they’ll have moved on to “it’s old news.” Big-name RINOs will be backing him up before you know it.

Since I needled S.E. Cupp last night for thinking Christie could resign and then rebound to run for president anyway (what?), let me take a swig of what she’s drinking and float this idea: Could Bridgegate have slightly increased the chance of him running as an independent in 2016? Those odds are lo-o-o-ong, but I can kinda sorta imagine a scenario in which Christie becomes so alienated from conservative voters through centrist policy moves, petty scandals, and abrasive anti-Republican rhetoric that he concludes he has no path through the primaries. Scott Walker’s too appealing as a centrist PEU-smashing alternative, the rest of the field’s too strong, he’s too damaged, and so the door is, realistically, closed — as a Republican. As an independent, though, he’d be a player again. He’d get tons of free media from the press, which would find the drama of a paradigm-shifting centrist candidacy irresistible (at first), and he’d probably do okay with fundraising between Christie loyalists in the national GOP donor class, Wall Street players eager to see a moderate local guy win the White House (Mike Bloomberg foremost among them), and disaffected small donors who are looking for a new Perot to end “business as usual” in politics. If Bridgegate is followed by a few more setbacks and his star starts to dim inside the GOP, his best (longshot) bet might be to jump in as an indie and declare the age of the two-party system over or whatever. He might not win — in fact, he almost certainly wouldn’t — but launching a viable third-party candidacy would be a major achievement in its own right and doubtless highly flattering to his giant ego. And it’d be true to his personal brand, which isn’t really Republican anymore anyway. When he talks national politics, you’re more likely to hear him inveigh against gridlock and “Washington” than against Obama and the Democrats. If he won the GOP nomination, he’d run in the general election as an independent for all intents and purposes anyway. If he starts to fade over the next two years with the party, I wonder if that’s the route he’ll go.


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I think Christie should just run as a Dem instead.

cdog0613 on January 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Not only where are Christie’s RINO friends rushing to his defense, but what about his BFF, Barack Obama and the other Democrats who applauded Christie as he complemented Obama’s faux response to Sandy?

Looking at the RINO’s – they are all probably sitting back and enjoying this kerfuffle and hoping that it will damage the Governor to the point where he will not consider running in 2016. That’s all they are really in for – themselves and what suits them best.

That’s why they go along to get along and prefer the easy path.

Athos on January 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Chunk needs an O’hug.

antipc on January 9, 2014 at 5:28 PM

I never thought of him running as an independent. In other words, if he gets the GOP nomination, we lose. If he doesn’t get it, he runs as an independent and takes votes away from the GOP nominee and we lose. Does anyone ever just feel like crying? It all seems so hopeless.

Jack_Burton on January 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

now that’s funny.

rob verdi on January 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Please God, let Chris Christie be arrogant enough to run as an “independent” and siphon Dimmie-crats from Shrillary.

Please.

PolAgnostic on January 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM

If he starts to fade over the next two years with the party, I wonder if that’s the route he’ll go.

It’s a longshot but on the off chance it does happen, by far the most entertaining aspect will be this: All the rinos who have been decrying the idea of a conservative 3rd party as suicide, etc. will suddenly flip a 180 and be swooning over Christie’s decision to launch a 3rd party run. Especially if Cruz or Paul manages to wrest the GOP nomination from Jeb or another establishment hack.

Kataklysmic on January 9, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I can’t see Christie taking any significant number of independent votes. Some independents are angry conservatives. How many indies would qualify as sort of meh RINOs? Wouldn’t they simply remain Republicans?

When Perot took votes it was because people were angry with GHWB for raising taxes, not because he wasn’t enough of a RINO.

INC on January 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Please God, let Chris Christie be arrogant enough to run as an “independent” and siphon Dimmie-crats from Shrillary.

Please.

PolAgnostic on January 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM

That’s a more likely scenario.

INC on January 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

RINO CULL Purgation!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NUTS!!

canopfor on January 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Balcony Breeze @BalconyBreeze

@YahooNews If POTUS can survive umpteen scandals, why can’t Christie survive a trivial bridge dispute?
10:59 AM – 9 Jan 2014

What a land!!!

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Rush Limbaugh: Why aren’t Christie’s RINO pals rushing to his side?

They haven’t seen this:

Christie was completely convincing and unflappable during his two hour press conference. I don’t believe Christie is stupid enough to have known about this juvenile nonsense and not have nixed it. Christie’s critics on this site are attacking him because he’s not conservative enough for them. It’s no surprise they are lacking the integrity to look at this objectively.

Basilsbest on January 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM

S.E. Cupp is an idiot with a stupid name.

jawkneemusic on January 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Hehe, the Wildebeest Party!

TarheelBen on January 9, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Please God, let Chris Christie be arrogant enough to run as an “independent” and siphon Dimmie-crats from Shrillary.

Please.

PolAgnostic on January 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM

That’s a more likely scenario.

INC on January 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

I’m not seeing it.

Bitter Clinger on January 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I think this is more of a shot at RINOs for having poor taste in aligning themselves with Christie in the first place then a shot at them for being cowardly in not backing their guy up in his hour of need, but the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

I can’t believe the grammar police haven’t attacked you for this error. Wait. Does this post make me the grammar police? Oh no…

And it’d be true to his personal brand, which isn’t really Republican anymore anyway.

I don’t know what you’re talking about. In the age of statist Republicanism, he’s the quintessential Republican.

besser tot als rot on January 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Boehner put in a good word for Christie, but he also ‘absolutely’ trusts Obama so no shocker there.

Wigglesworth on January 9, 2014 at 5:51 PM

All the rinos who have been decrying the idea of a conservative 3rd party as suicide, etc. will suddenly flip a 180 and be swooning over Christie’s decision to launch a 3rd party run.

While I think that they would be drawn to this, there is the basic reason that they are acting the way that they have been for the last couple of decades.

The Institutional Republicans have no intention of ever defeating the Democrats on any point. Aside from sharing the Democrats’ statist beliefs; if they won, they would have to do something [or more likely NOT do anything] and be held responsible for it.

Their best case scenario does not include winning, but it also does not include losing so badly that even the Nomenklatura loses seats or they are reduced to less than 1/3 of Congress. If they reach that point, they might as well not bother to even show up, and they will be ignored and treated like …. well, like they and the Democrats treat us.

They figure they can hold enough seats and power if we Conservatives just stay home, but not enough if we form a 3rd [or really a SECOND] party. A separate party split by the rotund one would place them in the same danger, plus it would remove any vestige of a reason for Patriots to stay with the Institutionals. Net result, Boehner, McConnell, Cornyn, Rove, et. al. find themselves living under the regime they created. Amusing as that might be for us, they will fight to avoid it. Thus they will cut Christie off at the knees if he talks 3rd party. If he becomes a Democrat, as is possible, it will not affect their calculus.

Subotai Bahadur on January 9, 2014 at 5:54 PM

S.E. Cupp is an idiot with a stupid name. jawkneemusic on January 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Sarah Elezibeth. Pretty name.

But I agree with the idiot part.

wolly4321 on January 9, 2014 at 5:55 PM

He is against guns. What is the point of voting for someone who doesn’t want me to have one?

upinak on January 9, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Rush Limbaugh: Why aren’t Christie’s RINO pals rushing to his side?

RINO’s are solitary animal, except during Primary season when they form a pack to take on Conservatives.

RickB on January 9, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I would love to see a RINO purge from the GOP starting with Christie.

jdun on January 9, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Christie is fine and actually helped himself at his press conference. There are times, like today, when I think Christie is going to be next POTUS. He’s smoother than Bill Clinton which says a lot.

Punchenko on January 9, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Subotai Bahadur on January 9, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Fair points but I maintain the establishment GOP would blow everything up than see a president Cruz.

Kataklysmic on January 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

George Washington Bridge ramp closings scandal
2m
More: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he had ‘very good, productive meeting’ with Fort Lee mayor – @AP
read more on bigstory.ap.org
============================

Christie apologizes to NJ mayor for traffic jams
Jan. 9, 2014 5:34 PM EST
************************

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/mayor-more-apologies-christie-may-be-needed

canopfor on January 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

*rather than

Kataklysmic on January 9, 2014 at 5:59 PM

I needled S.E. Cupp last night for thinking Christie could resign and then rebound to run for president anyway (what?)

Exactly. Idiotic analysis.

Jaibones on January 9, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Fair points but I maintain the establishment GOP would blow everything up rather than see a president Cruz.

Kataklysmic on January 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Yup, death by atomic wedgie.

Fallon on January 9, 2014 at 6:12 PM

I don’t believe Christie is stupid enough to have known about this juvenile nonsense and not have nixed it. Christie’s critics on this site are attacking him because he’s not conservative enough for them. It’s no surprise they are lacking the integrity to look at this objectively.

Basilsbest on January 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Powerful Projection here.

Critics of Krispie Kreme has lots and lots of good reasons to criticize him, and lots of reasons to believe that this story is 100% Crisco’s deal. There have been stories about his juvenile vindictiveness for years, and there is nothing in this story inconsistent with the behavior we have all witnessed from the thin-skinned fat man.

Like most liberals, he is completely corrupt. He spends like a liberal, acts like a liberal, and attacks conservatives for being conservative. Clearly he is stupid enough to pull a stunt like this. And just as clearly, the lack of integrity and objectivity here is yours.

Jaibones on January 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Mark Levin just talked about AP’s post! Said he is a good writer! Congrats AP!

Brat on January 9, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Why aren’t Christie’s RINO pals rushing to his side?

Because he really isn’t being attacked by conservatives. THEN that moderate rage would make itself felt against the only target it really knows.

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Christie’s critics on this site are attacking him because he’s not conservative enough for them.

Basilsbest on January 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Absolutely, which is our right to do. And most of us can do it without referring to his weight or calling him a poo poo head or ignoramus snowbilly white trash whatever.

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 6:21 PM

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Lolz! Not me. I am certainly all to glad to abuse any and all. Why? They earned it! ; )

Bmore on January 9, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Mark Levin just talked about AP’s post! Said he is a good writer! Congrats AP!

Brat on January 9, 2014 at 6:19 PM

He must have missed the then/than confusion in the second sentence.

besser tot als rot on January 9, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Because he really isn’t being attacked by conservatives. THEN that moderate rage would make itself felt against the only target it really knows.

ddrintn on January 9, 2014 at 6:19 PM

So true. They know who their enemies are. And it’s not the statists/”progressives”.

besser tot als rot on January 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM


Could Bridgegate have slightly increased the chance of him running as an independent in 2016?

Short answer, AP is NO.

Christie running as a Republican will get him nothing..

Romney didn’t think he was good enough to be VP, do you really think the Party leaders of the GOP will pin their hopes on him getting the Presidency?

Christie- running as a Independent will get him compared to Democrat Lite…and right now, a pretty big chunk of Democrats are really Progressives.

BlaxPac on January 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM

S.E. Cupp is an idiot with a stupid name.

jawkneemusic on January 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I’d hit it. I’d definitely hit it! That ‘conservative’ chick just does it for me. And I am not normally fond of blue eyes.

Lanceman on January 9, 2014 at 6:40 PM

This isn’t Bridgegate. It’s Fat & Furious.

PolarCoug on January 9, 2014 at 6:41 PM

The governor lost me as a potentiial voter when he could not nominate a Republican for senate and opted for an election instead. This is enough for me to see he is not conservative / republican. He started as one in the first few days of his governershi though – but alas!

His time came and went – I think.

OneConservative on January 9, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Perhaps he will finally figure out that this is a salvo from Team Hillary, switch parties and take her on directly there and figure he can use the D machine to power over whatever lackluster next-in-liner the R Elites cough up, like Jebby the Hutt.

Less expensive and faster to do that.

ajacksonian on January 9, 2014 at 6:47 PM

It all seems so hopeless.

Jack_Burton on January 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Jack just do what several of us have already accepted. It’s over. Keep your head on a swivel and play smart. Win what you can where you can and assume that’s as good as it gets and keep playing. As long as you’re better than your competition you’ll be fine.

Reject what you’ve been taught about the races and equality, they hate you and want what you have. Don’t believe anything from the MSM without verifying it, you’ll find its usually the opposite of what they are trying to get you to believe. Really the hardest thing to get used to is the corruption but pretty soon you’ll function just like a dem in this regard.

After the last few weeks I’m too embarrassed to claim to be a republican.

DanMan on January 9, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Could the media kindly stop putting ‘gate’ at the end of every political scandal? The expression is tired to the point of crumbling to dust before our very eyes. What began as a tag word meant to excite the imagination, referencing a major scandal that contributed to the resignation of a President, has now been so overused it’s lost it’s original impact and meaning and deteriorated to an irritant.

Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s time to retire the ‘gate’ reference.

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 6:53 PM

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 6:53 PM

It IS a odd reference point…I used to compare it to some sort of Birthday or celebration for the Left….and when you think about it that’s how they really see it.

BlaxPac on January 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM

I’m not a witch bully

faraway on January 9, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s time to retire the ‘gate’ reference.

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 6:53 PM

How about SloJam?

faraway on January 9, 2014 at 7:11 PM

BlaxPac on January 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Good evening, BlaxPac, my friend. :) It’s truly a pleasure to see you again. I trust you’re well.

I’m sure you’re right about the celebratory angle for the Left. It’s also just laziness, rather than come up with a means of expressing the intent without falling back on what’s become a linguistic crutch.

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 7:12 PM

faraway on January 9, 2014 at 7:11 PM

That, too. :)

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 7:13 PM

before I read the article
I look at the HL pic and I say
Run Rush Run

seesalrun2 on January 9, 2014 at 7:15 PM

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Past time. It makes you wish the Watergate building had a completely different name—one lacking any suffix that could easily be slapped on a word.

INC on January 9, 2014 at 7:18 PM

1. NSA collects emails
2. OFA copies them
3. Wait
4. Bridgegate!!!

faraway on January 9, 2014 at 7:20 PM

INC on January 9, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Good evening, INC.:)

Maybe it’s not just me, after all. lol!

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 7:20 PM

and then I fall back to Earth and hope Perry.

seesalrun2 on January 9, 2014 at 7:23 PM

…the rest of the (2016) field’s too strong, (Christie’s) too damaged, and so the door is, realistically, closed — as a Republican. As an independent, though, he’d be a player again. He’d get tons of free media from the press, which would find the drama of a paradigm-shifting centrist candidacy irresistible (at first), and he’d probably do okay with fundraising between Christie loyalists in the national GOP donor class, Wall Street players eager to see a moderate local guy win the White House (Mike Bloomberg foremost among them), and disaffected small donors who are looking for a new Perot to end “business as usual” in politics.

Ask Charlie Christ how that turned out for him.

Myron Falwell on January 9, 2014 at 7:25 PM

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Hey, Jackie! No, it’s not just you. I’ve been thinking the same thing. Scandals don’t all have equal weight or seriousness, and using -gate over and over again has the net effect of trivializing all of them.

INC on January 9, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Why aren’t Christie’s RINO pals rushing to his side?

Because even his friends don’t like him.

myiq2xu on January 9, 2014 at 7:39 PM

INC on January 9, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Indeed, it does. It’s almost dismissive. Generic scandal.

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Heh, this is watching a rival football team blow a lead coming out of half-time with a personal foul. What a dumbass.

Lawdawg86 on January 9, 2014 at 7:51 PM

S.E. Cupp is an idiot with a stupid name.

jawkneemusic on January 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

If it wasn’t for S. E. Cupp’s cups, no one would have ever heard of her.

bw222 on January 9, 2014 at 8:04 PM

If he starts to fade over the next two years with the party

…happened already!

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Could Bridgegate have slightly increased the chance of him running as an independent in 2016?

Short answer, AP is NO.

Christie running as a Republican will get him nothing..

Romney didn’t think he was good enough to be VP, do you really think the Party leaders of the GOP will pin their hopes on him getting the Presidency?

Yes. Actually, I do.

The GOPe has never been known for any semblance of political smarts. If anything, the GOPe leaders will spend most of their energy crucifying conservative voters who would publicly threaten to sit home or go third party.

Because they learned absolutely nothing from the failure of the Romney campaign… except the wrong things.

Christie- running as a Independent will get him compared to Democrat Lite…and right now, a pretty big chunk of Democrats are really Progressives.

BlaxPac on January 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Understatement of the millennium.

Myron Falwell on January 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Good evening, BlaxPac, my friend. :) It’s truly a pleasure to see you again. I trust you’re well.
thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Thanx, Jackie…hanging in there…just about to experience the magic of trying to move from old apt to new, using nothing but my sedan and trailer…lol

BlaxPac on January 9, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Understatement of the millennium.

Myron Falwell on January 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Well i didn’t want to put too fine a point on it…lol

Christie is no real threat to either side of the aisle, he doesn’t have the National following to get a nominee slot in either Party….Hell him running 3rd party would work out in EVERYONES favor as he’ll be out of the way of the adults in the room.

BlaxPac on January 9, 2014 at 10:13 PM

There isn’t going to be an Independent candidate, Christie or anyone else.

The press conference showed more contrition than would have been necessary for an innocent bystander. More Christie bluster.

He has never explained why he stabbed the Republican presidential nominee in the back – he didn’t just offend far righters when he embraced the very beatable Obama at a critical time. Politicians are supposed to know this stuff, and if they don’t, we can’t use them.

virgo on January 10, 2014 at 1:15 AM

All of this stress on a morbidly obese body is not good. Sayun..

Mr. Arrogant on January 10, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Its the price of never backing up your coalition. You stand alone and you stand alone which means you’re alone.

he could have avoided this by building some relationship with the national party.

Not to say they wouldn’t drop him if he got caught doing something like this… but given his past no one is even going to try.

Karmashock on January 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

virgo on January 10, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Because he wasn’t Romney’s VP.

Zomcon JEM on January 10, 2014 at 2:54 PM