Did you hear my groan all the way from South Jersey?
Much to my dismay, Save Jerseyans, Governor Chris Christie took the bait during an interview for this week’s CBS News Sunday Morning program, labeling as “irresponsible” Republicans willing to shut down the federal government, an outcome which the incumbent GOP’er says he believes would represent a “failure” of leadership for all involved:
We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one, Governor…
If McCain, King, and the other “responsible” career Capitol Hill GOP’ers truly think Ted Cruz & Co. are such horrible leaders for the party, and that there refusal to continue kicking the can down the road is a viable solution, then here’s a novel idea: why don’t they try leading it?
Seriously. I’m waiting to hear the John McCain or Peter King strategy to stop this law from wrecking our economy and divorcing patients from their doctors. I’m listening but not hearing…
Let’s not forget how we arrived at this sad pass.
For at least one full news cycle, the freshman Senator from Texas is simply filling a gaping vacuum that they created over the course of many years of constant acquiescence, inept tactics and electoral failure. A government shutdown isn’t as scary as advertised! More importantly, the status quo position to which they seem so stubbornly attached is clearly untenable if we’re honestly interested in the survival of our movement to save this country. That’s obvious now. The status quo method is losing consequential elections and failing to reverse the damage inflicted by years of liberal economics. The status quo approach hasn’t advanced the conservative reform ball a single yard (or inch) down the field of play.
It’s high-time for Republicans to take a stand or take a pass in favor of a new party that’s willing to do what they were elected to do: fight like demons for our rights by articulating an optimistic but stark contrast to the American people! Alternatively, any Republican who is more interested in putting down fellow Republicans than taking on the other side should turn in their “R” card and just be done with it. All are welcome in our big tent IF THEY’RE WILLING TO FIGHT. We don’t have to agree on all points of policy; intestinal fortitude, however, will be a prerequisite to membership!
Boy, it sure would’ve been nice to hear Chris Christie say some variation of THAT (in his trademark blunt manner) rather than watch him go on national TV and accept a CBS reporter’s depressingly bad premise, i.e. that the Cruz Republicans are the unreasonable party in demanding a delay of the ruinous ObamaCare law’s funding and implementation.
And that’s not even the end of this particular story. Despite the fact that Governor Christie is seemingly siding with Senator John McCain in rejecting the Cruz approach to ObamaCare, the New Jersey governor had to deflect criticism from McCain’s daughter Meghan earlier this week for what she considered an exceptionally selfish 2012 convention speech.
What can I say, folks. We’re living in strange, challenging and frustrating times… at least we have each other?