Chris Christie attacked Rand Paul and other self-proclaimed ‘libertarians’ Thursday about national security. The 2016 presidential campaign has begun.
The day after Rand and his party joined with some democrats and attempted to defeat additional funding for the NSA, allowing it to continue its massive surveillance operation, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey offered his opinions.
“This strain of libertarianism that’s going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” Mr. Christie said yesterday on a panel with other GOP governors in Aspen, CO, per the New York Times’ Martin. Asked if he were referring to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Christie answered, “You can name any number of people and he’s one of them,” he said. “These esoteric, intellectual debates — I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have.” Christie added, “The next attack that comes, that kills thousands of Americans as a result, people are going to be looking back on the people having this intellectual debate and wondering whether they put. …” — and then cut himself off.
Christie is certainly stating his honest opinion, and at the same time is taking a stand on issues that some Republicans wanted him to divulge. To many in the GOP Christie appeared too centrist; they believed he had aligned himself too frequently with President Obama. Thursday he became the front runner on at least one issue, by embracing a more conservative stand on national defense.
Divisions within the Republican Party appear to be widening. Last week Representative Peter King, (R-New York), was critical of Rand, and Thursday Christie chimed in.
Marco Rubio, another potential 2016 candidate, is attempting to regain his ultra-conservative position. He is one of several Republicans threatening to create another federal financial crisis if ‘Obamacare’ is funded.
Polls show that Republicans should easily maintain control of the House in 2014, which will continue to break our government. They also show that the GOP has a slim chance of regaining control of the Senate. (‘Wouldn’t that be special?’)
I’m not sure who us being surveyed in these polls.
Disruptive and destructive action by Republicans has received national criticism. They continue to create a wider gap between themselves and Hispanics by halting any form of immigration reform. State by red state they are waging war on women, attempting to remove their right to control their own bodies. The majority remain pro-religious right, and anti LGBT.
Worst of all for Republicans is their inability to widen their ‘base.’
Historically, they appeal to white, middle-aged and older, men. In case the GOP hasn’t noticed, they are a dying breed.
The 2010 Census showed increased diversity in America’s population. Even ‘red’ states are seeing increases in the population of those formerly labeled ‘minorities.’
It appears that Republicans running for 2016 are looking beyond the mid-term 2014 elections.
Already we’ve seen Paul, Cruz, Rubio, King, Ryan, and Christie position themselves as possible presidential candidates. And, according to polls, only Christie has the possibility of defeating Hillary Clinton, should she choose to run.
Alfred James reporting