Video: Standing ovation for Christie at CPAC

posted at 2:41 pm on March 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

Actually, although I have video of his speech, I don’t have video of the reception he got. You’ll have to trust David Freddoso and Eliana Johnson on that:

The crowd gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference rose to its feet as Chris Christie exited stage left…

Christie’s remarks were highly anticipated, not only because of the lingering scandal but also because CPAC brass dinged him last year by leaving him off of the guest list. Today, the governor was greeted with murmurs and some quiet cheers; he drew more excitement from the audience as he proceeded…

Christie returned to a familiar theme, contrasting the labor of the GOP’s governors with the fecklessness of politicians in Washington. “The most dangerous ten feet in Washington, D.C., is between anybody who wants to talk about something and a camera,” he said.

Criticizing other pols for playing to the media is an … interesting line of attack from a guy who got famous for yelling at people in YouTube clips, but oh well. He does sound like a candidate: “We don’t get to govern if we don’t win,” a key line from today’s speech, is one I’ve heard him use before as an allusion to his alleged electability advantage over the rest of the field. Emphasis on “alleged”:

As conservatives gather in the Washington area on Thursday for three days of speeches from prospective 2016 presidential candidates and discussions about the future of the GOP, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that three in 10 of all Republicans say they would not vote for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie if he ran for the White House…

Just 9 percent of Republicans say they definitely would vote for Christie, while 50 percent say they would consider doing so. Eleven percent say they have no opinion.

The 30 percent of Republicans who say they definitely would not vote for Christie is the highest percentage for any Republican tested.

Here’s what the overall numbers look for Christie, the consummately electable centrist with crossover appeal…


…and here’s what they look like for Rand Paul, the supposedly unelectable far-right libertarian:


If that doesn’t grab you, here’s what Christie’s numbers look like in Fox News’s new poll. Note the partisan split, especially:


Of the seven candidates mentioned in Fox’s poll — Hillary, Biden, Paul, Cruz, Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Christie — only Christie had negative numbers in all three partisan groups, including his own. Among tea partiers, he’s at 35/47, behind even Bush (42/46), which means he’s actually doing slightly better with TPers than with the rest of the GOP. The only good news for him in all of this is that, per the WaPo data noted above, there’s an even greater number of Americans (48 percent) who say they definitely wouldn’t vote for his centrist rival Bush than say the same for Christie. Go figure that, in the electability sweepstakes, the guy named “Bush” has the biggest hill to climb.

Here’s two minutes from today’s speech, which included a reminder that the blue state of New Jersey has twice elected a pro-life governor. Translation: Reports of my squishiness are greatly exaggerated.

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Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 9:05 PM

That was a TERRIBLE speech.. ME, ME, ME, ME, ME, ME. He’s more self-absorbed than the baasturd in the white house.

stenwin77 on March 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Christie is the fat Obama. Both are narcissistic progressives.

Norwegian on March 6, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Christie is the fat Obama. Both are narcissistic progressives.
Norwegian on March 6, 2014 at 9:21 PM

He seems to be selling his persona instead of advocating for conservative principles.

bluegill on March 6, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Christie is the fat Obama. Both are narcissistic progressives.
Norwegian on March 6, 2014 at 9:21 PM

He seems to be selling his persona instead of advocating for conservative principles.

bluegill on March 6, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Christie is as conservative as the liberals. He is the epitome of the acronym RINO.

onesheep on March 6, 2014 at 10:26 PM

If the choices are HILLARY and CHRISTIE, I will not vote for president. Which maybe what the RINOS want, Hillary.

So be it.

TX-96 on March 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Where the hell is the footage of Ted Cruz’s speech?!?

Cylor on March 7, 2014 at 2:53 AM

Oh, okay, there it is…buried in the QOTD thread.

Cylor on March 7, 2014 at 2:54 AM

I see that the governor is trying to put enough lipstick on himself to look less like a RINO pig. I am sure as the time goes by that they will even try to get the RINO pig to fly. (No pun intended because of his weight)
I and possibly many others have seen in the last two presidential election cycles what they present to us as conservative candidates and they still lose. Many who did not vote appear to have been much smarter than I. They chose to stay home and not vote for the RINO.
So I implore the GOP to continue to give us those candidates that are non-conservatives and I will join the other four million in 2016 who will not vote for the GOP candidate.
If the GOP wants to treat hard working people as uninformed and uneducated, then I guess we will repay that sentiment in ways that makes their arrogance like a dog eating its own feces.

Fireplug52 on March 7, 2014 at 3:10 AM

Cruz is the only one who is against amnesty, but he is currently unelectable. Easiest thing to do, is get Christie elected, then use the conservatives in the House and Senate to stop amnesty from passing.
cimbri on March 6, 2014 at 5:18 PM

I take your opinion on who is more electable as seriously as Karl Rove’s prediction on who won Ohio in 2012. Neostatists keep telling us this or that one is more electable, and then their candidate loses. There is no way in earth Krispy Kreme, another blue state liberal, is going to win

Brock Robamney on March 7, 2014 at 5:42 AM

Well Christie,if you think “winning” means electing Republicans like you who betray conservative principles at the drop of a hat,I’d rather you didn’t win,and didn’t govern.Don’t care who your opponent is,I’d stay home and watch you lose,then laugh my butt off when you blame conservatives like me for making you lose.

redware on March 7, 2014 at 8:41 AM

redware on March 7, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Listening to his speech, he doesn’t have the slightest idea on what conservatism is. He keeps spewing his Neostatist platitudes. No specific principles on what issues he stands on, or where his red line is(not maginot line)

Brock Robamney on March 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM

He can get all the standing ovations he wants based on …..words vs actions.

I’ll still never visit a vote for planet crusty.

I’d sooner not vote at all if he were to be the nominee with no other choice on the ballot but another commie.

/commence dumbass whining in 3….2….1….

Diluculo on March 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

He’s technically right about needing to win, but his personal negatives are high, so he doesn’t look like a winner. His sharp wit make him a great political soldier but not the standard-bearer we are looking for.

virgo on March 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM