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Conservatives Do Chris Christie A Huge Favor By Not Inviting Him To CPAC

Conservatives Do Chris Christie A Huge Favor By Not Inviting Him To CPAC

If you were New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s campaign manager for his potential 2016 presidential run, you would count a CPAC snub as the first massive donation to your campaign.

Former McCain advisor Steve Schmidt called CPAC “the Star Wars Bar Scene Of The Conservative Movement.” And while Christie — whose approval rating is now in the 70s — wasn’t invited, Sarah Palin, the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre and Mitt Romney all were.

An anonymous source told National Review Online that Christie had a “limited future” in the Republican Party — unlike Palin, LaPierre and Romney?

On the same day Christie received the best snub of his life, he also upset conservatives by joining Republican governors Jan Brewer (R-AZ), John Kasich (R-OH), Rick Snyder (R-MI) and Rick Scott (R-FL) in saying he wants his state to accept the Medicaid expansion that begins in 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act.

This pragmatic move, along with his genial praising of President Obama for his handling of Hurricane Sandy, his blasting of Speaker Boehner for delaying hurricane relief and his nods toward gun control has resulted in heaped scorn from the far right, who now apparently want to punish him by not inviting him to their ComicCon.

However, Republicans, especially the far right, have an extremely damaged brand. Chris Christie doesn’t.

Distancing themselves from Christie hurts conservatives and only helps the former U.S. attorney by distracting the media and voters from the real story: Chris Christie is “a surprisingly standard issue Republican,” as The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox noted.

Cox points out that Christie plays up his Springsteen fandom and regular-guyness while vetoing same-sex marriage legislation, promoting the Koch brothers’ anti-union agenda and defunding Planned Parenthood.

Stephanie Schriock, president of the pro-choice group Emily’s List, summed up “The case against Chris Christie” Wednesday in Politico.

“Who does he stand for?” she asks. “Not for New Jersey women!”

Schriock notes the Christie veto of a budget that would provide funding to family planning organizations and goes on to attack his opposition to equal pay legislation, along with his cuts to tuition aid grants and programs for abused children.

Recently, Christie vetoed a hike in New Jersey’s minimum wage and he opened his term by letting a tax on the richest residents of his states expire. Basically, his record should have CPAC on its feet as Mitt Romney applauds his “severely conservative” credentials.

The lurking conspiracy theorist in me sees Christie’s CPAC diss as a huge favor to help him cruise to re-election over Democratic state senator Barbara Buono. Then he’ll be back at CPAC in 2015, reminding conservatives why they were begging him to run in 2012.

Some suggest that Christie will be the Rudy Giuliani of 2016, meaning he’ll be the frontrunner until it’s time to vote. Except Giuliani was actually pro-choce. Christie isn’t. He can campaign in Iowa and won’t be facing an opponent beloved in New Hampshire as John McCain was.

And unlike Giuliani, Romney and any of the invitees to CPAC, Chris Christie actually knows how to campaign.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans

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7 responses to “Conservatives Do Chris Christie A Huge Favor By Not Inviting Him To CPAC”

  1. WhutHeSaid says:

    It really speaks volumes when a politician with national name recognition and an almost unprecedented approval rating is snubbed by his own party. Governor Christie has his own ideological issues to overcome with voters, but rank stupidity isn’t one of them. Here is a potential candidate for national office who knows something that most of the GOP has apparently forgotten: How to win.

    So the choice of the Republican Party going forward is clear: Align themselves with the most troublesome, belligerent, and despised movement in recent memory (the Tea Party) or take a few tips from those Republicans (admittedly few) who have managed to be successful — sometimes even across party lines. Remember those days?

    There is no doubt what avenue the GOP must take. The only question is how long it will take for them to figure it out, how many of their own will they beat bloody in the process, and how much damage they will inflict upon the country. The Democrats have no problem with winning the next 5 or 6 Presidential elections, but even they like to be able to have a sane debate partner — something sorely missing at present.

  2. MARK says:

    Don’t be fooled by this guy.He may be nice enough to have a beer with and he may seem to be less offensive than the general ilk he belongs to,but he is a republican and we want none of those living in the Whitehouse.It would take one magnificently terrific magic trick to make me feel like I wanted to vote for a republican.Not gonna happen in this lifetime!

    • I have to agree. Reviewing how the GOP has looked to me more like the American Mafia than a political party the last 30 years or so, I wouldn’t vote Republican these days if the candidates name was Abe Lincoln (despite the fact I have very high regard for President Lincoln).

  3. Michael Kollmorgen says:

    I don’t have anything against this man. But, this guy is a walking TIME BOMB.

    With his weight, he might not live long enough to see 2016.

    I wouldn’t elect him to any major office just on the grounds of his weight.

    • Sand_Cat says:

      Try this: think how he would have reacted had he signed a contract, delivered the work, then been told he charged too much and wasn’t going to be paid.
      Think about how you would feel in that position.

      He’s a typical Republican bully and enemy of the working classes, with the good sense to leaven it – at least publicly – with reasonable-sounding rhetoric. Remember how the Michigan governor sounded reasonable, and lots of people thought he would be a moderate? How many times will people fall for the “I’m a uniter, not a divider” BS not even done well by Bush but very effectively, nonetheless.

  4. fidel says:

    He hate The Republican Party,Is the next Independent Governor of New Jersey,If Not Democratic ,WELCOME.

  5. charleo1 says:

    It’s a bit early, but assuming the GOP doesn’t implode before 2016, who’s on deck to be the
    next nominee? If their primary stays as goofy as the last one, anyone with a snowball’s chance,
    will probably set this one out too. Listen to the C-Pac Convention. This is the asylum crowd.
    The three quarters of the Party that hang on Limbaugh’s every word. The part that believes
    with everything they got, that if the GOP would just nominate a true Conservative, the entire
    Country would run to the polls, in excited jubilation. And finally, America would be returned
    to it’s rightful owners. And after the welfare Queens were cut off without a another cent. And,
    all 12 million illegal aligns, and their anchor babies were rounded up, and sent packing.
    We could make sure the Muslims in this Country, and around the world know, we won’t be
    making any apology tours this time. And if they got a problem with that, we got bomb with
    their name on it. And don’t be expectin’ your check this year from Uncle Sam. We just got
    out of the foreign aid business. From now on, our foreign policy is short, and sweet. We win,
    and you lose! And if you got a problem with that, see the former paragraph about a bomb.
    Okay, who’s gonna be the first one to throw their hat in the ring? Jeb? Marco? Oh, here’s
    Rand! He’s so smart! He was almost a dentist, you know?

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