November 10, 2013

Chris Christie, being all Governor of New Jersey + presumptive presidential candidate, on all the Sunday shows.

Did you watch? I did. All of them — if "Fox News Sunday," "Face the Nation," and "Meet the Press" constitute all of them, as they do in my DVR. Did he say anything memorable? Well, he kept saying he was about being the Governor of New Jersey and simultaneously doing a performance of "This Is How I'll Look Running for President."

His favorite word is "work." From the "Fox News Sunday" transcript: working across the aisle, getting things done... what Congress needs to do is get to work, working with each other and the president to fix a broken system... I'll work with anyone and everyone who is willing to work with me... I'm going to continue to work really hard... From "Meet the Press": I'm ready to get back to work.... I've worked hard with the Hispanic community to let them see how our policies can help their families. I've worked hard with the African-American community. I've worked hard with seniors and students.... . And it's going to give me a mandate to go back to work for the people of New Jersey and finish the job.... We've got a lot of work still to do....

And on "Fox News Sunday" he was asked how he feels about people talking about how fat he is (like Time Magazine putting a profile of him on the cover with the line "The elephant in the room").
Oh, who cares? I mean, seriously. I'm on the cover of "Time" magazine, you know? It is certainly not the first weight joke that has been thrown my way over the course of the last four years.... So you know, it doesn't matter to me.... It does not matter to me, it really doesn't, and if you're going to be bothered by that kind of stuff, then you don't belong in public leadership. They can say whatever they like, it's fine by me.


Tom said...

The dude is fat. He can't forget it because we'll never let him. So he might as well make the best of it. And he's doing that. I don't like all his policies but I like the way he deals with being fat. And that may be valuable for him a national election.

Hagar said...

Didn't watch, but AA's summary sounds scripted for the commentariat, which is almost uniformly into the Democrat idea of voting blocs by "communities." I would think that anyone wishing to "un-break" "the system" should stop talking about "communities" and start talking about umbrella policies good for everyones' welfare.

Hagar said...

For a lot of people, telling right from wrong in such simple terms that even O'Reilly could understand them, might make a difference.

David said...

It does not matter to me, it really doesn't, and if you're going to be bothered by that kind of stuff, then you don't belong in public leadership. They can say whatever they like, it's fine by me.

So much for fat shaming.

Suppose people started talking about how fat Hillary is?

She is fat, you know.

Christie is spectacularly fat. Bush 43 called him "Big Boy."

Hillary's new nickname: "Big Girl."

Let the feminist wailing begin.

Titus said...

He won in New Jersey as a pube which will never equate to Republican primary voters in Iowa and South Carolina.

This year the pube primary voters are going to go full metal wingnut because they believe they lost voting for some rino. Christy has no chance in hell to get through those primaries. Cruz will suck the fat out of Christy in 5 seconds. And Christy's gay marriage remarks will be a death knell played over and over again in grossie taker southern states.

I like him and there is his problem.


tim maguire said...

Among the many reasons he has no national future--he's a hothead. When all those networks encouraging him to run as a moderate today tar him as a right-wing monster in a couple years, he'll just about explode with rage and that will be that.

If Christie is the Republican nominee, get used to saying "President Clinton" all over again.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

Titus is right about Christie's Republican nomination prospects. And he sure as hell isn't going to get the Democrat one. So here's hoping he's planning some kind of quixotic Independent run. I think he would draw far more votes from Hillary than from any genuinely conservative opponent.

Wince said...

The thing that struck me most from the FoxNews round table was the claim that Christie's position on the social issues is the same as Cuccinelli's.

Only that Christie keeps it quiet.

Rusty said...

This is the candidate that the establishment republicans and all the democrats want us to vote for.
I don't think I will.

Wince said...

Here it is:

WILL: It is his profile that is moderate, however, because Chris Christie is on the salient social issues--

LIASSON: Yes, exactly the same as Cuccinelli.

WILL: He's exactly where he is. It's the presentational skills--

LIASSON: His tactics and tone is not (inaudible).

WALLACE: How do you do that? How do you do it so that you keep faith with the social activists in your party, but you don't turn off young, unmarried women?

WILLIAMS: Don't emphasize it. Don't talk about it. Don't make it the big ticket item in the way that Cuccinelli did.

WALLACE: There you go, Juan Williams, advice for Republicans. Thank you, panel, see you next week.

Christy said...

I was struck by the gentle questioning on Face the Nation by the lady substitute for Bob Schieffer. Haven't looked at Fox yet but it sounds from your comments as though Wallace was more challenging than the soi disant real networks. What is up with this civilized treatment of a republican? Are they setting him up to knock him down hard during the primaries? Or do they figure Hillary can beat him more easily than any of the others.

Christie' s name came up over the family dinner today. Sister, who just returned from a 3 day teacher's conference announced that he is on the Tennessee teachers enemies list, second only to our own governor. Already organizing against him... and Walker, I figure.

Sam L. said...

Oh, what a surprise this isn't.

Oso Negro said...

Christie is emerging as the Progressive's early favorite for Republican nominee. As a conservative, that is all I need to know about him.

Paul said...

I'll stay home and not vote if Christie gets the Republican nomination.

He is no better than Obama. I don't want him in the WH.

Heck, I'd vote for Hillary before I'd vote for him.

Let the Republican leadership take note.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

On the This Week interview, Christie seemed the very reverse of a hothead. He refused to be drawn into issues like foreign policy or the PPACA, saying (as of course any governor ought) that his concern was for the people of his state. He went for the Medicaid expansion because he thought it would benefit the people of NJ. He didn't set up a NJ healthcare exchange, because he thought it wouldn't.

As for the TIME cover, I'm sure whoever came up with it first must have fallen over laughing. I bet Christie did too, when he saw it. The only misstep was not PhotoShopping a trunk onto Christie's nose.

Wince said...

Christie and Cruz are more likely to disagree on tactics than on policy.

The Democrats will try to exploit that.

But if Christie possesses the "big tent" skill he touts, he should be able to achieve comity with an ideological ally like Cruz, even if they are primary opponents.

They are both smart men and can see big picture for the country, I hope.

Christopher said...

I watched all of them too, not counting part of Stephanopolous because I couldn't take the repitition anymore.

But one thing I noticed that came up in his "I won't play the Washington game" shtick was when one of the interviewers asked if he was moderate or conservative. "I'm not going to get into labels" he said, before riffing some more about the heinous Washington games where people try to figure out what you stand for.

Although it's a totally unsurprising answer given the brand he's trying to sell, he specifically identified himself as a conservative in Jake Tapper's piece:

The GOP governor, who's seriously considering a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, also distanced himself from his moderate label.

"I'm a conservative," Christie said. "I've governed as a conservative in this state, and I think that's led to some people disagreeing with me in our state, because it's generally a left-of-center, blue state."

"The difference has been is I haven't tried to hide it, or mask it as something different," said Christie, who brushed off allegations from conservative tea party Republicans that he is a "RINO" – a Republican in name only.

Still fine-tuning with the focus groups I guess. There's one game they apparently do both in Washington and Trenton.

Yes, he's a hothead, yes, he was on good behavior today, something remarked on by Chris Wallace. There's no way he gets all the way through even the primaries, never mind the general, without some epic detonations.

However, for now, re the Acela talking heads, he just won an election, he hugged Obama, he hasn't been a crusader on the cultural conservative issues he supposedly holds, and culturally he is very much in the same tribe. They don't look at him as a freak the way they look at Rick Perry or Ted Cruz.

Mountain Maven said...

We can't talk about this, can we?

MayBee said...

I really like him. I think the American people will be ready for a blunt talker after Obama.

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Anonymous said...

Christie is anti-gun and pro-illegal immigrants. While he does not focus on the the social issues he claims to be anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage. Do not see that being a winning strategy in Republican primary or for winning swing voters. NJ may be the most anti-gun state in the country, can not imagine how that can be spun into a "centrist "position.

Carnifex said...

Any R that is pro-amnesty is not going to win the base over. Just ask the R's last anointed savior, Rubio. He's been crushed in the polls since his deal with Shumer has hit the light of day.

As far as being fat, hell, I'm fat too. He needs to own it. Work it. Stuff like "this is a big country, and needs a big president". Be confident, dress sharp, and never, ever sweat. Sweat is deadly on us fatties. I'd say he's got those three covered.

And Titus...what about the south? Did you not see the Colbert Report trying to find homophobia in the south? Yeah, you're gonna run into a goober or two, but most that you see on TV is projection by elitists. I'd say that with the South's ideas of "Just leave me the hell alone", you're far more likely to find bigots in the NE. Of course there are more accepting people too, but it's a matter of ratios. You got more people in the NE corridor.

I'd say most opposition to gay marriage, not all, but most, is opposition to the government interference in one more thing in our lives than any homophobia.

Anonymous said...

You heard here this FIRST.

Chris Christie will NEVER be the POTUS. Never. Ever.

You heard this also here FIRST.

The next POTUS is going to be Hillary!
NB: Much I want the next POTUS to be the GOP ticket, Walker/Ayotte, there is NO WAY the juggernaut of Hillary! can be stopped. Not now. Not tomorrow. Not in 2016.

GOP: It is over. Get on the program.