No Country for Liberal Republicans

chris-christieTo the left there is no such thing as a good Republican. Not unless he is a dead Republican.

Dead Republicans are held up as examples of moderation who wouldn’t fit in today’s extremist party. Goldwater, Nixon and Reagan, once damned as deranged extremists lusting to blow up the planet, are temporarily rehabilitated and compared unfavorably to today’s Republicans and favorably to today’s Democrats.

From such exercises in posthumous political rehabilitation, we learn that Reagan was more like Obama and that whichever Republican has drawn the ire of the media this month is the rebirth of segregationist Democrats like Albert Gore Sr and Robert Byrd.

The good Republican who has the bad taste to stay alive will only enjoy a temporary vacation in the good graces of the media. It does not matter how often he pays fealty to global warming, gun control, gay marriage and amnesty for illegal aliens, or his willingness to appear on morning shows to bemoan the extremism of the Tea Party; the time will come when he will be dragged out of the Saturday Night Live studio and the CNN green room, hung from a tree and beaten with a stick for the enlightenment of the people.

There is no help for it.

The good Republican is the living exception that proves the rule that all other Republicans exist only to take food stamps out of the mouths of welfare recipients when they aren’t randomly pointing at maps and bombing countries. His job is to agree with the mainstream media on every important issue, but is allowed to maintain his ‘pragmatic’ credentials with occasional decorative budget cuts that are vociferously protested by activist groups more for the publicity than because of their negligible impact.

And then one day, suddenly, the good Republican who has held all the right opinions, is pounced on, beaten, bloodied and dragged through the mud. At innumerable sweaty press conferences held to apologize for some sin that wouldn’t even make the last minute of the evening news if it were carried out by a member of the progressive club in good standing, the former media darling wonders why this is happening to him. It is happening to him because the left doesn’t believe in exceptions to its rules.

The good Republican thought that he had made peace with the left. All he ever had was a temporary truce of mutual convenience that ended once he moved from convenient to competitor.

In the last two elections, the bloodthirsty neo-confederate party of hate served up a liberal Republican, currently championing Obama’s illegal alien amnesty, and a liberal Republican, currently being blamed  by Obama supporters for inspiring ObamaCare. Its fantasy candidate for the upcoming election had spent the last election hugging Obama, and then signed off on tuition for illegal aliens and banned gay conversion therapy, and was, until a few weeks ago, being praised as the ultimate good Republican; only to be subjected to the same ritual media humiliations as McCain and Romney.

The same media that insisted that the murder of four Americans in Benghazi was not a scandal and that the murder of Brian Terry in Operation Fast and Furious was not a scandal is bleating that a little traffic is a scandal.  Not a little traffic in assault rifles, as in Fast and Furious, but in the distance between cars.

During the government shutdown, Obama escalated his political war with Congress by barricading war memorials, shutting down private parks and shuttering private restaurants.

Senior citizens were left homeless when they were evicted from cabins on Federal land and inns were forcibly shut down by park rangers who were deployed to keep watch to see that no one went inside. Joggers on Federal land were given tickets and veterans were barred from entering their own memorials. When a group of elderly tourists tried to take a photo of Yellowstone erupting, armed rangers showed up to bellow at them that they were illegally “recreating”.

A park ranger admitted to the Washington Times, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.” If Christie was indeed responsible for Bridgegate, he was only following in Obama’s footsteps.

But no one in the national media thought Shutdowngate was worth commenting on. It wasn’t as if it involved something as grave and serious as New Jersey traffic.

A senior Hillary adviser had orchestrated a Gore primary win by sending the environmental activist’s motorcade to tie up traffic to prevent Bradley voters from reaching the polls. But that was New Hampshire traffic which is in a whole different moral universe than New Jersey traffic.

There are two wholly different sets of rules for the left and right sides of the political interstate.

In the last election, Mitt Romney had been dubbed a gaffe-prone idiot for expressing concerns about security at the London Olympics, which was then in a shambles, while Obama’s belief that Austrian was a language and that the country he was aspiring to lead had 57 states were put down to tiredness.

According to the media, a gaffe is something that a Republican says. A scandal is something that a Republican does.

There are two lanes of political traffic in the media. One is reserved for the left and the other for everyone to the right of the left.

The good Republican imagines that if he is decently centrist enough, he will be allowed to drive on the luxurious wide lane to the left where all traffic violations are forgiven and there is no speed limit, but unfortunately for him, he is still stuck in the same right lane as Michele Bachmann, Allen West and all the other enemies of the state where driving at any speed is considered an unsafe traffic violation.

In a country where the center is defined by the institutions of the left, the center ceases to exist. That center which the good Republican strives for is a mirage made of moonbeams and shifting goal posts.

Good Republicans don’t win elections. No “moderate” Republican has made it through two terms in office since Eisenhower in the fifties. Ike’s vice president was impeached and his vice president’s vice president lost to Jimmy Carter. George H.W. Bush, a centrist figure, lost to Bill Clinton, while his son, who was mocked by the progressive intelligentsia as a warmongering chimp, got his full two terms.

In a radical country, the good Republican has no future. The Mensheviks did not survive the Bolsheviks and the good Republicans will not survive the Democracy Alliance, the Center for American Progress and the whole leftist network weaving its web around the Democratic Party and the rest of the country.

This is no country for good Republicans, for good government pragmatists and for centrists and liberals.  To the left, a good Republican isn’t someone who shares their views on gay marriage, abortion, global warming and gun control. The only good Republican to the left is a dead or disgraced Republican.

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  • Cryogenica

    The left may hate all Republicans but with what America’s like today no conservative will ever be elected president again, sadly.

    • Anukem Jihadi

      Not unless they present a real alternative, no probably not.
      Unless conservatives can find somebody who can break out the media wash cycle they’re capitulating in their own defeat.
      It has been done before though.

      • veeper

        When the people just want freebies paid for by other people….

        there is no other alternative….

        A conservative will be elected when younger people finally realize….

        this sheite is going to come down on them…..

        • carpe diem 36

          those you cal younger people will not realize… they were “educated” meaning indoctrinated by the left leaving no room for their own opinions. maybe they will have to learn the hard way, maybe we should let obama do so much damage that even the “young people” will see that this is no way to run a country, but by then there will be nothing to salvage, maybe they will have to start from scratch.

    • ADM64

      They certainly won’t if they give up and/or continue to fight on their enemies’ terms.

    • veeper

      Left doesn’t hate all republicans…..

      just the ones that seek to tear down the death grip politicians have on america….

      They have no problem with republicans that just go along with the system….

      and they LOVE the progressives that have infiltrated the republican party….

      you know….the mccain, boehners, grahams, ryans…….

    • Daniel Greenfield

      A conservative may be elected, a liberal will not.

      • Adobe_Walls

        We haven’t had a conservative on the ballot since 84 then before that 64 before that 24 so we’re due for one by 2024.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Let’s hope we don’t have to wait that long.

          • Drakken

            The only one who has the backbone is Cruz and look how the press loves to vilify him as the second coming of Hitler.

      • Eminence Front

        Sadly no candidate to the right of Obama is going to be elected from this point on – much to the detriment of America and its people. We will all suffer

        • Daniel Greenfield

          I wouldn’t be so sure of that

          • Eminence Front

            We’re not the kind of country we used to be. We’ve been permanently changed. We’re not going to go back to being what we were. I wish this was not the case.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            We can be. If we fight for it.

          • Paul Doyle

            I would.

    • Jerry G

      When was the last time the Republican Party nominated a true conservative for the presidency? The Repubs have earned the title Party of the Dumb for their consistency in nominating losers rather than those who might have a chance of winning.

      • WW4

        Everyone’s a “true conservative”–until they actually have to hold office, govern, and accomplish something.

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    Had Rick Santorum been the Republican nominee, he would be President of the U.S. today. He would have won all the swing states with his appeal to working class, traditional values voters in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, and Wisconsin.
    Of course he would have fared worse than Romney in California and New York, but who cares? Idiot Republicans in California and New York should have absolutely no input in the primary process. Those states will never vote Republican anyway.

    • wildjew

      GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: I wanna change subjects now because– (APPLAUSE) foreign policy was– Speaker Gingrich caused something of a stir overnight in the Middle East with comments he made in interview with the Jewish channel in which he called the Palestinians an invented people….

      SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH: Somebody oughta have the courage to tell the truth: These people are terrorists. They teach terrorism in their schools. They have textbooks that say, “If there are 13 Jews and nine Jews are killed, how many Jews are left?” We pay for those textbooks through our aid money. It’s fundamentally– time for somebody to have the guts to stand up and say, “Enough lying about the Middle East.”

      GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: They– Israel does not want us to make it more difficult for them to sit down with the Palestinians….We are gonna t– we’re gonna tell the truth, but we’re not gonna throw incendiary words into a– a place which is– a boiling pot when our friends the Israelis would probably say, “What in the world are you doin’?”

      GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: Of course you s– of course you stand firm, and stand for the truth. But you don’t speak for Israel.


      GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: And I’m president of the United States, I will exercise sobriety, care, stability. And make sure that in a setting like this, anything I say that can affect a place with– with rockets going in, with people dying, I don’t do anything that would harm that– that (phony “peace”) process.

      SENATOR RICK SANTORUM: Well, I– I think you have to speak the truth– but you have to do so with prudence.

      SENATOR RICK SANTORUM: If I can finish my s– comment, I’ll get to that, George. (LAUGHTER) That– that we– we have an ally here that we have to work closely with. And I think Mitt’s point was– was the correct one. We need to be working with the Israelis to find out, you know what? Is this a wise thing for us to do, to step forward and to engage this issue? Maybe it is.

      My guess is, at this point in time, it’s not. Not that we shouldn’t tell the truth, but we should be talking to our allies. It (the global jihad) is their fight.

      (The gobal jihad is not our fight: Rick Santorum)

    • Richo

      He couldn’t even win a senate seat in Pennsylvania, but you are convinced he would it in a presidential election plus all the other states. Fascinating.

      • Smoking Hamster

        A Republican loss in purple state in 2006 is hardly “humiliating.”

        • Richo

          Maybe not, but a 59-41 margin when you’re the incumbent?

      • Naresh Krishnamoorti

        He lost his Senate race to someone who was, at least at the time, perceived to be a social conservative (which just proves my point). Remember, Pat Toomey defeated Arlen Specter. Santorum would definitely have carried Pennsylvania because of who the opponent was — someone universally hated by both Republicans and conservative Democrats in Pennsylvania. You can’t apply static analyses to complex problems, as leftists do with the economy. Complex problems with lots of moving parts require dynamic analyses.

        • Richo

          He was also trounced in the GOP primary in his home state in 2012, so you can’t just blame “idiot republicans in NY and California”. If social conservatives are such a force to be reckoned with why couldn’t even the ones in his own party and his own state rally enough support for him?

          • Naresh Krishnamoorti

            Since I am a California Republican, I don’t mean that they’re all idiots — just that they are irrelevant. This is a shorthand way of referring to the Establishment. Santorum lost Pennsylvania because he was on the verge of losing the nomination. It’s hard to rally people to support a hopeless cause. Had the Pennsylvania primaries happened earlier (when the GOP was in an ‘anyone-but-Romney’ mood), and had the GOP establishment not already anointed a candidate, Santorum, or someone like Santorum, would have won.

    • Crassus

      Santorum would have carried none of the swing states you mentioned and probably would have lost NC, Indiana, Missouri, and Georgia. He would have suffered a defeat worse than McCain in 2008.

  • Bamaguje

    Liberal Republican? Quite an oxymoron.
    As far as the double standards lamestream media is concerned, the only ‘good Republican’ is a RINO.

  • Anukem Jihadi

    Good Republicans are “good” because they are useful.
    They undermine their own side, they lose elections, they open the door sufficiently for the thin end of the wedge. They do it knowingly.
    They’re good because they can be bought.
    Best of all they are easily disposed of.

    • bigjulie

      I think you are missing the point. I doubt that you can site any instance where Goldwater or Reagan were “bought”. McCain or Romney are not “good” Republicans and won’t be when they are dead because they cannot be cited as examples of the “good” they did and compared to some jerk Progressive who is claiming to emulate them. “Good” Republicans are indeed “dead” because they cannot be resurrected to disprove the fraudulent comparisons that “Pwogs” are using them for.

      • Anukem Jihadi

        I’m not talking about dead conservatives like Reagan. I mean “good” in the “liberal” sense of the word.

        • bigjulie

          Well said!!

  • Jason P

    You don’t have to be a Christie fan (I’m not) to be outraged at his lynching.

    • Daniel Greenfield


      • wildjew

        Mr. Greenfield, as a Jew, might I suggest you re-read passages like Genesis 12:3, 7; 13:14-15, 17:7-8; 26:4-5, etc. Until the Republican party post G. W. Bush gets it right on these (i.e., the land of Israel – all of it – belongs to Israel) and gets it right the global jihad, we might have some victories but more likely we will see more defeats at the hands of our political enemies and the enemies of freedom.

    • bleedinell

      Chris Christie got Herman Cained.

    • 1Gandydancer

      The fact that Obama doesn’t get the treatment he deserves doesn’t mean that Christie shouldn’t get what he deserves. If he was in on closing the on-ramps then a lynching is too good for him. And he is clearly responsible for elevating the people who did it. The damage to his ambitions doesn’t seem to me an excessive punishment.

      • Daniel Greenfield

        I don’t sympathize with Christie, but I don’t believe the left should get free shots on anyone or anything.

        • WW4

          You “don’t sympathize” but you don’t want any “free shots for the left.” What does that even mean?

          Christie is an actual story. This story has legs and a clear e-paper trail. Moreover what happened affected a lot of everyday people directly and may even be to blame for a death. And you act like nothing wrong happened, or its not supposed to be reported?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            It means that the left doesn’t just get to just be on the punishing end of a scandal without having it turned on them. Anyone who is bringing up Shutdowngate is doing that.

          • WW4

            “Bridgegate” is a story. It’s not a scandal just because someone wants it to be–it actually happened. And it affected a lot of everyday people.

            Contrast this to Benghazi. Anyone with a brain figured it wasn’t about a video within a day or two; and even Obama’s least critical minions accepted that after a week. It certainly wasn’t “under-reported;” it claimed a few news cycles. Like it or not, this knowledge did not affect the outcome of the election. Now we come to find out Benghazi wasn’t even a consulate, and Stevens was involved in a very risky CIA operation–from whence originated (supposedly) the video story. Cover for us being where we weren’t “supposed” to be. You might not like that–I don’t–but it is part of what the CIA does.

            A few in Congress seem desperate to drum up an alternate story where the president was contemptuously snoozing instead of providing support; they just can’t seem to get anyone involved to support that alternate story. If there’s a “scandal” to Benghazi–it’s not the one they want.

            The IRS scandal is maybe a better comparison: There were consequences: people got fired, and the groups that wound up having their status denied were actually progressive groups.

            But because there was little fallout for conservative groups and it was shown that many different types of groups were targeted post-CItizens United, and because nothing indicated that the White House was involved, THAT part of the story was underreported. Had it actually been political vendetta–you don’t think that would have been a story?

          • cantonst

            A lot of erroneous assumptions. Obama was ‘out to lunch’ on Benghazi. Hillary, as during her whole term at State, was off the clock. Her ideology and personal view of herself dictated her actions and tenure there. This is most evidenced by her “What difference, at this point, does it make”. Damn them both for Benghazi. Stevens was directed to play his role. Bad judgment and to little attention by Obama and Hillary ensured his demise. Finally, Obama seems to be ‘out to lunch’ on all these ‘phony’ scandals. I believe history will crucify this current “messiah’ except no salvation will result.

    • cantonst

      Christie is being Christied!

  • wildjew

    Chris Christie has not only been a good Republican for the left, he’s been a great Republican. How many other Republicans of his stature condemned conservatives for our opposition to the 9/11 ground zero Islamic supremacist mosque? What other nationally known Republican said he was tired of all the “crazies” who are concerned about encroachment of shariah law; who criticized his appointment of Islamic supremacist Sohail Mohammad (defender of alleged 9/11 terrorists) to New Jersey’s Superior Court? Chris Christie has been a champion of those fighting anti-Islam bigots, racists and Islamophobes.

  • Gamal

    The support for dead Republicans like Reagan is a clever ploy to win Republican votes for Democrats

    • JoJoJams

      And I’m sure there are plenty of dead Republicans that are now voting Democrat…. :D

    • WW4

      Reagan was RINO by any and every objective standard. There is NO WAY anyone can look at his record, the many, many compromises he made with Democrats, and many of his foreign policy choices and say otherwise.

  • Idl

    “Yellowstone” erupted? Why didn’t that make the news?

    • WhiteHunter

      The geysers. Like Old Faithful. Ever heard of it? It was on a stamp in the National Park Service commemoratives back in the 1930s. But it still erupts (yes, that’s the proper word) every 60 minutes (or is it every 90 minutes?), whence its name, and is a major tourist magnet in the Park.

      If the reference had been to the (currently quiet) Yellowstone Supervolcano, which last erupted 650,000 years ago and will again, some day–hopefully not anytime soon–none of us would be posting here this morning.

      • Idl

        I know that geysers erupt. I took a six week college course in Yellowstone. I hiked all over the park. The article did not mention Old Faithful, which was my point. If Yellowstone, an enormous caldera, had erupted, I would have expected it to be on the news. I indicated that with quotation marks. It seems that was too subtle for some.

    • veeper

      Yellowstone is democrat……

      • WhiteHunter

        You mean yellow SNOW.

    • Yasha7

      I think it was Old Faithful, the geyser.

    • Ron Lewenberg

      He meant the Old Faithful geyser. Had the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted with a VEI 8 like last time, it would be the only major news as half the continent would be under ash and the rest of us would die or lung failure or starve. And then we’d get an ice age, so global warming would be a punch line for the survivors right up there with “America as a superpower”.

      • Idl

        I know that he meant Old Faithful. I intended it to be a quick little joke for anybody who happens to know about the volcanic nature of park and the cataclysmic event an eruption would be. I’m a little sorry I made the joke now because I didn’t want to appear to nitpick a very small thing nor draw attention away from the valid points the author is making.

  • PouponMarks

    Obama stuck his tongue in Chrustie’s ear and left a bunch of cockroach eggs, which just now hatched.

  • Burlington

    Conservatives and even Republicans must educate the public on Alinsky’s methods and shout it out when used. Unless and until they find techniques to neutralize the commie strategy, they have no chance. Hit me again, harder, harder!!

    • Drakken

      Speak softly and carry a 4 by 4 and use with great frequency.

  • veeper

    obama called christy……told him if he had switched to democrat…..

    this would just be a bump in the road….a one news cycle story….

  • ata777

    this story is a primer on media bias. as for Christie, perhaps another man-hug for Obama would get him to call off the dogs at the DOJ–but don’t count on it.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Now if he endorsed Hillary, suddenly all these investigations would vanish.

  • physicsnut

    even the ever left wing WBAI is blabbering about Christie. What a yawn. He must have tweaked the Teacher’s Union or something. Well, you could DRAG A HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL THRU NEWARK and come up with a whole lot of crooks – and these jerks have the nerve to complain about Christie.

  • Clare Spark

    One thing for sure: “Liberals” don’t care about the charter school movement that Christie supports. See “Eva Moskowitz and the Charter School Movement.” Nor do those New Yorkers who elected De Blasio.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Some libs are very pro-charter, including some in the Obama WH

  • TienBing

    Mr. Greenfield is absolutely correct – yet, it is difficult to deny a certain feeling of satisfaction when a blustering bully suck-up gets slapped down by his owner. Too bad Christie will not be a lesson to other would-be progressives disguised as conservatives, or the fools taken in by them. Stupidity springs eternal…

    • Daniel Greenfield

      If anything he’ll be an incentive for them to repeat his folly.

  • CurmudgyOne

    Amen, Daniel. Once again, you’ve clarified a phenomenon that has bothered many of us. So, now, what do we do about it? We need solutions that will motivate the majority of the Right.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Go right, hit hard.

      • bigjulie

        What a shame the current Republican “leadership” (and I use the term laughingly and derisively) cannot get this advice. If we win anything in 2014, it will be by force of Tea Party Conservatives alone, as the so-called “leadership” will be fighting us tooth and powdered handkerchief!

        • Daniel Greenfield

          The way we did in 2010

  • MJUdall

    Stop defending this blubbering fraud. There’s other reasons not to trust the guy that go way past his bridge problems. Dream Act, ass kissing Muslim radicals and Sandy Obama photo op to start with. The left is going to do what they do. But it is the liberal republican who does not understand the left. They think that if they moderate more the left will like them– they never do. Which is why they end up getting their as–es kicked.

  • Paul Marks

    I was expecting the establishment left to do the same to Christie as they did to McCain and Romney – praise him till the primary contests were over, and then savage him in the general election. By tipping their hand this early the left have made a mistake – they have indeed shown that nominating a “friend of the media” is pointless.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      They probably thought that they had gone overboard in praising him and needed to neutralize him early.

      Also Hillary doesn’t want to make it seem like this will be a competitive race or the Dems might start looking around for a better candidate.

      • nightspore

        I don’t think they think that far ahead. In fact, I don’t think they can help themselves – there’s something Pavlovian about the way these people respond. So I agree with Mr. Marks. In fact, the saving grace in all of this is the self-defeating stupidity of people on the Left.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          No, I don’t think this is random. Two investigations and a massive media scandal don’t happen on a whim.

  • Habbgun

    I don’t really feel sorry for Christie. He should serve as an example the next time we hear about how extremist Republicans are unelectable by the Republican establishment. Twenty minutes ago the Christie way was the future. Christie said so. Now we see just how weak an “electable” Republican really is. The Dems have hopefully overreached and played their hand way too early. We can now see we need the “extremists”. We need a Ted Cruz type who fights first and doesn’t apologize for when no apology is needed.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Everyone predicted this all along. Christie was only bulletproof while he was useful.

      Just like McCain.

  • PouponMarks

    Good Republicans are useful to the Left as doormats, litter boxes for cats, landfill, carnage for vultures. I don’t think John McLame got this memo.

    • Erudite Mavin

      Libertarians are the useful idiots for the Left and their Democrat Party.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        The same thing can be said for way too many republicans.
        I give you Chris Christie.

  • cacslewisfan

    Predictable Left behavior. I don’t really feel that sorry for Christie, though. Something about him I don’t trust. Greenfield makes a great point. The Right should just own it, they’ll never win over the Left. If Conservatives would stick to being conservative, then Lefty policies would not rebound on them, because they wouldn’t be responsible. But that takes a level of courage that goes beyond high school in crowd suck up-itude. Republicans *sigh*.

  • Daniel Greenfield

    This article isn’t a defense of Christie.

    • MJUdall

      Ehh this one may not be but some of the others that you’ve written since this Bridge issue broke have been.

      • Daniel Greenfield

        No they haven’t. They’ve been under the “no free shots for the left” philosophy.

        I was Christie’s original critic.

        • MJUdall

          Well, you should keep being a critic. Listen, if he did no wrong, he should have no problem proving it. Since he was so “reach across the aisle and lets work together” while he disses conservatives, lets see how many Democrats will help him out now and how many in the republican establishment come to his aide.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            I was a critic when the GOP embraced him. I continue to criticize him, but I’m not about to the left have its fun without turning it back on them.

  • Melvin_Udall

    Also often ignored by milquetoast, oligarch Republicans who celebrate Ike’s victory as an example of winning with the moderate…

    Two years after he took office Ike lost his Republican majority Congress, the last one to be seen for forty years.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Yup, quite true.

  • bigjulie

    Daniel, you are rapidly becoming one of my favorite wordsmiths! Excellent points, and so VERY well made! I just finished with a lot of amateur sarcasm on another site and was reminded that “sarcasm does not work on the internet”! YOU make it work beautifully! Thanks!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Thank you

  • Ron Paul Messiah

    The time of the Establishment Republicans is coming to an end, the time of the The TEA party and Libertarians has come.

    • Erudite Mavin

      In other words, you want more Democrats.

  • dansama

    I will not give the time of day to those ‘moderate’ Libertarians. I vote Constitution Party, or nothing at all.

    • Erudite Mavin

      The All or Nothing Pures who sat at home or voted third party especially your party gave us Obama’s presidency.
      Third Party voters is another word for Democrat voter as that who is elected.

      • dansama

        Sniff, sniff… It was my fault Obama was elected! Actually, no. It was all yours. As long as you refuse to support the Constitution Party, you will never see a decent government again.

        • Erudite Mavin

          The constitution Party has nothing to do with the Constitution or the national security of this country.
          They and the other libertarians who have more in common with the radical left on national security and their support for Iran along with being 9/11 truthers
          are doing the work George Soros could only dream of.

          • dansama

            Like I have always said, you are stupid. End of discussion.

          • Erudite Mavin

            You are Projecting again

          • dansama

            Well, it’s not that your lies are too convincing. It’s more like, you have such a hatred of facts that I must accept no possible means of discussion can exist between us.

      • dansama

        Do not blame the Constitution Party because you idiots chose to put your nose in a saw. We are the ones who give you ANYTHING even worth voting for and you retards still bang your heads on a wall.

      • cojar

        When will the GOP actually present a candidate who can win? They won’t even consider a strong candidate. They nominated a guy who they had already rejected twice, Mitt Romney.

        • Erudite Mavin

          The public vote in the primaries, the party does not pick the candidate.
          Your reasoning is like the person who cuts off his arm
          and blames someone else.
          The people who posted on conservative sites who said they were sitting home or vote third party last election gave us Obama.

  • Drakken

    Christy thought you could make nice with democrats, he could not have been more wrong and this bloody fiasco proves it, time to take the damn velvet glove off and put on the mailed fist, time to slash and burn for the time of niceties and pleasantries and taking the so called high moral ground is over if we want to get this country back on the right track and prosperous again.

  • Gary Dickson

    Well written, Daniel.

    As I’ve mentioned in other forums, now that Gov. Christie has a lead over Ms. Clinton in the polls, it’s amazing how all these “revelations” are suddenly coming out of the woodwork.

    Simply amazing.

    Didn’t the same thing happen to nearly all the Republican candidates for President in the 2012 election cycle?

    As long as a Republican is useful to the Left, he/she will be smiled upon. The moment that Republican challenges the Left in any manner whatsoever, that Republican might as well be dog meat.

  • cheechakos

    Mr.Greenfield is so frighteningly insightful and correct he makes our current MSM & politicians look like buffoons.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      But then again who doesn’t. The MSM are professional buffoons

      • cheechakos

        True, but your writing is incredible.
        I don’t even know how to describe it. But i’ll try! : )

        While the MSM is busy abusing and misusing the English language like a bad rap ditty, you create a symphony of words that are clear,true notes. You inform,educate and entertain in perfect harmony.

        Ok,i made enough of a fool of myself,hehe.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          I try and I’ glad it’s appreciated

  • Erudite Mavin

    The Left takes shots at Republicans regardless of moderate or conservative, not only to take them out of play but they know there is an element who form a circular
    firing squad with Republicans attacked by Democrats in hopes to push their third party message, a bonus for the Democrats

  • Berceuse

    The Christie Administration did exactly what Republicans have been harping about with the Obama Administration: used the power of their office to retaliate against political opponents. There is no excuse for it, and no defense against it. Period.

  • Sally

    so absolutely true. thank you for this brilliant article. why oh why don’t people realize it? I saw it with McCain – always mentioned as the only republican the liberals could stand. Went on the Daily Show all the time and was a friend of that show. Then he got the nomination and was crucified by all who previously said they liked him. The media are the biggest enemy. When will republicans realize it?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Establishments don’t learn from history.

    • WW4

      Yes, sure, McCain was “crucified” by the left, rather than being a lackluster candidate who lost an election through a series of blunders.

      I guarantee the Right has been more scathing and dismissive of McCain than the left ever was, and for a longer period of time. Remember the “love child” Mr. Rove invented for McCain? McCain was the sacrificial lamb for a party that in 2008 knew it was going to lose. Gore, Kerry, Hillary, Bush Sr., and Romney…these are all people to whom their parties felt they “owed” the nomination. Reagan, Clinton, and Obama actually won the privilege–they were not the first choice of their parties.

      • Sally

        You miss the point. ALL republicans/conservatives are viciously mocked, vilified and dismissed by the left. The bigger the RINO the more the leftist media act like maybe they can tolerate him/her, but as soon as they pose any real threat to their complete choke hold on power in this country, that person is excoriated. That’s what happened to McCain and that is what is happening to Christie. Just because both of them are RINOs does not invalidate my point. If they have an R next time their name, the media will crucify them. It’s inevitable and proven out by recent history. The progressive/socialist/communist left is in complete control.

  • TienBing

    Exactly – the charlatans always think they can shuck the rubes better than the last guy.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      And they respond well to intimidation.

  • William James Ward

    Leftists have undermined the Republican Party, Democrats are
    Marxist lite, Socialist purebreds and Islamist flunkies. I have
    quit both the Democrats and Republicans and am proudly
    a Conservative Independent, as far as I am concerned America
    has been sold out by the Professional Political elite and they
    see us as serfs and control elections by fraud, immigrant
    illegals voting and breaking the back of the middle class.
    Societal degeneration under the present system of frauds
    in accelerating and the next few years will show the power of
    the true American voters or we may see ourselves having to
    take the fight to the enemies within……………….William

  • Horace Yo

    The reason why the public seems to support the Democrats is that they have little or no information other than what they see in the “media” – TV, NY Times, Wash Post, LA Times, and McClatchy, USA Today, AP, etc. The masses are not reading on this or similar sites. The only hope of breaking the lock the Democrats or Communists or leftists, whatever you may call them, or if you like, the “mainstream media” have on the communications in today’s USA is to become aware of the laws of semantics and accurately and agressively label the “mainstream media” what it actually is: “THE DEMOCRAT PARTY LINE MEDIA” so that the proles might be woken up to what is happening to them. The Democrat party is today a coalition of leftists (American Communists, the Soviet Union having been fatally injured and no longer able to lead the march to Hell) who have preserved all the semantic skills of the Bolsheviks and Stalinists, and Alinskyites, and Unions, Blacks,Gays ilegal immigrants, Muslims and the like who have traded love of the good old USA and freedom for Government provided personal enrichment, as well as greedy morons and idiots who think they will get something for nothing. The Democrat party line can prety well be condensed to “Sodomy, Abortion, and Socialism, with a little Islam and anti white racism thrown in for luck.

  • Ellman48

    Christie upset conservatives in 2012 and now the leftist media will finish him off. As far as I’m concerned they’re doing us a favor. Christie is not what the country needs as a President. He’s demonstrated that to my satisfaction.

  • Lanna

    This administration uses everyone to advance its goals, once you have served your purpose, you are fair game to destroy!

  • Toa

    So trying to pal up with Obama, while retaining the “R” behind your name, didn’t work…surprise, surprise (shrug).

  • Randy Townsend

    Concur completely. I’ll go further and say that if Christie is the Republican candidate, the next President will be a Democrat. The argument that if you don’t vote for the liberal Republican, the Democrat will be worse ignores the fact that liberal Republicans get to the same place as Marxist Democrats (redundant, I know), just at a slower pace.

  • dougjmiller

    It’s interesting that the media, with CNN leading the pack, pays more attention to this error by Christie than to all of Obama’s scandals. The media has glossed over Obama’s Fast and Furious selling of guns to foreign drug dealers, the Benghazi murders of American officials and servicemen, the IRS corruption and the HS illegal snooping scandals, to name a few. Outrageous and repulsive. It really demonstrates the hypocritical, dishonest bias of the mainstream media.

    • Sally

      it’s not at all interesting though really, since it’s so predictable. it’s status quo. this is their modus operandi. all things not progressive left must be destroyed. we are headed toward a new level of communism+fascism combined.

  • LincolnTony

    I still like Christie, and I could care less about this recent stuff that has happened. What I hate is when you put a Republican like Christie, or Romney, or McCain in the presidential election, suddenly the guy who has been moderate his entire life swings to the far right to appease the ultra conservatives in his party.

    • Sally

      Oh wait, you’re serious?

  • WW4

    So the “public” and “the masses” have no opportunity to watch Fox News or listen to conservative talk–even though both more popular by far and thus more “mainstream” than their liberal counterparts?

    • Sally

      you’re not being honest if you think that Fox News and am talk radio even come close to the stranglehold the left have on media and entertainment. did you forget about ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, NYT, LATimes, WaPo and just about every other major newspaper in this country? Did you forget that Hollywood is overwhelmingly liberal and that their liberal messages come through in every piece of programming they do? Did you also forget about teachers unions and the leftist bent of K12 teachers propagandizing our kids? Did you also forget that nearly all universities and colleges have mostly liberal teachers/professors? We’re up against a huge cultural power bloc and you think Fox News and talk radio make up for it? No, those are just drops in the bucket.

  • Hard Little Machine

    To be fair, it was the left who propped up Christie in the first place. This was a tactic aimed at eventually knocking him down so as to clear the field for Hillary. The flaw in their plan was the timing of all this. If the left had left this bridge dust up alone they could have kept their power dry for later in the election cycle when it could have been plausibly too late for the GOP to run another candidate with the same odds of defeating her. As it is, even if Christie goes down in flames the Hillary Regime will have to start all over trying to discredit the next guy. The key to fighting back though is to constantly remind people that each day that goes by is another day where Hillary is out of government, doesn’t have a job, no power, no voice in anything and fewer and fewer things to cling to as a ‘success’.

  • WalkingHorse

    Lenin used a phrase that is all too applicable here: useful idiot. Chris Christie’s recent experience illustrates what is in store for republicans who strive to be good in the sense of this article.

  • levotb

    A very odd piece by a true Conservative writer who apparently loathes the likes of Christie, MicCain and Romney. Greenfield seems to be defending or at the very least, feeling sorry for Christie. But perhaps I’m missing his point here…

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    OMG. Where have you been all my life!
    I’m slapping my veins right now, crying out for another dose!