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Aug 19 2013

Farah Doesn’t Heart Chris Christie

I’m rather amused by the fact that Chris Christie, who is incredibly conservative, suddenly being considered a squishy moderate for no good reason at all. Joseph Farah is the latest to declare him a RINO and say that if Christie is the Republican nominee in 2016, he’ll be voting third party:

With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie picking more fights with fellow Republicans – the good ones, at that! – there’s little doubt about who the new leader of the real Republican Party is these days.

It’s Sen. Rand Paul.

So when Sarah Palin says, “I’m on team Rand,” I say, me too.

It’s not even a close call.

In fact, as a New Jersey-born liberty lover, let me say that Christie is an embarrassment to the Republican Party. And that’s saying something given the nature of the establishment Republican leadership.

Should Republicans nominate the likes of Christie in 2016, I will join the ranks of millions looking for any alternative to voting Republican. In fact, I suspect such a bad choice will signal the demise of the party, whose leadership, right now, is doing just about everything wrong.

But his conservative critics can’t point to much of anything in the way of actual policy differences with Christie. His record is very, very conservative. He has vetoed funding for family planning services five times and six Planned Parenthood clinics have closed as a result (the funding he vetoed wasn’t even for abortion, it was for cancer screening, contraception and STD testing). He vetoed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, leaving New Jersey virtually alone in the Northeast without marriage equality. He has cut business taxes and increased business subsidies while cutting the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income residents. He’s railed against public sector unions and cut benefits and increased costs for public employees across the board. He’s increased the number of charter schools in his state and pulled funding from public transportation and environmental projects.

So what is this about? Well, he doesn’t seem to have much use for the paranoid far right. He appointed a Muslim state judge and, when criticized by the Islamophobic right who screamed “ZOMG, Sharia law!”, said he was “tired of dealing with the crazies.” And most importantly, he buddied up to Obama — temporarily — when seeking federal aid after Hurricane Sandy. But that has nothing at all to do with policy. So the Joseph Farahs of the world, for whom no one is ever pure enough, have ejected him to the rival tribe. To which I say, keep going. The more you reject even mainstream conservatives in favor of the fringe, the worse for the GOP.

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  1. 1
    colnago80

    Here’s another reason for fuckface Farah to reject Christie. He apparently doesn’t think much of gay conversion therapy.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/chris-christie-sign-ban-gay-conversion-therapy-article-1.1430623

  2. 2
    Ace of Sevens

    And he supports medical marijuana.

  3. 3
    doublereed

    He’s also been pushing for gun control, which is one of those things that conservatives are not allowed to do.

    But if we’re going to be honest, the real reason they hate him is that he gave Obama a hug.

  4. 4
    John Pieret

    I hope the Tea Party set keeps him fron running and/or from getting the nomination. He is incredibly popular here in the northeast, despite all the positions you point out. He sits astride the media capital of the US and will get a lot of favorable coverage. Unlike Romney, he is funny, personable and quick witted. New York and Connecticut have been known, at least at the state level, to go Republican and Pennsylvania is pretty much a purple state. Christie’s nomination would force the Democratic nominee to put a lot more resources into this area than Democrats normally do, which would make Christie a formadible candidate.

    Of course, something could come out in the next 2 1/2 years that changes all that but at the moment he may be the Republican’s best chance of recapturing the White House. Go Farah!

  5. 5
    tsig

    Run, Christie, run.

  6. 6
    Set Kouwenhoven

    I always thought Christie was one of the more reasonable Republicans out there (note my use of the word “more” to indicate reasonableness *relative* to other Republicans). I’m sure that has something to do with Farah’s rejection of him.

  7. 7
    Raging Bee

    I’m rather amused by the fact that Chris Christie, who is incredibly conservative, suddenly being considered a squishy moderate for no good reason at all.

    He’s dealing with reality on its own terms, at least when there’s a big storm in his state (and he admitted that a Democrat had done some good). That’s all the reason they need. That is, in fact, their very definition of “squishy moderate.”

  8. 8
    Doug Little

    I suspect such a bad choice will signal the demise of the party, whose leadership, right now, is doing just about everything wrong

    Actually he couldn’t be more wrong on that. As far as the clown car full of crazies the Republicans will be steering into battle Christie is probably the one with the best chance of success. Joe not voting for him, if he actually gets the nomination, is just snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Also the Republican leadership has been doing everything wrong in terms of winning elections, well almost everything gerrymandering and disenfranchisement aside, and will continue to do so into the perceivable future.

  9. 9
    Raging Bee

    Joseph Farah is the latest to declare him a RINO and say that if Christie is the Republican nominee in 2016, he’ll be voting third party…

    Wingnuts like Farah make the same threat every four years, and NEVER follow through when their bluff is called. Their hatred of all things Democratic and liberal is too great to be trumped by quibbles like this. One of these days the GOP is going to realize this, and make itself a credible party again.

  10. 10
    felidae

    Please, please Joe, keep pushing for that third party–it will guarantee a GOP split and defeat in 2016 It would be ironic if the last gasp of the Tea Party is the destruction of the Republican Party

  11. 11
    shripathikamath

    Farah sounds Lebanese to me.

  12. 12
    loren

    Joseph Farah in August 2013: “Should Republicans nominate the likes of Christie in 2016, I will join the ranks of millions looking for any alternative to voting Republican. “

    Hmmm…this sounds familiar…

    Joseph Farah in 2007:
    - “I’m astounded. I don’t know how else to say it. I just continue to be amazed at the number of Republicans who are so easily conned, duped and hoodwinked by Willard Mitt Romney.”

    Joseph Farah in 2010:
    - “There is perhaps no more dangerous man in America today than Mitt Romney. If he succeeds Obama, it will be the final nail in the coffin of American liberty. You’ve been duly warned.”

    Joseph Farah in October 2010:
    - “If Mitt Romney were to become the next president, America would be done as an experiment in freedom. We would see this 235-year experiment in liberty perish before our eyes. That’s a guarantee.”
    - “I wouldn’t vote for Romney if he ran against Satan himself for president….”
    - “This is not hyperbole: Mitt Romney is the most dangerous man in America today.”

    Joseph Farah in February 2011:
    - “As I have concluded in a previous commentary, I wouldn’t vote for Mitt Romney if he were running against Satan himself.”

    Joseph Farah in September 2011:
    - “There are many Americans who simply will not reward Mitt Romney with the presidency simply because he gets the nomination as the candidate to oppose Barack Obama. You can count me as one of those millions.”

    Joseph Farah in March 2012:
    - “I don’t think I’m alone when I tell you that I could vote enthusiastically for Santorum in a race against Obama. I could not do that if Romney is the nominee.”

    Joseph Farah on Election Eve 2012, in a column titled “Vote for Mitt Romney”:
    - “Fortunately, I never said what I would do if [Mitt Romney] were running against Barack Obama…”
    - “That’s why I will go to the polls today and vote enthusiastically for Mitt Romney.”

    Putting aside that Farah explicitly said, on several occasions, that he couldn’t support Romney over Obama (or even over Satan himself), what he’s still trying to CLAIM here is that when he spent four years saying he’d never, ever vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances, he never IMAGINED that the Democratic Presidential candidate would be the incumbent Democratic President.

  13. 13
    Artor

    Ed, can you get a comment system that allows upvoting? I think loren just won at least one internet, and I’d like to give him a few thumbs-up to go with it.

  14. 14
    Robert B.

    If Christie runs for president, doesn’t he have to resign as governor?

    Run, Christie, run!

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