Thursday, October 28, 2010
Via Ace, Chris Christie tells the story of his first day and first few weeks in office, and does not have many nice things to say about Jon Corzine, who evidently wired huge dollars out of the state treasury and into the hands of select cities in the last few hours of his administration.
Governor Christie is quite funny in the last section of the video, and his personality seems to play pretty well in the Midwest. It makes you wonder about a national office in his future. Could a trip to Iowa be on the schedule? Southern New Hampshire is a pretty easy trip from northern New Jersey.
I do wonder, however, whether someone will jump on Governor Christie's use of the term "limousine liberal" in connection with Jon Corzine -- not because it is an inaccurate characterization, but because Corzine nearly died in a limousine/SUV accident in April, 2007. I suppose that there is a metaphor somewhere in there, and I doubt that Governor Christie would care a great deal that he might come across as insensitive toward his predecessor.
I would welcome a Christie run in 2012. One of the primary reasons, simply he is clearly capable and serious - not created by fashionable image, identity, or hype.
He is likable, but a professional, and strong. He has shown great ability to articulate, debate, etc., without having to read a teleprompter. A sound family guy, who so far doesn't seem to have ego issues (as of yet).
I do know, there seems to be an enormous push for Mrs. Palin by a smaller more vocal mindset within the Conservative Arena. I have many questions about Mrs. Palin. I really liked her when introduced to her existence via a blog when she was the new Alaskan Governor, but I am naturally a cynic when it comes to hype, and over time I began to grow a little weary of it all. If someone is such a 'super conservative' why jump on board of the McCain Platform which was pushing Cap and Trade Taxation and opposed sound interrogation techniques like waterboarding? Why not take the time to finish the job in Alaska? Why take on the Maverick platform when your own Teen is expecting? Why offer populist tax increases for Oil Companies? Why build Climate Panel bureaucracy? There are so many contradictions with the 'image' and frankly the interviews over the past two years on FOX have not been inspiring. I think she is a fine American, nothing to dislike, but I really do have questions about whether Mrs. Palin is up for the Campaign - Debates in the General, as well as the job as President.
And we simply cannot afford giving anything to the Democratic Party. I was totally opposed to the McCain Nomination, knowing he would lose. It was insane to run an overtly aged - Beltway Celebrity Insider without accomplishment or CEO experience. McCain even has no charisma or ability for articulation.
I could go on, but I hope we are serious in the choice for 2012. We have to have substance and ability, not just IMAGE. If Mrs. Palin proves herself in a Primary, and we go with her, we best have her work on somethings prior, or it is going to be another regretful time.
No sympathy for Corzine regarding the accident.
1. His driver was doing 91 mph on the GSP.
2, He was riding shotgun, the most dangerous seat in a vehicle.
3. He was notorious for not wearing his seatbelt.
See here. Whitman also had a habit of having her drivers travel on the GSP and the Turnpike at very high speeds.
One thing to keep in mind is that, as Christie himself points out, a governor in NJ has, constitutionally, great power. Of course, if you have the "wrong" sort of governor, e.g., Corzine, he can run the State into the ditch. So to speak.
He should run. It's good practice for 2016 or 2020. He'll promote himself and his reforms. He might win as a long-shot like Obama did, or he might prove himself to be an ideal VP candidate (great foreign policy credential).
University of Delaware man! Cool. You know, Reagan's going to Eureka College is not a coincidence. The difficulty that conservatives who go to better schools (they are better) have is that they either never had or tend to have lost that intrinsic understanding of the working family who do not want to feel they are participating in a just system even though some are rich and some are poor. Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich or Sarah Palin (who does not have the educational side of it) can't seem to communicate the free enterprise system's justice to the riveter, the waitress, the college students, or even too often the shop-keeper.
If tired platitudes about "capitalism," low taxes, and low government spending worked, Barak Obama would not have won. People often poorly educated in our schools want to understand why in simple terms.