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Jon Stewart on Christie’s Sudden Change of Heart

The Daily Show did a hilarious spin on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, especially on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suddenly doing an about face on President Obama’s leadership. The footage is perfect, with Christie claiming that Obama “doesn’t know how to lead” and comparing him to a man in a dark room clutching for the light switch of leadership. And then…

I love Christie’s sudden declaration that he doesn’t care about presidential politics. So isn’t he really just admitting that when he was giving those speeches on Romney’s behalf hammering Obama, he was full of shit?

Comments

  1. Michael Heath says

    I find the adulation Chris Christie’s getting for his Sandy kudos towards President Obama as mindless as that for President Bush immediately after 9/11. Specifically, the president’s approval ratings soared in the 90′s for merely stating the obvious. Both suggest how easy it is to play the American public.

  2. tfkreference says

    I don’t think this is hypocrisy–it’s leadership. He seems to be saying that helping the people of his state is his priority. Before the storm, he obviously felt (wrongly, IMO) that electing Romney was a way to do that. He will probably vote for Romney, but he’s not going to turn the crisis into a political stunt. Regardless of party, we need leaders who put their constituents first.

  3. says

    Occams razor and all that. I’m bettin’ that Christie was contacted by the Obamafiosos that control DHS and that over a nice cup of espresso and some asskickin’ pignoli tarts was told, “You got a nice state here, Governor; it would be a shame if something bad was to happen to it.”.

  4. raven says

    I love Christie’s sudden declaration that he doesn’t care about presidential politics.

    I’m sure it is 100% political. It is just not clear exactly why.

    1. New Jersey is going to need boatloads of money to recover. Looks like anything on the coast just went bye-bye.

    If Christie can bring in lots of federal dollars, it is going to make him look good for reelection.

    Not that there is necessarily anything wrong with it. The USA just spent $17 billion to fix the flood control levees around New Orleans.

    2. Maybe Romney and the Tea Party aren’t too popular in NJ. I don’t know enough about NJ to say.

    The Tea Party really didn’t do well except in the fundie heartland of the central and south USA. There aren’t many on the west coast and Northeast. Except for Darrell Issa and he is on the edges of the Orange county national sacrifice area.

  5. Rodney Nelson says

    zippythepinhead #7

    The late Thomas “Tip” O’Neill was compared to many people, but I don’t think he was ever confused with Attila the Hun.

    Trivia question: What do Attila the Hun, Bozo the Clown and Bullwinkle the Moose all have in common?

  6. marcus says

    I believe, as the article that scl1 @4 linked to alludes, that Christie really doesn’t want Romney to win, (he may also be somewhat sincerely appreciative, maybe). He wants to run for Pres. in 2016 against “un-named” Democrat.

  7. nooneinparticular says

    It is entirely possible that Christie is being sincere. Yeah, he’s a politician and a republican at that. But his state was hammered. Hard. He is doing what his job is supposed to be about. His smack down of Fox’s douchebag is not hypocritical, it is contextual. In weeks before Sandy he played the dutiful Republican mouthpiece, but when the shit hit the fan he remembered what his office is about.

    He, like Obama, put politics aside as much as can be in order to respond to the emergency. There is no way to sever themselves entirely from politics and if their cooperative roles plays into the political suspicions of wankers on both sides there is nothing that can be done about that. Christie has probably committed political suicide as far as the RNC is concerned, but this observer, who is far, far left of hi, give him props for remembering why he was given the job in the first place. How often do you see this kind of governance?

  8. matty1 says

    What do Attila the Hun, Bozo the Clown and Bullwinkle the Moose all have in common?

    They will all be offered cabinet posts if Mitt Romney wins the presidency.

  9. gshelley says

    He didn’t really have much choice. He could have kept silent I suppose, but he couldn’t keep up his criticism in the current situation. I think people don’t really mind partisan nonsense in normal circumstances – they will just shrug and think “Of course he doesn’t like Obama, he’s a republican”, but if he’d tried it in the current situation, it would put a lot of people off and probably destroyed his chances of re-election

  10. bigj says

    As a New Jerseyan, maybe I can offer a little bit of perspective. As much as I have disagreed with Gov. Christie, and as much as he can be a windbag, he has generally been far more willing to work with Democrats to get things done than any Republicans on the national level. He has not had much use for the more extreme elements of his party (and has told them so: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/chris-christie-slams-fearmongering-over-sharia-law-210648303.html ).

    As far as the presidential election goes, most of the state has put it on the back burner. Even the local right-wing talk radio station has been almost entirely focused on getting information about the storm out, and getting help to people who need it. As far as I have seen, the only mention of presidential politics around here over the last week has been about Romney’s climate change denial and plans to defund FEMA, both of which are pretty relevant to the storm’s aftermath.

  11. says

    Yeah, I’m no fan of Christie, but I can hardly fault him for shifting on the importance of Presidential politics. His state has been hammered. If anything, as a New Orleans expat, I admire him for that shift.

  12. laurentweppe says

    I must say, so far my personnal favorite is Goldberg’s hypothesis that Christie’s man-crush Bruce Springsteen’s and trying to have Obama arrange a meeting.

  13. says

    I think some of you are missing the point. I can accept that Christie is being sincere in his praise of Obama now. But doesn’t that really just highlight how empty his mindless attacks on Obama were just a couple weeks ago? He was dutifully playing the role of the surrogate attack dog, now he no longer can (whether out of sincerity or political calculation doesn’t particularly matter). It just highlights how amoral the whole game is.

  14. nooneinparticular says

    Missing the point? I don’t think so. “It just highlights how amoral the whole game is.” The game being politics, Christie’s “amoral” attack dog routine is SOP for all parties concerned. Politics, at least as practiced here, is amoral. Full stop.

    But what is not common here is what he did after Sandy hit. He set aside the normal political routine to do what he he was elected to do. That is notable.

  15. Michael Heath says

    My above cynicism regarding the motivations for Gov. Christie’s sudden bipartisanship towards the president at the overt expense of Gov. Romney was made with previous knowledge of the defenses of Christie proffered after my first post.

    So I remain comfortable perceiving Mr. Christie’s current behavior as an illustration of his character consistent with his speech at the RNC. That speech also had him exploiting the national stage as an opportunity personal political gain at the expense of Romney’s campaign for president.

  16. Margaret says

    What do Attila the Hun, Bozo the Clown and Bullwinkle the Moose all have in common?

    They will all be offered cabinet posts if Mitt Romney wins the presidency.

    I’m sure Rmoney has binders full of such characters to choose from.

  17. Michael Heath says

    nooneinparticular states:

    But what is not common here is what he did after Sandy hit. He set aside the normal political routine to do what he he was elected to do. That is notable.

    I disagree it’s notable. Since Katrina the lesson learned by elected executives is that you will fire-fight natural disasters. It’s the same lesson that was resonating post-9/11 though it seems to have died down the past couple of years. That is that no in-country acts of terror will be tolerated, even if Grandma has to get patted-down to get on a plane or all our phone calls must be tapped.

    Fire-fighting by executives is mostly for show, and often evidence they didn’t do what we should demand of them, which is to reduce the probability damage will occur from natural disasters along with having having a repeatable process to minimize harm outside what can be feasibly prevented.

    I’m not saying Mayor Bloomberg, Gov. Cuomo, or Gov. Christie shouldn’t be all over Sandy – they obviously should, but if they have to call the president to get something than that’s an obvious defect in the process, at least on the federal government’s end.

  18. says

    It’s a pretty simple political calculation. Chrirstie needs to deal with the guy occupying the Oval Office right now. Shitting on the guy who is trying to help his state out of a huge mess is not a productive use of his time. Christie was being a loyal foot soldier in attacking Obama before, but even he knows that partisan sniping is only going to backfire on him right now.

    I don’t like Christie, but I’ll give him credit for knowing when to stop being a cynical politician and when to put that nonsense aside and just do his job.

  19. Michael Heath says

    d.w. wilson writes:

    It’s a pretty simple political calculation. Chrirstie needs to deal with the guy occupying the Oval Office right now. Shitting on the guy who is trying to help his state out of a huge mess is not a productive use of his time. Christie was being a loyal foot soldier in attacking Obama before, but even he knows that partisan sniping is only going to backfire on him right now.

    I don’t like Christie, but I’ll give him credit for knowing when to stop being a cynical politician and when to put that nonsense aside and just do his job.

    This is not why some of us are cynical about his motivations, so your post comes across as a strawman regarding why people are discussing Gov. Christie’s relationship between the two presidential candidates. It’s because Mr. Christie’s went well beyond the typical response in both his laudations towards the president and his dismissal of Gov. Romney.

  20. says

    Chris Christie, the Tony Soprano of Governors. He possesses a certain Machiavellian moronicity. OTOH, he knows that if Romney wins he’s gonna get squat whether he supports him or not. Christie’s counting on the democrats forgetting what a douchebag he is while the religioholics will only remember his brave stand against the anti-Christ, Mittmoroni.

  21. Michael Heath says

    democommie writes:

    Chris Christie . . . knows that if Romney wins he’s gonna get squat whether he supports him or not

    I think it was Mike Allen of Politico’s Playbook that reported the following. Playbook goes out on a daily email where I’m not sure if he publishes webpages of each transmission or not.

    The report was the Romney campaign’s preferred choice for the VP nominee was Gov. Christie. But according to a Romney campaign insider, they found something on Mr. Christie that caused them to instead pick their #2, Paul Ryan. No word on whether Gov. Christie wanted the nomination, my guess is that he did not given his road to the White House doesn’t appear optimal through Romney given Romney’s odds were not good at the time potential nominees had to decide their interest in taking a VP nomination. A prudent choice for Ryan to accept in spite of the odds, but not Christie.

    Now it’s obvious that this leak out of the Romney White House is at least partial payback for Romney lauding the president while vocally dismissing Gov. Romney, both at the RNC but especially since Sandy. But I wouldn’t have taken it so far as to argue a Romney win wouldn’t help Mr. Christie as governor of NJ prior to Christie dissing Mr. Romney and giving the prez kudos. That could be true now, but I think there’s a back-story not yet reported on why Christie sold-out the Romney campaign.

  22. dingojack says

    Michael – “… this leak out of the Romney White House …”

    Wait now, Romney owns the White House too*? How many properties has he got?

    :) Dingo
    —–
    * You didn’t act as vendor, by any chance ;)

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