New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has gotten himself in a pickle. All scandals deserve high-profile names. Let's call it "Fat and Furious."
Integrity is everything in life. I have been a leading critic of President Obama here at TheBlaze. I think he's a criminal. I think any politician - no matter what party they belong to - who uses government to hurt, damage, bully, intimidate or destroy a political opponent, should be fired, forced to resign, or go to prison. These are crimes we cannot tolerate in a free society.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. Christie has fired a top aide who engineered political payback against a town mayor, saying she lied. Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly is the latest casualty in a widening scandal that threatens to upend Christie's second term and likely run for president in 2016. Documents show she arranged traffic jams to punish the mayor, who didn't endorse Christie for re-election. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Yes, Obama using the IRS to destroy political opponents (like me) is far worse than causing a traffic jam. It is criminal.
Yes, Obama using the NSA to spy on political opponents and members of the media is far worse than causing a traffic jam. It is criminal.
Yes, Obama covering up an arms deal with radical Muslim rebels that backfired and killed four Americans in Benghazi is far worse than causing a traffic jam. It is criminal.
Yes, Obama selling arms to Mexican drug lords that wound up killing a U.S. border agent is far worse than causing a traffic jam. It is criminal.
Yes, Obama telling lies and committing fraud that causes millions of Americans to lose their health insurance is far worse than causing a traffic jam. It is criminal.
Yes, Obama should pay for his crimes against the American people. Because no one - including the President - is too big to jail.
But conservatives need to be consistent. We need to put ethics above party. We need to be willing to shout loudly when one of our own does something wrong. We need to be better than the hypocritical liberal media that covers up for Obama.
[sharequote align="center"]Chris Christie - like Obama - is a bully.[/sharequote]
Chris Christie - like Obama - is a bully. He uses the force of government to try to intimidate and damage his political opponents. He uses government to scare people into silence. He uses government for political retribution.
Oh and let's not forget that he's also the jerk who double-crossed Mitt Romney, sold his buddy out, and helped to re-elect Obama. As I've said in hundreds of media interviews since the Presidential election:
"The GOP can never again trust Chris Christie. Christie stabbed Romney in the back. Once a traitor, always a traitor. He cannot be our presidential nominee."
I was right. The true Chris Christie was just exposed. He's not much different than Obama. If you cross him, or anger him, or criticize him, he'll try to destroy your life. And he doesn't care who gets in the way (even thousands of voters stuck in hours of traffic, half of whom might have been Republican supporters).
"Fat and Furious" is a small scandal, but it represents a much bigger picture.
Let’s look at what happened to Christie:
I’m a Tea Party Libertarian-conservative Republican. Mitt Romney was not my cup of tea (excuse the pun). But once I choose sides, I’m “all in.” There is no 90 percent or even 100 percent. Either you give everything you have, or don’t get involved. So I gave Mitt 110 percent.
I knew the re-election of Obama would devastate the economy and kill more jobs. I knew the implementation of Obamacare would annihilate the middle class. I knew Romney was the only alternative. So I was “all in.” I gave Mitt everything I had. His loss was devastating to me.
But not Chris Christie. He sold Mitt out for ego, media spotlight and his own political future. As soon as Christie saw the opportunity to advance his own future presidential prospects, he dumped Mitt like yesterday’s news. He didn’t just stab Mitt in the back, and kiss Obama’s ring. He went a step further - he French-kissed Obama at the New Jersey airport.
Governor Chris Christie greets President Barack Obama before an ariel tour of the damage in New Jersey from Hurricane Sandy at Atlantic City Airport in Atlantic City, N.J. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
You never betray your friends like that. Never. There would have been nothing wrong with shaking Obama’s hand at the airport and announcing when there is a natural disaster we all come together, Republican and Democrat. That would be fine.
But Christie became BFF (best friends forever) with Obama that day. Christie’s over-the-top lovefest destroyed Romney’s presidential ambitions. At the time several national polls had Romney up by 5 to 7 points. His ratings sunk like quicksand after Christie’s embrace.
[sharequote align="center"]With friends like Chris Christie, who needs enemies?[/sharequote]
With friends like Chris Christie, who needs enemies?
What did Christie get out of it? Was it pure ego, to prove his bi-partisan credentials and win adulation from the liberal media? Yes, I think that was part if it.
Did Obama bribe Christie? Was he promised billions of dollars in government loans and hurricane FEMA relief money if he stabbed Romney in the back? Yes, I think that was part of it.
Was it pure political payback for not being chosen as Romney’s vice president? Yes, I think that was part of it.
Or was it pure political calculation? Did Christie realize if his buddy Romney won the election, he (Christie) would have no political future. Romney would be in for 8 long years and Christie would have nowhere to move up, and be long forgotten after his second term as Governor was up. My guess is all of the above.
Don’t forget this is a guy who Romney chose as the keynote speaker at the GOP Convention. Christie rewarded his faith by giving an entire speech about himself. Listening to Christie’s speech that night, I wasn’t sure if it was Romney or Christie accepting the nomination.
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., right, in 2012. CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP PHOTO
This same Christie went out of his way to denigrate and bad mouth the Tea Party. You know the same group that is the very foundation of the GOP. The same group that makes up the most loyal base of support, donations, energy and excitement for the GOP. The same group that produced the greatest landslide in modern political history in 2010. Why? Once again, ego. Christie needed to flex his muscles, prove his independence, and win adulation from the liberal media.
This same Christie went out of his way to denigrate Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. He not only picked a fight, and called them bad names, then he refused to kiss and makeup.
Chris Christie kissed Obama's ring 24/7 since the election, but he wouldn't make peace with two Tea Party heroes of the GOP. Interesting way to gain the GOP Presidential nomination.
What are the lessons?
First, what goes around comes around. Karma’s a bi-ch. Christie got what was coming to him.
Second if the customer is always right in business, that's doubly true in politics. Who is the GOP's base (i.e. best customer)? The Tea Party. Any Republican who badmouths the Tea Party is biting the hand that feeds you. You can disagree, but do it nicely. Show respect. If you don't, expect to be shown the door.
Third, stop trying to make friends with the media. The media hates all Republicans, even the “moderate” ones. When a Republican courts the media, he dances with the devil. You may think they like you. You may think you've charmed them. But in the end the media will aim to destroy you for the "crime" of being a Republican.
Christie just found out what happens when the media thinks you're the one guy who can beat Hillary.
Fourth, never trust big government Republicans like Chris Christie. They use the same power of government to damage people's lives, just as Democrats like Obama do.
Fifth, never allow politicians of any party to bully or intimidate taxpayers. Whether they are ordering IRS audits, or ordering traffic jams, they deserve impeachment and prison terms. They answer to voters, not the other way around. They are our servants, we aren't their serfs.
Lastly, stop making excuses for Republicans who believe in big government. Taxes went up under Christie. Spending went up under Christie. The size of government went up under Christie. Do you ever get the message that this is why America is so screwed up? This is why we face economic disaster? If Republicans are no better than Democrats, who needs them?
Funny enough, I actually feel bad for Christie. His scandal was just a traffic jam for gosh sakes.
"Fat and Furious" is a small scandal compared to the crimes of Obama. But it's symbolic of everything that ails America and the GOP.
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