New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s temper tantrum about the temporary delay of action on the Hurricane Sandy relief bill earlier this week was depicted in some corners as an illustration of the disconnect between the Northeast and the southern and western base of the Republican Party. That was some truth in that. The bulk of the GOP caucus in the House doesn’t care much about the concerns of Northeast Republicans let alone those of anyone else in the region. That’s just one of many concerns that the GOP must confront as it starts thinking
The first paragraph is misleading. Read the whole thing.
The bill was not voted on because of all the pork in it. It has nothing to do with the South not caring what happens to the Northeast. Boehner is from Ohio, for goodness sake.
I do think there is a sentiment in the entire country outside the East coast that assumes that nothing that comes out of the NE can be any good. Romney was denounced by many LDotters as a "blue blooded Northeast Brahmin" even though he was from Michigan and before that his family was from Utah and Mexico.
The more I see & hear from Christie, the less I like the guy. He gave a great speech at the convention. Since Sandy hit, it seems he´s morphed into a self-serving, petulant, and whiny sideshow. Hopefully, he´ll abandon any thoughts about 2016. But with his mammoth ego, it wouldn´t surprise me to see him jump ship and run as an Ind. or even a donkey.
As a "seasoned" politician, Christie could have helped himself and his PARTY by publicly denouncing the democrat pork that was holding up the vote on the relief bill. And showing concern for the waste and abuse that was slipped into the bill might have educated some of the low information voters. He could have come out of this smelling like a rose. Instead, he smells like Secaucus used to smell in the 50s.
The look on his face, and his subsequent reaction to the storm catastrophe, indicates he lost control of himself and the situation. In other words, he is acting like an hysteric, not a stable politician/leader that is necessary in bad times. i.e., think of Guiliani on 9/11. Christie might be very good at the governor level in a very liberal, corrupt state. But no higher political office.
Christie is very much like the guy he hugged in the aftermath of Sandy. All mouth, no real action. He was shifting the blame just like Zero does. Other than bully others what has Christie really done for that state of NJ?
Please, #3, do not confuse Ohio with the "Northeast". Although Ohio may be in what is geographically the northeastern part of the U.S., historically it has long been considered the beginning of the Midwest. At one time, Ohio was part of the Northwest Territories.
We in Ohio have nothing to do with the anti-gun, anti-freedom, socialist states of the Northeast, except that we are bound together by a constitution they no longer seem to respect.
So someone built a rollercoaster out into the ocean, and a boardwalk along the ocean, and not too surprisingly, both got washed away. And I am supposed to help pay for the replacement projects? Which will be done with federal money, thus requiring pay to be at ´prevailing rates´ which will be established by construction unions? Perhaps 80-100 dollars per hour?? No thank you.
#5 - Christie gave a great speech at the GOP Convention? He never even mentioned Romney once! It was all me, me, me. (Sound familiar?)
And #13, I live in NE Ohio, and you are right that it is definitely NOT in the northeast, but we did get slammed by Hurricane Sandy. I don´t know if any of that federal aid is supposed to come here (I doubt it).
I realize that initials like JFK or LBJ or GWB don’t exactly roll easily off the tongue as dog names. Still if any of these presidents had named their dogs after themselves, wouldn’t it have been perceived as a sign of an ego one size too large even for a president? And yet Barack Obama’s dog’s name is Bo…but then nothing could be more fitting for a man who loves himself so deeply, and whose narcissism may well be clinically diagnosable. One amusing note: LBJ was given a dog by J. Edgar Hoover, which the president then named J. Edgar.
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On the matter of the NCAA and Johnny Football: Let us divert and briefly consider the practice of adults seeking and paying money for the autographs of other adults, a generally bizarre and creepy behavior which has cast a toxic pall over what was once an innocent childhood ritual. Asking for someone´s autograph is like trick-or-treating on Halloween: a cute and defensible activity that immediately becomes un-cute and indefensible the moment one turns, say, 12. But these days, it is difficult to be around any high-profile sports environment without seeing droves of full-grown people chasing after signatures, many of them
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Jon Stewart once reacted to a Barack Obama speech by marveling that "at 11 o´clock on a Tuesday, a prominent politician spoke to Americans about race as though they were adults." On Friday, President Obama spoke to us about surveillance as though we were precocious children. He proceeded as if widespread objections to his policies can be dispatched like a parent answers an eight-year-old who has formally protested her bedtime. He is so proud that we´ve matured enough to take an interest in our civil liberties! Why, he used to think just like us when he was younger, and promises to
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If you know about foreclosure fraud, the mass fabrication of mortgage documents in state courts by banks attempting to foreclose on homeowners, you may have one nagging question: Why did banks have to resort to this illegal scheme? Was it just cheaper to mock up the documents than to provide the real ones? Did banks figure they simply had enough power over regulators, politicians and the courts to get away with it? (They were probably right about that one.) A newly unsealed lawsuit, which banks settled in 2012 for $95 million, actually offers a different reason, providing a key answer to
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Last week I wrote a column about the reality that House Republicans are ready to cave on so-called comprehensive immigration reform. There was a final paragraph in that column my editor decided not to use. That is the editor’s right for two reasons: one, every site has a voice they wish to adhere to interns of form and content; and two, he who pays, gets the final say. Ironically, what was omitted by my editor was not lost on scores of astute letter writers who commented on the piece. I would like them to know that I have the same feelings
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On Sunday, Trayvon Martin’s father was named an honorary captain of the Florida A&M football team. Tracy Martin delivered a speech to the team on Sunday, after which coach Earl Holmes said, “I told him I’d love him to talk to the team. He came out and he was very, very encouraging…[He] got a standing ovation from our guys. He talked about just persevering and told the guys to keep on pushing through the hard times. The message he shared with the kids was very positive and they were very responsive.” Martin will do the pregame coin toss for FAMU