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Today’s Chris Christie Porn for Political Junkies

Everyone has heroes.  I have one (and another one pending in the governor’s mansion in WI) who is the current governor of New Jersey.  You really can’t imagine what a shock this is to me.  Who would have ever thought that I, the epitome of crazy, Reich Wing, tea partying fanaticism would ever like the same guy that the people of deep blue New Jersey would like?

But there you go.  Politics and strange bedfellows and all that. So, why is he my hero, you ask?

1.  He has the courage of his convictions.  Even if it’s unpopular (in the beginning – he’s remarkably persuasive!), when he believes in something he’s willing to fight for it.  Right now, he believes that the gov’t employees unions have got to give up some of their Cadillac perks if the state is going to survive fiscally.

Would it be easier to just give in?  As the kids would say… Well, duh!  That’s why NJ, as well as many other states, are in the fiscal condition they are in.  The unions are willing to lie and denigrate you, smearing your name and the name of your father, in order to get you to back down and give them their candy.  The media is either stupid or willfully blind as they watch the spectacle going on, failing in their obligation to keep the public informed so we can make wise electoral decisions.

Now watch The Big Man confront one of the attackers:

2.  He takes his job seriously, not as a stepping stone to higher office.  And I give you as contrast:  President Present.  BO was elected to the state Senate (shenanigans involved? Oh yes, but that’s another story…) and spent his time in office trying to cover his left wing trail with votes of present so that he wouldn’t draw fire (oooh.  New tone?  Probably not.  Oh well…) when he went for the next office on his list: The US Senate.  (shenanigans involved? Oh, yes, but that’s another story…)

When in that position, he gave a great speech at the convention and then… Ummm.  Well, nothing really, except to campaign for the next spot.

Contrast that with my hefty hero:  He was elected Gov of NJ at a time of fiscal crisis with both houses of the legislature aligned against him and what did he do?  Put on his armor, picked up his sword, and began cutting spending.  Yes.  That thing that we can’t seem to get DC to do no matter how we bribe, threaten, cajole or berate.  So obviously that’s a hard thing.

As hubby says:  If it was easy, everybody would do it.

And now, with voices all over the US crying out for him to run for President, he says he will stay and win the battle in NJ. And then, surely to goodness, we will be able to persuade him to step up to a national office. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

When it needed to be done, he did it:

3.  He treats the voters with respect.  I saved the best for last.  This is the area in which he most resembles Ronald Magnamus Reagan.  They both believed in the founder’s wisdom: that a government could be formed and supervised by the public; that self-government was the best form of government; that citizens could populate the positions within the government and wisely operate it.

Other politicians today try to treat us like mushrooms – in the dark and covered in manure.  They act like our rulers, not our representatives.  They pass laws giving themselves ever increasing control over our actions, our occupations, our finances and our freedom.  And even more offensively, they do so with the misbegotten idea that it’s ‘for our own good’. 

We are too stoopid to manage our children’s education, so they take control of our local schools; we are too stoopid to make our own health care choices, so they pass Obamacare; we are too stoopid to make our own energy choices so they force CAFE standards down our throats; we are too stoopid to protect ourselves so they pass seat belt laws.  As you can imagine, this list could go on for as long as the intertubes, so I’ll quit now.  With a quick late hit on the toilet tank volume restrictions.  Srsly.  WTH?!?  (Yes, you agree with me, so no yellow flags.  Some hits just have to be made.)

Now watch Christie treat us with respect:

Yeah.  I’m in love.  My porn looks just like this:

And also noteworthy?  Even the New York Times agrees with us.  (Dear Bessie, I hate linking to that lefty rag.  I promise, I’m not using them for reference, just to show you how deep and wide (heh) the Christie movement is.)

Short excerpt:

Acid monologues like this have made Christie, only a little more than a year into his governorship, one of the most intriguing political figures in America. Hundreds of thousands of YouTube viewers linger on scenes from Christie’s town-hall meetings, like the one in which he takes apart a teacher for her histrionics. (“If what you want to do is put on a show and giggle every time I talk, then I have no interest in answering your question.”) Newly elected governors — not just Republicans, Christie says, but also Democrats — call to seek his counsel on how to confront their own staggering budget deficits and intractable unions. At a recent gathering of Republican governors, Christie attracted a throng of supporters and journalists as he strode through the halls of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel like Bono at Davos.

While Christie has flatly ruled out a presidential run in 2012, there is enough conjecture about the possibility that I felt moved to ask him a few weeks ago if he found it exhausting to have to constantly answer the same question. “Listen, if you’re going to say you’re exhausted by that, you’re really taking yourself too seriously,” Christie told me, then broke into his imitation of a politician who is taking himself too seriously. “ ‘Oh, Matt, please, stop asking me about whether I should be president of the United States! The leader of the free world! Please stop! I’m exhausted by the question!’ I mean, come on. If I get to that point, just slap me around, because that’s really presumptuous. What it is to me is astonishing, not exhausting.”

There is, in fact, something astonishing about the ascent of Chris Christie, who is about as slick as sandpaper and who now admits that even he didn’t think he would beat Jon Corzine, the Democrat he unseated in 2009. Some critics have posited that Christie’s success in office represents merely the triumph of self-certainty over complexity, the yearning among voters for leaders who talk bluntly and with conviction. Yet it’s hard to see Christie getting so much traction if he were out there castigating, say, immigrants or Wall Street bankers. What makes Christie compelling to so many people isn’t simply plain talk or swagger, but also the fact that he has found the ideal adversary for this moment of economic vertigo. Ronald Reagan had his “welfare queens,” Rudy Giuliani had his criminals and “squeegee men,” and now Chris Christie has his sprawling and powerful public-sector unions — teachers, cops and firefighters who Christie says are driving up local taxes beyond what the citizenry can afford, while also demanding the kind of lifetime security that most private-sector workers have already lost.

Read the whole thing.

And if you read this far, you get a bonus bit of Christie Porn:

Queen Hotchibobo
I was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and I grew up in a house on Saginaw Bay. My daddy was a poor, hardworking Saginaw fisherman. Too many times he came home with too little pay. Naw, not really, but it sounds more interesting than the real bio, so there you are.

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  1. Great diary Queen. I also love your choice of a user name by the way. The style of Chris Christie is to speak plainly and without any equivocation on what he is working to get done as the Governor of New Jersey. In other words he does not try to be nice and suggest that his political opponents need to be granted any kind of equivalence period.

  2. What an excellent piece on a most excellent governor, Queen! How I would love to see Christie as POTUS standing up to the likes of Chavez, Ahmadinejad, NoKo and China.

    Talk about “international incidents” ! I’d pay to see that.

  3. We have some kick-butt governors doing marvelous things all across the nation. Nothing short of miraculous that there is one in a place like NJ.

    Like I tell everyone who will listen (yeah there are still 1 or 2), the tea party is going to save the United States of America from financial collapse.

  1. Great diary Queen. I also love your choice of a user name by the way. The style of Chris Christie is to speak plainly and without any equivocation on what he is working to get done as the Governor of New Jersey. In other words he does not try to be nice and suggest that his political opponents need to be granted any kind of equivalence period.

  2. What an excellent piece on a most excellent governor, Queen! How I would love to see Christie as POTUS standing up to the likes of Chavez, Ahmadinejad, NoKo and China.

    Talk about “international incidents” ! I’d pay to see that.

  3. We have some kick-butt governors doing marvelous things all across the nation. Nothing short of miraculous that there is one in a place like NJ.

    Like I tell everyone who will listen (yeah there are still 1 or 2), the tea party is going to save the United States of America from financial collapse.

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