It’s not resentment, it’s disgust

With the political demise of the repulsive Chris Christie, the Republican establishment is in shock and denial. Their golden boy, the one they were grooming to take on Hillary, is now fading into the pack. First there is this about how Christie has leapt from the George Washington Bridge:

The pleasure Mitt Romney loyalists are taking in the struggles of Chris Christie.

The condition is prevalent, stemming from a range of perceived Christie slights towards Romney during the 2012 campaign, which several Romney loyalists ticked off quickly — and with still-evident bitterness.

There was the New Jersey governor’s barring Romney from raising money in the Garden State, his unwillingness to answer vice presidential vetting questions and his highly autobiographical convention keynote speech. Most of all, though, Romney allies remain resentful of Christie’s embrace of President Barack Obama as the two worked together on Superstorm Sandy relief in the waning days of the campaign, which Romney backers believe boosted Obama’s bipartisan bona fides and cost Romney valuable swing votes.

The right word is not “resentful’. The right word is disgust. The only description of what Christie did in the last week of the presidential campaign in 2012 is to say that he double-crossed Romney. He so comprehensively put his own ambitions ahead of every other consideration that he felt no compunction about doing what he could to sink Romney’s campaign so that he could run four years later himself. Anyone who thinks four more years of Obama was preferable to four years of Mitt Romney is such a brainless clown that it is unimaginable for me that I would ever support Christie for president. I am now closer to thinking along just these lines:

The “Republican Party establishment’s chosen champion for 2016 is in the cross hairs of the liberal media,” influential Iowa talk radio host Steve Deace said. “You can’t take out the Democrats until you take out the Republican establishment.”

He added, “I’ve never been happier to watch the liberal news media tear down a Republican because he’s one of their own.”

Romney was not one of their own but they had to wear him because he was so much superior to anyone else as his performance in the primaries showed. That Christie is all they can think of even now shows what an empty cupboard the Republicans now have at the national level. Which is why this story at Hot Air is less ridiculous than you might think:

In interviews with more than a dozen party officials, fundraisers, and strategists in New York and Washington over the past 10 days, Republicans described a palpable sense of anxiety gripping the GOP establishment in the wake of Christie’s meltdown, and an emerging consensus that the once promising cast of candidates they were counting on to save the GOP from the Tea Party — and the nation from Hillary Clinton — is looking less formidable by the week…

“There are definitely people jumping ship,” the operative said, noting that confidence in Christie’s electability has dropped off sharply among the donors he’s heard from…

In fact, it’s gotten so bad, the operative said, that some donors have started looking back fondly on the good old days of 2012: “You know what a lot of them say to me? I think we need Mitt back.”

Well Mitt’s not coming back, not least because his wife has said that Mitt is not coming back. And it’s anyway too late, especially if those who run the Republican Party think it needs saving from the Tea Party. The US is rapidly sinking into an impotent backwater and who’s going to save them now: Hillary Clinton with her husband calling the shots or Jeb Bush continuing another dynasty on the other side? And given how idiotic American politics now seems, what’s to say it won’t be Michelle that will give us the third Obama administration and maybe even a fourth.

The downing of Chris Christie

Chris Christie looks doomed as the next Republican nominee for President and good riddance. His embrace of Obama in the last week of the election during “Superstorm Sandy” was calculated to assist Obama because Christie wanted to run for President himself in 2016 and with Mitt Romney in the White House that would not have been possible. A completely unprincipled scum.

His massive defects are now coming out anyway, probably sooner than the media would have liked since they would have backed him right into the nomination before they shifted to Hillary or whoever the Democrats decide to run. Now Christie is gone because of a scandal that really is a scandal – nothing like the fifty others that ought to overwhelm Obama but Christie is, nevertheless, a Republican so it’s fair go.

The main image at Drudge this morning:

chris christie

And above that, these are the subheadlines:

His Future at Stake, Christie Addresses Bridge Scandal…
107-Minutes-Long Press Conference…
Meticulously Crafted Image Imperiled…
‘I am not a bully’…
Top Staff Sought to Disrupt Traffic as Revenge…
Emails Tie Top Aide to Lane Closings, Despite Denials…
Lawmaker calls for fed probe…
Former Port Authority Official Pleads Fifth…
ABCNEWS: PHOTO, CHRISTIE WITH THE MAYOR…
Asks Gov Not to Visit…
FLASHBACK: Christie Ignores Driver Rage Over 4-Hour Traffic Delays…
Unconscious woman waiting for EMS, later died…
‘Awful’…
FOURNIER: How He Saves His Career…
Boehner: Remains Presidential Contender…
Lawsuit filed against Christie, others…

So be off with you, you duplicitous lout. Now we can concentrate on the real thing, like nice Mr Rand Paul and that lovely Canadian, Ted Cruz.

The president from a parallel universe

The president from a parallel universe that we were fated not to have. And these words from the speech say everything that needs to be said about why Mitt Romney is not President of the United States today.

Of course rules of fairness have to be enforced because what other safeguards do we have besides the press. [Drawing a big laugh and applause from the crowd.] Now I never suggest the press is biased. I recognise they have their job to do and I have my job to do. My job is to lay out a positive vision for the future of the country, and their job is to make sure no one else finds out about it. [Drawing an even bigger laugh and even more applause.]

FURTHER THOUGHTS: I of course put this post up because it is one year ago today that Obama was re-elected. There would be few here who would not have vastly preferred Romney to Obama at the time but in the twelve months since, you really do have to wonder how Obama has a supporter left. But he does because he represents a mentality that is hard to truly fathom, the religion of the left where actual accomplishments and dealing with our problems in a realistic way is a distant second to being virtuous and pure of heart. Not all on the left are like this, but the socialist ideal taps into a form of mental derangement that makes a large difference when the votes are counted. To most of us, Obama is beyond compare the worst imaginable president. To others, there is literally nothing he could conceivably do that would alienate them or their votes. Clinton sought to end welfare as we know it and actually legislated these changes into law. Obama exactly reversed what Clinton had done and has made millions dependent on the state. But they love Clinton and they love Obama because they have nothing else but the politics of virtue to sustain them.

Under continual assault by Chinese hackers!

The following passage is a throwaway from a chapter in a new book on the 2012 American election campaign. This is from the chapter on Mitt Romney’s search for a Vice President. The only background knowledge you need is that Beth Myers led the search for Romney’s VP.

Myers set up her operation in a third-floor office on Boston’s Commercial Street that became known as ‘the clean room.’ Because the Romney campaign’s servers were under continual assault by Chinese hackers, the computers in the clean room were not connected to the Internet. [My bolding]

Are these Chinese hackers just so much the way things are that it is not even worth dwelling on? Is this just the way things are today, that even a candidate for President finds it almost impossible to prevent hacking by the Chinese – which Chinese, I’d like to know, and for what purpose?

The entire link tells a story which mostly focuses on Chris Christie. The choice of Paul Ryan seems on the telling to come from nowhere and most of what I would have liked to know are not dealt with. But what really comes across is how many major issues have to be handled in such short spaces of time. And as much as I already dislike Christie this story makes him even more repugnant than everything I already knew had already made him appear.