Friday, June 04, 2010
Damn! This shit is good:
When it comes to the plain diagnosis of the problem and stiff-backed defense of the solution, Governor Awesome takes a back seat to nobody, not even Captain Hopenchange.
CWCID: Glenn Reynolds.
One TH commenter on another Christie thread pointed out that perhaps due his experience as a prosecutor, Christie is very good at speaking without a teleprompter.
OTOH, he has been talking about fiscal sobriety for over a year, so he has had plenty of practice at it.
More power to him. He threaded the needle by pointed out that the issue was not teachers, but the teacher unions. That is going to be a very difficult speech for the unions to refute. I wonder how lovely Rita, the teacher who can't get by on $86K, would have responded to this.
I wonder how Christie would do improvising on other subjects.
How are his approval ratings doing?
As a former NJ Public School teacher...Christie is 100% dead on. I hope to see him tackle the seniority issue, whereby the majority of teachers who were just let go were young, enthusiastic, well-liked individuals who participated in extracurricular activities for the students' benefit.
This is a fight that will spread to other states depending on Christie's success. Things are about to get real interesting.
One opportunity he missed though...only one throwaway sentence linking those union dues to TAXPAYER MONEY. He should really hammer that point home. I'd advise his speechwriter as well to start describing teachers as "outstanding" and "exemplary" instead of "good people."
Christie's going to have to keep the press well and truly by the (censored) in order to carry out the reforms that he is proposing. Hang in there!
And for Gods sake, don't let yourself be caught alone in a room with a woman no matter how long or how business related or all your fine work will turn to dust and you will be hounded by the press for the rest of your days. Because it may be a resume enhancer for Democrats, but it's the kiss of death for Republicans.