kurt_w wrote:Chris Christie has gotten quite a bit of attention for his notably generous praise of President Obama.
Is Christie just speaking the plain truth and ignoring the political consequences? Is he calculating that a bit of highly visible bipartisanship would make himself look good? Or what?
Chris Christie is just telling the truth. Watch this full
clip and tell me otherwise:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036789/ns/ ... /#49607433
Gov. Christie is also just doing his job. He has to get a message out as morning broke day-after Hurricane Sandy. Constituents need to know that bull$h!t politics stops at the water's edge -- and that he & Prznt can find
the water's edge. That someone's in command, the lone ranger's on his way, the levels of government federal and state are working well together. There's a lot of things going on in this interview, but cynical exploitation of a disaster for political gain is not one of them.
Christie addresses your question obliquely in that clip. He's got a job to do. One aspect of that is directly informing his constituents that his experience working with President Obama has been stellar and productive. Here in Jersey people need to have it spelled out for them that political games and cheap lies are not getting in the way of getting shit done. Those that think otherwise are radically dismissing and vastly underestimating the scope of what just happened out here.
Gov. Christie obviously is aware of the broader political implications, but that's gravy and he's not thinking about gravy -- at a later interview he said "I'm not in a coma. But the fact is I don’t care."*
Jersey politics runs on personal relationships and raw power. Christie's been gnawing on the President's ankle for months and suddenly he's been gifted a working relationship with all the responsiveness, speed and resources he could ask for. He's telling the truth about his experience with a newly established highly productive working relationship with the President of the United States. He knows Pres. Obama won't brag on himself, and he knows someone's got to. He knows.
Christie's heaping praise on the President because flunkies aren't sufficient here to give credit where it's due, and having seen up-close that the cheap campaign lies flying around are just not worthy of his own direct experience with Pres. Obama, nor worthy of the anyone charged with, you know, actual governance, he had to say as much.
Two things about Chris Christie, who his not that popular and practically bristles with flaws:
He loves telling the truth. And he loves getting things done. He relishes that. But he really lives for laying out some blunt truth when it cuts through the cheap lies and political games of amateurs who're getting in the way of getting things done.
He lives for that. But that's collateral and he's intent on the task at hand. There's an enormous amount of work still ahead of him -- he lays that out in the first part of the video above -- and he knows that indulging in petty distractions or squandering time will cost him down the road.
*scroll down for days-later video of Christie's remarks post-Obama's visit:http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/1 ... _obam.html