Both Trump and Christie are Big on Protectionism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

When Chris Christie first exited the Republican presidential primary, I figured he would then throw his endorsement to one the establishment candidates left in the race. But then he threw his weight (pun intended) behind Donald Trump.

Other than both portraying themselves as tough talking, gravy-stained champions of the blue collar set, they didn’t appear to have a lot in common. Well, I found one thing both Chrispie Creme and The Donald share a desire for – and that is protectionism.

Protectionism is one of Trump’s major platform items. He of course will never describe it as such, but he’s been telling us for months how he will make great trade deals with China, Vietnam, Japan and Mexico. A large component of these “great deals” is tariffs slapped on these countries in an effort to drive up import prices thereby making American made products more competitive.

That my friends (hat tip – John McCain) is protectionism. It’s the government manipulating the free market (as if there is such a thing) in order to artificially pick winners and losers.

What actually happens is that companies which are then “protected” from less costly competition are free to raise prices. In effect the government just creates a monopolistic economy where the end user, the consumer, always loses in the end. read more

Compromiser in Chief

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Yes, he can be loud and brash. Oh, not like The Donald, but he will get in the face of the opposition… and then compromise with them.

I am of course speaking of the still rotund New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, who is one of the few Republican governors at the helm of a failing state. And why is his state in such disrepair? Sure, it’s run by a majority Democrat legislature and has been for years, but there’s another reason. It’s called compromise and it appears to be one of the cornerstones of Christie’s presidential platform.

Oh, he’s going to “tell it like it is,” even though the correct expression is to “tell it as it is.”

During his kickoff speech he said, “Both parties have failed the country,” and he’s right about that. He then goes on to claim that this country was built on compromise – “that somehow now compromise is a dirty word. If Washington and Adams and Jefferson believed compromise was a dirty word, we’d still be under the crown of England!”

Huh? I wasn’t aware of the founders motivation for crafting the Declaration of Independence, with its long list of grievances against the crown, was a compromise. read more

Christie’s Need to be Loved…By the Left


from: Ann Coulter:

New Jersey governor Chris Christie deserves to be defended. The gravamen of the media’s case against Christie on Bridgegate seems to be that he is a “bully” — which I painstakingly gleaned from the fact that the governor is called a “bully” 1 million times a night on MSNBC and in hundreds of blog postings and New York Times reports.

Christie is not a bully. If anything, he’s a pansy, a man terrified of the liberal media, of Wall Street, of Silicon Valley, of Obama, of Bruce Springsteen, of Mark Zuckerberg, of Chuck Schumer. It’s a good bet he’s afraid of his own shadow. (In fairness, his shadow is probably pretty big and scary.) About the only thing Christie doesn’t seem afraid of is the buffet at Sizzler.

Even Christie’s defenders call him a bully, but in an admiring way. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly recently said of the governor: “One reason Mitt Romney lost to President Obama was that Governor Romney is too much of a gentleman. He apparently did not have the ‘fire in the belly’ to deliver a knockout blow. But Christie does and is therefore a threat to the Democratic Party.” read more

Chris Christie and the Scorpions

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

An absolute truth about the left is that they will always reveal what or who scares them. They attack an attempt to silence anyone they fear. Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and even Ronald Reagan, when they thought they could get away with it.


They do tend to be a bit more mute and understanding when dealing with aisle crossing, compromising, conservative bashing Republicans.


To that point, a woman called in to Rush yesterday. She asked, if liberals are afraid of Christie, if, as we claim, they would prefer to face a big government progressive, why are they attacking him? Why do they feel the need to bring him down now?


They should be defending him and loving him as they did/do someone like John McCain. Or at the very least, they should be tolerating his shenanigans.


We expect Republicans, right or wrong, to throw one of their own overboard, but not so with the left.


However, this time around, more than just a couple of establishment types have turned out to defend Christie. Preibus, Rove, Haley Barbour and even Rudy Giuliani have all come to his aid. There is another establishment darling, Jeb Bush, that appears to be quiet on the subject. Wonder why? read more

Is Christie Done?…I Hope so

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The republicans had better look elsewhere for a candidate and not because of “Bridgegate”.

Remember back when, when we all loved Chris Christie. Ann Coulter swooned over him. We loved his fire and passion. And remember how he fooled us all.  Then we wised up (at least some of us) after looking at him a little closer. Colin Powell was the same way. We all loved him, until he opened his mouth.

And now comes the Bridgegate scandal, which because Christie has an “R” after his name, the press will not let him off as they would if he had a “D”. Love him or hate him, and if you have a brain it should be the latter, he probably isn’t getting out of this one. He may not lose his job, but he might be done running for president. Republicans aren’t so forgiving. If he were a democrat, this scandal would be a resume enhancement.

But let’s just say he does somehow make it through this; that all is forgiven. Then what? Is he still the frontrunner for 2016? Do we need to support him because he can supposedly beat Hillary, according to some lame poll 2-1/2 years out?

The answer is no. No more voting for someone because the pundit class say he’s the ONLY one who can win, until he doesn’t.

Putting the scandal aside; is this the man who you wish to be president? If so, this is what you’ll get. read more

All Hail Chris Christie

by: the Common Constitutionalist


Yes, prepare the kingdom for the coronation of the new monarch of the moderates.


Chris Christie won big in New Jersey and now has his sights firmly set on the White House.


He won in a liberal state with the backing of the Republican Party and Chamber of Commerce, none of which he needed to defeat a weak Democrat with virtually no party support.


It’s almost as if the Democrats wanted Christie to win.


At the same time the Republicans spent very little to help the conservative Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. And the Chamber of Commerce; how much did they spend on the Cuccinelli campaign? Zip!


So why on earth would the Libs want Christie to win? Heck, Obama even called to congratulate Christie, you know, cause they are such good buddies. Frankly, I’m half surprised Obama didn’t join Christie on the campaign trail. read more

The Left’s “Black Hole” Candidates

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So what did we learn from Tuesday’s various elections? First, we learned that Chris Christie, who won a landslide victory in New Jersey, thinks he’s all that and a bag of chips. It’s all but certain now, that he will run for president in 2016.


Yes, the moderates rejoiced as their new standard-bearer was reelected. Yet it seems the exit polls paint a bleaker picture, with Hillary Clinton beating him handily in a head-to-head – in New Jersey.


The radical left will love Christie to be the Republican nominee. They will dispatch him as they did the other moderates; Dole, McCain and Romney. They certainly don’t fear him. Oh, the press will love him until they have a chance to support a real liberal and then like McCain, dump all over him.


We learned that the Clintons were winners, with the election of their boy, the punk, Terry McAuliffe. He was inserted as a candidate only to benefit Hillary in 2016. His only job is to deliver Virginia for Hillary.


But most importantly we learned that the left has all but perfected the use of the “Black Hole Candidate”, who is inserted into a race to suck up voters who would, without that third choice, probably vote for the conservative. read more

Cruz is 2016 Frontrunner

This won’t surprise Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or GOP old bull Sen. John McCain — the largest chunk of the Republican Party is now very conservative.

According to a new PPP poll, which has Sen. Ted Cruz the top choice for the 2016 Republican nomination, those who describe themselves as “very conservative” make up 39 percent of the splintered party. Add in those who consider themselves “somewhat conservative,” and the right-leaning voters comprise 76 percent of the party. read more

Gov. Christie Appoints Islamist-Friendly AG

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a likely Republican presidential candidate, has appointed Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to the Senate following the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg. Chiesa, who will serveJeffrey Chiesa until a new candidate is elected, has led the Christie Administration’s outreach to Islamist radicals.

In November 2012, the Clarion Project broke the story that four Islamists belong to Attorney General Chiesa’s Muslim outreach committee. One member, Imam Mohammad Qatanani, has a long relationship with Governor Christie.

The Department of Homeland Security has been trying to deport Qatanani because of his Hamas links since July 2006. His green card application left out a 1993 conviction in Israel for his involvement with the terrorist group. Shortly after his release, he moved to N.J. to lead the Hamas-founded Islamic Center of Passaic County, alongside a later-convicted Hamas fundraiser. The DHS took note of Qatanani’s cash transfers to the West Bank.

A 2008 court filing by the Department of Homeland Security summarized: “It is certainly suspicious when a person who has been convicted of being a member of, and providing services, to Hamas, who has personal ties to a Hamas militant leader, and a Hamas fundraiser also sends undisclosed cash to the West Bank.”

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