America, don’t be Chris Christie

Christie

It’s hard under any conditions to steal the spotlight from a scenery-chewing ham like Donald Trump. It would seem almost impossible to do so while standing silently in the background, serving as a loyal flunky while the Great Man gesticulates and articulates his awesome winning greatness to the masses.

Yet those who witnessed Trump’s primary-night press conference saw Chris Christie pull off the miraculous. A few days earlier, the New Jersey governor had endorsed Trump as president, and he had drawn widespread condemnation for doing so. At the press conference Tuesday night, Christie dutifully used the deferential “Mr. Trump” to introduce the man he had recently declared “unfit,”  then stepped back into the shadows to let Trump bask in the glory.

But over the next 10 minutes, as he looked on in apparent pain and disbelief, staring off into his future as if horrified that this is what he had done to himself and his reputation, Christie stole the show.

America, that could be you. That could be you come Nov. 9, staring in utter disbelief at what you had just done to yourself. That could be you next January, watching as a grinning Donald Trump takes the oath of office on the Capitol steps, adding his name to those of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.

Don’t be that country, America. You are so much better than this.

I remain confident that we are not that country and will not be that country. In fact, the biggest sign of our national decline is the popularity of the man strutting around promising to make us great again. That man is a passing fever. He will prove to be to politics what the mullet was to haircuts, what “Baywatch” was to television, what “Fifty Shades of Grey” was to literature. Someday — someday soon, I hope — a lot of people are going to look back on this time frame in shame and hope that nobody has any pictures.

For Gov. Christie, unfortunately, there will always be pictures.

Here’s what’s going to happen: Trump is not a man who improves over repeated exposure or close examination. His schtick, once new and startling in the political world, is already familiar, and from familiar it will morph into boring and then into embarrassing and finally produce revulsion. That is not a prediction, by the way. It is a guarantee, and the only uncertainty is the time frame in which it occurs. By the GOP convention in July, roughly one year from Trump’s announcement, I expect it to be in full bloom.

But the Republican Party needs it to happen more quickly, before the Florida and Ohio primaries on March 15.  Its big donors and highly paid consultants are hoping that millions of dollars in negative TV advertising — the only weapon they know how to wield — can accelerate the process of disenchantment, but I’m not sure that’s possible, for a variety of reasons.

First, their message to the base is that “He’s not one of us; he’s not a REAL conservative.” That was the thrust of Mitt Romney’s attack today in Utah, for example. The problem is, that’s a tough sell when the establishment is itself not perceived as credible or as “one of us.” That’s exactly the schism that Trump has exploited so adroitly.

And let’s be honest: The anti-Trump message is basically a plea to the base to set aside its resentments and anger and think calmly through the consequences to the party and country. And over the years, the GOP hasn’t exactly encouraged the critical thinking skills needed to make that strategy work. I’m not sure it’s possible to undo decades of conditioning in less than two weeks, but we’ll find out.

 

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larryhand
larryhand

The man insults women and POWs and claims to be a Christian, though Christians would consider themselves to be in danger of hellfire for doing so. The man is a flimflammer. Wake up, people.


Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

Hey Einstein, why didnt you write this column before the current race-baiting, lazy, unqualified dope got elected? I'll take Trump over lying ass Hillary and the commie any day

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

can't believe that nobody called
TRUMP PEENER SHEETZ.

Peachs
Peachs

The Big Short shows us that Wall Street is the same ship of pirates our politicians are. You had rating agencies, not one but three, the police on the credit beat being paid off, and Trump type salesmen selling this toxic paper, not caring what disease it carried. 


Insurance companies insuring the same deals multi times with no reserves to back them up, systemic relationships, and too big to fail declarations by ex cronies in public offices who are making these decisions with a bias. 


We got a mess, and the churches have joined in and identified themselves as a card carrying member of this greed, like the Red Cross charging money to the victims it cares for. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Yeah, yeah, I know, we expect 'em to lie. But if you want it documented...

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/03/politics/republican-debate-fact-check/


Can Trump make up for his tax cuts by cutting two federal agencies and negotiating with drug companies? Our verdict: false.


The 9/11 Commission contains no evidence that supports Trump's claim.

Verdict: False.


As to whether employers are cutting jobs because of Obamacare, it's nearly impossible to determine from Labor Department data since the economy is recovering and adding jobs. The number of people who can only find part-time jobs has declined in recent years, signifying companies are hiring more full-time workers.

Verdict: False.



Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Nick_Danger @Visual_Cortex

Frankly, I am fine and dandy with the "lying" business being a wash if it's Trump v. Hils.

Fine! let's set aside the honesty and integrity business. Let's acknowledge they both have none (and yeah, I know, degrees, gradiations, reasons, etc.)

Let's argue their qualifications for office and stated positions. And the likelihood they could make good on those stated positions. I'll take that matchup any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Visual_Cortex @Nick_Danger 

You'll likely take it this summer...  ;>} 

I guess I hadn't considered, though, that running against Trump would kind of inoculate Clinton against the "liar" thing.

Peachs
Peachs

@Visual_Cortex we don't have the 70,000 jobs in Georgia that Obamacare would bring, so we can't lose them, and our economy in this desert is no encouragement that Obamacare is killing the economy, our stupidity is the real killer.  In Detroit they should take a show of hands of how many people in that audience are driving foreign built cars, that may be your answer to how to bring back the 300,000 jobs the American people took to the rest of the world and took away from themselves.  If you don't have money, the getting a cheaper car does not really matter does it? Buy American, help your own self out, stop blaming being stupid on your government. 

rimsky
rimsky

Hubble telescope took a picture of a galaxy which was merely 400 million years old after the Big Bang.  This is the farthest object Hubble has seen.  

Peachs
Peachs

@rimsky what I believe is as we grow in knowledge, we began to see the work of God, it strengthens my belief, what the right believe is we need to dumb it down and live in fear, to find our God. 

Peachs
Peachs

I think a lot more of this universe is built on a house of cards than the country realizes. 


The Republicans have run a juke joint the call a party, Trump had been a dog whistle, but some of the mob was too deaf to hear the whistle, so Trump, like a stripper, took it all off. 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

Finally, American voters who appreciate penis jokes have a candidate they can support!

Peachs
Peachs

@Nick_Danger a dirty old man may be our next president and we worry about a black president who is a family man, that blindness to the reality of this situation should scare the ones who have it, like discovering you are having signs of alzheimer's! Reality is slipping away..

rimsky
rimsky

Yea right. Like supporting Hillary, Bernie, Cruz, or Rubio is any sign of significant intelligence.////

Mr. Middle 

Are you sitting out this election?.  LOL

rimsky
rimsky

All the candidates called shorts of ugly, horrific names.  Yet at the end they all said if Trump is the nominee they will support him.  Please someone explain to me how that makes sense.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Nick_Danger @rimsky 

I get how calling someone "unfit" would seem to have been a kind of Rubicon-crossing. But it probably isn't.

If you can walk back earlier comments and not lose your job for it, you walk 'em back.

Very, very few folks in this business will fail to do so because they fear that they'll appear to lack integrity. It's not like our corporate media, nor our voters, expect them to have integrity anyway.

/cynical bastage

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@rimsky 

Why would anybody ever support someone they acknowledge is "not fit" to be President?  There appears to be a lack of integrity, here...

Peachs
Peachs

@rimsky what Trump has got is the movie goer crowd, who believe the world is a movie. 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

td, from below:  "When has experience been a good thing in government?" 

So, you're never gonna mention the words "community organizer" again?

rimsky
rimsky

Presidential campaigns have changed from horse races to Wrestling matches.//////

Ms NWGAL

Heard an interview in NPR with Rubio.  He said he discuss policies 99% of the time.  During the whole interview he did not talk about a single policy.

Peachs
Peachs

@rimsky each of these guys have a set style, Rubio robotic, Trump, when cornered insults or throws cheap lines of red meat out to get crowd support.  It is like a date that you go out with for months, and one day you find out they have given you the wrong name and you don't have a clue who you have been dating.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@rimsky

I'll not miss that whiny twerp one bit after he loses Florida 12 days from now.

Peachs
Peachs

@Visual_Cortex @rimsky the only reason he is still in the race is the establishment holds him up. The Christian Right are campaigning for him, the governor of SC lost some credibility trying to help, because they all think they can control him, unlike Cruz or poor Kasich. 

rimsky
rimsky

@foo2u This is indeed a major breakthroughs.  This is revolutionary research these people are conducting.

foo2u
foo2u

We need true patriots like Ya'll Queda to head up there and occupy them labs and put an end to all this gubbermint funded science and junk... Research ought to only be done by private industry and with a singular profit motive, not in the name of making life better for us all.

Peachs
Peachs

@foo2u what the government does is direct the combination of use. Medicine is a private enterprise, look at the prostitution of that..

rimsky
rimsky

@foo2u I tried to stay away from politics in this one.  

But you are right funding provided by Obama admin was a reason we are so far ahead in the energy storage technology.

Next we will hear: but but Solyndra all over again.

Peachs
Peachs

@foo2u this is how you live in a hostile environment, portable batteries, it brings living conditions to Mars and beyond.  

NWGAL
NWGAL

Presidential campaigns have changed from horse races to Wrestling matches.

Peachs
Peachs

@NWGAL they need to be able to turn the microphones off when someones time is up, they are telling Rubio to let Trump speak and not telling Trump the same. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Peachs @NWGAL

They have that ability right now, and have for as long as mixing boards have had muting switches.

Yeah, I would love to have the next debates employ automatic muting (say) three seconds after the bell goes off. Doubtful they'd get the participants to agree to those terms, though.

Peachs
Peachs

@Visual_Cortex @Peachs @NWGAL I did notice Rubio's was lowered in the 30 seconds that was Trump's, but they leave Trump's wide open.  I am no way near a Rubio fan, but the press is making Trump a contender by unleveling the playing field. 

Peachs
Peachs

The motivation for Hilary is just not there, to purposely disclose classified emails.  


In the generals case, he was having an affair, the scopes got him laid. The right knows this, but like Nixon hatchet men, they make with dirt, what they can't make with mandates. 

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve

The guy who is better at penis jokes than policy positions can't be President. Sorry guys.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve

I can respect Cruz voters, they're likely just insane zealots. Trump voters though, well y'all are just willful idiots.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@ScubaSteve Yea right. Like supporting Hillary, Bernie, Cruz, or Rubio is any sign of significant intelligence.

Peachs
Peachs

I think Trump lives off borrowed money, and owes billions.  That is why he does not want us to see his taxes, the interest paid would be gut griping. 

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Peachs The thing about opinions, they really don't matter beyond the person that has one. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@InTheMiddle2 @ScubaSteve

I'm curious, since I took Scuba's comment as one on the Presidential campaigning process and how it must look to the rest of the world. Do you think our Presidential election process, and I'm not just talking about what's happening now, but what we've seen in our lifetimes, these super-long affairs that really begin in earnest soon after the mid-terms--do you think they're not at least a little ridiculous? Compared to how every other nation holding free/fair national elections manages their own affairs, I mean?

Come on. You have to admit, it's pretty absurd, what we citizens endure.

Peachs
Peachs

@Visual_Cortex @InTheMiddle2 @ScubaSteve the other side of that is we get to see the reality from the propaganda ourselves. The right use to blame the minority, now we are seeing the dead wood of the 21st century is the blue collar whites.  We really need an NAAWP for the white race, to educate, fed and clothed them and look after their interest like wards of the state.