Gov. Christie gives GOP shot at White House

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President Obama’s monumental incompetence has paved the way for the Republican Party to retake the White House in 2016. Who should be its standard-bearer?

Sen. Ted Cruz, detested by all Democrats and many Republicans, behaves like a bull in a china shop. However well he may do in the primaries, he has no chance in a general election.

Sen. Marco Rubio’s attempt at immigration reform failed dismally. Touted by some as a candidate who can attract Latinos into the Republican fold, his appeal is to Cuban Americans, who make up only a small minority of the Latin American community.

Sen. Rand Paul, to put it bluntly, is dangerous. Throughout history, when raising taxes was not an option, monarchs were tempted to debase the currency.

To prevent democratic governments from doing the same thing, it is universally accepted that central banks be free from political interference. Paul has shown a proclivity to interfere. The chairman of the Federal Reserve finds it difficult enough steering the economy between the Scylla of inflation and the Charybdis of unemployment, without an outside hand shoving on the tiller at a delicate moment, and it would always be at a delicate moment: Sufficient reason to disqualify Sen. Paul.

Before he became president, Obama was a freshman senator with no executive experience. All three of the candidates mentioned above come from the same inferior mold. To avoid a repeat of the current fiasco, the American electorate needs to set a higher standard.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won re-election in a largely Democratic state. Without much justification, his rivals claim he is not a true conservative. He cut taxes, reined in spending, took on the teachers’ unions, and he won.

Anyone further to the right could not win in a general election. He has executive experience and has shown ability to work with members of the opposite party. Were he to campaign on a tax-reform agenda to promote growth and job creation, he would be a winner.

What about Rep. Paul Ryan?

If Christie does not need him to guide his budgets through the House of Representatives, a spell as Treasury secretary would enhance his credentials for a presidential run in 2024.

Gordon Philpot

Walla Walla

Comments

downhillracer 6 months, 2 weeks ago

A series of newly obtained emails and text messages shows that Gov. Chris Christie’s office was closely involved with lane closings on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge in September, and that officials closed the lanes as retribution against the mayor whose town was gridlocked as a result.

It would appear that Mr. Christie and his utterly reprehensible staff, the people he hand-picked to surround himself with, are dangerous political hacks.

Imagine if an ambulance had to get a desperately sick patient to a hospital.

Or a fire truck, a police car.

Christie should be impeached for endangering the public, he is a sorry spectacle--in a word a goon.

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chicoli 6 months, 2 weeks ago

If found culpable of capriciously closing a bussy highway, he will not be able to find a job nor even as a road flagger!

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namvet60 6 months, 2 weeks ago

In that case this current President (Barack Hussein Obama) should be impeached for the destruction of the grand "Ole United States of America"!

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downhillracer 6 months, 2 weeks ago

It would seem your only presence here is to share with everyone your disgust of the lawfully elected President of the United States. Why don't you own up to the fact you are a pawn of the most vile Right Wing Talk Radio conditioning, clearly unable to think for yourself.

If your statement had the slightest validity, don't you think real action would have been taken? This administration has made plenty of mistakes, and also have made many, many advances for the entire country.

Your commentary is as annoying as a gnat buzzing in mid-Summer.

Try to stay on topic, if that's possible.

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namvet60 6 months, 2 weeks ago

A quote for the Alinsky readers and followers:

"The perpetual "outrage" of the Left is nothing more than a childish attempt to silence critics."

downhillracer - comprehend and put it to rest.

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downhillracer 6 months, 2 weeks ago

So, you can be "outraged" by your condemnation of the sitting President, but you wish to deny and reject that of differing opinions?

At least your lunacy is consistent.

You, sir, are insufferable. Again, regardless of the status of your OCD medications, try - try to stay on topic if there is to be a relevant discussion.

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chicoli 6 months, 2 weeks ago

What the Fox namvet is trying to say? Did you notice the quote inside a quote? I think he is trying to invent grammar!

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chicoli 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Namvet obviously does'nt know that Alinsky was an ultra left community organizer from the 50s, hardly willing to critize his own people. Curiously enough Dick Armey used his tactics to "organize" the tea party movement, and this is mostlikely from where NV heard of Alinsky!

But for namvet it is OK to twist reality and then make an outrageous, anachronistic statement in an attempt to impress downhillracer, a heck of a more astute debater than he ever will.

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namvet60 6 months, 2 weeks ago

This false patriotism over unsubstantiated claims is truly disheartening. Where was the outrage when 4 Americans lost there lives in Benghazi - Whoops - sorry - that was involving the infamous, incompetent President Barack Obama and the illustrious, incompetent then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham (Rose Law Firm) Clinton!

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downhillracer 6 months, 2 weeks ago

You really are logic- challenged, aren’t you?

"unsubstantiated claims"? You mean the ones that Christie himself issued an apology for today? The ones validated in numerous e-mails that indicate complicity of his office? His place on the national scene is over.

Regarding your attempt to resurrect Benghazi, you might want to keep a little current with what Issa has done to politicize the hearings. You might want to remember we've asked the same question of you ("where is the outrage") when referring to the dozens of attacks on embassies and other facilities during the previous administration? Were you as upset about the attack on the Marines in Bruit during the Reagan administration?

You're unable to make any reference to those you despise in politics without namecalling and invectives - rendering your position, well, pointless.

I enjoy an educated debate as the next person. The operative word is "educated". Not one blinded by ideological optics.

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namvet60 6 months, 2 weeks ago

There is only one problem with your comments - you fantasize more than use actual facts. I have checked multiple websites and Gov Christie has terminated the people behind the debacle. Of course you wouldn't have found that out from the Obama Network MSNBC or the tabloid New York Times.

Now - were you trying to reminisce about the tragedy in Beirut the capital of Lebanon? You keep bringing up this little idea of utilizing education to debate a subject. First for a person like you it takes getting out of your ego posture that hinders you from making a debate happen. But you seem to think that you are the gift of knowledge to the human race. Well forget it dude - I've forgotten more than your comments will ever enlighten anyone!

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downhillracer 6 months, 2 weeks ago

In other words, dude, these rants of yours really are just all about you, your bias, your myopic thinking and hatred of the current administration, and never about the specific topic or facts.

Got it.

Please note I've never had the expectation of "enlightening" anyone, which in turn validates the general assumption you've had nothing to forget to begin with.

An empty vessel is still full of air, however, so you have that to hang your self-accolades upon.

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namvet60 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Your inability to communicate makes you devoid of having a debate on any subject.

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