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It is easy to get sucked into the Chris Christie hysteria if you watch one of his You Tube videos where he takes apart the Teachers Union, or attacks sacred cows in the New Jersey budget. But these videos are the side of Chris Christie that Chris Christie wants people to see. After going through my own bit of excitement about a politician who "got it", my antenna finally went up. I remembered something that my parents taught me years ago: "If it seems to good too be true, it probably is."
I also remembered this when I first heard this unknown politician in the ninety's named Ross Perot. I was watching him on T.V., and he seemed to be saying all the right things, and none of the wrong ones. I was thinking, "Wow! This guy really gets it! He's speaking my language." It didn't take long though, before I realized that behind all the folksy talk, he had a lot of goofy ideas too. Kind of like Ron Paul. Don't get me wrong. There are some things I like about what all of these guys say, but we have to look at the PR machine behind them sometimes to see the real man (or woman). Look at all of their positions. Not one or two
So it is with Chris Christie. I'm not saying he's a bad guy. I like the fact that he stands up to a lot of the special interests and doesn't take any guff. But, he's not a conservative. He has some conservative ideas and positions. He also has some ideas and positions which fall waaaay outside the conservative mainstream. Things like gun control, global warming and Cap & Trade, universal health care, and illegal immigration. These are not small potatoes we are talking here. Not when it comes to conservative ideals.
Chris Christie may be great for New Jersey, but conservatives should really find out a whole lot more about him before putting him in the same league as a Marco Rubio, Michelle Bachmann, a Bobby Jindal, or Ronald Reagan.
In my humble opinion, he's not even close.
Chris Christie: A Conservative Myth - Intro
Lately, it has become fashionable among conservatives and Republicans nationwide to lavish effusive praise and encomiums upon Governor Chris Christie as the “Conservative Savior” of New Jersey - and this trend has begun to mushroom into a fervent cult of pseudo-personality that is already calling for him to throw his hat into the 2012 Presidential campaign ring.
NOTE: This is the introductory post for an eight part series. As each part gets published, it will be linked in every other part - including this one. Before complaining that we have offered no proof for our assertions, please take a moment to examine the various posts that have been linked at the end of this post.
No less a luminary than Rush Limbaugh places Gov. Christie on his short list of putative contenders for the Oval Office.
If the polls are right and there is a conservative Republican landslide this week, Limbaugh will turn his attention to imposing the Limbaugh Rule in 2012. I recently asked him to rate a list of the leading aspirants—Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty, and Chris Christie—on a scale of 1 (if this is the nominee, I’m moving to Costa Rica) to 10 (Reagan redux). In reply he gave Huckabee a 4; Pawlenty, Gingrich, and Romney 6’s; Barbour a 7. Palin and Christie each scored an 8.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot…Chris Christie scores an 8… just two notches away from Reagan??!!