Democrats now coordinating “at the highest levels of the party” to take down Christie

posted at 2:21 pm on February 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

I’m sure his friend Barack will put a stop to this right quick.

There’s not much they can do to force him out as governor. A smoking gun putting him at the heart of Bridgegate would do it, but even the lead Democrat probing the scandal in Jersey says he’s seen no evidence of that. (Yet?) Plan B, then: Make Christie so radioactive to the rest of the GOP that he ends up stepping down as head of the Republican Governors Association.

That strategy will be on display Thursday in Texas, where Mr. Christie is scheduled to meet with Republican donors as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

In the kind of scene that Democrats said would play out wherever Mr. Christie traveled this year, Texas party activists will hold a news conference denouncing him and linking his woes to the state’s leading Republican candidate for governor, Greg Abbott…

There is a growing recognition among governors association donors and state Republican officials that the investigations surrounding Mr. Christie and his inner circle were making it harder for him to operate as the organization’s public face…

Democratic National Committee members have emailed party officials in New Jersey recommending language to use, should Mr. Christie step down from the post, according to a person who has seen the correspondence. They suggested that the Democrats make clear that resigning as chairman of the organization was a good first step but did not go far enough.

It’s already reached the point where his own aides won’t tell reporters where his RGA fundraisers are being held for fear that the media scrum will cause a headache for the governor he’s trying to “help.” If he were anyone else (except John McCain or Lindsey Graham), news of Democrats conspiring to kneecap him before he runs for president would be a rallying point for conservatives to ride to his defense. I’ve seen “They’ll tell you who they fear” comments in every thread we’ve ever posted about lefties mobbing up on a would-be Republican nominee in the past, but not Christie. There is evidence that this is helping him win support within the party — the WSJ ran a poll just yesterday showing him up 10 points among “core Republicans” since October — but, for what little it’s worth, I’m not seeing it at all online and only a tiny bit on talk radio. But then, Christie doesn’t need conservatives to like him; all he needs them to do is circle the wagons enough to let him keep his RGA job. If he’s forced to quit that, I think he’s done for 2016. Like I said once before, how can you carry your party’s banner into battle in 2016 if you’re too tainted to carry it to fundraisers for other candidates now?

Christie’s other problem is that he has plenty of powerful enemies within the party itself. The Times notes that GOP chieftains are watching Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry in particular, both of whom have feuded with Christie privately over RGA positions, to see if they take the baton from Democrats and call for him to step down. Jindal’s refused so far; in fact, the most prominent Republican to do so is defeated Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, who also has bad blood with Christie. Note, though, that Perry won’t be appearing at Christie’s fundraisers in Texas this week, and Jindal’s mind is apt to change if/when he decides he’s running for president. Which, of course, is the real point of the Democrats’ strategy: There are plenty of big-name GOPers who, for selfish reasons or because they’re holding grudges, have reason to take down Christie as well. The longer Democrats can make noise, the more justification Jindal et al. will have to point to it at some point down the line, after the mini-backlash in Christie’s favor among GOP voters has cooled, and say “he’s become too much of a liability.” Democrats are really just setting up his primary opponents for the spike here.


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I never said Todd Akin was primarily a Tea Party candidate, but Akin’s candidacy, and O’Donnell’s, Angle’s, Cuccinelli’s, etc represent a mentality in the conservative Movement, that 100% conservative candidate wins every election, every time, everywhere, which ignores, of course, William F. Buckley’s lesson that one should support the most conservative candidate who can win. This is why, for example, Nancy Mace would be an excellent replacement for Lindsay Graham. But also why Mike Castle was a much better option than Christine O’Donnell.

But for all the members of the echo chamber out there, continue to sit with your arms folded and scream about RINOs and assume that everyone in country thinks like Mark Levin, and demand daily purity tests for all members of the Church of the True Conservatives. You are really no different from the university liberals I meet on a daily basis who assume everyone loves Barack Obama and statism. Now, if you will excuse me Emperor Rove demands I make contact with him.

Dr.B on February 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

If the dems do have a smoking gun implicating Christie (and they could; it does not stretch credibility too much), when would be the best time to unveil it. I suggest it would be well after he “rights the ship”, perhaps after the New Hampshire primary in 2016. I feel the NSA is collecting all sorts of damaging material that is solely available to the DNC.

kpguru on February 6, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Yep. They are working furiously on some way to launder the evidence so it doesn’t lead back to the NSA.

Laundering evidence will be a new growth industry in the REB’s economy.

slickwillie2001 on February 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Obama thread 203 comments.

Christie thread 203 comments.

Coincidence???

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 10:03 PM

ebrown2 on February 6, 2014 at 9:50 PM

You know your stuff.
I’m afraid The DR is winging it right now.

DR, read ebrown, unseen and besser. You are full of scattered talking points. Read some posters who are offering real information, not some pre fab catch phrases.

BoxHead1 on February 6, 2014 at 10:04 PM

With open enrollment, I feel like I’m in Back to the Future, where all of the old and busted arguments, long since dispensed with, are the new hotness again.

besser tot als rot on February 6, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Same. It’s infuriating to see the same tired fallacies trotted out as if they’re new and fresh.

Kataklysmic on February 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Ronald Reagan was a great, charismatic leader. That would not mater to the TruCon echo chamber on Hot Air. His 8-year record as governor of California was filled with FAR too many heresies. Not to mention his former membership in the Democratic Party

First, thank you for enlightening us uneducated masses. Lord knows, it is the rare college professor who is willing to share his opinion. You guys are usually so…reserved. As for me, even getting my GED was a struggle, so I count myself as privileged to be allowed to address you, though I wouldn’t dare make eye contact.

Second, it seems as if you have forgotten one crucial element: time. You are correct that Reagan was formerly a Democrat, but so were many of the folks who voted for him. Many of the older folks on this site were Democrats in an earlier life. Try this out for size: I think we should have a strong alliance with Germany. In the year 2014, an unremarkable statement. In 1943, you could have found yourself dangling from the business end of a rope for such a sentiment. So, yes, out of context, Reagan would probably fail a purity test today, but time matters. I’m guessing you’re not a history professor.

Third, many of us have transcended the Democrat versus Republican paradigm because it’s become obvious that increasingly it has become a false dichotomy. When George Wallace famously observed that there wasn’t a nickel’s worth of difference between the two parties, he was probably wrong. In death, reality has caught up with his comment and now he looks like Nostradamus. The real paradigm is that we are living under the twin shadows of an FDR domestic policy and a Wilsonian foreign policy. As a lifelong taxpayer and multiple campaigner to Iraq and Afghanistan, let me say this: I reject both worldviews and I reject any candidate who doesn’t offer a path away from them.

Does that make me a wild-eyed political extremist? I hope so. Because if normal is $17 trillion in debt, perpetual conflict, a surveillance state, and a system that incentivizes people to sit on their butts, I don’t want to be normal.

And, no, I don’t think you’re a traitor, moby, RINO, gluesniffer, Obama enthusiast or even someone who watches the Oxygen channel.

dreadnought62 on February 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Democrats now coordinating “at the highest levels of the party” to take down Christie

Good. Saves me the effort.
…………………………….
Of course they are more worried about him switching to his true party and hurting Hillary, rather than they are worried about his progressive policies if he were elected President.

I bet if he went ahead and switched to (D) right now, and announced that he wanted to be Hillary’s VP, they would embrace him.

LegendHasIt on February 6, 2014 at 10:54 PM

It’s too early to count anyone out yet. Besides. We in middle America know that there’s not much traction in lane closures.

Tennman on February 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM

New here. How do we quote someone to comment on their comment? Is it just a copy/paste or is there another way?

Thanks!

captainkate on February 6, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Now they’re coordinating? They’ve been in a frenzy from the first drop of blood in the water.

John the Libertarian on February 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Re: the 3 way race in MO between Akin, Brunner, and Steelman:

Brunner admitted he was “old friends” with county exec/puppet Charlie Dooley, an incompetent Democrat crook who cannot compose a sentence. Dooley cries racism every time he is embroiled in a scandal. Brunner’s defense of Dooley was a core admittance that he’s no judge of character.

Sarah Steelman was an awful debater who forgot the questions by the time it was her turn. She and Brunner both agreed with McCain’s assertion that U.S. intervention in Syria was necessary. That’s why I could not vote for either of them. Akin was the only candidate to unequivocally state he’d not support involvement there.

Akin made a stupid statement, apologized, and the GOP promptly cut the campaign funds. Akin has a bullitproof voting record in MO and in the House. The entire situation is sad because the old battle axe from MO, Claire McCaskill, former state auditor, tax dodger, and Obama lap dog was able to cast the deciding vote for Obamacare.

And BTW, Obama lost to Romney, while the same racist Dems voted for Claire. With identical positions, why would Democrats vote down Obama and elect Claire?

GreenEnergy on February 6, 2014 at 11:50 PM

One would think that brilliant political consultants/college professors like Dr. B could recognize the clear pattern of the last few elections:

1) Democrats who lie and pretend they support conservative positions win

2) Republicans who repudiate conservative positions and try to run as Democrats lose.

Why, it’s almost as if both Republicans and Democrats lie to voters about how conservative they are to get elected.

Which belies the stated position of both parties that people won’t vote for conservative positions.

northdallasthirty on February 7, 2014 at 12:38 AM

The single most astute comment in this thread:

Don’t do anything about him right now. Don’t circle the wagons, don’t dump him, don’t comment on what is happening.

Most of the country doesn’t give a fying fluck about Bridgegate.

myiq2xu on February 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

eh on February 7, 2014 at 1:21 AM

I keep coming back to the source of Christie’s infamy among TruCons: The President visited his state in the wake of a devastating hurricane and Christie chose to shake his hand rather than assassinate him.

eh on February 7, 2014 at 1:24 AM

1) Democrats who lie and pretend they support conservative positions win

2) Republicans who repudiate conservative positions and try to run as Democrats lose.

northdallasthirty on February 7, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Can you assign some names and campaigns to those archetypes? Which one was Romney?

eh on February 7, 2014 at 1:31 AM

The NJ dems would attack any (R) in the same position. They’re just doing it with more vigor to pay back Gov’na Bully and teach him a lesson. Only Dems are allowed to bully people in a state.

rgrovr on February 7, 2014 at 1:43 AM

I keep coming back to the source of Christie’s infamy among TruCons: The President visited his state in the wake of a devastating hurricane and Christie chose to shake his hand rather than assassinate him.

eh on February 7, 2014 at 1:24 AM

Supports Assault Weapons Ban
Pro-Amnesty
Believes in Global Warming
Chummy with radical Muslims
Support for Cap and Trade
Supports green energy subsidies

Taking long hot showers with Obama and his praise for him just before the election while refusing to attend a Romney rally was just the last straw.

sharrukin on February 7, 2014 at 2:14 AM

Taking long hot showers with Obama and his praise for him just before the election while refusing to attend a Romney rally was just the last straw.

sharrukin on February 7, 2014 at 2:14 AM

Why shouldn’t he have refused to attend a Romney rally? I thought Romney was a liberal in RINO clothing. Maybe he was seeking your approval and wanted to avoid Romney’s grody RINO cooties.

eh on February 7, 2014 at 2:39 AM

I thought Romney was a liberal in RINO clothing.

eh on February 7, 2014 at 2:39 AM

Romney was a Rino and Christie put a knife in his back.

Is loyalty something of a new concept for you liberals, or just another of those things that are considered outmoded?

sharrukin on February 7, 2014 at 2:53 AM

Is loyalty something of a new concept for you liberals, or just another of those things that are considered outmoded?

sharrukin on February 7, 2014 at 2:53 AM

It’s new to me, this TruCon version of loyalty. What’s your beef again? When you lined up with the other TruCons to stab Romney in the back, did Christie cut in front of you or something?

eh on February 7, 2014 at 3:03 AM

It’s new to me, this TruCon version of loyalty. What’s your beef again? When you lined up with the other TruCons to stab Romney in the back, did Christie cut in front of you or something?

eh on February 7, 2014 at 3:03 AM

Romney doesn’t own anyone’s vote. No politician or political party does. They actually have to earn them. I am sure your leftist soul cannot stand the idea of people making their own decisions, but there it is.

Christie was the keynote speaker at Romney’s nomination (Palin wasn’t invited or welcome) and the Rino Christie was the one who slobbered all over Obama. Character…or the lack thereof actually matters.

sharrukin on February 7, 2014 at 3:14 AM

…Christie put a knife in his back. Is loyalty something of a new concept for you liberals, or just another of those things that are considered outmoded?

sharrukin on February 7, 2014 at 2:53 AM

20 minutes later…

Romney doesn’t own anyone’s vote. No politician or political party does. They actually have to earn them. I am sure your leftist soul cannot stand the idea of people making their own decisions, but there it is.

sharrukin on February 7, 2014 at 3:14 AM

20 minutes before…

…Christie put a knife in his back. Is loyalty something of a new concept for you liberals, or just another of those things that are considered outmoded?

sharrukin on February 7, 2014 at 2:53 AM

20 minutes later…

Romney doesn’t own anyone’s vote. No politician or political party does. They actually have to earn them. I am sure your leftist soul cannot stand the idea of people making their own decisions, but there it is.

sharrukin on February 7, 2014 at 3:14 AM

20 minutes before…

…Christie put a knife in his back. Is loyalty something of a new concept for you liberals, or just another of those things that are considered outmoded?

sharrukin on February 7, 2014 at 2:53 AM

20 minutes later…

Romney doesn’t own anyone’s vote. No politician or political party does. They actually have to earn them. I am sure your leftist soul cannot stand the idea of people making their own decisions, but there it is.

sharrukin on February 7, 2014 at 3:14 AM

eh on February 7, 2014 at 3:24 AM

eh on February 7, 2014 at 3:24 AM

You aren’t very bright if you cannot figure out the difference between a complete stranger who owes you nothing, and someone who is invited to be the keynote speaker at your convention.

sharrukin on February 7, 2014 at 3:29 AM

Life probably holds little meaning for Christie now, anyway, since “The Boss” turned on him.

BushyGreen on February 7, 2014 at 4:08 AM

If the GOP must survive, it must stay as the party of Freedom
with Virtue, two components that a strong society must have
to survive.

Swedish Patriot on February 7, 2014 at 4:35 AM

The media, who has an obvious left bias, keeps saying a center-left Republican is what’s needed to win, so the GOP keeps putting them up there. Christie’s just the latest.

John Deaux on February 7, 2014 at 6:26 AM

When someone disrespects their own base, they will find no one will be there to defend them when the people in the opposition camp turn and attack them.

Nat George on February 7, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Chris Christie took himself down when he took his moonlight stroll on the beach, hand in hand with the Dog Eater while begging for federal cash for his peeps. The knife in the back of Mitt Romney outed Christie as a progressive RINO.

bimmcorp on February 7, 2014 at 8:26 AM

1) Democrats who lie and pretend they support conservative positions win

2) Republicans who repudiate conservative positions and try to run as Democrats lose.

northdallasthirty on February 7, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Can you assign some names and campaigns to those archetypes? Which one was Romney?

eh on February 7, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Sure in 2008 Obama pretended to be conservative in red states/purple states and liberal in blue states. since the media didn’t hold his feet to the fire he got away with it.

Mitt tried the same thing but unlike Obama Mitt had a record and a hounding media keeping people aware that his happy conservative talk was hotair.

the list goes on and on. Basically politicans try to become what the voter demographics makes them. so you have red state dems like the Sen from WA acting like a conservative and blue state republicians like Castle acting like liberals.

Reagan was mentioned upthread. the reason Reagan won 48 states is he didn’t try to conform to what the voters wanted. He sold the voters on his vision. Unlike Obama or bush or Clinton Reagan didn’t lie to get into office, he didn’t pretend to be conservative in red states and liberal in blue states. He simply present his vision for the country and asked the voters to trust him to accomplish it. They did and he did. Mitt had no vision, Obama lied to all to get elected and once elected went and did what ever he wanted to do. Bush did the same thing just at a smaller degree.

No one since Reagan has run on a vision and asked the voters for their trust. everyone since Reagan has lied to whichever crowd was listening at the time in the way they deemed would get them the most votes.

Reagan’s vision happened to be conservative so many in the GOPe think they have to lie about being conservative to win. Several in the GOPe are tired of lying to get elected and thus the turn against “true conservatives” they would rather run and win as liberal lite but they can’t so they lie.

unseen on February 7, 2014 at 8:27 AM

When someone disrespects their own base, they will find no one will be there to defend them when the people in the opposition camp turn and attack them.

Nat George on February 7, 2014 at 7:25 AM

true to a point. If Christie wasn’t a threat to the dems they would be defending him at this point. But since his “new friends” see him as a threat and he disrepected his old friends/base there isn’t anyone there to defend him. so sad. christies mistake was in trusting Obama and the dems to have his back. et tu Brutus?

unseen on February 7, 2014 at 8:37 AM

FortyTwo on February 6, 2014 at 8:15 PM

You won’t last long, Troll.

kingsjester on February 7, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Christie needs to call Bill O’Reilly and schedule a live interview ASAP. Tell America that there isn’t a smidgen of corruption. The media will immediately forgive him and move on. At least that is what history tells us.

airupthere on February 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Well I wonder if Mr. non partisan, let’s get along with the other side will call his friend in the White House for some comfort. This is what you get when you try to work across the isle with Democrats. They have hated him and couldn’t wait to nail him to the cross.

regmgr on February 7, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I just hate to see former lovers quarreling. Well actually in this instance I am enjoying the show.

SGinNC on February 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

But for all the members of the echo chamber out there, continue to sit with your arms folded and scream about RINOs and assume that everyone in country thinks like Mark Levin, and demand daily purity tests for all members of the Church of the True Conservatives. You are really no different from the university liberals I meet on a daily basis who assume everyone loves Barack Obama and statism. Now, if you will excuse me Emperor Rove demands I make contact with him.

Dr.B on February 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

And that’s how we in California ended up with Governor Whitman. Rove and company decided we needed to run somebody who had never held an office, who believes in global warming (at least enough to nod or hold up her hand at a PBS debate), and if she had ever voted it was by proxy with her Mexican house keeper/personal assistant casting the ballot.
In all functional ways your California candidate must be indistinguishable from a democrat, and have a uterus. So the Rovers say.

On behalf of Governor Jerry Brown and the Democrat supermajority assembly members I thank you moderate squishes for making my vote count for nothing.

papertiger on February 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Allah, did you notice that Rand Paul is trying to use the same strategy you outlined above to make Bill Clinton too radioactive for Hillary to get the nomination, very similar to how you propose the Dems are pulling the same thing on Christie and with similar political underpinnings?

Drudge just posted links.

Rand Paul demands Dems return money raised by ‘sexual predator’ Bill Clinton…
VIDEO…

Rand is about a thousand times more politically savvy than his old man ever was. And the GOP base will lap this up!

C’mon, Allah, give us a reprise of this story with the Xlinton angle thrown in.

Toocon on February 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM

So Mr. Christie, hot does it feel to be Palinized?

rightConcept on February 7, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Best if everyone chips in to bring down Christie, else it’ll be a walkover for Clinton. The guy is a disaster waiting for touchdown

petrossa on February 8, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Christie tried to be the friend of Democrats — this is what happens when you lay down with dogs.

Axion on February 8, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Maybe the Democrats will be more successful in removing Christie from contention than conservatives. If so, that’s fine.

There really is no point in voting for someone who claims one thing and then works for the opposition. We’ve had enough of that.

Not sure what his f*rting around in the RGA means, ultimately.

Christie can probably improve life in the liberal cesspool of New Jersey, but he has nothing to offer America.

virgo on February 9, 2014 at 10:45 PM

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