Saturday, March 5, 2011

Palin shatters the Christie Mystique

During an interview on the Fox Business Network, Sarah Palin exposed a much unnoticed truth about Chris Christie.

The Blaze: With all due respect to Governor Christie, you know he has no choice but to cut budgets because he’s broke, his state is broke. What courage really is, is in the face of having a surplus when you have opportunity to spend spend spend the people’s money, you still choose to reign in government to let the private sector soar. That’s real courage, and by the way that’s what I did as Governor here when I engaged in hiring freezes and reduced earmarks by 86% and vetoed the largest amounts in our state’s history. Despite having a surplus that’s real leadership and that’s courage.
Palin is correct. Chris Christie has earned a reputation for being the biggest baddest Republican in town. However truth be told, he isn't all that and a bag of chips. With an $11 billion shortfall, Christie really didn't have too many options at his disposal. 

Much of Christie's Mystique comes from being the first Republican to stand up to unions. There are other governors who are going much further Christie when it comes to taking on the status quo. Both Scott Walker and John Kasich are tackling the long term problems brought on by collective bargaining. Despite Christies' tough talk about liking to aggressively negotiating with unions, the simply truth is aggressive negotiations are his only option because Democrats control both the Assembly and the Senate in NJ.

Palin is also correct to point out that had Republicans adhered to their principles during the good years, America never would have gotten to the point it is now. For too long Republicans have placed their reelection chances ahead of doing the right thing.

Palin's remarks don't really come out of the blue. Christie has hinted at her lack of courage for a lack of "unscripted" moments. So, consider Palin's remarks as simply returning the favor to Christie.

If Palin is capable of effectively shattering the Christie Mystique, Mitt Ronmey doesn't stand a chance of keeping his carefully crafted persona in tact.

Via: The Blaze
Via: Fox Nation


Anonymous said...

I like it when reps ripping each other on not cutting enough, instead of ripping on each other on how the others don't support the "patriot" act, or how they don't spend enough on corn.
Being conservative is a hard thing to do in politics, esp when you often do not fit into politics of left or right. That's why it took a century [and longer] to create one Reagan.

The Second Anonymous

Steverino said...

This is a big mistake for Palin. She is trying to position herself as more courageous than Christie because she made cuts when she didn't have to. Christie could counter that he didn't resign from his job. Sure, it's not a fair thing to say, but neither was Palin being fair to Christie.

Anonymous said...

What I find so knee-quiveringly attractive about Gov. Christie is his plain-spokenness and his ability to think on his feet and stay on message -- all those town halls he did -- !!!!! So different from mush-mouthed cucumber-sandwich appeasement-weasel RINOs. I hear a lot of criticism of Gov. Christie for not being conservative enough, but I have to say that he communicates the message he has far better than anyone else out there. Including Sarah Palin, much as I love her, and plain-spoken as she is. Gov. Christie never comes across as being overly-scripted, and I find that sometimes Sarah does. God luv 'em both, neither one needs a teleprompter, though!

bd said...

aside: this is equivalent to "throwing down the gauntlet" (am not reflecting on views of effectiveness as expressed by others here)... this may be one of the first public markers to indicate that sp may actually throw-in as a pres candidate (didn't think she would, now not so sure)

Bill589 said...

Palin was defending herself when asked about it. She’s not only plain spoken, but she’s conservative. Christie is not.

Sarah has stood up to corrupt Republicans, and corrupt oil companies, and anybody else in order to do her job and serve the people. She shows no fear of the Obama regime including the press. For more than two years, she has been THE target - putting herself in political harm’s way. For her, the cause has been worth it. She earns her support.

And Sarah is not even afraid of brown bears. Christie is big, but he’s not that big. He’ll learn, if she hasn’t ‘taught’ him already. They don’t call her barracuda, pit-bull, etc., because of her pretty smile.

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