Skip to comments.Chris Christie surprised to find people not happy that he lavished Obama with praise before election
Posted on 11/20/2012 8:51:44 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
I keep thinking, Christie cant possibly come back from this. And then I think, Wait, did we actually just nominate John McCain and the guy responsible for RomneyCare?
Never underestimate the Republican capacity to forgive, my friends:
But behind the scenes, the intensity of the reaction from those in Mr. Christies party caught him by surprise, interviews show, requiring a rising Republican star to try to contain a tempest that left him feeling deeply misunderstood and wounded...
The tensions followed Mr. Christie to the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Las Vegas last week. At a gathering where he had expected to be celebrated, Mr. Christie was repeatedly reminded of how deeply he had offended fellow Republicans.
I will not apologize for doing my job, he emphatically told one of them in a hotel hallway at the ornate Wynn Resort...
Inside the Romney campaign, there is little doubt that Mr. Christies expressions of admiration for the president, coupled with ubiquitous news coverage of the hurricanes aftermath, raised Mr. Obamas standing at a crucial moment...
Christie, a Romney adviser said, allowed Obama to be president, not a politician.
Romney 2012 donors, many of whom were doubtless prospective Christie 2016 donors, are supposedly furious. Two things here. One: While Christie will wisely and strenuously attempt to frame this as an argument over whether he was supposed to do his job in the aftermath of a ferocious disaster, thats a total red herring. The objection isnt that he worked with Obama, its that he seemed bizarrely determined to lavish fulsome praise on the guy with election day bearing down. He could have simply said, Ive been working with the president throughout the crisis. He and FEMA have been helpful. Mike Bloomberg, who ended up endorsing Obama, politely declined his request to visit NYC after the storm on grounds that it would have been disruptive. Christie could have done that too. Bottom line: How would it have interfered with Christies ability to do his job if he had merely refused to provide Obama with a glorious bipartisan photo op just a few days before the election? Was O not going to take his calls for FEMA aid anymore otherwise? Its impossible to believe that this was all a product of storm-induced blindness to the political implications rather than Christie working an angle to appeal to Democrats in New Jersey ahead of a tough gubernatorial race potentially with Cory Booker.
Two: How much will it hurt him really? If Booker does run and Christie beats him next year, itll be a morale booster for conservatives nationally who are still bummed about 2012. Then, eyeing a presidential run in 2016, hell start tacking to the right. Hell do a lot of grumbling about Obama to media outlets to try to purge the lingering aftertaste of his Sandy press conference. Hell also do some outreach to Latino voters and young voters, both in New Jersey and nationally, to build media buzz that hes building bridges to key demographics that the GOP lost in 2012. (His Jersey persona lends itself to a paint-by-numbers in touch with the middle class narrative too.) Hell have more viral-video confrontations and people will ooh and aah over those. Hell stand out at the debates too as the brusque, no-nonsense guy among more polished candidates. The point in all this wont be to ingratiate himself with grassroots conservatives; between the Sandy episode with O and his various other heresies, including his belief in man-made global warming, that bridge is probably burned. But, per my McCain/Romney point up top, its certainly possible to win the nomination even if grassroots righties disdain you, especially if the base is split several ways among other candidates (Rubio, Ryan, Paul?). Im not saying he will win, just that its silly to write him or anyone off right now. We nominated Mitt Romney and John McCain, guys. Repeat that to yourselves until it sinks in. And then, when it does, tell me how you did it. Because it still hasnt sunken in for me.
Anyway. Even if Christie rehabilitates himself in time, it wont be anytime soon. Via Mediaite, heres The Five dumping on him on yesterdays show.
If he’s “surprised”, then he sure isn’t as clever of a politician as he has deluded himself to be, is he.
So it his job to lavish praise for job well done before any job was done??
Isn’t that how Obama got the Nobel Prize?
what do they call people like him in Jersey?
A freek’n moron?
Seems to fit if he didn’t see this one coming.
Soon he’ll be gone from the national scene and back to the fulfilling life of working as a New Jersey prosecutor.
Go re register in the CPUSA you fat liberal slob.
You certainly don’t belong in the Republican party.
It’s called a lack of situational awareness.
Then he goes on SNL. he has shown himself for the self-centered person he truly is. I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him.. And you know how far that would be!
I bet he is not.
He'll need another hurricane to blow him back anywhere near the right. I would hope that this would be the last we hear of The Corpulent One but knowing how stupid pubbie voters can be...
Christie, you essentially gave Obama his second Nobel Prize - an award for things he hadn’t done yet in the hope that he would behave in a certain way. You can’t possibly be that politically naive about the optics of what you did. Check the exit polling - you [deleted] up.
He should have asked Charlie Crist.
He won’t have to worry about 2016 if he doesn’t lose 200 pounds, stat!
Oh, Mr. Cristie, yoo hoo!
Go home and help with the turkey and, s’il vous plait, get off the stage.
The holiday has begun.
Overexposure set in three weeks ago already.
Manchelle needs to cut off Christie’s dough-nuts.
There you have it. He's stupid. Send in the next candidate please....
Yep. Another Republican trying to run without support of the base. I wonder which Democrat will be the next president?
As a former resident of NJ, Christie is not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination. He is the consummate RINO. He has done great things for NJ under the guise of conservatism. However he is a political animal with his political future in mind.
If one were to take all his political achievements into considerations ... he is more liberal then conservative.
All the news is how he is running around with the democrat senators now, both of whom are do nothing scumbags. He will either be their governor soon, or gone.