How on the money is this?
It’s official, sort of. Chris Christie launched his presidential campaign after winning big last night in New Jersey. In a victory speech reminiscent of the one he gave at CPAC last year, it was all about how great and wonderful Chris Christie truly is and he left little doubt that he’s making a run for the Republican presidential nomination.
“I know that if we can do this in Trenton, N.J., maybe the folks in Washington, D.C., should tune in their TVs right now and see how it’s done,” he said to an eruption of cheers from supporters.
“Tonight, a dispirited America, angry with their dysfunctional government in Washington, looks to New Jersey to say ‘Is what I think happening really happening? Are people really coming together?'”
It should be fun watching the bully tangle with Ted Cruz and Rand Paul who has already taken a shot at Christie.
“I think the Republican Party is a big party, and we need moderates like Chris Christie who can win in New Jersey,” Paul told CNN host Wolf Blitzer. “What that means about the national party, I’m not sure there’s an answer. But we do need moderates like Chris Christie in the party.”
In today’s Republican party, there is no greater insult than being referred to as a “moderate”. It’s the equivalent of saying that a Republican believes in global warming, marriage equality, a woman’s right to choose, stricter gun laws, accessible health care for all, evolution and that the earth is older than 6000 years. You might as well say the guy is gay and be done with it.
The Republican presidential primaries will be a spectacle beyond anything we’ve witnessed before – an epic battle between the establishment wing of the GOP (Christie in the maroon colored shorts) and the Tea Party crazies (Cruz and Paul in the red shorts) ripping the party from the inside out. How beautiful is that?
Let the games begin.
If a solution to most problems doesn’t involve firing off a bunch of Patriot missiles, then John McCain doesn’t get it. The knowledge that he and other Republicans are outraged at the prospect of a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis should surprise no one. No one does faux or misguided rage better than the GOP.
Over the course of six days, the Obama administration pushed Syria into the chemical weapons convention, helped create a diplomatic framework that will hopefully rid Syria of its stockpiles, successfully pushed Russia into a commitment to help disarm its own ally, quickly won support from the United Nations and our allies, and did all of this without firing a shot.
Republicans are outraged.
U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today released the following statement on the U.S.-Russian agreement on Syria:
“What concerns us most is that our friends and enemies will take the same lessons from this agreement — they see it as an act of provocative weakness on America’s part.”
It’s not just McCain, of course. Over the weekend, it seemed as if much of the chatter out of the Beltway was an effort to spin a diplomatic resolution as necessarily disappointing and evidence of a presidential mistake, if not outright failure.
It’s difficult to take such talk seriously.
There’s an understatement for you. How does anyone with a working brain take anything Republicans say these days seriously?