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Old 03-11-2013, 10:11 AM   #1
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Chris Christie not invited to CPAC

Because he was nice to Obama. What is this? High School? Do they even want to be relevant?
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:23 AM   #2
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Some people don't want to be friends with everyone. They also disinvited GOProud.
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It's hilariously pathetic that the guy is being blackballed because he said the POTUS did a good job with regards to his state during Sandy.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:27 AM   #4
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CPAC is misleading. Because there isn't a single conservative among them.

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Dissing Chris Christie -- the downside of orthodoxy

It’s a safe bet that most conservative Republicans would rush to support a political leader with the following record, especially in a traditionally Democratic state:

— Reversed a $2.2 billion deficit and brought it into balance without raising taxes, largely by reduced spending and eliminating wasteful and unaffordable programs, allowing for a projected fiscal 2014 budget surplus of $300 million.

— Bipartisan pension and benefits reforms, saving the state $120 billion over 30 years.

— Streamlining government by eliminating 5,200 government jobs.

— Vetoing tax increase bills three times while cutting taxes for job creators.

— Reforming the nation’s oldest teacher tenure law by making it conditional on teacher performance in the classroom.

— Reduced property tax increases to a 21-year low and capped them at a maximum 2 percent.
There’s more, but shouldn’t conservative Republicans be ecstatic by this record compiled by New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie?

Not the folks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which decided not to invite one of the party’s superstars to its annual gathering in Washington. Apparently, the reason had to do with Christie upsetting conservative orthodoxy by saying something nice about President Obama for approving emergency aid to distressed New Jerseyans affected by Super Storm Sandy.

I’m all for orthodoxy, which some call principle. I am orthodox in many things, but in politics, compromise in the pursuit of ultimate goals does not necessarily make one a compromiser.
Gov. Chris Christie is no liberal. He is proving his ideas work, which is why, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, he has a 74 percent approval rating in one of the bluest states in the country.

Most politicians would, as they say, “kill” for a number like that, but instead CPAC organizers “killed” Christie from their list of speakers.

Conservative Republicans have a unique opportunity to present a positive, forward-looking and reform-minded agenda at a time when most voters’ approval of government is scraping rock bottom. Americans are aware of the current dysfunction in Washington and may be ready for a creative message if Republicans could show them how a 21st-century model would mutually benefit themselves and the nation.

Former George W. Bush aide Peter Wehner offers some suggestions in a Time magazine essay:

“First, Republicans should make front-and-center their plans to reform public institutions that were designed for the needs of the mid-20th century. Our health-care and entitlement system, tax code, schools, immigration policies and regulatory regime are outdated, breaking down, and creating substantial wreckage. If I had to boil it down to a single sentence, I’d urge the GOP to develop its reputation as the party of reform and modernization. Second, Republican leaders at every level need to conduct themselves in a manner that not just reassures voters but appeals to them. As former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has put it, ‘as we ask Americans to join us on such a boldly different course, it would help if they liked us, just a bit.’ … Third, Republicans must resist the temptation of defeatism, enervation, and turning against the country. It is entirely within the power of the GOP to both remain principled and appeal to a majority of Americans. An intellectually self-confident party would, in fact, be energized by a challenge of this scale.”
Read this line again: “It is entirely within the power of the GOP to both remain principled and appeal to a majority of Americans.”

A bold agenda that does these things reflects Gov. Christie’s record in New Jersey. By not inviting him to speak, CPAC invites comparison with a pessimistic and hypercritical political environment of the past. If the Republican “tent” isn’t large enough for Chris Christie, then it will resemble a pup tent for some time to come.

Republicans should be focused on deconstructing failed liberalism and styling their alternative in positive terms, not rejecting one of their own. Hating President Obama is not a policy. Intellectually defeating his policies is. -- Source
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But hey, they got Donald Trump, Allen West, and Sarah Palin!
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It really is jaw dropping that CPAC dropped inviting perhaps the most popular and successful GOP governor or politician in general in the country. Yet, they invite a lineup of losers of the last presidential election. Maybe I'm a bit simple minded here, but wouldn't you want to take advice from the former than the latter? Instead, they got their panties in a bunch because rather than being relentlessly and ruthlessly partisan above all else, Christie honestly, graciously and genuinely thanked Obama for assisting him and his state in a time of great need.

I think all politicians could take an example from Christie's gentlemanly comportment there, particularly those at CPAC.
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It really is jaw dropping that CPAC dropped inviting perhaps the most popular and successful GOP governor or politician in general in the country. Yet, they invite a lineup of losers of the last presidential election. Maybe I'm a bit simple minded here, but wouldn't you want to take advice from the former than the latter? Instead, they got their panties in a bunch because rather than being relentlessly and ruthlessly partisan above all else, Christie honestly, graciously and genuinely thanked Obama for assisting him and his state in a time of great need.

I think all politicians could take an example from Christie's gentlemanly comportment there, particularly those at CPAC.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:01 PM   #8
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It really is jaw dropping that CPAC dropped inviting perhaps the most popular and successful GOP governor or politician in general in the country. Yet, they invite a lineup of losers of the last presidential election. Maybe I'm a bit simple minded here, but wouldn't you want to take advice from the former than the latter? Instead, they got their panties in a bunch because rather than being relentlessly and ruthlessly partisan above all else, Christie honestly, graciously and genuinely thanked Obama for assisting him and his state in a time of great need.

I think all politicians could take an example from Christie's gentlemanly comportment there, particularly those at CPAC.
When you're driven by your TOTAL disdain for Hussein Obama only the usual suspects will be invited. Just listen for all the old and tired insults from 4 years ago from the CPAC speakers.

They did Christie a favor.
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Good perspective, why would Chistie want to demean himself by associating with these CPAC dinosaurs? I think CPAC was far more diminished by Christie's absence than Christie who likely benefitted by not associating with them.
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But hey, they got Donald Trump, Allen West, and Sarah Palin!
well then not being invited is a compliment to christie.
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well then not being invited is a compliment to christie.
That's true. But what does it say about the GOP?
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That's true. But what does it say about the GOP?
CPAC is not the GOP, it isn't like a national convention it is just an interest group.
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CPAC is not the GOP, it isn't like a national convention it is just an interest group.
Oh, wow! Thanks for pointing that out. I thought that CP stood for G and A stood for O and C stood for P. Silly!
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True.
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CPAC is not the GOP, it isn't like a national convention it is just an interest group.
Perhaps true, but there still exists a great overlap and sharing of ideals and ideologies, though perhaps as some are arguing, for the GOP's long-term viability as a major party, perhaps there ought not to be.
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