Monday, July 1, 2013

No Surprise

Is anyone really surprised that Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) talks trash about Barack Obama when he’s talking to a right-wing group?

“I know when you look at Washington right now, you shake your head at a president who can’t figure out how to lead, at a Congress that only 11 percent of the people in the last poll I saw approve of the job they’re doing,” Christie said during the town-hall event.

“That’s what happens when you have someone in the executive office who is more concerned about being right than he is concerned about getting things done,” he added. “But I’m not going to be that kind of leader of New Jersey.”

He was certainly singing a different tune six months ago when New Jersey was laid waste by Hurricane Sandy; he couldn’t get enough of the buddy photo ops with the president.

Oh, and he knows how to sing the song of “unelected judges,” which is in the Top Ten of the Tea Party choir book, when it comes to marriage equality.

He blasted the U.S. Supremes for substituting “their own judgment for the judgment of a Republican Congress and a Democratic President. In the Republican Congress in the ‘90s and Bill Clinton. I thought that Justice Kennedy’s opinion was, in many respects, incredibly insulting to those people, 340-some members of Congress who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, and Bill Clinton.”

“He basically said that the only reason to pass that bill was to demean people. That’s heck of a thing to say about Bill Clinton and about the Republican Congress back in the ‘90s. And it’s just another example of judicial supremacy, rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for,” said Christie, who recently appeared with Clinton at a Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Gov. Christie has a lot to learn about the basics of how our government works.  Y’see, there are three co-equal branches: Legislative — the Congress that comes up with the laws; the Executive — the president and those who actually administer the laws; and the Judicial — the Courts who decide if the laws are being administered fairly.  The Supreme Court gets the final word on the laws.  They’re unelected so that there’s no political influence at stake.  (At least in the ideal; tell that to Al Gore.)  The Court does not give a rat’s ass about the fee-fees of Bill Clinton or the members of Congress who voted for DOMA in 1996 any more than they care about those who voted for Jim Crow and bans on interracial marriage.

If Chris Christie was truly the tough guy in-your-face kind of politician he likes the world to think he is, he’d go to these conservative groups and defend his embrace of the president back when he needed the help.  Unless, of course, all that bromance stuff last fall was just an act and he’s just another right-wing hack.

One bark on “No Surprise

  1. 340-some members of Congress who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act

    By my math, that’s pretty close to a veto-proof proportion of Congressional votes. Clinton, IIRC, didn’t have much choice.

    So the old-school GOP was out to demean people, and Kennedy called it like it was. DOMA, after all, was just a couple years after the whole Hawaii marriage statute kerfluffle, and the Reichwing, fresh from the Moral Majority meltdown, needed something to rile up the base to get them to the polls. Gingrich’s Contract On America was sputtering – all the new freshman Congresscritters were busy finding new moral constraints to push through in legislation, and kept getting thwarted by the Constitution they claimed to revere – and the Right needed something.

    That’s heck of a thing to say

    Maybe it is, Gov. Christie. But it’s a lot nicer than reminding people that the Grand Auld Party stood in the way of worthwhile healthcare for HIV, of CDC action on the diseas, on anything short of “reeducation” or “curing” the “deviants,” and that the horrific death toll of the years immediately prior to DOMA were apparently part just deserts as the Wages of Sin and part cash cow for increasingly-private healthcare an health insurance. Employee non-discrimination wasn’t even on the books in most places, housing and workplace protections were laughable, bullying was still commonplace (remember Matthew Shepard?) and “hate crimes” were by and large a dream.

    It isn’t a nice period to remind the GOP of. But there is a choice of only two labels, and mean-spirited is a lot less nasty than consciusly condoning the deaths of hundreds of thousands, the impoverishment of millions more, and the abuse and humiliation of millions more than that, to satisfy an arcane and twisted sense of Righteousness.

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