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Chris Christie's Sly, Futile Move (Christie is done as a presidential prospect)
The American Prospect ^ | October 31, 2012 | Robert Kuttner

Posted on 11/08/2012 4:58:29 PM PST by Zhang Fei

Once again, Barack Obama has proven to be the luckiest politician alive.

Just when the race was tightening to a dead heat in the election’s closing days, one spectacular betrayal and one rank miscalculation on the Republican side have turned the contest back in Obama’s favor.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who will tour his storm-ravaged state today with President Obama, was all over the networks Tuesday telling what a wonderful leader his president was.

“I spoke to the president three times yesterday,” Christie boasted, calling Obama “outstanding.” When Fox co-host Steve Doocy meekly asked Christie if he planned any events with Romney, Christie snarkily replied, “I have no idea nor am I the least bit concerned or interested.”

Christie’s caper, of course, is so opportunist that it almost makes Mitt Romney look principled—almost. What a swell party of back-stabbers is our GOP.

For Christie, who is up for re-election next year in a blue state, this caper accomplishes three things: It portrays him as a bipartisan; provides extensive publicity in service of his image as a good leader in a crisis; and hoses away Mitt Romney, the better to position Christie for a presidential run in 2016.

Of course, if Christie thinks he has a snowball’s chance of being the Republican nominee, he is delusional. Republicans will never forgive Christie for this act of high treason. Assuming Romney loses, the 2016 nomination belongs to Paul Ryan, probably by acclamation. Christie has a better shot at being appointed by Obama to head FEMA.

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


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: christie; obama; romney
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I don't normally agree with Bob Kuttner, a hard left commentator, but in this case, I'll make an exception. Chris Christie may be done with NJ politics. In 2013, it should be interesting to see if he gets a primary challenge. What GOP donor will finance Brutus? What GOP voter will pull the lever for him? He won by 4% in 2009.
1 posted on 11/08/2012 4:58:33 PM PST by Zhang Fei
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To: Zhang Fei

Tar, feathers, rail


2 posted on 11/08/2012 5:00:02 PM PST by Reagan‹berAlles
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To: Zhang Fei

“being the Republican nominee, he is delusional.”

True. But, he could switch parties and win handily I bet.

He seems more like a Truman Democrat anyway.


3 posted on 11/08/2012 5:01:25 PM PST by garjog (Heroes Died. Obama Lied.)
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To: Zhang Fei
chris-christie
4 posted on 11/08/2012 5:01:51 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: garjog

Here’s not far enough to the left for the NJ democrat party.


5 posted on 11/08/2012 5:02:58 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Zhang Fei

fufatso


6 posted on 11/08/2012 5:04:20 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Zhang Fei

Christie is DONE....PERIOD!


7 posted on 11/08/2012 5:04:49 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: garjog
True. But, he could switch parties and win handily I bet. He seems more like a Truman Democrat anyway.

He can't win the Democratic primary. It's not just showing up - he needs money to run.

8 posted on 11/08/2012 5:05:45 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

... if Christie runs against Hillary, all kinds of “conservatives” will flock to him. The Republican Plantation demands it. They obey.


9 posted on 11/08/2012 5:08:20 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international. Gone.)
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To: Zhang Fei
Just when the race was tightening to a dead heat in the election’s closing days, one spectacular betrayal and one rank miscalculation on the Republican side have turned the contest back in Obama’s favor.

Actually, Romney had the lead of 5% to 6% a week out from the election.

Then Sandy the storm happened and Ms. Christie happened....

10 posted on 11/08/2012 5:08:50 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: garjog

The unions hate him. No way he ends up in the Dem party, that I can see.


11 posted on 11/08/2012 5:10:29 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Christie’s morbid obesity will kill him before he ever gets another shot in politics...


12 posted on 11/08/2012 5:10:35 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: Red Steel

Guess what, a compulsory plebiscite would still have shown such a lead for Mitt.

The Democrats turned out their voters better. That’s all there is to it.


13 posted on 11/08/2012 5:12:57 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: Zhang Fei

Bite it, Christie, you back-stabbing, fat-assed pig. Your betrayal of our nominee will never be forgotten.. or forgiven.


14 posted on 11/08/2012 5:13:22 PM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Too fat, anyway. No one would elect a heart attack in waiting. Unless the VP was exceptional.


15 posted on 11/08/2012 5:14:01 PM PST by EnquiringMind
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To: Zhang Fei

One wonders what our blonde cheerleader in residence (Coulter) has to say about Christie’s behavior this week?

It certainly appears that Christie is plenty happy to stab Romney in the back - repeatedly.


16 posted on 11/08/2012 5:14:54 PM PST by NVDave
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
... if Christie runs against Hillary, all kinds of “conservatives” will flock to him. The Republican Plantation demands it. They obey.If Christie wins the nomination, Republicans will vote for him, because the alternative is a third Dem term. But Christie has to win the GOP nomination. Which of Romney's wealthy donors who provided hundreds of millions of dollars will support Christie? Which of the GOP faithful who worked their butts off for Romney despite disagreeing with him will work for Christie? Nobody likes getting stabbed in the back. Christie was toast as soon as he pulled that maneuver.
17 posted on 11/08/2012 5:15:55 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei
the better to position Christie for a presidential run in 2016.

When I heard him making verbal love to Oboma on the TV, I wanted to puke. It was like he was kissing Oboma all over. Oh, how he loves that wonderful man, that presidential savior, that great leader.

If he ran as a Republican candidate? Are you kidding me? He'd be lucky to get his own home state after what he did right before an important election. It was disgusting, to say the least, and just plain stupid.

18 posted on 11/08/2012 5:20:19 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Zhang Fei

I have as much contempt for him as I do for obama.


19 posted on 11/08/2012 5:21:22 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (christian.bahits.com)
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To: Zhang Fei

He’s for New Jersey to deal with.

He’s done on the National stage.


20 posted on 11/08/2012 5:23:26 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: Zhang Fei

Christie should run against SlowJoe and H! in the ‘rat primaries.


21 posted on 11/08/2012 5:25:15 PM PST by Paladin2 (.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Christie and Bloomberg are not Rudy Giuliani in a crisis, that’s for sure. Both were trying to be but failed miserably. I hope they both die a slow political death.


22 posted on 11/08/2012 5:25:31 PM PST by mancini
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To: Zhang Fei

EVERY TIME I think of this, I cannot but help going back to Florida Governor Charles Crist, who also gave a bear hug to Obama (although Crist may have been after more than just some bank, if you know what I mean).

Crist then tried to convince the REPUBLICANS that he was one of them. He failed BIG TIME, and Senator Rubio is starting his third year in office.

There is NO WAY that the base (i.e., Tea Party) is going to be fooled here - Christie is TOAST, there is the Internet, along with many, many, pictures. To Romney’s credit (one of the few things he did right at the end), his people tried to stop the photo-op, but Christie would not stand for it.

Eva Braun gave Hitler HUGE LEGITIMACY in Germany, given her artistic talents before she became his babe. Christie did the same with Obama, less than a week before the election. I realize that his job is to look out for NJ, but he also “claims” to be a Republican, and he sided with the enemy here.

People will remember...and remember very, very, well.


23 posted on 11/08/2012 5:25:44 PM PST by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Guess what, Gallup, Rasmussen, and ABC polls had Mitt up by 5 to 6% with a week left then Ms. Krispy Donut showed up.


24 posted on 11/08/2012 5:29:45 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: NVDave

I heard Coulter call Cristie a “fat b.a.s.t.a.r.d.” on Glen Beck.


25 posted on 11/08/2012 5:30:24 PM PST by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: Zhang Fei

Kuttner’s a moron. Chris Christie had no future in Republican politics outside of New Jersey, and the evidence weighs heavily against any claims that he had a tangible impact on the 2012 presidential election. Most notable is the fact that the few polls that showed Romney with a consistent small lead (Gallup, for example) turned out to be completely incorrect in their Democrat/Republican turnout models.


26 posted on 11/08/2012 5:32:06 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Zhang Fei
Christie is already running for governor in 2013 as a democrat. He couldn't care less about 2016 at this point. He knows that barring a miracle he has no shot.
27 posted on 11/08/2012 5:33:33 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Zhang Fei

P.S. This piece was written on 10/31/12, and the statements made in it have been debunked by more current information that has come out since then.


28 posted on 11/08/2012 5:34:06 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Zhang Fei

This article is goofy. Kuttner is on crack.


29 posted on 11/08/2012 5:34:45 PM PST by Thebaddog (Remember, Obama said he's only 60% done with his agenda.)
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To: Red Steel
See Post #26. Those polls all showed either an even Democrat/Republican turnout or even a slightly higher Republican turnout. The people who run those outfits claimed that all the other pollsters were oversampling Democrats.

Hey, guess what ... it turns out that Gallup and Rasmussen were oversampling Republicans. The final turnout split ended up being something like +6 in favor of the Democrats.

Also, keep in mind that some states had more than 40% of their votes cast during early voting -- and Obama outperformed Romney in most early voting. A lot of those votes were cast long before Halloween.

30 posted on 11/08/2012 5:38:32 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: NVDave

Has Ann Coulter said anything about her hero? I haven’t heard a word.


31 posted on 11/08/2012 5:39:06 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: Zhang Fei

Sorry, but I just cannot see how Christie manages to run as a Democrat. It’s personal, the hatred between Christie and the school teachers, they will NEVER support him, and if they don’t support him, he’s not making it to November 2013...simply cannot happen.

I DESPISE Christie for throwing a life-line to Obama at the very end, but he will still NEVER be trusted by Democrats, as he has SERIOUS problems (like wanting kids to get educated). Not a prayer.


32 posted on 11/08/2012 5:39:51 PM PST by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: Zhang Fei

I don’t think Christie could be blamed for a 2.5 million drop in republican votes, but his behavior and attitude didn’t help.


33 posted on 11/08/2012 5:40:32 PM PST by GVnana
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To: BobL
Eva Braun gave Hitler HUGE LEGITIMACY in Germany, given her artistic talents before she became his babe. Christie did the same with Obama, less than a week before the election. I realize that his job is to look out for NJ, but he also “claims” to be a Republican, and he sided with the enemy here.

Eva Braun? You mean Leni Riefenstahl. It is a pity she used her great beauty and artistic talents to such an effort. And unlike heavyweight champion, Max Schmeling, she did not save any Jews.

34 posted on 11/08/2012 5:40:56 PM PST by Stepan12
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To: ScottinVA
Bite it, Christie, you back-stabbing, fat-assed pig. Your betrayal of our nominee will never be forgotten.. or forgiven.

I've defended Christie here several times. I never thought he was a true conservative, but I thought he had his place in the northeastern GOP.

Boy, was I wrong. I bet Mitt's head is still spinning from this betrayal. Christie's future will be interesting to watch. He might well win another term as governor because of his relative fiscal discipline [I stress "relative",] but his future in national politics is dead.

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

35 posted on 11/08/2012 5:42:03 PM PST by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: BobL
I realize that his job is to look out for NJ, but he also “claims” to be a Republican, and he sided with the enemy here.

FEMA resources are automatically released on a non-partisan basis. Obama's photo op was completely unnecessary, and took up resources for security and so on that could have been used for disaster relief. Bush decided not to visit Katrina-hit areas early on because he did not want everyone rushing around on his account, taking away from rescue efforts. Note that neither Cuomo nor Bloomberg gave Obama his photo op, understanding that getting it together was more trouble than it was worth.

36 posted on 11/08/2012 5:44:19 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Reagan√úberAlles

What Christie SHOULD have done is that he should have made a public show of inviting both Obama AND Romney to come and tour the state together. It would have still shown Christie to be a pragmatic leader who could reach across the aisle. In fact, it would have shown him as someone who could bring left and right together, because both candidates would have been almost forced to take him up on it. Instead, he stuck a knife in Romney’s back and twisted it.


37 posted on 11/08/2012 5:44:38 PM PST by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: Alberta's Child
Since you believe in the 2012 polls, the exit polls, Sandy and Krispy Creme embracing Obama had an effect on changing the outcome of the election.

Here you go.

"Fox News co-host Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday complained that the United States was the “shallowest country in the history of man” because exit polls showed that people considered Hurricane Sandy an important factor in the presidential race.

On the morning after President Barack Obama won re-election, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy noted that Hurricane Sandy had been the “October surprise,” with 42 percent of people saying that the storm response was an important issue and 15 percent saying it was the most important issue."

-end snip-

www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/07/kilmeade-on-sandy-voters-america-is-the-shallowest-country-in-the-history-of-man/

Now what were the margins in the swings states? They were pretty thin gruel for an Obama win. Ms. Chritie likely made the difference.

38 posted on 11/08/2012 5:47:04 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Alberta's Child
See Post #26. Those polls all showed either an even Democrat/Republican turnout or even a slightly higher Republican turnout. The people who run those outfits claimed that all the other pollsters were oversampling Democrats.

What I'm hearing is that for the voters in the middle who decide elections, party affiliation is highly fluid. If they think they're gonna vote for Romney, they'll say they're Republicans. On a different day, when Obama's looking good, they'll say they're Democrats. That's why we get these big swings - not because of sampling error, but because not everyone's a die-hard party member.

39 posted on 11/08/2012 5:54:41 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: RightFighter

“What Christie SHOULD have done is that he should have made a public show of inviting both Obama AND Romney to come and tour the state together.”

With all due respect (and I mean it), this was not the time for anyone CLAIMING to be a Republican to give Obama ANY respect. There would be plenty of time AFTER the election.

With roles reversed, not only would a Democrat Governor not invite a Republican Prez, he would be all over the news blaming his policies for the damage.

This is why the Republicans have such a tough time winning - they are simply unable to play by the rules that are set by their enemies, the Democrats. Until they can FIGURE THAT OUT, they will be outsmarted, non-stop.


40 posted on 11/08/2012 6:02:26 PM PST by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: Zhang Fei
For those hoping to enter politics remember this: a politicians number one job is to get re-elected.
41 posted on 11/08/2012 6:02:33 PM PST by Reagan_Country_USA
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To: Zhang Fei

3 mil. Republicans had already decided not to go to vote at the polls way before Hurricane Sandy moved in!


42 posted on 11/08/2012 6:06:56 PM PST by classified
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“Obama’s photo op was completely unnecessary”

I get your point, but this prez has a policy of politicizing EVERYTHING, so we shouldn’t be surprised if Christie feared his goodies from DC.

...even so, he spent a LOT of time trying to get Romney elected, but when Romney’s people said “Please Don’t”, he gave them the finger. This was not good.


43 posted on 11/08/2012 6:07:42 PM PST by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: Red Steel

The optimistic polls were the ones that did not have D+6 (which more honestly should have been put as R-6).


44 posted on 11/08/2012 6:19:59 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: Zhang Fei

OMG! Christie this time you really got your biiiiiiiig panties in a Wad.


45 posted on 11/08/2012 6:21:09 PM PST by BlueJ7
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To: BobL
I get your point, but this prez has a policy of politicizing EVERYTHING, so we shouldn’t be surprised if Christie feared his goodies from DC.

Days before the election? Unlikely.

46 posted on 11/08/2012 6:28:23 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Christie will lose the NJ Governor race next year, and he will NEVER get the GOP nomination for President.


47 posted on 11/08/2012 6:40:21 PM PST by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: Alberta's Child

[Most notable is the fact that the few polls that showed Romney with a consistent small lead (Gallup, for example) turned out to be completely incorrect in their Democrat/Republican turnout models.]

What about Wash Post/ABC?


48 posted on 11/08/2012 6:45:58 PM PST by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: Zhang Fei

“Days before the election? Unlikely.”

I know enough not to mess with a man of your wisdom (LOL, I love your name). Anyway, you’re also right...if he were doing it for the goodies, it still doesn’t make any sense.


49 posted on 11/08/2012 7:14:42 PM PST by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: JDoutrider

Yeah...he’s one cheeseburger away from his heart exploding.


50 posted on 11/08/2012 7:17:22 PM PST by Josa
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