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Video: In debate, Christie destroys Democratic opponent…with kindness

posted at 11:15 am on October 9, 2013 by

During last night’s contentious gubernatorial debate in New Jersey, Chris Christie and Democrat Barbara Buono were each asked to name a positive quality about one another.  Buono took the opportunity to land a petty backhanded compliment.  Over to you, big fella:

Checkmate.  During another exchange, the governor set a little trap for his tax-and-spend opponent, and she cheerfully walked right into it.  No regrets, baby:

This race is all but over.  As for Virginia — to quote AP – dude, I’m nervous.

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Either she’s Nancy Pelosi’s younger sister or Nancy Pelosi’s older sister with a better plastic surgeon.

dirtseller on October 9, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Yeah, Christie has always been good at complimenting Democrats

faraway on October 9, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Not a huge fan of his, but I gotta say…he’s probably the best politician in the game today.

GOPRanknFile on October 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Ya, that was a classic smackdown. Too bad it comes from a guy who only looks conservative standing next to commies.

Fenris on October 9, 2013 at 11:48 AM

a guy who only looks conservative standing next to commies.

Fenris on October 9, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Doesn’t that describe just about every northeastern Republican?

Kafir on October 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM

dude, I’m nervous.

Nothing to be nervous about. Cuccinelli is going to lose to McAuliffe, and there’s not a damn thing we can do about it…

JohnGalt23 on October 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM

This woman is a truly bad politician.

rrpjr on October 9, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Not a huge fan of his, but I gotta say…he’s probably the best politician in the game today.

GOPRanknFile on October 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Yep. Certainly on the GOP side, the only one that can take it to opponents and the media and come out of it OK. Like him or not, we need more like Christie that appeal beyond a swath of the GOP base.

changer1701 on October 9, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Doesn’t that describe just about every northeastern Republican?

Kafir on October 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Like Bush, Romney and Bush again. Pretty much. Ya, the last Bush was nominally from Texas, don’t care.

Fenris on October 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Like him or not, we need more like Christie that appeal beyond a swath of the GOP base.

First of all, it’s not at all clear what we need him for. If someone doesn’t argue for conservative or libertarian ideals, then their skill at argument is irrelevant. If someone doesn’t pursue conservative or libertarian policies in office, then their ability to get elected does us no good.

Second, and more importantly, this whole concept of “broad appeal” is a chimaera. It only lasts until the national Democrat-Media Axis turns its Eye of Sauron-like gaze onto the candidate, at which point he becomes the most extremely extreme polarizing polarizer in the history of polarizing extremists. As long as he’s running against Republicans, Chris Christie will be a bold compromiser unafraid to work with both sides to do the people’s work. But in the unlikely event he secures the nomination, the very next day the very same journalists will suddenly start calling him Kris K. Kristallnacht, the Man Who Got Fat From Eating Black Babies. Guaranteed. It happened with McCain, it happened with Romney, and it’ll happen with every candidate we put forward. Hell, it happened with George W. Bush–no one remembers it now, but in ’99, Bush was widely praised for his bipartisan, aisle-crossing leadership of “diverse” Texas, and for the “new tone” of his “compassionate conservatism”. He even spoke Spanish! He was the young, fresh face of the GOP… and then he dared oppose Al Gore, Defensor Gaiae, and become a bloodthirsty monster overnight.

Fabozz on October 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I know a lot of people on here don’t like Christie, but the GOP needs more people like him — in the right states. It’s hyperbole to say he’s no better than a Democrat. He’s far from an orthodox Republican, but running orthodox Republicans in blue states results in liberal Democrats getting put into office.

LukeinNE on October 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

First of all, it’s not at all clear what we need him for. If someone doesn’t argue for conservative or libertarian ideals, then their skill at argument is irrelevant. If someone doesn’t pursue conservative or libertarian policies in office, then their ability to get elected does us no good.

Second, and more importantly, this whole concept of “broad appeal” is a chimaera. It only lasts until the national Democrat-Media Axis turns its Eye of Sauron-like gaze onto the candidate, at which point he becomes the most extremely extreme polarizing polarizer in the history of polarizing extremists. As long as he’s running against Republicans, Chris Christie will be a bold compromiser unafraid to work with both sides to do the people’s work. But in the unlikely event he secures the nomination, the very next day the very same journalists will suddenly start calling him Kris K. Kristallnacht, the Man Who Got Fat From Eating Black Babies. Guaranteed. It happened with McCain, it happened with Romney, and it’ll happen with every candidate we put forward. Hell, it happened with George W. Bush–no one remembers it now, but in ’99, Bush was widely praised for his bipartisan, aisle-crossing leadership of “diverse” Texas, and for the “new tone” of his “compassionate conservatism”. He even spoke Spanish! He was the young, fresh face of the GOP… and then he dared oppose Al Gore, Defensor Gaiae, and become a bloodthirsty monster overnight.

Fabozz on October 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I didn’t say the media won’t turn on him when/if he runs against their favored candidate. Certainly, they would. But, unlike most GOPers, it appears he can handle that. He knows how to reject the premise of dishonest, hostile questions while calling into question why they were asked in the first place…very few Republicans do that, not to mention do it effectively.

changer1701 on October 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

If only he were a conservative…

blue13326 on October 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Smooth, very smooth.

mrscullen on October 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM

I was born and raised in NJ and voted for Christie and probably will again. Do I want him to be the President of the U.S.? No…

I also think that Christie is very good at handling the media and the opposition. What I think we need are more people that are like in in that regard, but are actually faithful to the U.S. Constitution and the ideals of a limited federal government. In other words people that can actually make a compelling argument for their governing principles

njmax on October 9, 2013 at 1:52 PM

…”like HIM in that regard”…

njmax on October 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Nothing to be nervous about. Cuccinelli is going to lose to McAuliffe, and there’s not a damn thing we can do about it…

JohnGalt23 on October 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Agreed, but next time we need to select someone who can better articulate his positions and why they are better for all Virginians.

Let’s face it, the Virginia GOP needs to get back in touch with those Republicans and conservative independents who are too busy earning a living to attend all of the conventions and inside-the-party events.

EdmundBurke247 on October 9, 2013 at 2:58 PM

I didn’t say the media won’t turn on him when/if he runs against their favored candidate. Certainly, they would. But, unlike most GOPers, it appears he can handle that. He knows how to reject the premise of dishonest, hostile questions while calling into question why they were asked in the first place…very few Republicans do that, not to mention do it effectively.

changer1701 on October 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

FWIW, I’ll second this!

We should begin to collect the names of those who are qualified to do this.

EdmundBurke247 on October 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I know a lot of people on here don’t like Christie, but the GOP needs more people like him — in the right states. It’s hyperbole to say he’s no better than a Democrat. He’s far from an orthodox Republican, but running orthodox Republicans in blue states results in liberal Democrats getting put into office.

LukeinNE on October 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Level-headed thinking like this gets lost on many.

You run the most conservative you can where you can. Simple as that. Running a Ted Cruz in Massachusetts isn’t going to work.

blatantblue on October 9, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Christie certainly knows how to win a debate. And he’s an effective executive. He’s far from my first choice for 2016, but we could do a lot worse.

hawksruleva on October 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM

I didn’t say the media won’t turn on him when/if he runs against their favored candidate. Certainly, they would. But, unlike most GOPers, it appears he can handle that. He knows how to reject the premise of dishonest, hostile questions while calling into question why they were asked in the first place…very few Republicans do that, not to mention do it effectively.

changer1701 on October 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Christie is quick enough on his feet that it’s hard to trap him like some Senators were trapped in the last election. More importantly, he’s willing to call out an interviewer who asks him a loaded, biased questions. That’s one reason conservatives fell in love with him; before they knew about some of his more liberal policies.

hawksruleva on October 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM

The low information voter is that for a reason. It’s all about “CAPACITY”.

Their “CAPACITY” will tell them that Christie has nothing bad to say about Buono because there must be nothing he can say bad about her.

Carnac on October 9, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Christie vs. Buono

Liberal democrat vs. Liberal democrat

Pork-Chop on October 9, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Christie certainly knows how to win a debate. And he’s an effective executive. He’s far from my first choice for 2016, but we could do a lot worse.

hawksruleva on October 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Exactly.

GOPRanknFile on October 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

…no doughnuts?

KOOLAID2 on October 9, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Democrat Christie is going to be pushed by several of HotAir’s pro-amnesty, RINO-loving contributors.

Be prepared.

bluegill on October 9, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Democrat Christie is going to be pushed by several of HotAir’s pro-amnesty, RINO-loving contributors.

Be prepared.

bluegill on October 9, 2013 at 8:32 PM

A Romney supporter warning about RINOs…that’s rich.

GOPRanknFile on October 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Democrat Christie is going to be pushed by several of HotAir’s pro-amnesty, RINO-loving contributors.

Be prepared.

bluegill on October 9, 2013 at 8:32 PM

A Romney supporter warning about RINOs…that’s rich.

GOPRanknFile on October 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Hey, we needed somebody to lose the 2012 election for us!

The Nerve on October 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

okay..this is way late…but VA? Please, put a fork in it. It is Terry’s by at least 6. (when Rs support him, that is a clue)

r keller on October 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Hey, we needed somebody to lose the 2012 election for us!

The Nerve on October 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Not that I have anything against Romney. I supported the guy, but bluegill was the biggest Romney groupie and now she calls Christie a RINO…in what universe is Romney more conservative than Christie?

GOPRanknFile on October 10, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Not that I have anything against Romney. I supported the guy, but bluegill was the biggest Romney groupie and now she calls Christie a RINO…in what universe is Romney more conservative than Christie?
GOPRanknFile on October 10, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Romney was the best of the bunch last time.

Romney also consistently consistently campaigned against illegal alien amnesty through the primaries and general election campaign. Unlike Newt. Unlike Perry. Newt attacked Romney for being racist and Perry said Romney had no heart because of his position.

This time we potentially have better, more conservative options.

There is no reason to go with a pro-amnesty Democrat like Christie when we potentially have Ted Cruz or even Rand Paul, though Paul has appeared a tad squishy on amnesty at times.

This is the most important issue to me, which is why I’m so dismayed to see a Michelle Malkin-founded site like this one now play host to so many pro-amnesty bloggers.

bluegill on October 10, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Thanks to New Jersey Democrats for giving Chris Christie a female candidate to practice against. ;-)

rockmom on October 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Loved Buono’s plastic smile fading, I think she just realized that she just got a kindness dagger straight to the heart.

theflyonthewall on October 10, 2013 at 10:06 AM

First of all, it’s not at all clear what we need him for. If someone doesn’t argue for conservative or libertarian ideals, then their skill at argument is irrelevant. If someone doesn’t pursue conservative or libertarian policies in office, then their ability to get elected does us no good.

Second, and more importantly, this whole concept of “broad appeal” is a chimaera. It only lasts until the national Democrat-Media Axis turns its Eye of Sauron-like gaze onto the candidate, at which point he becomes the most extremely extreme polarizing polarizer in the history of polarizing extremists. As long as he’s running against Republicans, Chris Christie will be a bold compromiser unafraid to work with both sides to do the people’s work. But in the unlikely event he secures the nomination, the very next day the very same journalists will suddenly start calling him Kris K. Kristallnacht, the Man Who Got Fat From Eating Black Babies. Guaranteed. It happened with McCain, it happened with Romney, and it’ll happen with every candidate we put forward. Hell, it happened with George W. Bush–no one remembers it now, but in ’99, Bush was widely praised for his bipartisan, aisle-crossing leadership of “diverse” Texas, and for the “new tone” of his “compassionate conservatism”. He even spoke Spanish! He was the young, fresh face of the GOP… and then he dared oppose Al Gore, Defensor Gaiae, and become a bloodthirsty monster overnight.

Fabozz on October 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM

So perfectly said.

shinty on October 10, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Romney was the best of the bunch last time.

Agreed, but he was still more liberal than Christie.

Romney also consistently consistently campaigned against illegal alien amnesty through the primaries and general election campaign. Unlike Newt. Unlike Perry. Newt attacked Romney for being racist and Perry said Romney had no heart because of his position.

If amnesty is the be-all, end-all for you, then alright. Our country has more serious issues.

This time we potentially have better, more conservative options.

That we do.

There is no reason to go with a pro-amnesty Democrat like Christie when we potentially have Ted Cruz or even Rand Paul, though Paul has appeared a tad squishy on amnesty at times.

Cruz is okay, although I don’t think he has the charisma to win a general election. Paul cannot win. All they need to bring out is the Southern Avenger nonsense and he would be done.

This is the most important issue to me, which is why I’m so dismayed to see a Michelle Malkin-founded site like this one now play host to so many pro-amnesty bloggers.

bluegill on October 10, 2013 at 7:21 AM

There are other sites you can go to if you’re dismayed by the “pro-amnesty bloggers.” I actually don’t mind reading material by people who may differ from me on certain issues.

GOPRanknFile on October 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM