Chris Christie’s Cynical Commentator Catnip

NJ Gov. Chris Christie re: Groud Zero Mosque 9/11 Mosque Cordoba House Park51 Cultural Center:

We have to bring people together. And what offends me the most about all this, is that it’s being used as a political football by both parties. And what disturbs me about the president’s remarks is that he is now using it as a political football as well. I think the president of the United State should rise above that. And should not be using this as a political football, and I don’t believe that it would be responsible of me to get involved and comment on this any further because it just put me in the same political arena as all of them… it would be wrong to so overreact to that, that we paint Islam with a brush of radical Muslim extremists that just want to kill Americans because we are Americans. But beyond that I am not going to get into it, because I would be guilty of candidly what I think some Republicans are guilty of, and the president is now, the president is guilty of, of playing politics with this issue, and I simply am not going to do it.


This is just a bid for Christie to get more soft-focus stories about the Big Guy Who Calls ’em Like He Sees ‘Em. It’s a bid that makes him sound, frankly, like a hack.


The remarks from Christie, who took office in January, were a striking departure from major GOP players like Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, who have been adamantly opposed to the construction of the proposed Islamic mosque and cultural center two blocks north of the northern perimeter of ground zero — putting them at odds with people like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and, to a lesser degree, President Barack Obama.
It’s a stunning departure from the national party line, delivered best by National Republican Senatorial Committee head Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) who said on “Fox News Sunday” that Obama’s comments defending freedom of religion in the case of the mosque show he is “disconnected” from voters around the country, and that it was the wrong place for a mosque to exist.
“Chris Christie is going places,” said Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf, who has worked in New Jersey. “Being folksy on the national moment’s emotional issue with a strident, nonpartisan populism makes him the independents’ politician of the day.”


No one, except for Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, is openly worried about anti-Muslim prejudice being openly practiced, sanctioned, and endorsed by people running for and in high office. Tonally, this one guy seems to get this issue just right… .

Mission accomplished, Gov. Maverick Christie. Expect more gush in the coming days from the usual suspects (IOW, prepare to see a thrill run up Tweety’s leg tonight).

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