Desperate Chris Christie Now Urging Republicans to – Act Like Liberals?

chris-christie-10You know New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is getting desperate when he’s giving speeches where he’s encouraging Republicans to start adopting ideas that liberals have been supporting for years.

But I guess that’s what happens when you’ve been entrenched in a scandal that’s either proven that Christie is spiteful and corrupt, or that he’s completely inept and has absolutely no control over what’s going on in his administration.  Either way, it’s not good for someone who many assumed had high hopes for a 2016 presidential run.

Incompetent, unethical, liar – take your pick.  Christie will end up being at least one of those when the George Washington bridge investigation wraps up.

Well, it seems Christie is trying to win back some of the support he’s lost – by taking up liberal talking points.

While addressing several Republican governors Christie said,  “It’s great to be pro-life, but you need to be pro-life after they get out of the womb, too.”

That’s a line similar to what many liberals have used when discussing the hypocrisy within the Republican party that claims to be “pro-life” while supporting policies that make drastic cuts to programs that help the poor and needy.

He also went on to take a softer stance on drug incarcerations and how our legal system handles people who are suffering from addictions, “If we believe in the sanctity of life, then we need to believe in how life is precious for every moment that God gives us.  If, in fact, that we believe life is precious – and I do – then the life of the drug-addicted teenager who has been arrested for the sixth time is just as precious as the life of any one of my children.”

“I don’t believe this is a conservative, or moderate, or liberal issue,” Christie concluded.  “I don’t believe this is a Republican or Democrat issue. Because, let me tell you, I know as many drug-addicted Republicans as I know drug-addicted Democrats.”

While his comments make a lot of sense, I just found it kind of humorous that they’re basically stances liberals have taken for years.  We’ve been saying comments similar to what Christie said while battling Republicans who seem to think that the solutions for everything in this country are gutting social safety nets and cutting taxes for the rich.

Will these comments make any difference?  It’s highly unlikely.  The base of the Republican party can’t stand Christie, tea party conservatives don’t consider him a real Republican and his “power” has been tarnished so badly by the bridge scandal that this just seems like a desperate attempt to try to repair his image and regain support from moderates, rather than trying to bring about real change within the Republican party.

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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