Stark Raving Ideologues
Governor Chris Christie’s authoritarian style doesn’t serve him well. While there are some in his, by some estimates, growing cheering section who applaud his every grunt and threat, for more he is coming to represent your angry neighbor. This begs the question: Do Americans vote for their angry neighbor for President?
Didn’t the politics of rage go out with populists like George Wallace?
His press conference on January 2nd could have been handled differently and should have been, if this report from PolitickerNJ.com bears any resemblance to reality:
Christie hints at campaigning against those who opposed Sandy relief, says ‘primaries are an ugly thing’
By Matthew Arco | January 2nd, 2013 - 2:58pm
TRENTON - Outraged at some House Republicans and Speaker John Boehner’s decision to prevent a Sandy relief bill from hitting the floor for a vote, Gov. Chris Christie left the door open to possibly campaign against GOP lawmakers who prevented the package from advancing.
The governor was asked Wednesday during a heated press conference whether he would consider campaigning against anyone who blocked the measure from coming up for a vote.
“We’ll see,” responded Christie. “Primaries are an ugly thing.”
Christie slammed Boehner and internal fighting in Congress for the reasons the $60.4 billion Sandy aid package failed to make it to President Barack Obama’s desk. The proposal recently cleared the Senate and would have been sent to Obama - who has supported the bill’s passage - if it cleared the House.
The governor vowed to keep fighting for the aid package, saying he and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are ready to do what is necessary to see New Jersey and surrounding areas get relief.
“Gov. Cuomo and I are not wallflowers,” Christie said. “We are not shrinking violets
Isn’t this a big overreach by the Governor? The Republicans who oppose the Sandy aid are doing so because it is a positive or at least a neutral position to take with the voters who send them to Washington. That’s general election voters. With the conservative voters who control Republican primaries (especially so in the places these folks come from) it is probably a slam dunk.
How is a Governor who wants to take tax money and spend it in his state a threat to a Republican congressman who represents the taxpayers footing the bill? This threat wasn’t thought through very well.
But it is more than just overreach, it is a preview of the way the Governor likes to do business all close and personal with political leaders in states where he’s going to have to win primaries in 2016. That’s primaries with lots of conservative voters who don’t support what they perceive to be Obama pork spending that doesn’t have a benefit to the states they live in.
This was another Sandy-related mistake by the Governor. He can’t keep making them if he intends to run for the Republican nomination for President in 2016.