The downing of Chris Christie

Chris Christie looks doomed as the next Republican nominee for President and good riddance. His embrace of Obama in the last week of the election during “Superstorm Sandy” was calculated to assist Obama because Christie wanted to run for President himself in 2016 and with Mitt Romney in the White House that would not have been possible. A completely unprincipled lout.

His massive defects are now coming out anyway, probably sooner than the media would have liked since they would have backed him right into the nomination before they shifted to Hillary or whoever the Democrats decide to run. Now Christie is gone because of a scandal that really is a scandal – nothing like the fifty others that ought to overwhelm Obama but Christie is, nevertheless, a Republican so it’s fair go.

The main image at Drudge this morning:

chris christie

And above that, these are the subheadlines:

His Future at Stake, Christie Addresses Bridge Scandal…
107-Minutes-Long Press Conference…
Meticulously Crafted Image Imperiled…
‘I am not a bully’…
Top Staff Sought to Disrupt Traffic as Revenge…
Emails Tie Top Aide to Lane Closings, Despite Denials…
Lawmaker calls for fed probe…
Former Port Authority Official Pleads Fifth…
ABCNEWS: PHOTO, CHRISTIE WITH THE MAYOR…
Asks Gov Not to Visit…
FLASHBACK: Christie Ignores Driver Rage Over 4-Hour Traffic Delays…
Unconscious woman waiting for EMS, later died…
‘Awful’…
FOURNIER: How He Saves His Career…
Boehner: Remains Presidential Contender…
Lawsuit filed against Christie, others…

So be off with you, you duplicitous pond scum. Now we can concentrate on the real thing, like nice Mr Rand Paul and that lovely Canadian, Ted Cruz.

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75 Responses to The downing of Chris Christie

  1. feelthebern

    Christie really stuffed up supporting Obama.
    But the election was lost long before that.
    Mitt was right. People want “free stuff”.

  2. Paul

    I guess supporting Obama was what he thought the real kingmakers wanted to see. Opposition without real change.

  3. feelthebern

    Karl Rove on the numbers behind Obama-care.

    http://www.rove.com/articles/509

    All those young people who voted for Obama who now are getting jammed with higher health costs, can just go suck it.

  4. e-girl

    Since this might become relevant now, can the media please pronouncing Boehner as ‘Bayner’. If that were true, half the planes on which I’ve flown would have been made by ‘Baying’.

  5. Alfonso

    Christie doesn’t like or support the 2nd, yet he thought he could get up nationally as a Republican? Disqualified from day 1.

  6. Driftforge

    I think Steve summed up well — it’s Paul vs Cruz for the title shot, everyone else is just byplay.

  7. Jim Rose

    Like a ship’s captain, he failed to set the right tone for those he led

  8. Andrew

    Chris Christie looks doomed as the next Republican nominee for President and good riddance. His embrace of Obama in the last week of the election during “Superstorm Sandy” was calculated to assist Obama because Christie wanted to run for President himself in 2016 and with Mitt Romney in the White House that would not have been possible. A completely unprincipled lout.

    I don’t like Christie at all but you and Republicans who push such a silly conspiracy theory simply make the ‘centre-right’/conservative side of politics look radical and heartless to the average punter who may consider voting for the Republicans in 2016 or even 2014.

  9. feelthebern

    I think Steve summed up well — it’s Paul vs Cruz for the title shot, everyone else is just byplay.

    I can see Paul as a VP nominee. At best.
    Cruz will struggle to get the major primaries.
    Feel free to save this comment to rub my nose in it next year if I am wrong.

  10. feelthebern

    Feel free to save this comment to rub my nose in it next year if I am wrong.
    whoops.
    Save it for 2 years D-F.
    Not 1.

  11. Ubique

    Never mind. Christie can always count on a job as the Michelin Man. I’ve seen airships and gasworks with less girth.

  12. Bear Necessities

    Wisconsin Governor Walker could be a contender as well. He has faced off a lot of stiff opposition in Wisconsin to his Public sector reforms and seems to have won. Louisanna Governor Jindal also could get a look in. Ex Governor’s have a good record of winning primaries and going on to win the presidency in the last 40 years (e.g. Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, G.W. Bush).

  13. Bear Necessities

    Also I don’t think there was any calculation in his embracing of Obama after Sandy in 2012. He is like any politician, he was more worried about his election in 2013.

  14. feelthebern

    Obama-care will result in a another romp for Republicans in the 2014 mid term elections.
    I cant see them getting the Senate, but there will be an increased majority in the House.
    Republicans will win more Governorships than people expect & they will also continue to strengthen their positions in many state legislatures.
    But the rolling onto 2016, the problem that the Republicans face is money.
    Who will want to put their hand in their pocket when they know Hillary will be running as the Democrat candidate?
    To win the White House you need money.
    The Hillary factor will scare off many Republicans from contributing.

  15. Rabz

    Christie is an utter disgrace, but I’m at a loss as to why anyone wouldn’t be able to comprehend this straight off.

    The guy’s from New Jersey, FFS.

  16. nic

    Since this might become relevant now, can the media please pronouncing Boehner as ‘Bayner’. If that were true, half the planes on which I’ve flown would have been made by ‘Baying’.

    LMAO. Its just that a politician in the US with a name that sounds remotely like ‘boner’ isn’t going to get very far.

  17. JC

    I’m not prepared to give Christie a whipping over this until the Kenyan is whipped with a wet rope over Benghazi and the IRS scandals. The Kenyan goes first.

  18. cuckoo

    Already in the last 24 hours ABC and SBS have devoted more airtime to this story than they ever did to Sandy Berger, Fast and Furious, Benghazi or the IRS scandal.

  19. cuckoo

    The ridiculous Jonathan Green, on RN Breakfast this morning was interviewing a Christie-critic at great length. The big question was, did Christie know, despite his disavowals? The interviewee insisted that even if Christie didn’t know, he was responsible for the culture in his office, the fish rots from the head, etc., etc. Green agreed furiously (as do I). So, as I asked my shaving mirror, ‘Just like the Australia Day riot fomented by a Gillard staffer, eh?’

  20. feelthebern

    Of course.
    Republican – he is responsible.
    Democrat – how can he be responsible?
    Jonathan Green really is the worst kind of person.

  21. Ant

    A good summary of Christie, Steve. I can’t stand the oaf and the sooner he is out of the picture in the nomination ‘race’ the better.

    But, in his defence, he can be gutsy when he needs to be and he took 90 minutes of questions from reporters over this scandal.

    When was the last time Obama did that over any one of his scandals? From Fast and Furious, to the Benghazi debacle to Solyndra, to IRS targeting of Tea Party groups to the Obamacare disaster to closing down of parks and memorials during his selective government shutdown?

    Obama never places himself in that position because he knows the outcome would have him looking like the know-nothing Marxist clown that he is.

    MSM in the US is going nuts over ‘Bridgegate’. They clearly can’t help themselves and want Christie’s scalp. The closure of the GW Bridge incovenienced hundreds of thousands of people.

    By contrast, Obama closing down thousands of parks and memorials across the country – right down to removing the tap handles from drinking fountains in some national parks so that tourists could take a drink! – managed to inconvenienced millions.

    No outrage there, though. It’s Obama.

  22. feelthebern

    Ant, I believe your comments are actually hate-speech.
    Please report to the Finkelstein Centre for Re-Neducation.

  23. Paul

    Having now looked more closely at the detail of the Bridge scandal, Christie really should be lynched as that is the only form of justice seemingly now open to the average American.

  24. C.L.

    Already in the last 24 hours ABC and SBS have devoted more airtime to this story than they ever did to Sandy Berger, Fast and Furious, Benghazi or the IRS scandal.

    And the Liberal Party is perfectly cool about continuing their cash flow.

  25. Brett_McS

    Scott Walker/Ted Cruz would be the best 2016 ticket. Remember Jonah Goldberg’s comment that Leftists think they are more radical than they are and Conservatives/Libertarians think they are more mainstream than they are. Walker is closer to the mainstream, but a real achiever nevertheless, and of course he’s “walked the walk” *cough*.

  26. Percy

    Can’t stand Christie but in two years time he will be looking as shiny as he was two weeks ago. Cruz and Christie will be fighting it out, I can’t see Rand out muscling either of those two. The Republicans will have a clear choice about which direction they choose to go. I’ll call a Cruz win.

  27. Andrew

    ‘Just like the Australia Day riot fomented by a Gillard staffer, eh?’

    No, that one was caused by Tony Abbott666

  28. Yohan

    Apart from his tough anti-union stance, Chris Christie is a pure RINO on all other matters. It is for that reason I’m sure the establishment will chose him to run against Hilary. Its then a safe bet whomever wins.

  29. Eyrie

    “Massive” defects is right when talking about Christie.

    “Boehner” would be pronounced “Burner” in English to sound like it would in the original German.

  30. roger

    This is the story that just keeps on giving.
    1. Firstly, we probably got rid of the rising Republican star which is was the NJ Gov.
    Cuddling up to Obama should get no Republican any better place than history’s garbage bin.
    2. It exposed him as a scum, assuming he was behind that. (Even in the off-chance that he is telling the truth when he says he didn’t know – he should still be held responsible, anyway.)
    3. Suddenly all the Lefties, that – here – whenever Gillard’s staffer did something ugly, or – in America – Obama – insisted that it was only the staffer and no-one else should be held accountable, suddenly discover the wonders of ministerial responsibility. Beautiful.

  31. entropy

    I think Chuck Norris should run on the republican ticket. That would be gold.

  32. steiner

    The Chris Christie Republican NJ administration retaliated against citizens to settle a political score. And while Governor Christie claims to know nothing about it, a multitude of top NJ political advisors and political appointees to the PANYNJ conspired against American citizens.
    If Christie is out of the Presidential race, then good riddance.

  33. Oh come on

    LMAO. Its just that a politician in the US with a name that sounds remotely like ‘boner’ isn’t going to get very far.

    Well, Weiner was very much a rising star before we found out where he keeps his brain. Oddly enough, it’s in his…shorts.

  34. jupes

    If Christie is out of the Presidential race, then good riddance.

    I concur.

    Hey Steiner, who do regard as more spiteful:

    Christie closing a bridge, or

    Obama employing extra guards to close down access to national parks and monuments during the shutdown?

  35. Peter h

    I think Romney might still throw his hat in the ring. He is the man America needs now.

  36. Fisky

    Romney is not what the Republicans need next time. What they really ought to find is a prole type who can cut through to the white plebs in swing states. Someone like Christie would be able to appeal to them, but obviously not Christie himself, a scandal-ridden bully.

  37. Oh come on

    Fisky is right! What we need is someone who’s willing to tackle the important issues like abortion, porno and teh gays. That’s what voters are crying out for!

  38. Fisky

    Oh, yeah, like the charismatic hornbag Rick Santorum, who doesn’t at all sound like someone who just walked out of an endoscopy. No, sir, he hits all the right notes that guy.

  39. C.L.

    That’s two presidential elections now where the GOP establishment ran social liberals that caused an army of conservatives to stay at home. And they were actually lining up the New Jersey beachball to make it a trifecta.

  40. Fisky

    I could see Mike Huckabee maybe running the map on a social conservative ticket. He did win about half the black vote in his own state, and he’d have no problems with the prole whites in those crucial swing states But you can forget about pretty much all the other contenders.

  41. .

    Romney was winning before Sandy. He smashed Obama in the debates. His energy policy was a winner and loved by all here. He was the cheap energy advocate.

  42. Fisky

    The downside of Huckabee is he would entrench the trend of college-educated whites moving away from the Republicans, and a lot of Asians would go with them. The problem with running a squillionaire is the union/prole whites are succeptible to a bash-the-rich campaign.

    I think they basically need to pick their constituencies and calibrate their policies and choose their candidate accordingly, but whatever the Republicans choose, where they are at the moment – anti-prole economics plus religious-inspired social conservatism – isn’t a workable majority anymore. They’ll need to either “prole down” the economics” or cut the social conservatism.

  43. Fisky

    dot – cheap energy is one way they could go over the Dems heads, definitely. Just as the Dems are able to use government patronage to unite the disparate interests of blacks, gays, hispanics, single women, etc, so too could the Republicans unwind that, and then go gangbusters on a cheap energy boom. Reagan achieved a similar effect with his anti-austerity supply side policies.

  44. Oh come on

    Romney didn’t run on a socially liberal platform. In fact, he (prudently) avoided getting stuck in the social issues mire the Dems so desperately wanted him to. Pity other members of his party weren’t so disciplined. Romney didn’t lose because he failed to come out swinging in defence of SoCon pet issues (which most people didn’t, don’t and will never care much about).

  45. Fisky

    Oh no, I am certain that if Romney had only run much harder on a policy supported by no more than 1/5 of the electorate, he would have swept Obama aside.

  46. roger

    That’s two presidential elections now where the GOP establishment ran social liberals that caused an army of conservatives to stay at home. And they were actually lining up the New Jersey beachball to make it a trifecta.

    I agree, both McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012 were the closest-to-the-centre Republicans. Both got thrashed by Obama. There may be a lesson there somewhere.

  47. Infidel Tiger

    I think Steve summed up well — it’s Paul vs Cruz for the title shot, everyone else is just byplay.

    A helluva lot more inspiring than a Huckabee, Romney, Santorum, McConnell… Let’s roll over for Hilary debacle.

    Add Rubio who I think has already cooked it, Alan West and Gary Johnson as wild cards and it will at least be a decent liberty loving primary.

  48. Fisky

    Add Rubio who I think has already cooked it, Alan West and Gary Johnson as wild cards and it will at least be a decent liberty loving primary.

    Has Rubio even finished high school yet? He has no gravitas at all! Gary Johnson is a sneaky Jarrah-like libertarian who seems to harbour Leftist sympathies. Alan West is great, but the media will do anything to destroy a viable minority Republican. Scott Walker is probably the most capable of the field, but it’s not clear if he has enough charisma.

  49. Infidel Tiger

    Imagine the Democrat delight at Christie, Pawlenty, Santorum et al?

    Interestingly this poll came out just before Christies campaign had a massive coronary:

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/26/2016-cnn-poll-clinton-deadlocked-with-christie-but-leads-other-gop-presidential-possibilities/

  50. Fisky

    Christie was totally viable as a white prole candidate, but he’s done now. “I’m not a bully”. Oh dear!

  51. Oh come on

    Christie ’16 would have been a Giuliani ’08 redux. All mouth and no trousers. I remember people in ’07 wondering how Giuliani could lose. That worked out well.

  52. dover_beach

    Forget the qualifiers, you just need a conservative running the Republican ticket; Cruz and/or Paul fit the bill to a tee. We cannot avoid the social issues – just look at what is going-on re SSM in Utah where AG Holder has directed federal agencies to recognize those marriages rushed through recently even though the US Supreme Court just granted a stay to a decision of the District Court that overturned Utah law – we just need to effective defenders and persuaders of our positions.

  53. Oh come on

    We cannot avoid the social issues

    We can and we must.

  54. dover_beach

    No, no, we cannot and we should not anyway. Avoiding abortion, for instance, is complete cowardice. But, anyway, my point is that these issues will be raised by our opponents and we must be prepared to effectively defend our position while criticizing those of our opponents.

  55. Fisky

    We can and we must.

    Doubling down on crank positions that have 20% support or less is obviously silly, but that doesn’t mean social issues need to be entirely avoided. It is definitely possible to hit the other side where they are weak and can be baited into their own extreme positions, such as supporting partial-birth abortion or even infanticide, compelling churches to hold gay weddings, supporting the legalisation of FGM, and other weak spots of the Left.

    And with the Far Left back in control of New York, you can expect an explosion in crime, which will play into conservatives’ hands.

  56. dover_beach

    Look at what avoiding social issues has done to abortion law in Australia.

    I rest my case.

  57. Infidel Tiger

    The only moderate Republican to win since WWII was George H Bush. Every other lefty beloved Republican has been crucified.

    The next successful Republican President won’t shy away from any issue, but he/she sure as shit won’t let others dictate the terms of the debate. Abortion , welfare, immigrants, anal probes can all be winning issues for the right so long as they refuse to let the left set the agenda.

  58. Fisky

    I think what has really caused abortion law to be far too liberal in some Australian states is the fact that public opinion supports liberal abortion laws, and so any attempt to campaign on abortion will get no traction at all.

  59. Infidel Tiger

    Public opinion supports abortion law, because the public have no idea what an abortion is. The majority of people think that all you do is see your doc and get some RU486 and go back to work.

    Most people will support first trimester abortions because they can manage that image in their minds, but I’d be highly doubtful late term abortions would have popular support.

  60. Fisky

    The only moderate Republican to win since WWII was George H Bush. Every other lefty beloved Republican has been crucified.

    Ummmm, Eisenhower? You could even make a case for Nixon being on the moderate wing of the party. He was certainly well to the Left of Bill Clinton.

    The next successful Republican President won’t shy away from any issue, but he/she sure as shit won’t let others dictate the terms of the debate. Abortion , welfare, immigrants, anal probes can all be winning issues for the right so long as they refuse to let the left set the agenda.

    And so long as they are debating the right aspect of each issue, and forcing the debate onto the territory that the Left absolutely don’t want to discuss. There’s a majority coalition on every single one of those issues. Immigration? Ramp up the skilled migrant visas to make Wall Street/Silicon Valley happy, go nuclear on illegal or unskilled labour to keep the white/black proles content, and cut migration from the Middle East to please everyone. Abortion? Pass bill after bill banning late-term/partial-birth/gendercide abortion. Get the Dems out there defending that stuff, preferably with visual aids.

  61. dover_beach

    I think what has really caused abortion law to be far too liberal in some Australian states is the fact that public opinion supports liberal abortion laws

    Circular reasoning. Moreover, I don’t think a majority of voters actually approve of late-term abortion and what it entails; for the most part they are ignorant about its legality, extent and what it involves. But, anyway, the practice of politics is persuasion and if you really can’t persuade someone that partially removing a child but keeping the head inside the mother, then removing the brain via a vacuum, and finally crushing the skull, is morally illicit then you have no business engaging in politics. Still, to fail at such an attempt is much better than avoiding the attempt at all.

  62. Fisky

    Late-term abortion should be an easy debate to win, but the horror of it ironically works against the politics of a ban. Nobody wants to admit that late term abortion involves the de-capitation of fully-formed infants, and still less do they want to admit that as a society we condone this. So it’s easier to shut down the debate by making false accusations of bad faith against opponents of late-term abortion, and to gin up outrage against them for distributing pictures of late-term abortions (which they curiously find more offensive than the act itself!).

    If anyone can think of an “in” to persuade people who aren’t pro-abortion fanatics about how cruel this practice is, you could make some serious cash as a campaigner.

  63. Fisky

    I mean, what’s the conversation starter there? – “You know how it is legal in this country to de-capitate infants right before they are born, and to hoover their brains out?” *barf* *hurl*

    Where the hell does one start with this issue without instantly turning people off??

    Maybe the starting point should be to first make feminist campaigners as unattractive to normal people as possible, find ways of drawing out their threatening, abusive, ugly as well as totalitarian and censorious characteristics, and playing up this side of them to the max. Once enough voters realise that they realise despise those sorts of people, it should be easier to discredit the issues by association.

  64. dover_beach

    Fisky, these are good questions. Off the top of my head, firstly, I would return to one of the reasons put forward for the early liberalisation of abortion, and that is the health of the mother and then point out that few to none of late-term abortions conducted in Australia are for this reason at all. Secondly, I’d ask why the practice is effectively conducted in secret with little to no collation of data even though much of it occurs with public funding and/or in hospitals. Thirdly, I wouldn’t use terms like ‘fully-formed infants’ that have no basis in philosophy or science – we don’t, for instance, talk about fully-formed children or adolescents or adults or elderly since the fetus exists on the same continuum – as a means of regaining command of the terms, etc. of the debate itself. And so on.

    This is not to say, however, that the occasional graphic is not apposite.

  65. WadeJ

    On the 2016 speculation, I think it will be Ted Cruz vs Scott Walker (the Wisconsin Governor, you guys should look him up). Cruz is an amazing politician but the establishment hates him, and Walker could have the establishment on his side, but has shown some real toughness and done a huge amount of Union bashing, so the hard/tea party right will love him.

    Rand Paul will be a side show like his father.

  66. dover_beach

    Yeah, no one has heard of Scott Walker on this thread. Cough.

  67. JC

    Gee WadeJ, who the hell is Scott Walker? We’ve never heard of him here. Fill us in champ.

  68. Ellen of Tasmania

    There’s some ‘Ben Carson for 2016′ movements out there too.

    eg. http://bencarson2016.com/

  69. WadeJ

    Thanks for the sarc JC but since only one of you mentioned him as a presidential pick, I guessed you missed a truly serious pol (unlike Paul).

  70. JC

    Walker is a good guy, but has no hope of scoring the nomination. He never finished college.

    Walker enrolled at Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1986.[3] He attended college for four years but never graduated. During college he worked part-time for IBM selling warranties. His IBM job led to a full-time position in marketing and fundraising at the American Red Cross from 1990 to 1994

  71. dover_beach

    Thanks for the sarc JC but since only one of you

    No, three different commentors mentioned him in this thread.

  72. tomix

    …a fulltime position in marketing and fundraising at the American Red Cross from 1990 to 1994

    Scott Walker lost me there. As the link states, google “Red Cross fraud corruption”

  73. Jim Rose

    This scandal is about a blatant abuse of power, not predictably poor government administration of a large programme such as obamacare.

  74. Oh come on

    Wow, WadeJ is really stupid. LOL

  75. Oh come on

    Hey Wade, there’s this communist supporter of genocidal totalitarian regimes who’s also written a few books that you’d probably love. His name is “NOAM CHOMSKY”. You should look him up.

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