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Is Christie the One? (The answer is No)
Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2013 | Cal Thomas

Posted on 11/07/2013 1:13:17 PM PST by Kaslin

Last August before a closed meeting of Republican leaders in Boston, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey said, "We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win."

Tuesday night, Christie won. Big time. In one of the nation's bluest states, Christie got 60.5 percent of the vote. His Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, claims she lost because "Democratic political bosses" made a deal with Christie "despite him representing almost everything they're against. ... They did it to help themselves politically and financially." In other words, they voted out of self-interest. Imagine that. Self-interest in politics.

"I didn't seek a second term to do small things," said Christie Tuesday night. "I sought a second term to finish the job. Now watch me do it."

It was the first Christie speech I have seen in several months and it was the first time I didn't think of his weight before considering his words. Christie, who had lap-band surgery to lose weight, appears committed to slimming down and looks good. If he can drop another 50 to 100 pounds, he could be in shape for 2016. After demonstrating his ability to attract Democrats and Independents during his re-election campaign, Christie must be considered the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.

"A political celebrity" is what Newark Star-Ledger reporter Jenna Portnoy called him in her Election Night story. The last time Republicans had one of those his name was Ronald Reagan.

Christie does more than dump on Washington's gridlock and dysfunction. He contrasts his accomplishments with Washington's failures. It's not only style, but substance. As when he said Tuesday night: "I know that if we can do this in Trenton, New Jersey, then maybe the folks in Washington, D.C., should tune in to their TVs right now and see how it's done."

Virtually everyone runs against Washington, but none have been able to slay the dragon. That's because changing Washington ought not be the goal; the goal should be to change ourselves and our attitudes about government. Virtually everyone dislikes "Washington," but when it comes to giving up a favorite program, they resist. If Christie seeks the presidency, he will have to say what he will eliminate and how he will do it, as well as tell voters they must do more for themselves. The force of his personality will not be enough. Few change Washington. Usually Washington changes them.

For Christie to have a successful run at the presidency, he might assemble a bipartisan group of advisers. If he has Democrats working with him that would make it more difficult for them to attack him, giving him the chance to replicate nationally what he has done in New Jersey. He doesn't have to compromise his principles. He should focus on what works. It's one thing to take on the unions in New Jersey, for example. It's quite another to take them on nationally.

Should Christie run for president, the national media will initially be torn between a sure-fire ratings booster like Christie and the possibility of the first woman president. Ultimately, it'll be no contest. Media will likely back Hillary Clinton.

But Hillary Clinton can be beaten. After all, Barack Obama did it. In 2008, it was a choice for Democrats between Clinton and the first African-American president. That choice won't be as profound, or as historic, in two years. Christie will have to run on a platform of knowing how to succeed, which puts Clinton at a disadvantage, since her list of accomplishments is meager, if not nonexistent.

The conservative wing of the GOP will have to decide whether they want purity or victory. No politician (including the sainted Reagan) is perfect.

At the August GOP gathering in Boston, Christie said, "I'm in this business to win ... if we don't win, we don't govern. And if we don't govern, all we do is shout into the wind...."

This country needs someone who will govern. Is Christie the one?


TOPICS: Editorial; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 2016gopprimary; barbarabuono; calthomas; chrischristie; christie; christie2016; finos; newjersey; njfatman
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1 posted on 11/07/2013 1:13:17 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The BIG one? From his photos, it looks like it.


2 posted on 11/07/2013 1:14:47 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: Kaslin
The one to win the next hot dog eating contest on Jersey Shore? Yeah, he might be.
3 posted on 11/07/2013 1:15:08 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Kaslin

Hell No.


4 posted on 11/07/2013 1:15:18 PM PST by mulligan
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To: Kaslin

While there is some logic to having some Democrats on your side (Reagan had quite a number of them from the South and his foreign policy neoconservatives), I would be hard pressed to think of what Democrats today would be worth aligning with to get crossover support.


5 posted on 11/07/2013 1:18:21 PM PST by tellw
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To: Kaslin
Cal! ..you Jackass!!

Chris Christie is just the latest Juan MeCain & Mitt Romney and we know how those presidential campaigns ended!

6 posted on 11/07/2013 1:18:28 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Alaska Wolf

If “Krispy” is the “answer” it MUST have been a REALLY STUPID Question!


7 posted on 11/07/2013 1:20:58 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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We must make significant headway in 2014 in terms of displacing the RINOs. If we don’t, Christie will be the inevitability similar to the one Clinton presents to the Dems.


8 posted on 11/07/2013 1:21:07 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Kaslin
"I didn't seek a second term to do small things," said Christie Tuesday night.

From a guy who wears size XXXXXXL, he's probably thinking he said a funny there.

9 posted on 11/07/2013 1:22:14 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Kaslin
But Hillary Clinton can be beaten.

Not by Chris Christie, she can't. And she won't be. Christie would finally divorce the Republican Party from its base, and never would a split up be so richly earned or deserved.

10 posted on 11/07/2013 1:25:28 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Kaslin
Cal, have you lost your mind? Your article reminds me of John McEnroe ....

YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS?!!!

11 posted on 11/07/2013 1:25:54 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Kaslin

Is Christie the One? To lose another Presidential Election?e
YES..............


12 posted on 11/07/2013 1:27:10 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Kaslin

~~~Is Christie the one?~~~

I’d say more like THE FIVE

Bob Beckel, of course.


13 posted on 11/07/2013 1:31:24 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

Hey, I like the Five. I mute Beckel if I have to, and you can to


14 posted on 11/07/2013 1:33:35 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

“Is Christie the one?”

No, no way in hell!!


15 posted on 11/07/2013 1:33:51 PM PST by Gator113 ( Cruz, Palin and Lee speak for me, most everyone else is just noise.)
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To: Kaslin

Too much work - I don’t waste time muting liberal lies

I just don’t listen to them - but too many in the USA do AND believe them


16 posted on 11/07/2013 1:34:56 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Kaslin
I'll make a prediction --

Everyone will complain about Christie being a liberal for the next 2 years & swear they will never, ever vote for him.

As the election gets closer, those same people will get weak knees & insist the only acceptable thing to do is vote for him. Otherwise, life in the Milky Way galaxy will cease to exist as we know it. Those who insist otherwise will be insulted, told they are closet Democrats, called traitors, etc.

Christie will then either a) get defeated (see Romney, McCain, Dole) or b) win, but govern like a liberal (see Bush I, Bush II).

And then the cycle will start all over.

Not much of a prediction, really.

17 posted on 11/07/2013 1:35:09 PM PST by gdani
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To: Kaslin

“A political celebrity” is what Newark Star-Ledger reporter Jenna Portnoy called him in her Election Night story. The last time Republicans had one of those his name was Ronald Reagan.

How dare you compare this political hack to Reagan...


18 posted on 11/07/2013 1:35:15 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign is for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Christies wouldn’t even carry New Jersey.


19 posted on 11/07/2013 1:35:42 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Gator113

If the choice is between two democrats, why not go third party.


20 posted on 11/07/2013 1:35:45 PM PST by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: Kaslin
Christie is the one.

Karl Rove is the other one.

21 posted on 11/07/2013 1:35:47 PM PST by Gluteus Maximus
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To: SECURE AMERICA

I would say “self-indulgent hack,”


22 posted on 11/07/2013 1:36:51 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Kaslin
I told all my RINO friends and relatives: If it's Christie, I stay home along with several million of my closest friends.

ENOUGH!! McPain and Romney did not get it done--let's go for the hat trick, eh? And, RNC, Reice Prebus (?) and company: I might have been induced to vote for him if you guys supported Tea Party candidates. But now you can all go pound sand.

23 posted on 11/07/2013 1:37:07 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Kaslin
MR.D.C is a losing strategy. When will we learn?
McCain
Romney
Dole
Christie
24 posted on 11/07/2013 1:37:49 PM PST by DrewsDad (Environmental Extremism Eventually Endangers Everyone)
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To: Kaslin

No. Next...!


25 posted on 11/07/2013 1:37:58 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: TexasCajun

Wait a minute. Did you miss the question mark in the title and the last sentence? He is just asking the readers. He is not telling the readers that Christie is the one


26 posted on 11/07/2013 1:38:01 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Is Christie the One?

No. He's a Number Two.

27 posted on 11/07/2013 1:40:30 PM PST by windsorknot (>>>)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Supposedly he had a lab-band surgery but just let it go at that and did not follow up


28 posted on 11/07/2013 1:40:52 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Pharmboy
I told all my RINO friends and relatives: If it's Christie, I stay home along with several million of my closest friends.

Okay, now what about the 2014 election, when we have a chance to take Senate over. Will you stay home then too and guarantee that we will stay the minority party forever?

Thanks a lot /s> T

29 posted on 11/07/2013 1:48:58 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

No more N.E. RINO’s for me


30 posted on 11/07/2013 2:01:37 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: gdani

You hit the old nail on the head with your #17, as sure as night follows day.

I swore off voting for liberals after McCain and I meant it, I did not vote for Romney and have no need to apologize for it.

I read people on here saying after McCain, “never again”, then Romney comes along, several degrees worse than McCain and those same people said, we have to vote for him. Now some of the same folks are saying they’ll never vote for Christy. We’ll see.

I don’t vote for liberals, I don’t give a rat’s ass what letter they have behind their name.


31 posted on 11/07/2013 2:03:17 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Kaslin

google...lobbyist for bernie maddoff...guess what ya find


32 posted on 11/07/2013 2:36:44 PM PST by OL Hickory (Jesus and the American soldier-1 died for your soul/1 died for your freedom)
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To: OL Hickory

How about a bing?

http://www.bing.com/search?q=lobbyist+for+bernie+maddoff&qs=n&form=QBLH&pq=lobbyist+for+bernie+maddoff&sc=0-0&sp=-1&sk=&cvid=1028adfe41e041d7b48480181d73d6a4

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33 posted on 11/07/2013 2:41:29 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Kaslin
Of COURSE I will vote in 2014--although here in the People's Republic of Montgomery County (MD) my vote does not go far--there may be some referendums to vote on.

But I will long remember what the pubbies did to the Commonwealth of Virginia just because they didn't 'like' Cooch.

Do you want more of Boehner, McConnell and Rove? I sure don't.

34 posted on 11/07/2013 2:50:30 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Kaslin
CAL CAL CAL....

DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES CALL FOR EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE OUR BEST AND OUR BRIGHTEST....A SUPER MAN AND A SUPER WOMAN... WHO COULD THEY BE?

TED CRUZ:



AND...

ANN COULTER SUPER WOMAN


35 posted on 11/07/2013 3:05:55 PM PST by jimsin
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To: Kaslin

I held my nose and voted for McCain and voted for Romney. I happily voted for Chris Christie for Governor of NJ on Tuesday.

It is because of voter fraud and the dopes who refuse to vote for RINO’s who sat home in 2008 and 2012 that we have 0bama in the White House. Fight for the best candidate — to me that would be a “true conservative”. If your candidate didn’t get the nomination, vote anyways and select the best candidate. In 2012, it was easily NOT 0bama. No matter how much of a RINO is on the ballot, they will be better than the Dem candidate (see what has happened since 0bama got in the WH). Fight for the most conservative candidate in the primaries and vote for the most conservative candidate on election day.


36 posted on 11/07/2013 3:05:58 PM PST by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: F15Eagle

More like the whole cast of the Five.


37 posted on 11/07/2013 3:09:57 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Kaslin

Re: “If we don’t win, we don’t govern.”

Even when we do win, we don’t govern!


38 posted on 11/07/2013 3:18:35 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: Kaslin

The answer is HELL no!


39 posted on 11/07/2013 3:21:32 PM PST by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: tellw

You make an excellent point.

Well stated.


40 posted on 11/07/2013 3:28:55 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: Kaslin
NO!
41 posted on 11/07/2013 3:39:52 PM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: RobbyS
Re: “Christie wouldn’t even carry New Jersey.”

Probably true.

From the New Jersey exit poll on Tuesday:

“Who would be the best President?”

Hillary Clinton - 48%

Chris Christie - 44%

42 posted on 11/07/2013 3:46:07 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: Kaslin

No thanks. I don’t need another Obama hugger.

If that punk moves into the White House in 2017, he’ll have done it WITHOUT my vote.

Trust me, even if he is given a Republican House and Senate, he’ll govern as a left-tard.

He’ll make deals with the left and ignore the base of the Republican party.

No. To. Christie.


43 posted on 11/07/2013 3:52:39 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Graybeard58

Dole was better than McCain.

Romney was better than Dole.

Romney was better than McCain.

Romney was better than Christie.

Christie is better than McCain.

Christie is better than Dole.

I still won’t vote for Christie.

Those are my opinions.


44 posted on 11/07/2013 3:54:57 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Kaslin

That barf burger RINO has no chance to get the GOP nomination. What conservative would vote for him? I’d just as soon let the Hildebeast win and get on with the 1776 solution.


45 posted on 11/07/2013 3:56:19 PM 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: mulligan

NAFCIH: Not a F*ing Chance in Hell!


46 posted on 11/07/2013 3:57:05 PM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: kevinm13
I held my nose and voted for McCain and voted for Romney. I happily voted for Chris Christie for Governor of NJ on Tuesday.

If I were you, I would move and not try to give us all advice on voting for RINOs. I took your advice and voted for McCain and McCain 2. I won't do it again, that is why we keep getting these loser RINOs because we hold our noses and vote for them. I am telling the RNC early enough that I won't vote for their eRINOs ever a-freakin' gain.

47 posted on 11/07/2013 4:04:10 PM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Kaslin

Is Christie the One?

Plant


48 posted on 11/07/2013 4:24:32 PM PST by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: Kaslin
Re: “Okay, now what about the 2014 election, when we have a chance to take Senate over.”

We have NO chance to take over the Senate in 2014.

We had some chance in 2010 because large numbers of Black and Hispanic voters stayed home.

The Democrat Party will NEVER let that happen again.

Example - In Texas, the DNC began organizing for 2014 Hispanic turnout just a few weeks after the 2012 campaign ended.

Most important - America creates 1 million new citizens each year.

800,000 of them will support the Democrat Party.

I think 2014 might be the year that Conservatives first realize how much damage Legal Immigration has done to our political system.

I think we will lose the House in 2014.

If not, it will only be because hatred of ObamaCare saved our small - and completely useless - majority.

49 posted on 11/07/2013 4:25:12 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: Kaslin
Somebody stick a fork in NJ Governor Krispy Kreme; he's done. This oaf is NOT presidential timber except for the GOPee RINO Establishment and the DC Beltway Corrupt Bastards Club. Those folks in the GOPee RINO Establishment, New Jersey, and Ann Coulter can slobber over him all they want. He is a putz.
50 posted on 11/07/2013 4:32:00 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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