Rand Paul sums up Chris Christie in one word: “Bridges”

posted at 8:01 pm on August 12, 2014 by Allahpundit

I guess they never ended up grabbing that beer, huh?

Click the image and skip to 23:10 for the word association game, which involves more than just Christie. Worth posting for two reasons. One: Usually when one of these two jabs at the other, it’s good for a few days of counterpunching between them. I’m flagging it now so that when Christie calls him a hippie tomorrow, you know what touched it off. Two: I’m a little surprised at how easy he goes on Obama and Marco Rubio. He’s critical of O, but not harshly so; it’s hard to imagine, say, Ted Cruz reaching for nothing more damning than “ineffectual” at a moment when O’s on the verge of legalizing nearly every illegal in America. But then, that’s a function of differing strategies. Paul’s spent enough time on outreach to black voters that he’ll choose his words carefully in criticizing the first black president from now on. (That’s also why he refused to criticize Team Cochran over the Mississippi runoff.) As for Rubio, he’s nothing but complimentary. I expected a bit of vinegar from him due to their budding 2016 rivalry and their sharp differences on foreign policy, but maybe Rand figures he has enough enemies within the party right now not to spar with Rubio before he really needs to. Offhand I can’t recall Rubio attacking him directly the way Christie and Rick Perry have. Maybe there’s a nonaggression pact in place. For now.

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That’s going to leave a bigger mark than liposuction would.

Corporal Tunnel on August 12, 2014 at 8:04 PM

I don’t care about the zingers. Is he going to take a firm position on Iraq or will we get more waffling?

Mark1971 on August 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Personally I’d be fine with Paul and Christie crippling each other’s chances at 2016… throw in Rubio and Jeb to that mix too and you’ve got me hooked!

Anything to remove the candidates who I think will do more harm than good if they actually were to get elected to higher office.

Ukiah on August 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

So, in an example of the Left trying to get Republicans to poke at each other, Rand Paul obliges.

Lolo on August 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Rand Paul, sort-of-isolationist, versus Hillary!, neo-con. Both Republicans and libtards would be confused. That would be an interesting coalition building exercise, though I think ultimately both bases would eventually come back to home base. Are lefties really going to value Paul so highly that they can overlook abortion? And will Republicans worry so much about projecting power overseas that they’ll give upon ZeroCare repeal?

Nah.

MTF on August 12, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Does he mean Bridges as in Christie builds bridges between coalitions or that he blocks lanes on bridges and nothing will get done?

Either way – I’m not a Christie fan.

athenadelphi on August 12, 2014 at 8:06 PM

He loves his little slap fights.

V7_Sport on August 12, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Battle of the clowns.

Pork-Chop on August 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Donuts…

JohnGalt23 on August 12, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Shovel ready.

UnstChem on August 12, 2014 at 8:10 PM

He is weak and a fake.

The Notorious G.O.P on August 12, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Jeff Bridges?

chuckfinlay on August 12, 2014 at 8:15 PM

“they’re killing the christians!!, they’re killing the christians!!”

what should we do about it Rand?

quickly get’s up from the table and runs away muttering i support Israel

golembythebay on August 12, 2014 at 8:17 PM

The difference between Paul and Christie is like deciding which is worse, sh*t or p*ss.

echosyst on August 12, 2014 at 8:18 PM

The Presidential race informally began some time ago. It will formally begin right after the midterms.

It’s getting longer and longer all the time.

cat_owner on August 12, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Neither will win nomination no matter how hard ALLAHPUNDIT tries

KBird on August 12, 2014 at 8:19 PM

So, in an example of the Left trying to get Republicans to poke at each other, Rand Paul obliges.

Lolo on August 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Christie’s a Republican?

Bitter Clinger on August 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

OT: Lauren Bacall dead at 89. Why do these things happen in threes?

de rigueur on August 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Ineffectual?

Obama has caused lots of damage, spends us into oblivion and then neglect his duties… that is NOT “ineffectual” as it is INTENTIONAL. Just because you don’t like what he is doing doesn’t mean you can call it something that it isn’t. And it is having just the effect Obama wants.

ajacksonian on August 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

For this shitehole country, 10′s of thousands of Americans died to keep this country free and in British Control. What a waste of our National Treasures. Never again.

nobama1267 on August 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Christie is a joke and Paul is unserious and not trustworthy. Just my 2 pesos.

ncjetsfan on August 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Too bad about Rand. One word?

Vanished.

Bmore on August 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

So, in an example of the Left trying to get Republicans to poke at each other, Rand Paul obliges.

Lolo on August 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Krispy isn’t a Republican.

Ted the Average on August 12, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Rand Paul One word : Coward

Ned Pepper on August 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Guess Cruz was unavailable.

“So, in an example of the Left trying to get Republicans to poke at each other, Rand Paul obliges.”

Lolo on August 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Recon5 on August 12, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Christie’s a Republican?

Bitter Clinger on August 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Krispy isn’t a Republican.

Ted the Average on August 12, 2014 at 8:32 PM

I get it. I too am not a Chris Christie fan.

But Rand Paul chose to engage with an arm of the State — government-funded television programming and hires — and agreed to play a word-association game of all things. With those people? Why? He played the game. He agreed to field plays tossed up in a direct and obvious effort to get a reaction on three Democrats and three non-Democrats.

They wanted good things said about the Democrats and the opposite for the non-Democrats. It’s that simple. And Rand Paul obliged.

Lolo on August 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Christie’s a Republican?

Bitter Clinger on August 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Krispy isn’t a Republican.

Ted the Average on August 12, 2014 at 8:32 PM

RINO.

Which is probably ironic by now, as the liberals/moderates/RINOs have all but taken over the GOP while many conservatives are simply left holding the bag as “Republican in name only.”

I’m starting to wonder if it’s more accurate to call someone like Ted Cruz a RINO — he’s basically at odds with most of the party but he still has the “Republican” label.

Meh.

Aizen on August 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Chris Christie may be no day at the beach, but Rand Paul is a pu$$y.

dpduq on August 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Ahem

chris0christies0donut on August 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

After the last incident Rand tried to play nice with Fatso and only stirred up more crap from him.

Then Gov Crisco decides to do a hatchet do on the republican nominee for NY Governor Rob Astorino. As head of the RGA he was asked if he and the RGA was endorsing or supporting Astorino for Governor in New York. Fatso answered he doesn’t endorse losing propositions.

It’s always about him.

De Oppresso Liber on August 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

After the last incident Rand tried to play nice with Fatso and only stirred up more crap from him.

Then Gov Crisco decides to do a hatchet do on the republican nominee for NY Governor Rob Astorino. As head of the RGA he was asked if he and the RGA was endorsing or supporting Astorino for Governor in New York. Fatso answered he doesn’t endorse losing propositions.

It’s always about him.

De Oppresso Liber on August 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

He better not endorse himself in 2016.

Bitter Clinger on August 12, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Its going to be tough for Randy to position himself for 2016 if he’s afraid to annoy the Black Community by criticizing Obama.

What does he see himself doing- praising the most destructive/least capable POTUS in history in order to hustle some minority votes?

Plantation blacks (i.e. democrats) will vote for whoever wears a D behind their name, no matter how nicely Rand panders to them. They consistently vote against their own best economic and cultural interests, and no pseudo-conservative libertarian will garner their support (although the family trait of antiSemitism might appeal to a lot of black voters).

Dolce Far Niente on August 12, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Christie vs. Paul is a battle for the soul of the Republican Party. That’s why they’re fighting.

Anyways, he’s not overly critical on immigration because that’s a complex subject for libertarians. Ideally, we’d like open borders under a system with guaranteed free exit — essentially governments would compete and people would migrate to societies that work better.

The problem for libertarians is that in today’s world any open-border model would have the practical effect of destroying liberty because our republics are too democratic to survive the voter preferences of immigrants — it’s too easy for new entrants to turn our successful country into the failed country they left.

TallDave on August 12, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Both men are not what we need.

Corrupt or weird, take your pick.

Perspicacious on August 13, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Let me sum up Rand Paul in two words – his father

katiejane on August 13, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Corrupt or weird, take your pick.

Perspicacious on August 13, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Let me see: “weird” as defined by the discredited permawar brigade or a wallet-picking Democrat skunk. Boy that’s a hard choice.

LawfulGood on August 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

I don’t care for big doughnut either(Christie).

Rand Paul – Lots of good little ideas.

Rand Paul for POTUS, 1 BIG BAD IDEA.

Nat George on August 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Rand Paul for POTUS, 1 BIG BAD IDEA.

Nat George on August 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

As opposed to Obama who got elected, and John Kerry and Al Gore (!!!) who came within a whisker? Has John Galt opened his private stash?

LawfulGood on August 17, 2014 at 3:06 AM