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2013-10-21 11:10:54 AM
Sandwich for equal rights?

Sure.
 
2013-10-21 11:14:44 AM
His heart never really seemed in it.
 
2013-10-21 11:15:33 AM
"Very well, if that is the way the winds are blowing, let no one say I don't also blow."
 
2013-10-21 11:15:44 AM
And there was much rejoicing.
 
2013-10-21 11:15:58 AM
I guess he can start eating cheesecake made from homogenized milk.  WIN!
 
2013-10-21 11:16:43 AM
\o/

This is a Good Thing.
 
2013-10-21 11:18:32 AM
RINO!!!! RINO!!!!!


RIIIIINOOOOOO!!!

/this is indeed a good thing
//too bad his own party will hate him for it.
 
2013-10-21 11:18:40 AM
He sees where things are headed. He won't need that opposition on his resume for 2016. He put up a token resistance and that should be sufficient for the primaries
 
2013-10-21 11:18:59 AM
Fourteen states made fabulous. Thirty-six not-so-fabulous states to go.
 
2013-10-21 11:19:39 AM

thismomentinblackhistory: His heart never really seemed in it.


Maybe more moderate Republicans will start seeing the writing on the wall.  1.  More and more openly gay people means that lots of people know one.  They have gay friends and family.  It's no longer an abstract concept, it's affecting the lives of friends and family, and 2.  There are so many actual problems plaguing this nation, and the world, who in their right mind really gives a shiat about this?
 
2013-10-21 11:20:10 AM
chris christie is fat

fyi
 
2013-10-21 11:20:42 AM
Christie was never going to win the Republican primary as a hard-line conservative candidate anyway. He'd be grossly outclassed by several "true" Republican tea party favorites. His best chance has always been to win the primary in enough states as the "reasonable" moderate candidate, and then bring some of the swing states back to red states in November. Given that, dropping this appeal seems reasonable to me.
 
2013-10-21 11:21:43 AM
Good for him. Christie v. Hillary would be epic.
 
2013-10-21 11:22:31 AM

SIMPLY FABULOUS!!!!!

 
2013-10-21 11:22:39 AM
He's waiting for this whole Ted Cruz tea party crazies thing to get sorted out.  Once the Republican party splits and the tea partiers get rejected he may come back in to reform the moderate republican party.
 
2013-10-21 11:22:43 AM
He's not a Tea Partier.

He could get the GOP nomination, while Ted Cruz gets the Tea Party nom?
 
2013-10-21 11:23:54 AM

nekom: thismomentinblackhistory: His heart never really seemed in it.

Maybe more moderate Republicans will start seeing the writing on the wall.  1.  More and more openly gay people means that lots of people know one.  They have gay friends and family.  It's no longer an abstract concept, it's affecting the lives of friends and family, and 2.  There are so many actual problems plaguing this nation, and the world, who in their right mind really gives a shiat about this?


A lot of people. It seems that hatred towards non-straight individuals is a lot higher than we've estimated because people no longer want to say they hate the gays even though they do.
 
2013-10-21 11:25:46 AM

Serious Black: Fourteen states made fabulous. Thirty-six not-so-fabulous states to go.


To be fair, Alabama or Mississippi could sponsor gay marriages that included a parade of state-supplied cats with pastel-dyed fur and sparkly angel costumes and they still wouldn't be too fabulous.
 
2013-10-21 11:25:56 AM
"Chris Christie drops bid for 2016"


So I'm not sure why this is news. I've had interactions with a bagger who was a *HUGE* Christie fan (no pun intended but now that I see it, lol), and he pulled his support last year during Hurricane Sandy when he had the nerve to be seen with Obama.

He's been ranting and raving about what a RINO he is ever since. Christie lost the "base" last year when he put people above party.
 
2013-10-21 11:26:16 AM
PURGE HIM!  PURGE THE RINO!  ONLY THE PURE SHALL REMAIN!
 
2013-10-21 11:27:02 AM
Well, trying to go for 2016 lbs is quite a bit. Glad to see he's trying to get his weight under control.
 
2013-10-21 11:27:43 AM

meat0918: He's not a Tea Partier.

He could get the GOP nomination, while Ted Cruz gets the Tea Party nom?


Can we call him the Jon Huntsman of 2016?
 
2013-10-21 11:28:25 AM
 
hej
2013-10-21 11:30:48 AM
lbs?
 
2013-10-21 11:31:34 AM
As a governor he's in a great place - he gets to point out that he was getting shiat done and staying on budget in a state that's been a cesspit of farkuppery and corruption for a hundred years, while Cruz and the rest of the hard right were trying to outdo each other in their who's-got-the-snappiest-tricorner-hat competition.
 
2013-10-21 11:32:57 AM
Meh. Ben Chapman posed with Jackie Robinson when MLB figured out that shouting racial slurs from the dugout was harming their image.
 
2013-10-21 11:33:11 AM
He must have dropped it because his hands were full. Of food.
 
2013-10-21 11:33:23 AM

monoski: Can we call him the Jon Huntsman of 2016?


Huntsman had no fire in the belly, whereas Christie goes around looking for idiots to biatchslap.

...although anything that lets us see more of the Huntsman daughters is fine by me.
 
2013-10-21 11:34:18 AM
hehe nice work subs
 
2013-10-21 11:34:48 AM
He'll change his tune again after the gubernatorial election.
 
2013-10-21 11:35:36 AM

Gulper Eel: As a governor he's in a great place - he gets to point out that he was getting shiat done and staying on budget in a state that's been a cesspit of farkuppery and corruption for a hundred years, while Cruz and the rest of the hard right were trying to outdo each other in their who's-got-the-snappiest-tricorner-hat competition.


I have a feeling the next president will be a Governor, people seem fed up with Washington.  Strong governors will probably win both parties nominations.
 
2013-10-21 11:36:02 AM

CPennypacker: He must have dropped it because his hands were full. Of food.


he's actually trimmed down quite a bit. Has a way to go but doesn't look like he will die immediately at any moment anymore
 
2013-10-21 11:36:20 AM
Isn't this a smart move if Christie wants to be President? Who knows what the Republican Party will look like after the impending implosion and he was never going to win the primary from the right.  He is positioning himself as a moderate who has wide appeal and can win the General Election instead of another huge defeat.

Of course he probably tanks like Guilliani did in the '08 primaries
 
2013-10-21 11:36:23 AM
Would never get the nomination
Tea partied
 
2013-10-21 11:36:41 AM

MithrandirBooga: He's been ranting and raving about what a RINO he is ever since. Christie lost the "base" last year when he put people above party.


I wonder if he'll realize that the Tea Party is loud but not particularly numerous.  And if he runs against a Democrat, they'll hold their nose and vote for him just like they voted for Romney.

The difference is that Christie wouldn't be yelling "Let them eat cake!" to middle-class moderates the way Romney did.

/setup
 
2013-10-21 11:37:40 AM

Jacobin: Would never get the nomination
Tea partied


Pretty much.
 
2013-10-21 11:37:41 AM

thismomentinblackhistory: His heart never really seemed in it.


he really just went they way because his base hates the homersexuals.

He's way too moderate for a presidential nomination anyway.
 
2013-10-21 11:37:45 AM

Faddy: Isn't this a smart move if Christie wants to be President? Who knows what the Republican Party will look like after the impending implosion and he was never going to win the primary from the right.  He is positioning himself as a moderate who has wide appeal and can win the General Election instead of another huge defeat.

Of course he probably tanks like Guilliani did in the '08 primaries


I dunno. I mean we should at least expect that "learning their lesson" is a trait that the GOP decision-makers possess, shouldn't we? Actually, nevermind. It'll be Bachmann/Cruz in 2016
 
2013-10-21 11:38:20 AM

skullkrusher: Faddy: Isn't this a smart move if Christie wants to be President? Who knows what the Republican Party will look like after the impending implosion and he was never going to win the primary from the right.  He is positioning himself as a moderate who has wide appeal and can win the General Election instead of another huge defeat.

Of course he probably tanks like Guilliani did in the '08 primaries

I dunno. I mean we should at least expect that "learning their lesson" is a trait that the GOP decision-makers possess, shouldn't we? Actually, nevermind. It'll be Bachmann/Cruz in 2016


They've got my (primary) vote
 
2013-10-21 11:38:25 AM

chimp_ninja: Serious Black: Fourteen states made fabulous. Thirty-six not-so-fabulous states to go.

To be fair, Alabama or Mississippi could sponsor gay marriages that included a parade of state-supplied cats with pastel-dyed fur and sparkly angel costumes and they still wouldn't be too fabulous.


That sounds like the shortest parade and largest stray cat population ever.
 
2013-10-21 11:39:39 AM
chris christie is a moderate because:
 
2013-10-21 11:41:09 AM

chimp_ninja: MithrandirBooga: He's been ranting and raving about what a RINO he is ever since. Christie lost the "base" last year when he put people above party.

I wonder if he'll realize that the Tea Party is loud but not particularly numerous.  And if he runs against a Democrat, they'll hold their nose and vote for him just like they voted for Romney.

The difference is that Christie wouldn't be yelling "Let them eat cake!" to middle-class moderates the way Romney did.

/setup


I think Christie has far greater personal appeal to Joe American than Romney could ever hope for.

Son of an accountant vs son of a wealthy and powerful politician/businessman
Catholic vs weird cult... well, weird cult that people accept vs weird cult that people don't accept.
Went to U of Delaware and Seton Hall vs BYU and Harvard
Organic brain vs buggy software hooked up to bioengineering praying mantis ganglia
 
2013-10-21 11:43:13 AM

skullkrusher: I think Christie has far greater personal appeal to Joe American than Romney could ever hope for.


I'd vote for Huntsman. I'd vote for a few other R candidates. Christie is a lying sack of shiat and I'll never vote for him. I'd rather a D president than Christie.
 
2013-10-21 11:43:49 AM
Christie gave up his hopes for 2016 the second Obama stepped off that Helicopter to check out the Sandy damage in Jersey. The campaign ads against him wouldn't even need sound, they could just show a slideshow of press photos: Them shaking hands, them walking together, etc. Primary lost.
 
2013-10-21 11:44:29 AM

Kit Fister: skullkrusher: I think Christie has far greater personal appeal to Joe American than Romney could ever hope for.

I'd vote for Huntsman. I'd vote for a few other R candidates. Christie is a lying sack of shiat and I'll never vote for him. I'd rather a D president than Christie.


Huntsman/Christie (in either order) would be a pretty formidable ticket, methinks. Likely FAR too moderate for the GOP but they'd stand a pretty good chance depending on who the Dems run.
 
2013-10-21 11:44:43 AM
In a wide field of people trying to out-conservative each other, Christie will try to pick up the more moderate (read: traditional) Republicans, especially those outside of the South.  If the crazies divide their vote among various branches, e.g. religious, pocket Constitutionalists, etc., it could be a viable strategy to win a plurality and gain momentum.
 
2013-10-21 11:44:43 AM

sprawl15: chris christie is a moderate because:


Rand Paul and the Tea-Baggy establishment (not me) would say because he gives tax payer dollars to hurricane victims.
 
2013-10-21 11:44:55 AM

Gulper Eel: As a governor he's in a great place - he gets to point out that he was getting shiat done and staying on budget in a state that's been a cesspit of farkuppery and corruption for a hundred years, while Cruz and the rest of the hard right were trying to outdo each other in their who's-got-the-snappiest-tricorner-hat competition.


I look forward to the in depth look at who's hat is sufficiently patriotic, like with the lapel pins.

/seriously, fark our media
 
2013-10-21 11:45:04 AM

sprawl15: chris christie is a moderate because:


because how worked up over ideological issues can you possibly get after polishing off an entire family-sized baked ziti?
 
2013-10-21 11:47:17 AM
Dang, I wanted to see Crisp Crispy in the debates.
 
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