National Review reporter Robert Costa talks to an unnamed Mitt Romney adviser who indicates there are a lot of hard feeling between Romney’s inner circle and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the latter’s embrace of President Obama after Hurricane Sandy: Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, the adviser adds, is persona non grata in Romney’s inner circle. “He went out of his way to embrace the president during the final week of the campaign,” the adviser says. “It wasn’t necessary and it hurt us. Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Chris Christie undermined the Republican message.” Christie,
Sadly, there was no GOP message, or at least none that connected with enough people. Still freaks me out that fewer people voted for Mitt than for McCain. If as many had voted for McCain, Mitt would have won.
Romney's #1 mistake: All the while saying Obama is a nice guy he is just over his head, Obama is framing Romney as a evil job exporting capitolist. Romney simply got beat framing the opponent. Period. Nice guys finish last.
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god of irony, 11/7/2012 4:48:18 PM (No. 8997593)
Don't worry, the "principled" "ultra conservative" Ann Coulter said it was okay because he did it to bring home the bacon.
Christie was a pimple. The Romney campaign was the problem, with little to no exposure of Mitt on silly but woman friendly talk shows, late night TV or shows like O'Reilly & Hannitty. Media hid Paul Ryan since he couldn't be Palinized. Romney campaign hid Mitt from shows that could have shown his human side.
Using an old politician like John Sunnu as media response man fostered an image of old white guys. The use a silly spokeswoman from the McCain campaign did not serve Mitt well. Aren't there young, fresh & articulate spokespeople?
Finally, the failure to address Obama's smear ads in the debates (Why did you accuse me of murder and tax fraud, Mr. Obama?) was bad. Why did Obama have a TV ad in the NFL Monday night game but not Mitt? An understated campaign could not counter an over the top opponent.
It wasn't Romney, Christie, Rove, or Bush. You'all wanna point fingers, point them at your neighbors and fellow citizens. Honey Boo Boo won this election. The moronic droolers that sit in front of the TeeVee everynight won this election.
I cannot stand Bill O'Reilly, but he was absolutely dead-on right last night. Its the "I want free stuff" crowd that won the election for O.
Is BO still taking the NJ gov. phone calls? I bet it is not as easy to get through as it was last week. How is the cleanup going there? Are the NJ citizens feeling the love? You vote for BO you get screwed by BO. No love here for NY or NJ. If you want change, you have to talk louder and faster or you wind up as collateral damage.
When we get someone with a specific, positive plan who's willing to pound the Democrats failure, then we'll have someone with a chance of winning. Well-mannered doesn't cut it when you're dealing with Democrats. I can't even count how many chances Romney passed over for attacking 0bama. Christie, Sandy and Gary Johnson are all beside the point. A winner would have rolled over all of them.
#1, Christie is a cheap street walker who sold out the country for..............a phone call from bruce springsteen.
It is our US Senator's job to bring home the 'bacon'. It is the Governor's job to LEAD the citizens of his state, not kiss the arse of the man running against the man he has been chosen to represent in a national election.
Right for his state? I live and work there. What exactly has he done? He has made SOME union members pay a TEENY TINY bit more for their health INSURANCE. Other than that, he cut the throat of the last chance this country had. Gee, how is that gonna be good for Jersey?
Chris Christie is the traitor, yes TRAITOR I have ALWAYS said he is.
BHO will LAUGH as he watches the television show him pictures of NJ residents misery and death. Laugh with GLEE as Christie weeps over his phone call from a lousy singer.
I hope everyone remembers this day in the future when they start talking about Christie as a candidate. I would rather have the constitution amended so that Obama could run another term before I will ever entertain the thought of Christie as a candidate. And 4 years won't change that.
See, I called Christie "a large Tango Uniform Romeo Delta" that caused a Tsunami in our punch bowl..but the censors denied me the word formed by my military alphabet above. I'm signing off, I'm fed up with people who support the current occupant of MY White House, and folks who would censor my right to name a name.....
When Christie gave his explanation on TV about his NJ tour with Obama it was good. He appreciated the visit and what the Feds would give his state. He explained to us that it was important to be civil and appreciative, and he would be voting for Romney.
Problem with that was that the 50% of ''folks'' watching that with an IQ of 50% saw the other party, ours, getting along fine with their President. Their brains could not assimilate what Christie was saying. Christie did not need to go overboard to be so chummy and flattering. Doing that just prior to voting was not smart politically.
Blame can be thrown in every direction as to why Obama won, and why Romney lost. I like the way Romney handled himself, Ryan too, and I think that is exactly how they would handle themselves governing this country. I think that the timing of Christie's reaction to Obama was devastating and probably should have a lot of blame attached to it. All of us, the dumb 50% included, have lost the opportunity of turning this country around. What Obama did in four years I believe pales in comparison to what he will do in the next four years.
If Christie's praise of Obama was all it took for Romney to lose he sure must have been balanced on a knife's edge to begin with. The whole Christie and hurricane thing is silly. Obama won for two reasons: (1) a plurality of Americans still believe the BS he peddles, and (2) the news media went to unprecedented and disgraceful lengths to cover for him.
But Christie is not what some conservatives thought he was, and the slap in the face to Romney was certainly uncalled for. It says something about his character. He is extremely unsound on Muslims, perhaps because he does not understand the character and tenets of Islam. No doubt he has his good qualities. He is not presidential material. Of course, as we know from the case of Barack Obama, the latter is certainly no bar to becoming president.
I'm with # 18 . We have become a nation of ignorant morons , many of whom expect the rest of us to work so they don't have to. Watch Leno's Jay Walking or some of the videos made at Obama rallies if you want to get an idea of what the majority of our nation has become. Rove should get great credit for his work these past few years. His American Crossroads PAC ran millions of dollars of ads in 2010 to help get Tea Party House members elected. This season he ran about 200 million dollars worth of very hard hitting ads against Obama. I think Christie's gushing , hugging and defense of Obama was totally unnecessary and helped give Obama good last minute PR that he didn't deserve. Akin had plenty of chances to exit gracefully and save the seat, but, he put his own ego above the good of the party. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council encouraged Akin to stay in. They'll be the first to carry on when Obama appoints pro choice Justices-plural- to the Court.
#1 you are what is wrong with this country. It was NOT ethical. It is NOT ethical to kiss the ass of a man who will destroy the country because he can get your state goodies the rest of us paid for. NO EXCUSE.
This is the comment I made on a couple of Christie threads yesterday and I still think it is right: -------- My opinion of Chris Christie took a big dive when I saw his shmooze with Ø. Then I though a minute and realized that the math doesn't lie.
Christie was the first governor to endorse Romney. Then in his usual over-the-top manner repeatedly said "don't throw me in the [VP] briar patch" until Romney chose Ryan instead of him.
That is where the math takes over.
If Romney had selected Christie, he would have been the heir apparent in 2020. (At age 58.)
But now Ryan will be in the catbird seat in 2020, making the next Republican opportunity for Christie 2028 @ 66.
But if the de-facto endorsement of Obama the other day resulted in the One pulling it out then Christie would have a shot in 2016 - 12 years earlier and 12 years younger.
Christie may be brash and crude, but he ain't politically stupid. His dog-in-the-manger "Why shouldn't I thank Obama for doing a great job by taking 2 hours away from his busy campaign schedule?" rings as false as Obama's claim that he created 5000 jobs.
Christie is disgusting--and I don't mean in appearance. Back in N.O. during Katrina, crybaby Blanco wouldn't even let Bush bring in the National Guard. Christie was going to get money whether he sucked up to O or not. New York did. Parts of NJ, by the way, are still without power.
What would have been wrong with a business like handshake, and a purposeful walk pointing out the destruction? Instead, he treated the president as a savior from Washington, and more than that, someone who is a personal friend.
#29, East Massachusets Ave, Beach Haven Crest; rode Gloria out on the ROOF. Know what we did? WE ALL pitched in together. Here's how it should have been dealt with-sans FEDERAL AID- Evacuate. CC did a fine job of trying to get this done. Any who CHOOSE to stay? We recognize your RIGHT to do so, help may get there, but we promise nothing. Barrier islands w/out year rounders? Owners, you'll see it when we get to you. Areas impacted with residential housing? Vouchers.Then clear the waste with NJNG, and anyojne with a dozer. Sign an executive order outlawing Unions during reconstruction. But noooooooooooo, he had to press flesh with a man who HATES living people. Buddy, BHO will LAUGH with glee as he watches the pretty pretty pictures of DEAD AMERICANS go by on his flat screen. And Christie will weep over his phone call with Bruce.
Preach it #22!!!! Part of the reason single gals vote Dem? They like the male candidate pounding the Republican guy, the "fighting for you" thing. They like the idea of being protected, looked after. Get a clue. Wimpy white guys who smile when they are being insulted/disrespected to their face in camera is such a turn off!! Reagan commanded respect.
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