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Chris Christie: The New Tom Dewey
American Spectator ^ | November 12, 2013 | Jeffrey Lord

Posted on 11/12/2013 3:10:46 PM PST by neverdem

He won re-election as a Republican governor by almost 60 percent of the vote. He loved to talk about what he called the “Teamwork Government” he had brought to his state capital — especially when it came to contrasting what he and his tight-knit band of advisers deemed as the wild success and popularity of his Teamwork Government with the chaos of Washington.

He boldly went where other Republicans would not go, winning an unprecedented pledge of neutrality from the deeply liberal labor movement. Stunningly, of the 24 members of the American Federation of Labor’s endorsement board, 22 wanted to enthusiastically endorse him, the union finally declining out of respect for the remaining 2 members who favored his Democratic opponent.

He was fearless in taking on his critics in his own Republican Party, repeatedly lecturing them that government was created to meet the needs of man, bluntly rejecting what he called “the blind obstruction which Democrats claim is our habit and some Republicans would like to take as our role.” At one campaign rally he was especially defiant. “It is the job of a majority party to build, not to tear down; to go forward, not to obstruct. It is not the function of a political party to die fighting for obsolete slogans.… In a generation torn by strife between extremists and fanatics, let us have the balance… to prove that democracy can maintain itself as a master of its own destiny, feed its hungry, house its homeless, and provide work for its idle… without the reliance on political racketeers.”

He loved the idea of medical insurance for the poor...

--snip--

Pragmatism is the language of governing failure, its result a serious Republican Establishment responsibility for the nation’s $17 trillion debt and $90 trillion in unfunded liabilities...

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barbarabuono; chrischristie; christie; dewey; finos; newjersey; tomdewey

1 posted on 11/12/2013 3:10:46 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

The liberal mainstream media keeps telling us that Christie is the only republican that could win a national election. They did the same thing for us with John McLame.


2 posted on 11/12/2013 3:13:43 PM PST by boycott
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To: neverdem

Dewey was called “ the man on the wedding cake” because of his appearance. Christie could be called the man who ate the wedding cake.


3 posted on 11/12/2013 3:15:27 PM PST by xkaydet65 (.You have never tasted freedom, else you would know it is purchased not with gold but with steel)
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To: neverdem
Corpus Christie: Government is here to serve man


4 posted on 11/12/2013 3:16:08 PM PST by GeronL
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To: boycott

Yep. The Libs want him SO bad. It’s all we’re going to hear about for 2 1/2 years until such time as they force his nomination on us, and then they will turn on him like rabid dogs and whatever the Dems nominate wins ... again.


5 posted on 11/12/2013 3:16:16 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: RIghtwardHo

Yep. The media will be focused on his incessantly.

He will be a horrible right-winger and a team player with Democrats at the same time, sometimes in the same article, depending on the intended audience.


6 posted on 11/12/2013 3:17:53 PM PST by GeronL
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To: neverdem
repeatedly lecturing them that government was created to meet the needs of man

Well there's your problem right there
7 posted on 11/12/2013 3:20:05 PM PST by slumber1 (Fortune favors the bold!)
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To: slumber1

bump


8 posted on 11/12/2013 3:21:07 PM PST by GeronL
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To: neverdem
He won re-election as a Republican governor by almost 60 percent of the vote

Because a larger percentage of voters could not even name his opponent!

9 posted on 11/12/2013 3:21:09 PM PST by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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To: RIghtwardHo

“They” are not going to force his nomination on us. A poll that just came out shows that the only place Christie leads a “generic” Republican candidate in Repulican polls is the Northeast Christie loses to a “no-name” Republican in the rest of the US, most heavily in the West.

Stick a fork in the fat pig. He has cooked his goose with the majority of Republican voters.


10 posted on 11/12/2013 3:21:46 PM PST by CdMGuy
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To: RIghtwardHo

The libs want Christie to be the republican nominee because they know he would lose.

They will turn on Christie as soon as he gets the nomination. They did the same exact thing with McLame.


11 posted on 11/12/2013 3:23:44 PM PST by boycott
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To: GeronL
*He will be a horrible right-winger and a team player with Democrats at the same time, sometimes in the same article*

Probably in the same sentence, if I know TIME. That rag is amazingly schitzo, but they always come up with the same conclusion:

CAPITALISM, BAD
SOCIALIST TOTALITARIAN DICTATORSHIP, GOOD

They'll probably have Christy's face on the cover for every issue until the election.

13 posted on 11/12/2013 3:36:32 PM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: neverdem

We suddenly find Time Magazine credible? What happened to “The MSM is pushing Christie on us!!!” Now they’re damning him and it’s believable?


14 posted on 11/12/2013 3:43:21 PM PST by MissesBush (The Fourth Estate has Become a Fifth Column)
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To: neverdem

What is interesting and what is never mentioned is for years the voting public has been voting (in their opinion) for the lesser of 2 evils. And what do we have today? Evil in control of our nation. There is no significant difference between Dem’s and Pub’s except the names. If this was not true we would not be in the current huge mess. And this situation has been in effect for 100 years or more. It is time to nominate a very conservative person as the Pub’s leader. Perhaps, if Goldwater had been elected in 1964 in lieu of Johnson we might have never reached today’s mess. But that huge defeat has had the Pub’s on the run ever since. Wake-up America and Americans’ before the sun sets on our Nation.


15 posted on 11/12/2013 3:55:52 PM PST by mulligan
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To: neverdem
I guess Jeffrey Lord gets paid by the word -- or maybe by the insinuation.
16 posted on 11/12/2013 3:56:18 PM PST by x
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To: neverdem

17 posted on 11/12/2013 4:15:30 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: CdMGuy

18 posted on 11/12/2013 4:17:57 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: RIghtwardHo
You know what's worse than having a RINO pushed on to us and becoming the GOP nominee? When they go out of their way to choose a conservative, then the media will say what a brilliant pick it is and that Tea Partiers need to get onboard.

I don't care if Christie resurrects the body and soul of Washington himself...I'm still ain't voting for him.

20 posted on 11/12/2013 4:36:39 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: mulligan

well said, mulligan


21 posted on 11/12/2013 4:48:20 PM PST by Mountain Mary
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To: neverdem


22 posted on 11/12/2013 4:59:12 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: neverdem

I tweeted this to Lara M. Brown, PhD. She was bragging on Christie after the election and when I disagreed she responded to me. Surprising. She said “He is a real contender. I am an analyst and it has nothing to do with party.” Or something like that. I told her Christie will turn out just like Dole, McCain, Romney (forgot about Ford).
It will be immediate for the media to attack him if he is nominated. So much fodder.


23 posted on 11/12/2013 5:29:58 PM PST by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: neverdem

America ain’t Joizey.


24 posted on 11/12/2013 5:37:02 PM PST by EricT. (Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Big brother is watching you.)
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To: neverdem
I'm not crazy about Christie, and I agree with the author in much of what he says, but his "take no prisoners, admit no uncertainties, recognize no ambiguities" approach is off-putting.

Just about any Republican who can get the nomination is likely to be called a RINO (unless they've been given immunity, as Reagan was), because any governor or senator from a large state has probably had to make compromises to make it as far as he or she did.

Any Republican who loses a presidential election is likely to get called a RINO and (a loser) because they've had to make such compromises to get as far as they did, and because there's an interest in claiming that they were anything but a true conservative (unless this is absolutely deniable, as was the case with Goldwater).

Any Republican who wins the presidency is going to be called a RINO who doesn't do anything to decrease the size of government (unless, like Ronald Reagan, they've been given an immunity), even though there are real limits to what any president can do to reduce the size of government.

I'm not saying that Christie should get the nomination or that McCain and Romney weren't moderates. I'm just tired of this guy hitting people over the head with weak arguments and half-truths. There is no sure-fire way to elect a Republican president, especially nowadays, and no guarantee that Lord's favorite strategies will work.

Whatever Christie's faults, comparing any candidate to Reagan is going to make that candidate look bad. The implication that this is still Reagan's America is something else that can't be taken for granted either.

25 posted on 11/12/2013 5:39:08 PM PST by x
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To: neverdem
What Mitt Romney learned about Chris Christie in 2012 and why it matters for 2016

The press is hoping Christy gets nominated precisely so they use this stuff against him.


26 posted on 11/12/2013 5:46:59 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: CdMGuy

I will vote for whichever Republican I perceive has the best chance of beating him at the time. I hope that will be somebody like Ted Cruz. But even if it is a boring retread like Mitt Romney, I will grit my teeth and do it.


27 posted on 11/12/2013 6:07:54 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: x

http://spectator.org/bios/jeffrey-lord

Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan.


28 posted on 11/12/2013 6:15:45 PM PST by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

Romney was already the new Dewey.


29 posted on 11/13/2013 12:16:55 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: GeronL
Wrong picture...



30 posted on 11/13/2013 2:33:48 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Paladin2

31 posted on 11/13/2013 2:37:14 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Vigilanteman
But even if it is a boring retread like Mitt Romney, I will grit my teeth and do it.

Of COURSE!

All you MORMONs will!

32 posted on 11/13/2013 2:40:44 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: GeronL

Love it - sad but true.


33 posted on 11/13/2013 4:19:14 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Elsie

Careful, your bigotry is sticking out like a sore thumb.


34 posted on 11/13/2013 10:17:22 AM PST by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: jimt

You’ll only have to endure it for 3 minutes.


35 posted on 11/13/2013 1:10:24 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: jimt
Careful, your bigotry is sticking out like a sore thumb.

So, as a MORMON, you are saying that you would NOT vote for Romney again?

36 posted on 11/13/2013 1:11:23 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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