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Report: Chris Christie surprised to find people not happy that he lavished Obama with praise
Hotair ^ | 11/21/2012 | AllahPundit

Posted on 11/21/2012 9:32:56 AM PST by SeekAndFind

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: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: chrischristie; hurricane; nj; obama

1 posted on 11/21/2012 9:33:02 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I am tired of Roly Poly and his brown nosing.


2 posted on 11/21/2012 9:34:59 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: SeekAndFind

You’re done fat boy.


3 posted on 11/21/2012 9:35:47 AM PST by DownInFlames
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To: SeekAndFind

Just go away and die you piece of sub-human degenerate filth. Just 10 more doughnuts should do the trick, you morbidly obese puddle of monkey vomit.


4 posted on 11/21/2012 9:37:18 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: DownInFlames

x2!


5 posted on 11/21/2012 9:39:39 AM PST by Obadiah (It pays to be a Democrat.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

Don’t mince words, tell us what you really think.


6 posted on 11/21/2012 9:40:55 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Go run Twinkies........


7 posted on 11/21/2012 9:41:38 AM PST by patriotspride
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To: dfwgator

Remembering his actions... So totally incomprehensible. So absolutely bizarre.


8 posted on 11/21/2012 9:42:34 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: SeekAndFind
“Christie,” a Romney adviser said, “allowed Obama to be president, not a politician.”

No, he didn't "allow" anything! He praised the figure more loathed by Republicans than any other, and that when Obama hadn't even done anything more than show up for a photo-op.

That's always going to be a Big Problem for a politician. It's like the inverse of the Dixie Chicks gaffe.

Some folks just don't learn from others' mistakes.

9 posted on 11/21/2012 9:43:35 AM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll never forgive the bat fastard.


10 posted on 11/21/2012 9:44:02 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: SeekAndFind
OBAMA CHRISTIE
11 posted on 11/21/2012 9:44:36 AM PST by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Christie showing poutrage ahead of his ultimate switch to the Democrat party.


12 posted on 11/21/2012 9:46:34 AM PST by brownsfan (It's over.)
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To: SeekAndFind

FAT, DISGUSTING BASTARD!


13 posted on 11/21/2012 9:49:44 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Christie has an ego bigger than his brain. If he is nominated, I stay home on election day.


14 posted on 11/21/2012 9:50:12 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: I want the USA back

His ego is bigger than his whole body, and THAT is PFB!!!!


15 posted on 11/21/2012 9:51:31 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: SeekAndFind

Christi should have been gone a long time ago when he appointed a Muslim Sharia man to the NJ supreme Court. Christi is an overblown, more than one way, blowhard who somehow believes he has valid political weight.There needs to be a lot of caution when giving this guy any political rope.


16 posted on 11/21/2012 9:54:23 AM PST by noinfringers2
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To: SeekAndFind

He should follow Charlie Crist’s lead and become Obama’s butt buddy. He gives RINOs a bad name.


17 posted on 11/21/2012 9:55:15 AM PST by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: SeekAndFind

A true RINO in more ways than one.


18 posted on 11/21/2012 9:57:47 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: SeekAndFind

Kristie Kreme just cannot understand why acting like a Democrat makes the Republican base mad.


19 posted on 11/21/2012 10:00:11 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obsequious!


20 posted on 11/21/2012 10:03:33 AM PST by old school
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like Cory Booker is going to run. He seems more sane than most Democrats - Might be a tough choice.


21 posted on 11/21/2012 10:05:17 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Truth29

Has this fat slob stopped crying yet after bruce springstein called him? Anyone...anyone who attended over 100 concerts of anyone needs a “checkup-from-the-neck-up”. Something nis wrong with this subhuman blob.


22 posted on 11/21/2012 10:10:19 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind

The fat man is a douchebag and he will soon find himself on a political junk heap.


23 posted on 11/21/2012 10:11:54 AM PST by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is there actually something wrong with Christie’s metabolism? Or is he really a gluttonous fat slob?

I’d humbly retract the second question were the first proven.


24 posted on 11/21/2012 10:20:57 AM PST by onedoug
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To: SeekAndFind

Note to Republicans: DO NOT SUCK UP TO OUR MOST HATED ENEMY, IT PIZZES OFF YOUR BASE!


25 posted on 11/21/2012 11:03:51 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: patriotspride

If anybody was to bail out the Twinkie, it would be Tubby Turncoat.


26 posted on 11/21/2012 11:30:02 AM PST by Homer1
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To: SeekAndFind

“Fat B*st*ard” is surprised? Heapin’ praise on Bowbama before he’s done a damn thing, while his people are still withour tricity, food and essentials! Maybe he’s just a “Fat Dumb B*st*rd”!


27 posted on 11/21/2012 11:52:15 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Bushbacker1; All
Correcting:

“Fat B*st*ard” is surprised? Heapin’ praise on Bowbama before he’s done a damn thing, while his people are still without tricity, food and essentials! Maybe he’s just a “Fat Dumb B*st*rd”!

Maybe, I just wanted to repeat it...

28 posted on 11/21/2012 11:55:51 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: SeekAndFind
Report: Chris Christie surprised to find people not happy that he lavished Obama with praise

If he's REALLY this clueless, then he is a shoe-in to be the RINO's POTUS candidate in 2016.

29 posted on 11/21/2012 12:05:02 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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