Rubio Super PAC bombs Christie in new ad: Which GOP candidate is most like Barack Obama?

posted at 7:21 pm on January 4, 2016 by Allahpundit

Via Eliana Johnson, who reports that these two spots will be rolling out in New Hampshire tomorrow to try to stop Christie before he passes Rubio there as the establishment favorite. He’s within three points of Rubio in each of the last three polls conducted in the state and actually led Rubio in one taken in early December. I’ve been working on the assumption that all of that will change once Rubio inevitably starts rolling out big endorsements, but maybe Team Marco is less confident than I am. It does seem like Christie has the momentum in the state, even though Rubio is reliably, if narrowly, ahead. Why is that? Is it a simple matter of media coverage? I.e. we spent the better part of last year reading story after story about how Rubio was a serious threat to win the nomination while Christie was a scandal-addled also-ran, but within the past month or so, that’s flipped. Most of the coverage about Christie has been positive, about how he’s making inroads in New Hampshire after having been left for dead, while most of the buzz about Rubio has to do with whether he’s doing enough stumping in the early states to compete seriously. The “momentum” may be just one or two more news cycles away from changing back to Rubio again.

For what it’s worth, though, while Christie is too far towards the center for me to support him over, say, Ted Cruz, he does strike me as far more engaging on the stump when I watch his clips from NH than Rubio does. Rubio is a disciplined politician but sometimes to a fault; often I have the sense that he’s talking at the audience, not to them. (Sarah Palin recently called him “robotic,” which isn’t exactly true but isn’t exactly false either.) That’s not a problem, I assume, for the many New Hampshirites who haven’t been paying attention and are only now hearing him for the first time, but if you’ve heard his shtick before and you’re not a true-blue Rubio diehard, it seems increasingly underwhelming. Christie, on the other hand, always seems like he’s talking to you, not at you. He’s got his script too — the now-famous speech on drug addiction that went viral on YouTube was a bit he’s done at other events — but he achieves a degree of personal engagement that Rubio (or Cruz) can’t quite get to. They’re speechmakers; Christie and Trump are talkers. Maybe the latter works better on me because I was raised in New York and their manner seems familiar and relatable in a way that it doesn’t for others, but some New Hampshirites are obviously responding too. We’ll know in a month how much it mattered.

Two ads from Team Marco here, one aimed at conservatives and the other at independents who might like Christie’s centrist, mavericky style. Christie’s got a ready answer to the second ad: He’s stuck with a Democratic legislature, just like Rubio’s stuck with a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. That’s why neither of them can get much done. The first ad will be harder for him to answer, though, and the kicker made me laugh. I think this is actually a defensive ad as much as it is an attack ad insofar as Rubio himself is frequently labeled the most Obama-esque candidate in the race. Christie’s rap on Rubio is that he’s a young first-term senator who hasn’t governed anything, just as O was; Team Rubio’s rebuttal is that Christie’s a lot more like Obama where it counts, on policy, than Marco is. It’s a great spot. Should work like a charm on the conservatives in New Hampshire who currently prefer Christie to Rubio or Ted Cruz. Are there any conservatives in New Hampshire who prefer him to Rubio or Cruz?

Exit question: Why waste money attacking Christie instead of the frontrunner Trump? Is Team Rubio playing for a second-place finish in New Hampshire?

Update: Christie hits back:

“I just wonder what happened to the Marco who so indignantly looked at Jeb Bush and said ‘I guess someone must have convinced you that going negative against me helps you,'” Christie said on Bloomberg TV’s “With All Due Respect.” “I guess that same person must now have convinced Marco that going negative against Chris Christie is what he needs to do.”…

“If Senator Rubio would just show up for work once in a while, he’s only got one job, he’s got to cast votes in the United States Senate,” Christie said. “If he thinks that’s a worthless job, which he has basically said before, he should resign it. If he doesn’t, then he should show up and vote.”

The next month is going to be funfunfun.



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“I just wonder what happened to the Marco who so indignantly looked at Jeb Bush and said ‘I guess someone must have convinced you that going negative against me helps you,’” Christie said on Bloomberg TV’s “With All Due Respect.”

“If Senator Rubio would just show up for work once in a while, he’s only got one job, he’s got to cast votes in the United States Senate,” Christie said. “If he thinks that’s a worthless job, which he has basically said before, he should resign it. If he doesn’t, then he should show up and vote.”

Rubio is going to need some burn ointment. Ouch.

portlandon on January 4, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Rubio Super PAC bombs Christie in new ad: Which GOP candidate is most like Barack Obama?

My irony meter just broke …

ShainS on January 4, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Two worthless liberal turds arguing over which one is most like their fly-covered messiah – How quaint.

Pork-Chop on January 4, 2016 at 7:34 PM

Christie and Rubio are both right, they’re both like Obama, not to mention Hillary, Jeb and the rest of the K-street globalist puppets running for office.

FloatingRock on January 4, 2016 at 7:40 PM

Other elction news:

Longtime Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Seattle announced his retirement Monday

Happy New Year (until he’s replaced by another liberal).

kcewa on January 4, 2016 at 7:42 PM

“If Senator Rubio would just show up for work once in a while, he’s only got one job, he’s got to cast votes in the United States Senate,” Christie said. “If he thinks that’s a worthless job, which he has basically said before, he should resign it. If he doesn’t, then he should show up and vote.”

What is Christie’s job? Iowa and NH food sampler?

kcewa on January 4, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Send them both to the democratic party where they belong.

Magicjava on January 4, 2016 at 7:46 PM

Today Christie was being interviewed on MSNBC and he was asked where he disagrees most strongly with the base and Christie said “drug policy.” But what about global warming “climate change?” Here’s Christie parroting the leftists on climate change sounding no different than his hug partner Obama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPxDnb2-aVI&i=ChristieGoesLeftOnAGW

anotherJoe on January 4, 2016 at 7:47 PM

Teddy Cruz wants 11 Million Trillion illegals to come take your house and jobs!!

portlandon on January 4, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Lol.

Here’s a couple more links on that:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/11/cruz_flipflops_on_legal_immigration_implies_most_illegals_can_stay.html

Ted Cruz – “Legal Status for 11+ Million Illegals, Double Legal Immigration, Raise H1B visas by 500%” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDnuWLuAbCw&i=CruzSaysLegalizeAll11Million

anotherJoe on January 4, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Happy New Year (until he’s replaced by another liberal).

kcewa on January 4, 2016 at 7:42 PM

You sound a wee bit cynical.

Pork-Chop on January 4, 2016 at 7:51 PM

That is not the only ad being pushed by Rubio supporters right now

https://www.facebook.com/conservativesolutionspac/videos?fref=photo

OregonPolitician on January 4, 2016 at 7:53 PM

When careerist politicians are alike, they have to really work at attempting to look different from each other while still staying “in the box”.

It’s a high wire act.

Unless you are Trump, Carson or to some extent Cruz. They have different hills to climb.

Meremortal on January 4, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Rubio Super PAC bombs Christie in new ad: Which GOP candidate is most like Barack Obama?

Probably the ‘King of Amnesty’ Marco.

TheMadHessian on January 4, 2016 at 7:57 PM

Alternative headline. Second tier candidate (and part-time Senator when he’s bored campaigning) attacks obese third tier candidate.

God as my witness, I don’t understand why the kids are attacking one another when none of them have a shot at the nomination. And before somebody rebukes me about the part-time Senator’s chances- he’s never going to get beyond his Gang of Eight membership and clear establishment credentials.

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Teddy Cruz wants 11 Million Trillion illegals to come take your house and jobs!!

portlandon on January 4, 2016 at 7:28 PM

That’s a goddamned lie and you know it. But what else can one expect from howler monkeys but lies, distortions, and insults. To expect otherwise would be like expecting a two-year-old to master quantum physics.

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Really is beautiful to see the Establishment candidates follow the spiraling downfall that was usually reserved for the Conservative candidates of a typical primary. What fun!

Ukiah on January 4, 2016 at 8:17 PM

Other elction news:

Longtime Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Seattle announced his retirement Monday

Happy New Year (until he’s replaced by another liberal).

kcewa on January 4, 2016 at 7:42 PM

But who is going to be the comic relief when Hank Johnson isn’t around. My favorite was a few years ago when McDermott complained to the FBI that the top wanted terrorists lacked diversity. Too many Muslims on the list.

The sad thing is these people actually think this way. First and foremost the government’s list of top terrorists needs to reflect diversity.

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2016 at 8:29 PM

Teddy Cruz wants 11 Million Trillion illegals to come take your house and jobs!!

portlandon on January 4, 2016 at 7:28 PM

That’s a goddamned lie and you know it.

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2016 at 8:08 PM

I think you portlandon was being a wee bit sarcastic there, HN …

ShainS on January 4, 2016 at 8:35 PM

There is no lose in this kind of war. It is like watching the Taliban kill Al Qaeda. You just let them continue and never interrupt them.

Constitutionalist on January 4, 2016 at 8:41 PM

Everytime I see Marco Rubio, I also see Chucky “Cholo” Shumer and Juan McCain in the background. When I see Chris Christy, he is hugging the rat eared Pendajo. Little wonder I am a Howler Monkey.

A.T. Tapman on January 4, 2016 at 8:49 PM

Chris Christie is a non-entity. Nobody cares about him, what he says or ads aimed at him. He is not a contender, and God knows his name is not a driver of Web traffic. AllahP, it’s time to let go. The Christie threads go nowhere.

Right Mover on January 4, 2016 at 9:55 PM

Cruz/portlandon, and a bigger boat

Schadenfreude on January 5, 2016 at 1:13 AM

Happy nomad going insane from the bad case of seal clap he caught while leaving his howler monkey inside of a roaming gnome for too long…..

Indiana Jim on January 5, 2016 at 5:20 AM

What is Christie’s job? Iowa and NH food sampler?

kcewa on January 4, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Christie can shmooze NJ lawmakers on the phone, just as well from NH as NJ.
And legislation that’s been passed can be brought to him to sign (or veto) in NH just as well as in NJ.
His physical presence in NJ isn’t really required.

ReggieA on January 5, 2016 at 2:32 PM