Chris Christie Un-Friends John Boehner

Oh boy. The Speaker of the House looked bad enough last night after caving on raising taxes without tackling spending. 

Today he has a problem that makes last night’s problem look like a picnic, and the problem’s name is Chris Christie.

According to Christie, it was Boehner and Boehner alone who stopped the Hurricane Sandy relief package from getting to a vote (more than 2 months after the storm).

I know Boehner has taken to cursing, but I suggest he not try that with Christie today.

Also for Peter Robinson: Apropos of your earlier post, Christie tips his hat to Eric Cantor.

Enjoy:

  1. Keith Preston

    Peter King has been told that the vote will come Jan. 15.  Boehner wants to strip the pork out (put in while focus was on fiscal cliff).

    I’m beginning to have serious doubts about Christie’s bona fides.  Looks like he’s in re-election mode now;  he’s the press’ new John McCain.  Conservatives beware…

  2. Frank Soto
    C
    Tommy De Seno: Oh boy. The Speaker of the House looked bad enough last night after caving on raising taxes without tackling spending. 

    This is silly.  Taxes were increasing WITHOUT A VOTE.  Republicans were incapable of stopping it.  They managed to limit the damage, and disarm Obama for the debt ceiling debate.  And we are killing them for it.

    We are tactically inept on this side of the aisle.

  3. Thom Williams

    Christie should just phone up his buddy in the White House. He’ll take care of it for him.

  4. jarhead
    C

    Boehner had better show he still has some bxxxs by stripping out the pork, or he should face an insurrection from the Republican membership.  (He probably should anyway because of his support for HR8.)  From everything I’ve heard, that bill is loaded with unrelated pork. 

  5. Duane Oyen

    After all his hugging of Barack Obama in the middle of a campaign, I have a hard time taking Christie seriously when he whines about his federal aid package, then pretends to be a “conservative”.

  6. Mollie Hemingway
    C

    I wonder why Chris Christie isn’t mad at all the legislators who inserted irrelevant pork into the bill. It’s weird, though no doubt it’s perfectly acted outrage theater.

    I’m just not the best audience for outrage theater.

  7. Mollie Hemingway
    C

    I should add, I agree that Boehner blew it, but just not for the reasons that the media have decided. I’m so so so tired of all this game playing.

  8. Pseudodionysius
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I wonder why Chris Christie isn’t mad at all the legislators who inserted irrelevant pork into the bill. It’s weird, though no doubt it’s perfectly acted outrage theater.

    I’m just not the best audience for outrage theater. · 19 minutes ago

    Two words: Cory Booker. Next time Christie appears he needs to wear a mask and call himself Ray Mysterio.

  9. Benjamin Glaser

    By the way looks like National Review has officially jumped the shark.

  10. Joan of Ark La Tex
    Pseudodionysius

     Next time Christie appears he needs to wear a mask and call himself Ray Mysterio. · 5 minutes ago

    You might be right especially if he works out and dines frequently with Michelle Obama. 

  11. Leslie Watkins
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I wonder why Chris Christie isn’t mad at all the legislators who inserted irrelevant pork into the bill. It’s weird, though no doubt it’s perfectly acted outrage theater. · 27 minutes ago

    I’d call it ham acting. For Christie to compare Sandy to Katrina—Congress acted within two weeks because it was the one of the worst natural disasters of the century—is laughable, as if aid packages are all there is to do. You never saw Gov. Blanco call a press conference to vent her spleen (of course, she did lose reelection) Also, remember that in New Orleans we were talking about the poorest of the poor and hundreds of deaths. Along the Jersey shore, not so much. The governor’s outrage over the Speaker’s so-called selfishness is way over the top, however much ridicule Boehner does in fact deserve for the deal we must all suffer under.

  12. Edward Smith

    Que?

    Benjamin Glaser: By the way looks like National Review has officially jumped the shark. · 41 minutes ago

  13. Innocent Smith
    Pseudodionysius: Who? · 40 minutes ago

    Exactly!  I’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating.  Hearing Christie bash Republicans because he wasn’t able to get his “relief check” in time sure doesn’t make me like the man any more than I already did.  I hope republicans are smart enough to never vote Christie anything more than Governor, and dare I even hope that he goes away altogether?  Well, I do.  A moderate democrat would be just as good – wait, that’s redundant.

  14. Pseudodionysius

    I was going to type:

    “Chris Christie, trim the fat.” and then thought that might be perceived as mean.

  15. Pseudodionysius

    I’m not sure whether he’s a Soprano or a Wise Guy.

  16. Tommy De Seno
    C
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I wonder why Chris Christie isn’t mad at all the legislators who inserted irrelevant pork into the bill. It’s weird, though no doubt it’s perfectly acted outrage theater.

    I’m just not the best audience for outrage theater. · 15 hours ago

    Agreed, but was this really the bill to use to take a stand on that by Boehner?   This bill?

    What a terrible political miscalculation by him.

  17. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    Tommy De Seno

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I wonder why Chris Christie isn’t mad at all the legislators who inserted irrelevant pork into the bill. It’s weird, though no doubt it’s perfectly acted outrage theater.

    I’m just not the best audience for outrage theater. · 15 hours ago

    Agreed, but was this really the bill to use to take a stand on that by Boehner?   This bill?

    What a terrible political miscalculation by him. · 41 minutes ago

    It’s par for the course with this guy. He’s not the worst leader the GOP could have but man is he disappointing.

  18. Tommy De Seno
    C
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Tommy De Seno

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I wonder why Chris Christie isn’t mad at all the legislators who inserted irrelevant pork into the bill. It’s weird, though no doubt it’s perfectly acted outrage theater.

    I’m just not the best audience for outrage theater. · 15 hours ago

    Agreed, but was this really the bill to use to take a stand on that by Boehner?   This bill?

    What a terrible political miscalculation by him. · 41 minutes ago

    It’s par for the course with this guy. He’s not the worst leader the GOP could have but man is he disappointing. · 6 minutes ago

    Agree completely.  I like him as a person and could vote for him as my representative, but leadership just seems to be missing from his toolbox these days.

  19. James Of England
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Tommy De Seno

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I wonder why Chris Christie isn’t mad at all the legislators who inserted irrelevant pork into the bill. It’s weird, though no doubt it’s perfectly acted outrage theater.

    I’m just not the best audience for outrage theater. · 15 hours ago

    Agreed, but was this really the bill to use to take a stand on that by Boehner?   This bill?

    What a terrible political miscalculation by him. · 41 minutes ago

    It’s par for the course with this guy. He’s not the worst leader the GOP could have but man is he disappointing. · 12 minutes ago

    Mollie, do you agree with Christie here? Boehner shouldn’t have been willing to wait for a decent bill to be worked out rather than rushing the pork through?

    I must admit to surprise.

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