Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on January 21, 2014 by Allahpundit

One of the lessons that I have learned most acutely over the last four years is that New Jersey can really be one state. This election has taught us that the ways we divide each other — by race, by class, by ethnicity, by wealth, by political party is neither permanent nor necessary. Our dreams are the same: a good job, a great education for our children, safe streets in our neighborhood and core values which give our lives real meaning. Those dreams are not unique to any one group in our state.

And, while government has a role in ensuring the opportunity to accomplish these dreams, we have now learned that we have an even bigger role to play as individual citizens. We have to be willing to play outside the red and blue boxes the media and pundits put us in; we have to be willing to reach out to others who look or speak differently than us; we have to be willing to personally reach out a helping hand to a neighbor suffering from drug addiction, depression or the dignity stripping loss of a job. New Jersey came together as one community when it mattered most and now we must stay together — people of every background and belief — the government and our people — to help our fellow citizens reach their dreams…

We will fight to continue to change government so that we value our differences and honor the strength of our diversity. We cannot fall victim to the attitude of Washington, D.C. The attitude that says I am always right and you are always wrong. The attitude that puts everyone into a box they are not permitted to leave. The attitude that puts political wins ahead of policy agreements. The belief that compromise is a dirty word.

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Facing investigations, subpoenas, and political attacks stemming from the George Washington Bridge scandal, there’s no doubt New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in for a tough time in coming months. What many Democrats are mulling at the moment is how they can help make that time as tough as possible — without overplaying their hand.

“I don’t think he understands fully yet how this will derail planning for running for president,” says one Democratic Party official of Christie. “He’s going to have to spend the next six months to a year, when he should be hiring staff and building a national network, instead dealing with investigations he never imagined before. And that’s paralyzing to a person trying to build a presidential campaign.”…

[I]nvestigators don’t have to prove in any court that Christie committed any crime. All they have to do is create an impression in the minds of independent voters — the ones to whom Christie most appeals — that the governor is somehow damaged goods. If such a voter, in 2016, says of Christie, “I like him, but didn’t he do something wrong? I remember he got in some sort of trouble” — that will be a victory for Democrats.

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In the wake of “Bridgegate,” the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, several measures of New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie’s 2016 presidential prospects are down, as he trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 46 – 38 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today…

The biggest shift since December is among independent voters who go from 47 – 32 percent for Christie last month to 41 percent for Clinton and 40 percent for Christie today.

American voters are divided 35 – 36 percent on whether Christie would make a good president, down from 49 – 31 percent November 13…

“New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie’s 2016 presidential drive is stuck in traffic, sideswiped by Bridgegate, the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

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Obviously, the RGA chairmanship was tailor made for Governor Christie when he assumed the position on November 21, 2013…

The Chris Christie of mid-January is not the Chris Christie of mid-November, when on the heels of his New Jersey re-election landslide he was even leading Hillary Clinton in the early 2016 presidential polls…

I asked two Republican Party political professionals (who requested that their names be withheld) if they thought Christie should step down as RGA chairman. Their answers were, “Hell no,” and “Outside of the liberal media, this Christie ‘scandal’ has no legs.”

But maybe some “little arms?”

For if Governor Rick Scott’s weekend “hiding” of Christie is an indication of what Republicans can expect in future RGA trips, then Christie becomes a liability and his days as chairman could be numbered.

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Remember: the Republicans come into the next presidential election with 206 reliable electoral votes from states their nominees have won at least four of the last six elections. The Democrats’ corresponding number is 257 (just 13 shy of the victory threshold). These tallies leave five states on the table: Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, and Nevada. And I’m not even sure if, with Clinton in the race, if the last three could even be called purple anymore. The Republicans have a lot of territory to reclaim.

They were, and I suppose still are, hoping that Christie could win it back for two reasons. First, and more obviously, he’d give them back the White House. But second, a Christie presidential win could paper over the profound and disturbing problems with today’s GOP. This is a party deeply in need of an internal thrashing of heads to pull it out of loony-land and back toward the center. Republican grandees know this, of course, but they’d much rather not have to go through this civil war. Indeed, the war could be cleansing enough that the party splits into two. Only Christie can save them from that possibility. The party would just become whatever Christie wanted it to be, and the Big Conversations could all be shelved.

Pretty high stakes. So the establishment isn’t going to give up on Christie easily. And of course he can enjoy the benefit in these next weeks and months of becoming a more sympathetic figure to the hard right than he’s ever been, because all he has to do to please that crowd is carry on about how the East Coast liberal media are trying to do him in. And it may just work.

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Tapper suggested that Stack may have a better relationship with Christie because he is a political ally. Stack said that he supported former Gov. Jon Corzine for reelection in 2009. “That was a huge mistake,” he added. “He didn’t do anything. He was never responsive, being a fellow Democrat, he was never responsive.”

“As for being a governor, I think he’s been one of the best we’ve had in New Jersey,” Stack added.


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Chris Robinson at El Rey – Sugaree

williamg on January 22, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Page 3 BISHOP!!!

williamg on January 22, 2014 at 1:46 AM

Chris Robinson at El Rey – Sugaree

williamg on January 22, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Very nice…pretty smoky venue, though.

kcewa on January 22, 2014 at 1:48 AM

sleep well ms J,,stay in the light.

going2mars on January 22, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Sleep Well Jackie and Axe and Sparky and All Others, and – Stay IN Tonight!

williamg on January 22, 2014 at 1:48 AM

Traffic – “Medicated Goo”

Anti-Control on January 22, 2014 at 1:49 AM

Chris Robinson at El Rey – Sugaree

williamg on January 22, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Very nice…pretty smoky venue, though.

kcewa on January 22, 2014 at 1:48 AM

…..yeah – and here I didn’t think there were that many cigarette smokers out there….must be a lot of lighters!…..

williamg on January 22, 2014 at 1:49 AM

http://www.space.com/24348-spacex-dragon-space-capsule-parachutes-video.html

SpaceX Tests Parachutes for Manned Dragon Space Capsule

going2mars on January 22, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Robert Earl Keen – Out Here In The Middle

…the ghost of William Jennings Bryan preaches every night…

Ah. my friends, we say not one word against those who live upon the Atlantic Coast; but those hardy pioneers who braved all the dangers of the wilderness, who have made the desert to blossom as the rose—those pioneers away out there, rearing their children near to nature’s heart, where they can mingle their voices with the voices of the birds—out there where they have erected schoolhouses for the education of their children and churches where they praise their Creator, and the cemeteries where sleep the ashes of their dead—are as deserving of the consideration of this party as any people in this country.

It is for these that we speak. We do not come as aggressors. Our war is not a war of conquest. We are fighting in the defense of our homes, our families, and posterity. We have petitioned, and our petitions have been scorned. We have entreated, and our entreaties have been disregarded. We have begged, and they have mocked when our calamity came.

We beg no longer; we entreat no more; we petition no more. We defy them!

kcewa on January 22, 2014 at 2:02 AM

As some of you may recall the GOP establishment rigged the rules that govern the Republican Party in their favor during the last convention in Tampa. While I realize that I’m the only Ron Paul fan that comments here, the consequences of the rigged vote also concerns grass roots conservatives and tea party conservatives alike. The only people who benefited from that rigged vote are the GOP establishment and their candidates at the expense of the grass roots and everybody else. Apparently people have been fighting those rule changes and that battle is finally coming to a head.

If you are concerned about those rule changes and wish to know the status of the fight, even if you aren’t a Ron Paul supporter, there is a report and summary of events leading at the following link. Please do not be dissuaded by the fact that this is a Ron Paul site because this is something that should concern everybody in the grass roots.

http://www.dailypaul.com/310568/complete-history-and-timeline-of-rnc-rules-fight-since-tampa

FloatingRock on January 22, 2014 at 2:06 AM

Why Do You Think They Call It Dope?

Nighttime, shooting stars, the Sun started to rain
Trees lost branches, gurus’ trances
Black-brassiered dancers, little dears
Showdown’s coming, it’s no joke, mouth is running it’s stroke
That’s what I think when I’m so f*cked up, I can’t even find the door

Why do you think they call it dope?
Why do you think they call it dope?

When your heart beats fast, you’re so broke, in your car with the red lights flashin’
Look sincere, smell like beer, roach in the ashtray, going to the pokey
30 days later, 10 bucks left, hands are shaking, looking for a dime bag

Dirty little dopers on dope
So bad
Dirty little dopers on dope
So bad
Oooo

When 2 and 2 turn into 5, you’ll probably see it my way
When bad is good, like it should, things turn upside down
Some people say, it’s hip to say, “No”
My town, it’s, “Green light, go!”
For party-rockin’ angel, now, it’s trigger-happy slang, bang, pow

Anti-Control on January 22, 2014 at 2:20 AM

The Ballad of Aimee McPherson

Just for the record I believe Sister Aimee’s story. And Seeger was a Stalinist.

kcewa on January 22, 2014 at 2:23 AM

Christie looks like a formidable candidate, and is probably the only currently considered candidate whose name recognition makes him appear competitive with Hillary. But almost no one outside of Georgia even knew who Jimmy Carter was in 1974. The other candidates get better known pretty quickly during a campaign.

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And Hillary is once again the inevitable shoo-in default candidate. Just like she was for 2008. The fact is she is not that good a candidate, and her advisers are not that smart or effective at politics. If she had even bothered to have operations in the “red states” in 2007-08, Obama would have had no chance to beat her, but her team didn’t want to waste money on states they could not win in the general, and Obama swept a lot of those caucuses to win.

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But Christie is a “frontrunner” in only the narrowest sense. He’s never even hit 20% in those early polls, there are just so many names the vote gets split up. He is a good Republican for an area of the country where we haven’t really competed successfully since Reagan, but he has no natural constituency outside the Northeast corridor.

Adjoran on January 22, 2014 at 2:27 AM

Bobby Darin – “Beyond the Sea”

Anti-Control on January 22, 2014 at 2:52 AM

harkening back to the days of yore I fondly recall through the dim mists of time the trepedation I felt in making my first post for you pikers to read.

SparkPlug on January 22, 2014 at 3:37 AM

where is bucket man? is there a cott in effect? maybe he is over on sketch book with the necromancer.

SparkPlug on January 22, 2014 at 3:40 AM

Time keeps on slippin’

Murphy9 on January 22, 2014 at 4:40 AM

Al Stewart – “Time Passages”

Anti-Control on January 22, 2014 at 4:45 AM

post for you pikers to read.

SparkPlug on January 22, 2014 at 3:37 AM

????

kcewa on January 22, 2014 at 4:51 AM

Morning HA
hope this is last word about Christie….. I figured everyone would be focused on McDonnell instead.. new squirrel and all

Msdnc is still obsessed…. pathetic…… joe and mika will focus on McDonnell so that they can bash the gop

cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 5:21 AM

Well politico sure is focused on McDonnell…… Christie is on the back burner there
Lib posters are giddy
Rovin will kick butt though

cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Will QOTD cover the 55 MILLION abortions since Roe ??
Justawondering, since AbortionBarbie is prolly holding a celebratory party somewhere.
pambi on January 21, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Are you kidding, the fat man gave a speech as he took over his second term as Governor of New Jersey! Clearly QOTD is going to focus on that and the “growing scandal” in Trenton.
Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Happy Nomad was right!

bluegill on January 22, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Remember: the Republicans come into the next presidential election with 206 reliable electoral votes from states their nominees have won at least four of the last six elections. The Democrats’ corresponding number is 257 (just 13 shy of the victory threshold). These tallies leave five states on the table: Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, and Nevada. And I’m not even sure if, with Clinton in the race, if the last three could even be called purple anymore. The Republicans have a lot of territory to reclaim.

Pass illegal alien amnesty and you can eventually forget about ever again electing a conservative president.

bluegill on January 22, 2014 at 6:09 AM

MG starts off with a dig at diblasio’s handling of the storm. As cmsinaz predicted its on to bashing mcdonnel

renalin on January 22, 2014 at 6:11 AM

wow, joe going after the feds on the mcdonnell issue….

cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 6:16 AM

morning renalin and bluegill

cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 6:21 AM

the feds should not have been involved in the first place…there’s no quid pro quo there
-joe

mika is on the opposing side of course

cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 6:22 AM

why didn’t the attorney general have more important things to do than this?
-joe

well irs and fast and furious do not merit that kind of scrutiny joe, c’mon
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cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 6:25 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

O/T:

The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.

– Mother Teresa

My take: “The Anniversary of Roe Vs. Wade: “The Right to Life…””

kingsjester on January 22, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Morning, cms!

bluegill on January 22, 2014 at 6:56 AM

kingsjester on January 22, 2014 at 6:50 AM

morning KJ
great take

the march that won’t be reported by the media….sad

cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 7:01 AM

cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Yep. Evidently Chris Christie is more important than 56 million human beings killed in the womb.

kingsjester on January 22, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Dem in a scandal….take them at their word
Gop in a scandal…… guilty!
Lsm

cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Indeed KJ

*sigh *

cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 7:11 AM

KJ, you brought tears to my eyes, your opening paragraph. Beautifully, and painfully, written. Your Mother Teresa above quote took away my breath…I had never read it before. So succinct, so utterly and devastatingly true.

I sign my emails with a different Bible verse each week. Unknowingly, I have this one this week…..which, of course, was included with my forward of your article to all my friends.

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

herm2416 on January 22, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Dem in a scandal….take them at their word hastily written “journal entry”.
Gop in a scandal…… guilty!
Lsm

cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 7:10 AM

FIFY! : )

Good morning, kids!

herm2416 on January 22, 2014 at 7:23 AM

herm2416 on January 22, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Thank you. God Bless.

kingsjester on January 22, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Herm ;)

cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 7:29 AM

KJ, well, thank you kindly : )))))), and you, as well : ))))))

herm2416 on January 22, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Herm ;)

cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 7:29 AM

I’m telling you, it was the FIRST thought that popped into my head…..isn’t that a sad situation, really?
This is what I REALLY want to think in the morning:
“Wake up with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen”

Have a wonderful day, cms!

herm2416 on January 22, 2014 at 7:33 AM

You too herm :)

cmsinaz on January 22, 2014 at 8:04 AM

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