I can remember just a few months ago when he was the darling of the Republican party. He was their golden ticket for the 2016 presidential elections. Well, at least for most Republicans. The far-right and tea party base still absolutely loathed him.
Hell, let’s face it – the only reason why Republicans got behind him in the first place is because he’s the only person who polled well against Hillary Clinton. The GOP really doesn’t want Chris Christie to be their candidate in 2016.
But following the bridge scandal, Christie is pretty much done as the GOP front-runner.
And I guess he’s decided to stop putting on the “I’m a nice, moderate guy” face that he’s been portraying himself to be for the last year or so and finally show us his true colors. Something he did quite well recently when he mocked those who recognize the real problem of income inequality while praising former president George W. Bush.
About income inequality, Christie said:
“You want income equality? Everybody can have an equal, mediocre salary. The debate that needs to be had between the two parties needs to be: Do we want equality of income, or greatness of opportunity? The opportunity for greatness excites the American people much more.”
It’s clear that he has absolutely no damn idea what income inequality means. The whole argument of income inequality is based off of the lack of opportunity as the wealthiest among us have hoarded most of the money (reaching unprecedented levels of wealth) while the vast majority of Americans continue to fall further and further behind.
If trickle-down economics actually worked like Republicans claim that it will (been about 34 years and counting now), considering the wealthy are richer than they’ve ever been before, Americans should be swimming in wealth and opportunity.
But we’re not. Which is why income inequality is a very real problem.
Then Christie took the cake by praising George W. Bush:
“The guy won two national elections. How easy has that looked the last 8 years. He was, first, an outstanding political candidate. And I think he was grossly under appreciated by his own country and his own party as a politician. No one ever had a question where he stood, either foreign or domestically.”
First, he didn’t really “win” his first election. Even if you want to say his electoral victory was legitimate (many people claim that it wasn’t) he lost the popular vote. Something that’s really hard to do as a president. In fact, before Bush “won” in 2000, not since Benjamin Harrison in 1888 had a candidate became President of the United States without winning the popular vote.
Like I said, it’s really hard to do.
Then I love how Christie claims Bush was “under appreciated by his own country and his own party.” This man took us into two wars (one based on a lie), a massive national debt, record high oil and gas prices, the American auto industry almost died and let’s not forget about the worst economic crash since the Great Depression.
Just to name a few of Bush’s “greatest” accomplishments.
And for the record, the argument that you can respect Bush because “at least you knew where he stood on the issues” is one of the dumbest things anyone can say.
Who cares if you know where someone stands on the issues if they’re almost always completely wrong and refuse to change course on anything – even when facing absolute catastrophe.
That’s not noble, that’s idiotic.
Bashing President Obama is nothing new for Republicans, but even most of them have stayed well clear of praising Bush on much of anything.
It’s actually kind of a joke I propose to Republicans, “If President Obama is to blame for everything, and President Bush was so great, why do Republicans avoid being linked to George W. Bush at all costs?”
During the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton was a keynote speaker. Democrats proudly displayed our former president. During the 2012 Republican National Convention, George W. Bush wasn’t even invited. In fact, I’m not even sure if his name was mentioned even once.
But these comments from Christie show me that the bridge scandal has clearly gotten to him.
Now I’m not saying that he’s giving up on his hopes for a possible 2016 presidential run, I’m just saying comments like these sure as hell aren’t helping his chances.