Following last November’s elections, when Republican Chris Christie overwhelmingly won re-election in a traditionally “blue” state, momentum really picked up that he was undoubtedly going to be the guy for the GOP going forward into the 2016 presidential elections. Heck, some polls even showed him leading Hillary Clinton following his gubernatorial re-election.
Well, that was until the now infamous bridge scandal. Since then he’s been in a pretty steady free fall and there hasn’t been near as much talk from the right about him being their candidate for 2016. Though he’s still leading in most polls among other potential GOP candidates.
So I knew at some point Christie was going to have to sell out to the far-right if he wanted to regain momentum and re-solidify himself as the GOP front-runner.
And it seems this year’s CPAC is where he’s chosen to do that. Because during his speech, Christie basically sold his soul to the Koch brothers.
Christie said, “What they’re for in Washington, D.C., is that the leader of Senate Democrats stand up and rail against two American entrepreneurs who have built a business, created jobs, and created wealth and philanthropy in this country. Harry Reid should get back to work and stop picking on great Americans who are creating great things in our country.”
“Stop picking on great Americans.” Wow. Someone might want to check the backside of both Koch brothers, Christie’s lips might still be attached.
The Koch brothers are a lot of things, but “great Americans” they sure as hell aren’t.
You have billionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett who advocate for the poor. They support things like raising the minimum wage or taxing the rich more. They believe in things like science and climate change. When you break it down, many of the policies people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett support would actually cost them money.
Yet you have the Koch brothers, men who make much of their money from the energy industry, pushing propaganda that climate change is fake; that we need fewer regulations on big business; lower taxes for the rich; and opposing closing corporate loopholes.
You know, policies that would make them drastically richer.
But it’s clear with these comments Christie has decided that the only way to salvage his presidential ambitions is to sell out to the Koch brothers and the right-wing establishment. Because let’s not forget, Christie wasn’t even invited to this event last year because conservatives were angry that he dared to speak highly of President Obama following Hurricane Sandy.
While I’ve never been a huge fan of Chris Christie, I used to have a small amount of respect for him for not being a complete conservative sell out. But with these comments, I can’t even say that anymore.