Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mark Levin puzzled by Ann Coulter's bizarre endorsement of Chris Christie, who supports gun control, amnesty, Obamacare and climate legislation

Cub Reporter Biff Spackle was kind enough to transcribe the following soliloquy by radio host Mark Levin last Monday night.

I want to politely address my dear friend -- and she is my dear friend -- Ann Coulter. We've had some email exchanges.

What is your great love of Chris Christie based on? The man supports gun control. The man appoints a radical Islamist to a judgeship. The man is for amnesty [for illegal aliens]. The man is, to some extent, part of the "green" movement. He campaigned for Michael Castle.

And it's interesting. [Mitt] Romney is being attacked, correctly by the way, for RomneyCare. Yet here we have Obamacare, we have 28 states challenging it: 26 states in one suit; Virginia in another suit; Oklahoma in another suit -- and New Jersey's sitting on the sidelines.

Why? I cannot believe it's the cost. Because I have offered, as have others, to do it for free. Just sign your name on a brief. That's free. And yet Christie sits on the sidelines.

So he either supports [Obamacare] or I don't know what. Maybe while Romney's explaining RomneyCare, Christie can explain his [tacit support of] Obamacare.

But the idea that if we don't back Christie, who's already said he's not qualified enough to be president, that Romney is the winner and that we were warned about McCain, is a little rewrite of history. Nobody was more against McCain than I. Then at the very end I said we had to vote for him to stop Obama. But I fought him every step of the way. Ask McCain's people. They hate me. Feeling's mutual!

Anyway, it's a little bizarre to me. The way I see Chris Christie is he's Christine Todd Whitman as a male. I do like his fiscal positions. I do like the way he deals with the public sector teachers' unions. That's all to the good.

But when you're the president of the United States, you've got a whole lot of issues that affect a whole lot of people.

And it's not good enough to be good on one out of 20. So this [obsession with Christie] I don't get.

I agree completely. Christie has a number of troubling positions -- some even outright bizarre -- that seriously limit his acceptability as a GOP nominee. At least until he explains himself thoroughly on these issues.

Coulter isn't usually off-key on these sorts of things: but she couldn't be more wrong with her premature statements regarding Christie. Nominating another mushy centrist -- and I count the governor of New Jersey as one, based upon his track record -- will guarantee Barack Obama a victory in the general. And that we cannot accept if this Republic is to survive.

Image adapted from: Politico.


VaGal said...

I have been making the exact same points re Christie. I have been very disappointed that so many "conservative" bloggers seem to share Ann's view. If Christie is our only hope, we are so screwed. Calling him a RINO is not an exaggeration, Ann. His record on these issues speaks for itself. She keeps referring to Reagan. I like Gov. Christie, but he is no Reagan.

Anonymous said...

Christie is a conservative in NJ...

Outside of NJ, not so much.

Reliapundit said...

christie is my favorite lib.

Jay.Mac said...

Christie is the GOP's Obama- while he gave a great speech to Democrats, Christie gives great YouTube videos. While Obama was a newcomer who quickly gained the limelight without a majority of his supporters realising what his real stand on issues was, so Christie has become a Republican icon: but most of his supporters have no idea of where he stands on the issues. Obama was fresh into Congress and had zero leadership experience, Christie has only just come to power in NJ and it remains to be seen how he will perform on the national stage.

Democrats made a huge mistake in electing Obama to office and his performance has been dreadful- only a fawning media covers most of his faults so that those not paying close attention don't get it.

I believe Christie would be another such mistake. As President the economy and budget will only be a tiny part of what he has to deal with- and you know how his confrontational attitude will be used against him by the attack media. What happens if America gets involved in another war, another 9/11 incident or some event we can't even guess at? There's just to much unknown about him- and too many things known that conservatives don't like- to put him into the White House next cycle.

Carlito is the Way said...

So, Dougie, if Obama wins again in 2012 and the American Republic will end shortly thereafter, will you and the rest of Tea Bag Nation then drink the Kool-Aid a la Jonestown?

Just askin'!!!

West to the West Wing said...

What unnerves me the most about Christie is his personal ties to radical Muslims. I did a piece about this that you might want to read:

BS Footprint said...

I've said it before: if the choice of candidates is between a pseudo liberal (centrist) and the real thing, conservative voters will stay home. Which is what happened in 2008, IIRC.

If you're going to get your ass kicked, it might as well be for something you believe in.

Jeanne Patterson said...

I heard Laura Ingraham doing the same thing on her radio show the other day. She was literally in thrall to Christie after his speech. She even seemed to find it charming that he was not fighting Obamacare but going along for a "free ride". I've never heard her like that about anyone. And all this after she said he refused to do her show.

I agree with Jay-Mac - Christie is the GOP's Obama - the magic man that will make everything better by the sheer force of his personality.

Iron Monkey said...

"The right to buy weapons is the right to be free."

This is the litmus test for all politicians. Are they willing to abide by the fact that you can buy/get weapons? Or are they restricting such "for your own good"?

Any politician not willing to trust his fellow citizens in such matter does not deserve my trust and I vote accordingly.