Chris Christie Sells His Soul to the Koch Brothers Trying to Salvage His Presidential Chances at CPAC

chris-christie-cpacFollowing 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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Sandy Greer

    Chris Christie isn’t going to get the GOP nomination, no matter what he does:

    He’s considered a RINO by ‘real’ Republicans (TeaPugs/RWNJs)

    ^^^They don’t want somebody who works with the ‘other’ side; don’t want anybody who could garner Dem votes. Giving Obama any accolades after Sandy sunk his chances, once and for all.

    Truth is, there aren’t many who are ‘right’ ENOUGH for The Right.

    And, while it’s ugly to watch…That’s what will bring them down, in the end.

    • Gary Menten

      I only partially agree with you. Far-right Republicans are remarkably good at holding their noses and nominating someone Karl Rove thinks is electable, like Romney for instance who they clearly did not love. Their failing, is that they will invariably force that so-called “moderate” so far to the right during the primaries and subsequent presidential campaign that he will probably be unacceptable to the majority of sane Americans.

      • xnerd

        With only 1 out of 5 Americans identifying themselves as republicans or tea-partiers I think it is becoming irrelevant at this point..

        They dont stand a chance 2014 or 2016

      • John Heinmiller

        Hard to say, but the GOP is talking about picking up 12 Senate seats in 2014. History is on their side in this, the opposition in the 6th year of a presidential term almost inevitably picks up seats. Real Clear Politics, usually fairly accurate in their predictions, indicates that the GOP could pick up as many as 5 seats.

      • Dave

        That’s not going to happen. I think after November the Senate will be 80-20 democrats in the majority and the house will be 435-100 with a democratic majority. The tea party is done because they say so much stupid stuff and try to pass really dumb laws. People are tired of the crap they call politics as usual.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I totototally wish,,,,,,,but sadly it wont happen: yet

      • Sandy Greer

        Why I say, to anybody who will listen: It’s important we vote, November 2014.

        We can’t afford to be complacent; can’t afford to think RWNJs are irrelevant, and done for.

        We’ve got to vote ’em the Hell outta Dodge. Because they’re not going of their own accord.

      • Sandy Greer

        And I (mostly) agree with you. 😉

        But The Right thinks Romney lost because he wasn’t right ENOUGH. Hell, even Karl Rove isn’t ‘right’ enough. They are Primarying many of their own.

        TeaPugs/RWNJs have run amok since 2008. And only just recently has the establishment GOP fought back. I suspect they’re worried about the Primaries.

        I think The Great Purge (of moderates, by RWNJs) within GOP still has room to run. I’d like to think cooler (moderate) heads will prevail. But it just seems like ‘crazy’ got ahold of the GOP, and won’t let go.

      • Gary Menten

        Everything you say is true, but in the end Karl Rove still controls huge amounts of PAC money which he’ll steer towards whichever golden boy his polling tells him can get the most votes among independents.

      • Leota Scott

        True, but the tp has the Koch brothers unlimited war chest and the egos karl rove and others of his ilk has been the only problem so far.

      • Gary Menten

        The Koch brothers will fund any politician they can control into deregulating and lowering taxes to their heart’s delight. That’s easy with the TP, who more than other Republicans reject science and have been fooled into believing that their taxes can be cut to zero. Ultimately though, whoever wins the GOP nomination is who I think they’ll back.

  • FD Brian

    The Koch brothers have a sickness a sad sad sickness.

  • Gary Menten

    Christie has no soul to sell; just political favors.

  • Edward Krebbs

    I get that Christie would try to gain the favor of the Koch Brothers. But to so blatantly and specifically speak to defend them and only them. Talk about special interests.

  • Green_Devil

    Maybe Christie promised them that lot next to the GW Bridge and their own private entrance onto the bridge?

  • Dave

    More crap from the Committee of Nazi elitists.

    • thowedthanka

      says an obvious anti-intellectual

      • Dave

        The “Nazi intellectuals” and the people that follow them are about the most stupid-assed people in history. thowedthanka is one of them. Bet you like being stupid, huh?

  • Theresa Bergen

    It must be possible to discuss the Koch brothers without singing Bill Gates’ praises. Please take a look at his activities in the privatization of public education before you decide he is oh so wonderful.

    • Leota Scott

      When Bill Gates tries to throw an election, we’ll call you. Until then he’s done a hellva lot for poor people. Not just people who can get him into some office, not just people who can afford to buy his products and make him money, just people. He is a Godsend and he is oh so wonderful.

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    all is fair in love and war—-
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and christie wants to be running