Days after former Vice President Dick Cheney aired his doubts about Chris Christie to FOX News host and Christie Mendham neighbor Neil Cavuto, Ron Paul returned to declare how, in his opinion, the New Jersey Governor is doomed to the same fate as the last two GOP presidential front runners:
The Paulbot-in-Chief is obviously more than a little biased. His son Rand continues to serve as one of the Governor’s chief antagonists and potential primary rivals. Still, it’s interesting to see an old guard Republican like former Vice President Cheney and a hardcore libertarian whose Cheney’s polar opposite like former Rep. Paul expressing similar concerns (albeit in very different ways).
Dick Cheney dropped in on Chris Christie’s Mendham neighbor Neil Cavuto on Monday, Save Jerseyans, and he expounded on a number of topics including the current front runner for the 2016 GOP Republican nomination:
“I watched him operate. I wasn’t a fan of the way he welcomed Barack Obama to New Jersey when the hurricane hit,” the former Vice President opined, but allowed that Christie “was the governor of New Jersey; he did what he thought was necessary.”
Governor Chris Christie stumping in Iowa during Election 2012.
Pass the 2013 mashed potatoes, Save Jerseyans, and the put the 2014 jello mold on ice. Your 2016 course is already warming and ready to be served this Thanksgiving day whether you’re ready for it or not.
We had two new Election 2016 polls hit this week and both contain conditionally good news for the New Jersey frontrunner.
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are the 2016 leaders to Ohio voters, locked in a statistical tie,” said Peter Brown, director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute; its latest poll showed Chris Christie performing the strongest against Hilldawg in battleground Ohio, losing by 1-point (42% to 41%). “Ms. Clinton easily defeats a bevy of other potential GOP aspirants. Interestingly, when voters are asked whether she would make a good president, more say yes, than say they would vote for her. Conversely, Vice President Joseph Biden is not presidential material in the eyes of Ohioans. Only 28 percent think he would be a good president.”
He’s off to a very Jersey start! We’d expect nothing less…
After enduring a snide “welcome” column from a former Democrat chairwoman in the state’s paper of record the Union Leader, Matt fired back with a guest editorial of his own at the invitation of his new Granite State antagonist:
Obamacare is a failure, it’s always been a failure, and it will not succeed. It just won’t. Obamacare is wrong. It’s a failure. It’s the most extraordinary overreach of government power in the history of our country. And, it’s being run by people who’ve never run anything. So why are we surprised it’s failing?
Christie also waved the bipartisanship banner yet again, blaming many of Washington’s problems on “absolutists” in government:
Senator Rand Paul visited the Special Report with Bret Baier all-star panel on Monday night, Save Jerseyans, where he fielded a variety of questions that contemplated his expected 2016 presidential candidacy for the GOP nomination.
Among the highlights? Rand said Governor Chris Christie harbors many “moderate” positions but expressed his opinion that there’s “room for moderates in our party.” Big tent talk with a not-so-subtle swipe… quite a rhetorical feat! Christie told Jake Tapper on Election Eve that he’s no moderate. Rand doesn’t care.
Watch and awe:
I love Rand Paul on the domestic front, folks. Then he starts expounding on foreign policy and my head hits the desk. Time will tell whether he gains traction and, in the event he manages to make it all the way, if the big chair has the same sobering effect on him that it does on every foreign policy idealist who’s ever graced it.