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Beck: Christie is a Progressive!

Glenn Beck continues to contradict himself on an almost daily basis, apparently unaware that there’s this thing called the internet that records what you said previously. In an hour-long interview with the loathsome S.E. Cupp on CNN, he had this to say:

“Chris Christie is a fat nightmare. He is a nightmare,” Beck declared to TheBlaze’s S.E. Cupp, guest-hosting for Morgan, in an interview set to air Friday.

Cupp said the Republican Christie is “almost certainly” going to run for president in 2016 and is currently beating Hillary Clinton in a theoretical match-up.

“Don’t care, don’t care, don’t care,” Beck said. “He’s not a conservative. He’s a progressive.”

He named Christie’s stances on global warming, unions and gun control.

“I’m done playing the game of, ‘Well, that means if we don’t vote for that guy, we’re gonna get this guy,’” Beck said. “We played that with John McCain. We played that with Mitt Romney.”

Is that what you played with Mitt Romney, Glenn? I thought you compared Romney to George Washington and said he was doing the will of God:

That was after you compared him to Abraham Lincoln because he had a direct line to God.

My, how one’s position changes when the guy you supported loses.

Comments

  1. gshelley says

    I wonder if the people who now think Romney was too much of a moderate are able to name any of these liberal/progressive/moderate positions he took during his campaign.
    I think some are honest enough to admit that he ran very much as a conservative and that other than when he was trying to get the Mass governor job, he ha always had pretty conservative positions, but that he didn’t seem as obsessed with them as they would like, but others seem to actually believe that socially there wasn’t much difference between Obama and Romney

  2. says

    Cupp said the Republican Christie is “almost certainly” going to run for president in 2016 and is currently beating Hillary Clinton in a theoretical match-up.

    Yeah, if by “beating Hillary Clinton” you mean sifting polls till you find one with a statistically insignificant one-point lead for Christie and ignoring all the others that show her beating him in every demographic except dead white males.

  3. scienceavenger says

    It’s worth reminding the people who pretend McCain and Romney weren’t the best the GOP could do electorally, that there were “true” conservatives in the race for the GOP nomination (Santorum, Huckabee) and they LOST. Further, every poll indicated they’d have lost to Obama by wider margins than the actual nominees did.

  4. bionichips says

    I live in NJ and have yet to figure out what Christie has accomplished other than yelling at teachers – somehow he made a national reputation out of that. Like every one of our governors he has put off dealing with structural financial issues to the future. He has vetoed legislation he has proposed to not incur the wrath of the right.

    As far as I can tell he has abandoned directions that are good for NJ in favor of his running for president.

  5. Michael Heath says

    scienceavenger writes:

    It’s worth reminding the people who pretend McCain and Romney weren’t the best the GOP could do electorally, that there were “true” conservatives in the race for the GOP nomination (Santorum, Huckabee) and they LOST. Further, every poll indicated they’d have lost to Obama by wider margins than the actual nominees did.

    The more extreme GOP presidential candidates didn’t lose to John McCain and Mitt Romney because the GOP is supposedly moderate (McCain) or supposedly sanely conservative (Romney), but instead because the more extreme conservative vote was continuously split in both 2008 and 2012, allowing the less extreme candidate, relatively speaking only, to win by an effective default.

    If the GOP’s voting base wants a candidate more reflective of the base, e.g., Rick Santorum or Mike Huckabee, they’d do well to figure out who that candidate should be early in the season, otherwise Gov. Christie will enjoy the same leverage that both Sen. McCain and Gov. Romney enjoyed in their respective runs.

    We also shouldn’t forget that the most powerful Republican in 2008 was Rush Limbaugh, and his campaign to take down Mike Huckabee, coupled to Huckabee and Romney splitting the Christianist vote, is what allowed John McCain to win the nomination. So getting the influence peddlers on-board early is also imperative.

  6. John Pieret says

    Christie, like it or not, would make a formidable candidte against Hillary or any other Democratic nominee. He is a popular Republican in a blue state smack between two large states that are more (in New York’s case) or less (in Pennsylvania’s) reliable blue states. The media, which NJ shares with both NY and PA generally treat him favorably and in a presidential race the Dems would have to put more money into all three states instead of focusing on the more likely swing states. If he could actually win NY or PA, along with NJ (not a given but a pretty good chance) any Dem would be in trouble.

    As to the right wing, they’ll do what they did with Romney … call him a RINO until (and if) he wins the nomination and then call him the savior to deliver us from Hillary (or other nominee) until (and if) he loses, at which point he’ll go back to being a progressive.

  7. Pierce R. Butler says

    That’s one king-hell ugly chair under Beck’s butt in that bottom video. Same goes for his whole set.

    Now we know what happens when you insist on hiring only hetero set designers.

  8. says

    I sincerely doubt Christie would do any better in a republican primary than Rudy Giuliani fared. His loudmouth NJ style coupled with the fact that he doesn’t hate gays and Muslims enough is going to give him problems relating to the hard core conservaties in the Deep South and Midwest. As a nominee, he’d put NJ and possibly NY into play for the GOP, which would be a huge boost for the GOP, but I don’t think he’ll get that far. The GOP base has made it pretty clear that they’d rather lose with an ideologically pure candidate than win with a moderate this time. Romney ran to the right of Rick Perry on issues like immigration and the excuses that he lost because he wasn’t a True Conservative (TM) were flying almost as soon as Karl Rove had his meltdown over Ohio.

    They other candidates are going to be speaking fluent Rapture-Ready which will leave Christie in need of a translator to get his point across. He hasn’t even said that he’s waiting to find out if God wants him to run once yet!

  9. busterggi says

    I don’t know if Christie will really be running for POTUS but I’m willing to bet he’ll play the game just because it will give him an excuse to tour the red states & eat free corndogs.

  10. scienceavenger says

    Christie will be sunk as a nominee the minute they start running ads with his “I’m tired of dealing with the crazies” commentary, made after the Teatards objected to his nomination of a Muslim to the bench.

  11. felidae says

    2 thoughts from Glenn’s blather: further proof of the impotence of prayer and God wanted Romney to lose.

  12. Al Dente says

    The religious right, led by people like James Dobson and Pat Robertson, will reject Christie as not being god-soaked enough. Plus many Tea Partiers have not forgiven Christie for thanking Obama for Federal aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

  13. John Pieret says

    I agree that Christie will have a tough row to hoe to get the nomination but the establishment Republicans and business wing of the party have been really spooked by the beating they took over the government shutdown. The Chamber of Commerce has been pouring money into races where the establishment Republicans are facing Teabagger candidates. Marco Rubio, another attractive candidate, who would go some way toward staunching their bleeding among Hispanics, has also been damaged by the wingnuts. They know from experience that wingnut candidates will self-destruct in any general election. Who else can they turn to? Is Mitch Daniels any better? They tried to draft him in 2012 and he seemed gun-shy of the Teabaggers.

    As far as the national Republicans go … it’s rock, meet hard place!

  14. dingojack says

    “‘Chris Christie is a fat nightmare. He is a nightmare,’ Beck declared…,”

    Mr. Pot, meet Mr Kettle…

    :| Dingo

  15. Christoph Burschka says

    “I’m done playing the game of, ‘Well, that means if we don’t vote for that guy, we’re gonna get this guy,’” Beck said. “We played that with John McCain. We played that with Mitt Romney.”

    Yeah, clearly the problem with the last two elections was that their candidate was not radical enough.

  16. Michael Heath says

    I don’t think the Tea Baggers scared off Mitch Daniels in 2012. Instead I think it was an incumbent president with about a 70% chance of winning coupled to Romney being the incumbent-like GOP candidate in 2012 given his 2008 run. GOP obstructionism dropped Obama’s odds given our mediocre results, but it was still Obama with only Romney having a viable shot.

    2016 is wide open where I think you’ll see the GOP’s experienced, best and brightest, which isn’t saying much. MI gov. Rick Snyder will probably get pressured like Christie did in 2012. And while Snyder will have had far more experience as gov. relative to Christie in 2012, I think he’ll either wait till 2020 if the GOP loses in 2016, or never run.

  17. john8 says

    @gshelley

    You’re missing the point. Nobody believed Romney that he was Conservative. Because he wasn’t.

    So he lost. And so would Christie.

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