Thursday, January 19, 2012
Garden Staters know that their governor, Chris Christie, yesterday announced a proposal to cut state income taxes 10% across-the-board, a genuinely substantial reduction and the fruits of his, er, gargantuan struggle to beat back the government monster that is choking New Jerseyans. The statists reacted, and here is Governor Awesome's response:
I, for one, am hoping for a Romney-Christie ticket. That, at least, would be some useful succession planning on the Republican side.
Another fine day for the Garden State Gov.
Mr. Christie continues to impress.
Another repetition in theme, the fashionable amongst us began to say ugly things about Christie, just because he endorsed Mr. Romney.
Even Rick Santorum, the Senator who opposed "Right To Work" played the game by claiming Chris Christie is not a Conservative.
Christie is outstanding, and I hope he has a long career. Such a breath of serious fresh air.
We shall see. I do feel he would make a good VP with Mr. Romney. But I also see Gov. Haley being very strong as well.
Best line from the debate in my opinion, when Mr. Romney wisely challenged Mr. Gingrich's boastful attempt to take credit for Mr. Romney's business success:
"I don't recall thinking for a single day in the private sector, 'Oh thank heaven, Washington is there for me...'" - Mitt Romney
There were many excellent efforts in the debate, but this was quite memorable.
I counsel patience.
First, a Republican - and we're down to three: Romney, Gingrinch and Santorum (Paul is, in my opinion, non-electable, although he does, and will, have a substantial impact on the Republican platform), and any of those three are light years better than Obama - needs to get elected.
Second, whomever replaces Obama will have the dreadful task of unwinding as much of the liberal welfare state as may be possible in 4 years, and that task will earn that person the enmity of many in the center and all of the center-to-left, to the point that O's replacement should count on only one term. I'm convinced that Christie understands this.
Third, only after the ice has been broken on returning us to a Constitutional status can a "gentle recovery" administration be seated.
That is where I see Christie's value. Christie will be up for re-election in 2013, and it's not unreasonable for him to seriously consider a presidential run in 2016. At that point he will have had 7 years in command in NJ, established his conservative bona fides, built a political infrastructure to continue the process, and achieved even more name recognition. 7 years is also a good time to move to the next job.
In business there are two rules when assuming a new position, the second of which is "begin training your replacement" because the first rule is "start looking for your next job." New Jersey's first Lieutenant Governor (Kim Guadagno) was elected in 2009. I'd suggest paying particular attention to whomever runs with Christie for Lt. Governor in 2013, because that's the person who would take over NJ if Christie runs for, and wins, the presidency in 2016. An extremely capable Lt. Gov - and one who in the Christie administration begins to assume more responsibility between 2013 and 2016 - might be a strong indicator of Christie's 2016 intentions.
Off topic, but a potential break in Fast & Furious:
Patrick J. Cunningham, the chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona, is pleading the Fifth over testifying before Issa's committee. Here's the skinny:
DOJ DC has already admitted to providing Issa's Committee with false information. "Ooooops. Sorry. Our bad."
Cunningham was being set up to take the blame for it. But Cunningham's lawyer now writes:
“Department of Justice officials have reported to the Committee that my client relayed inaccurate information to the Department upon which it relied in preparing its initial response to Congress. If, as you claim, Department officials have blamed my client, they have blamed him unfairly,”
As detailed in this lawyer letter, Cunningham provided "draft language" that DOJ DC didn't use. Wonder what it said and how much it varied from the false report to Issa that was ultimately used?
Next question: Who in DOJ DC was responsible for not using this "draft language" and using something different?
My money says Lanny Breuer. Let us pray ...
Breuer is to Holder as Holder is to Obama.
Will Issa give Cunningham immunity? Does he need immunity to talk freely about what happened?
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming ....
Governor Christie doesn't understand. Politicians need your money to buy their way, back into office. If they give it back to the taxpayers, what will they use for their next patronage/political payoff scheme?
I'm a big fan of Christie. But I wonder how well he'll export from the Garden State. It took Bruce years of touring before he became an over night national sensation in 1985.
Bruce learned that it didn't work when he and the E Street Band were an opening act. Either the audience came to hear the mellow sounds of Chicago and were indifferent, or they did too well and upstaged the headliner (just ask Bonnie Raitt). Hence a decade of big shows in small places.
But Romney needs a Christie or a Ryan as his VP to make up for lots of things. If he gets either, we may wind up asking why Mitt is top of the bill.
Christie claims to have been at 125 Springsteen shows. That's more than me.