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Conservative group snubs Chris Christie as speaker -- But that could actually help him in NJ

Further evidence of the continuing ideological split among Republicans, CPAC has dissed New Jersey Governor (and U.D. alum) Chris Christie... NOT inviting him to speak at its annual conference.

Still, facing re-election in heavily Democratic New Jersey, that is not necessarily all bad for Christie.



Posted at 8:13am on February 26, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Tue, Feb 26, 2013 8:24am
Christie has carefully cultivated his image as a moderate Republican and it has paid off, as polls show him with an astronomic approval rating.

It would be silly for Christie to suddenly go carousing with members of the far right, which would only undermine his standing for the 2016 elections.

By the way, a Quinnipiac College poll shows Hillary holding a slight edge over Christie in a hypothetical 2016 election.

Tue, Feb 26, 2013 2:51pm
Exactly. The Republicans as the Conservative Party are a dying breed, just as they were written-off after Barry Goldwater did almost as bad as Mitt Romney....

It took a liberal Republican to take the White House just four years later. That Liberal Californian was Richard Nixon. Christie could just be that liberal Republican who drives the stake through the Conservatives' vampire heart, and drives out the radical Conservatives who caused America to essentially become a one-party government.

Tue, Feb 26, 2013 3:10pm
Forgive me for jumping the thread here on this topic, but unbelievably, while car-pooling the neighborhood kids to school this morning they actually commented, "Something is ALWAYS goin' on at that courthouse" as the news was announced about the long knife being found entering the metal-detectors at the courthouse door.....

Unbelievably their prophecy came true as I picked them up, only to hear King Street from 8th to 4th was closed because a bomb-threat had been called into that very same courthouse just a little later.....

Kids are so savvy these days. One from the back piped up without missing a beat. "We'll I guess one drunk lawyer's continuances were all used up...."

It was pretty funny at the time.

Tue, Feb 26, 2013 6:09pm
If Governor Christie wants to be a RINO, that's fine, but he should come clean and do what Arlen Specter did: switch parties.

Then, the GOP could pick a REAL Republican to run against him.

Wed, Feb 27, 2013 1:33am
Well, don't forget, real Republicans got THUMPED in the past election. I'm not saying you should change your beliefs Mr. Pizza, just recognize your viewpoints are extreme and that having a moderate representing your side is better for you than having a moderate representing ... the other side...

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 8:20am
Mrpizza: Kavips is correct.

This is what the "Delaware Lesson" was with Christine O'Donnell should have taught the Del GOP. The Del GOP could have had a Republican Senator representing Delaware, Mike Castle. Instead the ultra conservative take no prisoners, never compromise no matter what part of the Del GOP foisted "I'm not a witch" Christine on Delaware and today the far more liberal Chris Coons, who is a solid very blue DEM/LIB now is our Senator. That's called cutting off your nose in spite of your face.

Delaware is more of a centrist state. Usually not the extremes. Usually not the first to do wild and crazy stuff. The Del GOP, especially the Lower Delaware part of your party forgets that and as a result, the only statewide office held by a GOP'er is, I believe, the Sheriff.

I believe our nation is also a centrist country that does tend to lean right, but not far right, a little right. So that's why the original Governor Mitt Romney could have won the 2012 election. Again the extremists within your party went overboard and tried to hijack the national election and made Romney into what they wanted, which is what they also tried to do in Delaware in 2008, and in both cases got their clocks cleaned.

The frustrating thing is the GOP/TEA part of the party just won't learn that lesson. No doubt the DEMS and GOP party's have different views. One important difference between the DEMS and the GOP though is the DEMS will move the ball in their direction in small incremental steps, they have patience for the long battle [health care originally was proposed back when Harry Truman was President in 1950, some 63 years ago]. In 1964, I believe, DEM President LBJ signed the Medicare Law that provided some healthcare coverage to those 65 and older. A step towards their goal. In 2010 the DEMS were finally able to get Obamacare passed using a GOP healthcare plan the GOP had originally proposed during the Nixon administration. The DEMS would have preferred a Single Payer system more like Canada's, but knew they couldn't get it so THEY compromised and went with a GOP plan that back in the 1970's was acceptable to the GOP [that also shows how much further to the right today's GOP has gone since the days of conservative GOP'er Richard Nixon as today's GOP are totally against that GOP plan]. Today Nixon looks like a liberal compared to today's GOP/TEA folks.

The GOP, on the other hand, says all or nothing. They'd never used a DEM plan to move the ball in their direction. They'd rather have nothing get done at all. Sometimes you have to give a little to get a little. Today's GOP has forgotten these important lessons.

So sure have your beliefs, especially your faith beliefs, but realize this nation has all sorts of folks who get to vote. All deserve to be represented by our government, so you'll never get 100% the way you want it, so learn from the DEMS, little steps are better than no steps.

Wed, Feb 27, 2013 9:04am
I'm going to agree with Mrpizza on this one.

Mitt Romney was a Moderate from Mass and Christie is yet another moderate...Delaware is nothing close to centrist, this state is solid blue LIBERAL.(yes Slower Lower is conservative but they simply don't have the numbers of NCC) Chris Christie will get crushed in this state if he runs against Hillary or any other Liberal.

The GOP chose a boring Moderate to run against Santa Claus in 2012 and they lost big time.

Wed, Feb 27, 2013 5:56pm
Thanks for the support EarlGrey.

To Kavips and Mike from Delaware: We the tea party conservatives may be down but we're not out. We're going to continue to speak out for what's right and continue to run in elections, win or lose. We will not stop until every American agrees with us.

Stay tuned. I predict 2014 will be SWEET REVENGE!

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