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Chris Christie surprised to find people not happy that he lavished Obama with praise before election
Hot Air ^ | 11/20/12 | Allahpundit

Posted on 11/20/2012 8:51:44 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I keep thinking, “Christie can’t 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. Christie’s 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. Christie’s expressions of admiration for the president, coupled with ubiquitous news coverage of the hurricane’s aftermath, raised Mr. Obama’s 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, that’s a total red herring. The objection isn’t that he worked with Obama, it’s that he seemed bizarrely determined to lavish fulsome praise on the guy with election day bearing down. He could have simply said, “I’ve 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 Christie’s 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? It’s 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, it’ll be a morale booster for conservatives nationally who are still bummed about 2012. Then, eyeing a presidential run in 2016, he’ll start tacking to the right. He’ll do a lot of grumbling about Obama to media outlets to try to purge the lingering aftertaste of his Sandy press conference. He’ll also do some outreach to Latino voters and young voters, both in New Jersey and nationally, to build media buzz that he’s “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.) He’ll have more viral-video confrontations and people will ooh and aah over those. He’ll stand out at the debates too as the brusque, no-nonsense guy among more polished candidates. The point in all this won’t 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, it’s 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?). I’m not saying he will win, just that it’s 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 hasn’t sunken in for me.

Anyway. Even if Christie rehabilitates himself in time, it won’t be anytime soon. Via Mediaite, here’s “The Five” dumping on him on yesterday’s show.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: chris; chrischristie; cinos; election2012; rino; stupid; whatdidyouexpect
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Full Title: Report: Chris Christie surprised to find people not happy that he lavished Obama with praise before election
1 posted on 11/20/2012 8:51:52 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

If he’s “surprised”, then he sure isn’t as clever of a politician as he has deluded himself to be, is he.


2 posted on 11/20/2012 8:53:20 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

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?


3 posted on 11/20/2012 8:56:38 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Olog-hai

what do they call people like him in Jersey?

A freek’n moron?

Seems to fit if he didn’t see this one coming.


4 posted on 11/20/2012 8:57:19 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Soon he’ll be gone from the national scene and back to the fulfilling life of working as a New Jersey prosecutor.


5 posted on 11/20/2012 8:57:29 PM PST by Baynative
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Go re register in the CPUSA you fat liberal slob.

You certainly don’t belong in the Republican party.


6 posted on 11/20/2012 8:57:39 PM PST by dalereed
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To: cableguymn

It’s called a lack of situational awareness.


7 posted on 11/20/2012 8:58:10 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

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!


8 posted on 11/20/2012 8:58:38 PM PST by Hildy (hen the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - Socrates)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I bet he is not.


9 posted on 11/20/2012 8:58:46 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Then, eyeing a presidential run in 2016, he’ll start tacking to the right.

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...

10 posted on 11/20/2012 8:59:16 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

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.


11 posted on 11/20/2012 8:59:30 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("Our president ... makes big speeches packed full of little ideas" Charles C. W. Cooke)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

He should have asked Charlie Crist.


12 posted on 11/20/2012 8:59:39 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (')
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To: rockrr

He won’t have to worry about 2016 if he doesn’t lose 200 pounds, stat!


13 posted on 11/20/2012 9:00:05 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: GeronL

Chris Christie and Barack Obama, doing the Dance of Luvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv.

14 posted on 11/20/2012 9:00:36 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

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.


15 posted on 11/20/2012 9:01:02 PM PST by stanne
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Manchelle needs to cut off Christie’s dough-nuts.


16 posted on 11/20/2012 9:01:56 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Chris Christie surprised to find people not happy that he lavished Obama with praise before election

There you have it. He's stupid. Send in the next candidate please....

17 posted on 11/20/2012 9:02:14 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Yep. Another Republican trying to run without support of the base. I wonder which Democrat will be the next president?


18 posted on 11/20/2012 9:02:21 PM PST by Yogafist
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

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.


19 posted on 11/20/2012 9:04:03 PM PST by doc1019 (Islam, the religion of animals.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

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.


20 posted on 11/20/2012 9:04:41 PM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Chris Christie = F N Judas


21 posted on 11/20/2012 9:06:19 PM PST by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I will donate to anyone that runs against Christie ..... even a democrat.


22 posted on 11/20/2012 9:06:32 PM PST by Gator113 (WHO gave the order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Awww....Don’t worry, Governor, we’ll remember in 2016.


23 posted on 11/20/2012 9:07:33 PM PST by 'smith
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To: cableguymn

That and worse.

Wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up being one of those that end up either defecting to the Dems or becoming an “independent” (so-called).


24 posted on 11/20/2012 9:08:54 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Yogafist
Yep. Another Republican trying to run without support of the base. I wonder which Democrat will be the next president?

I've been predicting right here, for months now, that the GOP-e/CINO brain trust would (and most likely will) ecstatically champion a Jebbie Bush/Chris Christie ticket in '16.

It won't be even remotely conservative, of course... but, oh my: won't they concede victory to Hillary ever so gracefully, on election night -- ?!?

25 posted on 11/20/2012 9:09:27 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I’ll be voting for the Libertarian Party or the Constitution Party nominee in 2016 if Chrispy Creme is on the Republican line. What a dufus!!


26 posted on 11/20/2012 9:10:28 PM PST by Steelers6
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Not sure why people are so surprised that one Romney Republican would turn on another. After all, it’s what liberals DO.


27 posted on 11/20/2012 9:11:04 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; ...
Ezra Klein on the Dem channel came up with a theory that is not bad.

He said that Christie had to suck up to O on camera to win his future re-election in Blue state NJ which he needs to do to have a chance to get the R nomination in 2016. Adding that his popularity in that area has soared compared to Boomberg and Coumo for that photo-op.

So it goes that once Christie wins NJ re-election that Republicans will be so starving for the WH that they will be begging for him to be the nominee.

OK, if this sounds made up he also pointed out how the R party picked McCain and then Romney as nominees. That they will ignore conservative principles for the ‘most electable’.
OWCH, that hurt!

28 posted on 11/20/2012 9:13:12 PM PST by sickoflibs (How long before cry-Bohner caves to O again? They took the House for what?)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Not sure why people are so surprised that one Romney Republican would turn on another. After all, it’s what liberals DO.

"A tender-hearted woman finds a dying, half-frozen snake on the side of the road. Taking the snake home, she revives it by the fire and and hugs it to her bosom.

"The snake then promptly bites her, then hisses smugly as she lies dying in disbelief: 'Silly woman! You knew I was a snake before you brought me in!'"

29 posted on 11/20/2012 9:14:42 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Booker will beat Christie. The end.


30 posted on 11/20/2012 9:15:02 PM PST by Argus
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To: Mortrey

she did. she told Barak to let Hostess go tits up.


31 posted on 11/20/2012 9:15:17 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

He’s dead to me.


32 posted on 11/20/2012 9:16:06 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Hildy

SNL was the coupe de grace. He’s dead to me.


33 posted on 11/20/2012 9:17:43 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Socratic moment


34 posted on 11/20/2012 9:18:34 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Corey Booker, Mayor of Newark, is a black, Rhodes Scholar, like Slick Willie, Democrat. The fat man only beat Corzine by 4% last election. NJ is a Democrat state and Booker will bury him.


35 posted on 11/20/2012 9:20:18 PM PST by golf lover (going)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

It is discouraging, but it took us generations to get to this point, and the fix is not going happen overnight. We are winning within the party, but it would sure help if the party wasn’t so insistent on shooting itself in the foot.


36 posted on 11/20/2012 9:22:12 PM PST by Yogafist
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To: Argus

I know folks directly impacted by the hurricane. Christie is still running around, giving speeches with the democrat senators. There is nothing out of the ordinary being done for the citizens of NJ, in fact there is wide scale suffering.

I watched Christie during the hurricane. He praised Obama to high heaven when Obama had done nothing, and he absolutely treated Romney like a leper at the same time.

It’s Christie who is playing politics with this, and I’d love to know what “job” he is doing to help anyone. He’s a perfect democrat at this point, pretend to care while people go to hell.


37 posted on 11/20/2012 9:25:09 PM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

These East Coast Republicans are always built up by the East Coast media and East Coast pundits, like Ann Coulter.


38 posted on 11/20/2012 9:26:12 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: golf lover

And guess what, Booker isn’t that bad. He put his life at risk tossing out a corrupt democrat machine in Newark. I’m very conservative and he can have my vote, because Christie sure is not getting it.


39 posted on 11/20/2012 9:28:04 PM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

“If Booker does run and Christie beats him next year, it’ll be a morale booster for conservatives”

Fascinating. How does Christie winning anything from this moment forward boost my morale?
And that fat guy will never be president. A few pounds, maybe,, but that kind of obesity is a huge deal killer.

Besides, he’s a one trick pony. He can talk tough to unionized teachers. But he loves Islam, illegal immigration, gays, abortion, etc. He’s no conservative.


40 posted on 11/20/2012 9:29:18 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

That fat ba$tard is dead to me. Not that he was my favorite to begin with - with his reflexively anti-gun stance and his nomination of multiple pro-Islamist judges in the name of “diversity” - but he all but gave Bathhouse tongue during Sandy and positively sunk any chance of getting rid of that Commie SOB.

I will be a broken glass Republican for anyone BUT Christie.


41 posted on 11/20/2012 9:32:12 PM PST by Ancesthntr (Why do blacks think that a half-white multi-millionairre really cares about them?)
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To: Hildy

Narcissitic behavior is the “new Normal”!

Where ya been Hildy?
/s


42 posted on 11/20/2012 9:34:38 PM PST by acapesket
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I think you are right. I think those lunatics would indeed nominate Jeb. I swear by all thats holy, i will NEVER vote for anyone named Bush. Even if they aren’t related. Even if the dems run Lenins grandson against him.

I mean it, i really do. At that point it would be better to vote for the democrats directly, rather than endure the death of 1000 cuts with the GOP.


43 posted on 11/20/2012 9:37:43 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
“I will not apologize for doing my job,” he emphatically told one of them . . .

And I will not apologize for donating to any Conservative who runs against you, Two Ton.
44 posted on 11/20/2012 9:38:22 PM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the lance and the arrows as a warning.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I formerly loved Christie.....not anymore. I can understand working for your state and being emotional about the devastation, but he went too far praising and hugging Obama. Fool.


45 posted on 11/20/2012 9:38:22 PM PST by tioga (On suicide watch. 4 more years is too much.)
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To: righttackle44

Does anyone think that people will vote for a guy who could keel over at any time from a massive coronary?


46 posted on 11/20/2012 9:40:59 PM PST by dfwgator
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47 posted on 11/20/2012 9:51:43 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: cableguymn

The colloquial New Jersey comment would be: “He thinks who he is’’.


48 posted on 11/20/2012 9:52:31 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Two "GOP" pols I will never vote for - anyone with the last name of, or relation to, Bush, and Chris Christie.
49 posted on 11/20/2012 9:53:50 PM PST by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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Too comfortable in one’s skin.


50 posted on 11/20/2012 9:55:53 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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