Boston - Gov. Chris Christie told Republican leaders his New Jersey successes were an example of winning GOP support from female and minority voters in a blue state. The party should follow conservative economic themes and the pledge of pragmatic governance, the one-term governor, (Snip) "I´m not going to be one of these people who goes and calls our party stupid," he said, alluding to Jindal, the Republican Governors Association chairman, who told the RNC in January the GOP had to "stop being the party of stupid." "There´s nothing wrong with our principles," Christie said.
Comments: I´ve no real idea what principles a RINO has until they vote, which is usually against my conservative leanings.
This appears an example of the "establishment" picking our next nominee. Do you think they will promote someone they think can beat PIAPS? This is why Red states (which voted republican in 2012) need hold the early primaries. If Christie is selected for 2016, I will either leave the top of the ticket blank or write in Buffy.
A RINO winning and then governing as a RINO is NOT governing! It´s just being a Democrat lite, which I can´t stand, and which usually ends up with foisting more limitations (less freedom) on the people.
# 1 We lost House seats last November and because of redistricting, etc. the Republican majority has shrunk to just 33 seats. In 2011 we had a 51 seat majority. All Pelosi needs is 16 seats in 2014 to become Speaker again. The Senate has a 10 seat Democrat majority , which looks insurmountable at present. Christie is absolutely correct . If we don´t win, we can´t govern. And for all those childish posters who delight in name calling about Christie´s weight-he´s lost quite a bit since his lap band surgery. He actually looks thinner than Limbaugh, who has unfortunately regained all the weight that he lost. Some of us , like Christie , want to defeat Democrats , some on the right would prefer to just defeat Republicans.
What´s wrong with that statement? It´s a fact that if we don´t win, we don´t govern. So, the objective is to win. I welcome Governor Christie to the battle. There will be others. But, we have to win. And, more than that, we have to want to win. I see a lot of posters who don´t seem to really care whether we prevail or not.
#5 Republicans lost 6 seats in 2012, usually the top of the ticket commands a much bigger influence on the balance (look it up do some research). Redistricting favors the Republicans in 2014 and I will look for your posts after the midterms.
Winning hasn´t given us what we need since Reagan. Reagan lowered taxes and the economy took off. He was very disappointed as were we that the Congress would not cooperate with cutting spending. Spending is a major problem and so much waste too.
I certainly don´t want Christie governing anything outside of NJ! Nice try tho...akin to Rubio´s "if we don´t pass immigration Obama will use E.O." Obama doesn´t want immigration reform...he just wants the wedge issue.
I am a very strong supporter of Christie, as governor of NJ, only! Well, senator from there too if that´s ever in the cards. We need to win the all seats we can at the state and local levels. The more Corzines, Torricellis, Manchins, Corey Bookers, and Deval Patricks we can knock off at the local level, the better. As our GOP nominee in 2016, NO WAY!
It´s going to be between Christie and Clinton. Do you really want Hillary Clinton for 2016-2024? Give me a break! Any Republican is better than the Democrats. Christie will have a chance in the NorthEast and with minorities. At this moment I firmly believe he is the only Republican out there with any chance of defeating Clinton. He´s not perfect, but neither is Obama to some Democrats. It will be Christie and he will have this conservative´s vote.
He is right. BUT, what plays well in new jersey, gets your clock cleaned in Fly Over Country. So instead of going and begging on our knees to people who HATE our guts, tell them to serve their plantation masters and beat the H-ll out of them in the voting booths.
The Buckley Rule is this: Vote for the most conservative candidate who can win. Both parts of that sentence deserve attention. Christie is less conservative than some other Republicans but indisputably more conservative than Hillary. If it comes down to that choice, then my choice is as easy as ABC: Anybody But Clinton.
#5 ~ Christie´s errs in imagining that Democrats will vote for a Republican.
In our system most winners win because they are the candidates who can turn out the greatest number of voters who find them compatible. That is, Republicans win when more Republicans vote than there are Democrats who win.
Voter registration drives are more important than running candidates who somebody believes can attract black voters.
Christie is far more electable than Romney redux, or anyone else the Bush/Rove machinery wishes to foist upon the base. That could change.
Given that we nominated a guy who couldn´t get above 26% against the field, that constitutes stupidity. He´s a practicing Catholic who doesn´t seem to despise t partiers. That´s a starting point.
The nomination process deserves as many voices as possible being heard in a POSITIVE, 11th commandment friendly environment, in constrast to the whispered stories and planted articles and spun threads and etch a sketch stratergies of 2012. ABB
I´m not a Christie fan, especially after his speech at the Republican Convention and his slobbering over Obama during Hurricane Sandy, but I will take him over Hillary. Many L.Dotters have wanted someone with a big mouth who tells people off, so Christie should fit that bill. I certainly will not sit at home and pout if my candidate of choice doesn´t get the nomination. Maybe that means I am a RINO???
I am sure I have, at times, posted something negative about someone´s looks (Hillary) or weight, but I think we are better than that and know how to post intelligent, well thought out replies.
#12, if you do stay home and Hillary wins the presidency, I hope you will have the decency not to post any complaints about her administration because you will have helped elect her. But if, instead you are actually a Democrat trying to suppress the Republican vote, then I guess you wouldn´t have any reason to complain, would you.
If Christie runs - - or more to the point, waddles - - for president - - look for the same gaggle of money-grubbing, professional RINO consultants - - who blanketed this board for Mr. Mittens - - to do the same for Mr. Fatso.
It will be just as ugly as the last time - - but many posters other than just myself will be ready for them this time.
Sorry to disappoint, #32. I was not a paid Republican consultant last time, I was merely a true believer. I thought it was obvious to the meanest intellect that Mr. Romney was head and shoulders above Mr. Obama in every respect. I overestimated the intelligence of the American voter. I will reserve my fire for the candidates whose supporters vilified Romney last time. How disappointing that my most ardent political enemies are on the Republican side of the aisle.
What #5 & #8 said. Frankly, it´s getting to the point that if Ronald Reagan came back, HE wouldn´t satisfy some purists in the GOP. I´m NO fan of Christie, but we have to WIN to CHANGE what is going on. Sitting on the couch grousing about candidates who don´t "live up" to impossible demands to please some has never won an election and that´s not going to change anytime soon.
Anyone who’s ever gone on a diet is told to lay off the booze because it’s high in calories. And that, of course, must make it very fattening indeed. Go onto the NHS Direct website, and you’ll be told a glass of wine contains as many calories as a slice of cake. Or if you prefer beer, the British Nutrition Foundation reminds you two pints are roughly the equivalent in calories to a full glass of single cream. So you may be surprised to learn that there’s no scientific evidence whatsoever to support the idea that alcohol makes you on weight. That’s hugely counter-intuitive, I know, because alcohol certainly is said to contain lots of calories.
President Barack Obama sounded a nostalgic personal note Sunday night and offered a rare self-assessment while criticizing congressional Republicans as an "impediment" to governing during the start of a West Coast fundraising tour for the Democratic Party. Obama told donors the sight of Mt. Rainier illuminated by a setting sun was particularly special because it reminded him of his mother, who attended high school in the Seattle area. "I feel the spirit of my mom," he said. He also attempted to contrast himself with Republicans who control the House of Representatives, saying they are "more focused on positioning themselves for
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Tokyo - Japan’s foreign minister on Sunday refused to recognize China’s newly claimed air defense zone over disputed islands, signaling that Japan would not back down as tensions increased in the maritime dispute. China on Saturday said its “air defense identification zone” would give it the right to identify and possibly take military action against aircraft near the islands in the East China Sea. The uninhabited islands are administered by Japan but claimed by China and Taiwan. China’s announcement appeared to be the latest step in what analysts have called a strategy to chip away at Japan’s claims of control of the islands.
Seattle - Boeing´s ties to the Pacific Northwest date back more than a century, when William Boeing purchased a Seattle shipyard that would become his first airplane factory. In recent years, however, those ties have been fraying, first with the company shifting its headquarters to Chicago, (Snip) In the contract vote late Wednesday, The International Association of Machinists District 751 rejected the proposal with 67 percent of the votes. Union members who called for a no vote did so in protest of Boeing´s push to end a traditional pension plan and increase their health care costs.
"Character is what you do when no one is watching." It´s a bit of a trite saying, attributed to coaches, motivational speakers and fortune cookie authors (by the way, whose idea was it for fortune cookies to replace predictions with treacly aphorisms from the "Successories" reject pile?). Still, the expression´s popularity illustrates the power of the idea behind it. Character is what you do when the only controlling authority is your conscience. Because young people do not yet have fully formed characters, they often need incentives beyond exhortations to do the right thing.
Washington - Problems with the federal health insurance website have prevented tens of thousands of low-income people from signing up for Medicaid even though they are eligible, federal and state officials say, undermining one of the chief goals of the 2010 health care law. The website, HealthCare.gov, is primarily seen as a place to buy private insurance with federal subsidies, but it is also a gateway to Medicaid, which generally provides more benefits at less cost to consumers. That door has been closed for the last six weeks, with the federal government unable to transfer its files to state Medicaid
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After dodging questions for months about video evidence said to show him using drugs, Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto stunned constituents and his own staff on Tuesday by telling a scrum of reporters, “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine.” Video of Mr. Ford’s admission, during an impromptu news conference, showed him asking reporters to repeat the question they first raised in May, when journalists for Gawker and The Toronto Star described seeing video that appeared to show the mayor using drugs. When one reporter complied, asking, “Do you smoke crack cocaine?” the mayor admitted that he had done
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” Wednesday that when Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, “he didn’t charge food stamps.” “When Jesus had those five loaves and two fishes, he didn´t charge food stamps. He didn´t ask anybody how much money they had. He fed them because they were hungry, and that´s really where we ought to be,” McDermott said in response to Republican critics of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). In September, the House approved a plan by Republicans to cut $39 billion in food stamps over the next
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