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Christie Tells Wealthy Donors Why Hes Not Running in 2012
National Review ^ | 7/20/11 | Jim Geraghty

Posted on 07/20/2011 7:15:27 PM PDT by Nachum

There is a fascinating, if slightly disturbing, account in Mike Allen’s newsletter from Politico this morning:

FLY ON THE WALL: Fifty of the most prized donors in national politics, including several hedge-fund billionaires who are among the richest people in the world, schlepped to a Manhattan office or hovered around speakerphones Tuesday afternoon as their host, venture capitalist Ken Langone (pronounced LAN-goan), a co-founder of The Home Depot, implored New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to reconsider and seek the GOP presidential nomination. The governor was firm that it’s not in the cards this time, but left his spurned suitors with the impression he might well go in 2016. He impressed the audience with his emphasis on family and commitment, and flashes of disarming humor.

Langone backed Rudy Giuliani in 2008, and his guests came from both parties, although most were moderate Republicans. Most are uncommitted in the presidential race. Participants who rank on the Forbes list of richest Americans included Bernie Marcus, Paul Tudor Jones (hedge funds; $3.3 billion), Stan Druckenmiller (hedge funds; $2.5 billion) and Bernie Marcus (Home Depot; $1.9 billion). Several of them said: I’m Republican but I voted for President Obama, because I couldn’t live with Sarah Palin. Many said they were severely disappointed in the president. The biggest complaint was what several called “class warfare.” They said they didn’t understand what they had done to deserve that: If you want to have a conversation about taxation, have a conversation. But a president shouldn’t attack his constituents — he’s not the president of some people, he’s president of all the people. Someone mentioned Huey Long populism.

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KEYWORDS: cair; chrischristie; christie; donors; islamsympathizer; muslimbrotherhood; newjersey; obama; palin; sohailmohammed; tells; wealthy
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1 posted on 07/20/2011 7:15:33 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Tax these bums out of the country!!!


2 posted on 07/20/2011 7:17:46 PM PDT by PALIN SMITH
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To: Nachum

Christie is a smart guy.


3 posted on 07/20/2011 7:20:26 PM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: Nachum

Perry in 2012 and 2016, then Christie can run in 2020.


4 posted on 07/20/2011 7:22:18 PM PDT by Joann37
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To: Nachum
Several of them said: I’m Republican but I voted for President Obama, because I couldn’t live with Sarah Palin.

Wealth sure doesn't buy intelligence.

5 posted on 07/20/2011 7:22:56 PM PDT by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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To: Nachum

News flash to the alleged billionaires who allegedly voted for Obama because they “couldn’t live with Palin.” Governor Palin was a VICE-presidential candidate which, as John Nance Garner famously remarked, isn’t worth a “warm bucket of spit.”

A little trollery at work here, perhaps?


6 posted on 07/20/2011 7:25:18 PM PDT by Walrus (You can't begin a revolution with establishment leaders)
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To: Nachum

So this crew thinks going RINO is the solution to their poor choice in ‘08??? McCain as the lead dog was/is full-on RINO, Palin as VP would have been as much a real threat as Biden is now. I guess $$$$ do not equal deep political thinking.


7 posted on 07/20/2011 7:26:34 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Joann37

Perry and Col. Allan West would be a winning team for 2012. They would put Obama and his cronies out of office and out of Washington.


8 posted on 07/20/2011 7:26:56 PM PDT by Grey Eagle
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To: Joann37
What about those pain killers for perrys back, and then you have Christies hemroid problem. Really do not know if that is true but we need to know, one has back problems and the other one likes to eat.
9 posted on 07/20/2011 7:29:38 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Nachum
I’m Republican but I voted for President Obama, because I couldn’t live with Sarah Palin.

Those are the exact people I want run out of the Republican Party. They seek to use their money to steer the party's policy, and THEY create the conflict and the fissures.

If they could live with Obama over Palin as VP, then they aren't all that very Republican.

If we chase those people into the Democrat Party, they will try that bit where they wave bundled cash in front of the noses and create fissures among the Dems.

It is not class warfare to say that these folks aren't anything special, and that the base will not be cuckolded to please the money boys.

Michael Huffington, Mitt Romney, Linda McMahon, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina have all shown that a pile of money isn't enough, and can even backfire if used injudiciously.

Obama raising more past a point does not help his cause any more than bigger editions of Pravda could persuade the Soviet populace that their lives were those of members of a Workers' Paradise.
10 posted on 07/20/2011 7:37:28 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Nachum

I wish someone would post the record of public service of these wealthy blockheads! They don’t have a clue about the government, the election process, or the millions of volunteers who provide the local services of fire protection, emergency medical service, land use planning and zoning, social service volunteers, sports (PAL, etc)!


11 posted on 07/20/2011 7:37:28 PM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: Nachum

Hey Wealthy Donors:

Would Palin have caused 10 oil rigs to leave the gulf??? HUH?

If you’re so smart why are you so stupid?


12 posted on 07/20/2011 7:39:34 PM PDT by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: org.whodat

Perry took care of his back problem with his recent surgery.

Some of you are really out there — trying to dismiss a candidate because he has hair, because he has back problem, next it will be because you don’t like his tie.


13 posted on 07/20/2011 7:42:13 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Nachum
The biggest complaint was what several called “class warfare.” They said they didn’t understand what they had done to deserve that

"Being stupid enough to vote for an obvious Communist" is the main thing they did to deserve that. Just a reminder that being a billionaire indicates you're really good at one thing, but that one thing might not be common sense.

14 posted on 07/20/2011 7:48:22 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: Nachum

I’m sure they didn’t just vote for obama. Guilty consciences?


15 posted on 07/20/2011 7:52:28 PM PDT by OldCountryBoy (You can't make this stuff up!)
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To: Al B.; onyx; Lakeshark; Brices Crossroads; sarah fan UK
Several of them said: I’m Republican but I voted for President Obama, because I couldn’t live with Sarah Palin. Many said they were severely disappointed in the president. The biggest complaint was what several called “class warfare.” They said they didn’t understand what they had done to deserve that: If you want to have a conversation about taxation, have a conversation. But a president shouldn’t attack his constituents — he’s not the president of some people, he’s president of all the people.

These "Republicans" are getting exactly what they deserve then...

16 posted on 07/20/2011 7:56:56 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Grey Eagle; All
Perry and Col. Allan West would be a winning team for 2012. They would put Obama and his cronies out of office and out of Washington.

Perry won't be winning anything with a record like THIS.

17 posted on 07/20/2011 7:59:17 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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18 posted on 07/20/2011 8:03:48 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Two words: "John McCain."

Perry's record, even looking over your alarmist link isn't McCain bad or even Bush43 bad.

19 posted on 07/20/2011 8:08:26 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Coburn is a traitor. Obama loves the Gang of Six.)
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To: Clairity

Sorry you did not get it, if you put up with the attacks against bachmann and her migraines and aide in the attacks, you are part of the problem. And I do not like his tie, but have no idea what it looks like, may be one of those dinky dink string things. Sort of like cowboy boots that have never had cow doo on them. Sort of a waste. But how do you know he has not been taking cow pills for his back. That would explain all of the I was for it before I was against it positions.


20 posted on 07/20/2011 8:08:59 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Nachum
Hm.

Mike Allen’s newsletter from Politico describes the super-rich Republican guests at Ken Langone's event:

The biggest complaint was what several called “class warfare.” They said they didn’t understand what they had done to deserve that: If you want to have a conversation about taxation, have a conversation. But a president shouldn’t attack his constituents — he’s not the president of some people, he’s president of all the people.
Were many of the elite Republicans at this event really dumb enough to talk to a Politico reporter? I doubt it. I do not trust Politico and I do not believe this story.
21 posted on 07/20/2011 8:17:05 PM PDT by TChad
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To: newzjunkey

Perry is George Bush redux, and perhaps even worse, he can be (and has been) bought by special interests.


22 posted on 07/20/2011 8:23:00 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Nachum.
venture capitalist Ken Langone... a co-founder of The Home Depot, implored New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to reconsider and seek the GOP presidential nomination... Langone backed Rudy Giuliani in 2008, and his guests came from both parties, although most were moderate Republicans... included Bernie Marcus, Paul Tudor Jones (hedge funds; $3.3 billion), Stan Druckenmiller (hedge funds; $2.5 billion) and Bernie Marcus (Home Depot; $1.9 billion). Several of them said: I'm Republican but I voted for President Obama, because I couldn't live with Sarah Palin. Many said they were severely disappointed in the president. The biggest complaint was what several called "class warfare." ...Someone mentioned Huey Long populism.
Apropos of nothing Huey Long was accidentally shot by his own bodyguards.


23 posted on 07/20/2011 8:27:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Nachum

CHRISTIE BALANCED OUR BUDGET WITHOUT RAISING TAXES!


24 posted on 07/20/2011 9:33:01 PM PDT by Huck
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To: Dr. Sivana; Al B.; Virginia Ridgerunner; Brices Crossroads; sarah fan UK; Clyde5445; y'all
Those are the exact people I want run out of the Republican Party. They seek to use their money to steer the party's policy, and THEY create the conflict and the fissures.

If they could live with Obama over Palin as VP, then they aren't all that very Republican.

BTTT


25 posted on 07/20/2011 9:33:32 PM PDT by onyx (If you enjoy FR, support it! If you support Sarah Palin & want on her Busy Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Aria

It was and is, the usual smartest suspects in the room who brought this insanity upon the country and the they are still making sure we go down the tubes economically.


26 posted on 07/20/2011 10:03:24 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Obama may not be a natural born citizen, but there is no denying that he is a natural born liar.)
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To: Clairity
Some of you are really out there — trying to dismiss a candidate because he has hair, because he has back problem, next it will be because you don’t like his tie.

No, but you are really a class 1A, head-in-the-sand Perry supporter who regulary ignores the factual issues posted about Perry.

Try admitting your candidate has some problems and then maybe people will take your posts seriously.
27 posted on 07/20/2011 10:44:14 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Some of you don’t seem to get it.

It’s not “perfect conservative who will become president” vs. person x or y — we have to choose one from the people we have who are running.

You probably would be agitating against Ronald Reagan, if he were running.

Of the available candidates Perry is the only one who has a decent chance of beating Obama.


28 posted on 07/20/2011 10:58:39 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Clairity

Not me, Clarity.

I won’t vote for Perry because he is GWB number 2.


29 posted on 07/20/2011 11:07:52 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Nachum
I’m Republican but I voted for President Obama, because I couldn’t live with Sarah Palin.

That is a strange statement considering that Sarah was not running for president. He/she would not have had to live with Sarah. McCain was the one running for president. I don't think any of us would have said, "I didn't vote for obama because I couldn't live with Joe Biden."

30 posted on 07/20/2011 11:30:24 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: TChad

That is my read. This is Politico, so this is likely made up particularly the quotes about Gov. Palin.


31 posted on 07/20/2011 11:58:31 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress)
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To: Clairity
FWIW, I happen to like Perry, I like Palin, I expect one of the 2 to run, but not both.

I'll support either one, that said, do you see the irony in that you like Perry, but have as your quote, something by Dick Cheney, whom I believe, endorsed Perrys primary opponent, Senator Hutchinson ?

32 posted on 07/21/2011 1:01:45 AM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Nachum

I said several years ago, that many of these wealthy Obama supporters, were going to beg, beg, that McCain/Palin had won the election, and would regret the day they cut a check to the Obama/Biden campaign.


33 posted on 07/21/2011 1:03:39 AM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Nachum

Jennie Craig? Atkins? Slim Fast? Lapband?


34 posted on 07/21/2011 1:11:02 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: Joann37

Are you really sure we’ll have free elections in ‘16 or ‘20? Or even have a country?

If Obozo wins next year, it’s all over. People of substance will be stampeding out of the country.

If somebody has a notion of running for president, NOW is the time to do it. There may never be another chance.


35 posted on 07/21/2011 3:42:08 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Nachum
To: Ann Coulter

From: grey_whiskers

I'm sure there are many male FReepers who would volunteer to console you.

But not me, I'm taken.

Cheers!

36 posted on 07/21/2011 4:06:29 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Nachum

Several of them said: I’m Republican but I voted for President Obama, because I couldn’t live with Sarah Palin. Many said they were severely disappointed in the president. The biggest complaint was what several called “class warfare.” They said they didn’t understand what they had done to deserve that: If you want to have a conversation about taxation, have a conversation. But a president shouldn’t attack his constituents — he’s not the president of some people, he’s president of all the people. Someone mentioned Huey Long populism.


The same people who backed Obama are now backing Christie—?? Perfect. Tells you all you need to know about Christie.


37 posted on 07/21/2011 4:43:34 AM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: Joann37

I’m beginning to agree about Perry.


38 posted on 07/21/2011 4:49:17 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: Nachum
Several of them said: I’m Republican but I voted for President Obama, because I couldn’t live with Sarah Palin. Many said they were severely disappointed in the president. The biggest complaint was what several called “class warfare.” They said they didn’t understand what they had done to deserve that: If you want to have a conversation about taxation, have a conversation. But a president shouldn’t attack his constituents — he’s not the president of some people, he’s president of all the people. Someone mentioned Huey Long populism.

**************************************

Despicable, arrogant, unpatriotic scum.

39 posted on 07/21/2011 4:56:11 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: PaleoBob
The same people who backed Obama are now backing Christie—?? Perfect. Tells you all you need to know about Christie.

Sometimes the problem is the people. What type of person could support alternately Obama and Christie? What is the criteria for the choice? What decision-making process? What values? Maybe the people are shallow, fickle, ignorant of the issues? How is it Christie's fault -and a bad thing- that someone who voted for Obama could be disappointed and change their support? By your logic any conservative (real or perceived) that can draw former Obama supporters is a Rino. That makes no sense.
40 posted on 07/21/2011 4:58:52 AM PDT by visualops (Proud Air Force Mom)
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To: Joann37
Perry in 2012 and 2016, then Christie can run in 2020.

Or Christie as VP, SecState, SecDef, whatever in 2016, then run in 2020.

41 posted on 07/21/2011 5:23:18 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: Walrus
“A little trollery at work here, perhaps?”

That would make sense. I can't believe someone would be stupid enough to have felt that way about Palin as a VP candidate.
There are truckloads of garbage being generated about Palin and Bachmann.
I think it's a deliberate campaign to discredit both. Probably not organized; but just a knee jerk type of thing.

42 posted on 07/21/2011 5:29:41 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: Clairity
...we have to choose one from the people we have who are running.

I love this new meme that seems to be developing here on FR, as if we've passed some imaginary deadline and no one else is allowed to enter the race. Therefore, we have to choose from those who have already entered. Frankly, the only reason to be in the race this early is to gain name recognition. I consider those the weaker candidates. Why would I decide to support a weaker candidate now rather than wait until the fall to decide once the field is set?

43 posted on 07/21/2011 6:23:19 AM PDT by Jess79
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To: Nachum

Translation: Good Ole Boys Network NO Women allowed


44 posted on 07/21/2011 6:36:03 AM PDT by conservativesister
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To: sickoflibs

He really is - very articulate in a logical, common-sense way that would probably serve him well should he decide to run in the future. And of course Ann Coulter would take him in a heartbeat ;-)


45 posted on 07/21/2011 6:38:15 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Dr. Sivana

They are plutocrats who continue to want their allies in office to protect and aid their plundering. The last thing they need is an anti-corruption reformer leading their party.


46 posted on 07/21/2011 6:39:03 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Scanian

Yes, you are right about this. I am sick of these politicians whose wives won’t let them run (and yes, that includes Christie).

Perry’s wife WANTS him to run, so that’s good. I know he’s been labeled a RINO and is far from perfect, but whoever can beat 0bama is who should be the nominee.

Marco Rubio would be the best pick for VP, as many on this site have noted.


47 posted on 07/21/2011 6:58:31 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: Nachum
I’m staying in New Jersey. I am not just going to quit halfway through my term. The people trusted me, and I feel like I owe that trust and faith some fidelity.

Change New Jersey to Alaska and have a good laugh.

48 posted on 07/21/2011 7:49:31 AM PDT by RockinRight (If we're "teabaggers" then they're "d-baggers.")
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To: org.whodat

Yeah, and I’m bald, and Bachmann gets migraines...and Cain had cancer...are any of us in 100% perfect health?


49 posted on 07/21/2011 7:54:16 AM PDT by RockinRight (If we're "teabaggers" then they're "d-baggers.")
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To: grey_whiskers

LOL


50 posted on 07/21/2011 8:42:32 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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