New Jersey Governor Chris Christie might have decided to not seek the Republican Nomination run against President Obama in the general election, but that certainly hasn’t stopped the gargantuan governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate from running his mouth.
Never quite the gentle giant, Christie ripped into President Obama following the aftermath of the supercommittee’s failure to reach an agreement on debt reduction last week.
“What the hell are we paying you for?” asked Gov. Christie.
Christie then proceeded to call Obama “a bystander in the Oval Office," and said the White House spent the weekend throwing out a whole lot of “spin” regarding the super committee’s inability to reach an agreement before the Nov. 23 deadline.
“I was angry this weekend, listening to the spin coming out of the administration, about the failure of the super committee, and that the president knew it was doomed for failure, so he didn’t get involved. Well then what the hell are we paying you for?” Christie said during a press conference in Camden, N.J. “It’s doomed for failure so I’m not getting involved? Well, what have you been doing, exactly?”
Christie, of course, cynically decries the president’s impuissance knowing fully that Obama couldn’t push hard for his goals because it would have only complicated compromise, not made it more attainable. After all, Republicans made it clear earlier on that they would allow no such thing.
For example,. when President Obama released his own plan for deficit reduction and threatened to veto anything that stood in stark contrast with his concrete vision, Republicans balked.
“By issuing a veto threat as talks have begun in earnest, the president is again undermining the work of the Joint Select Committee. I sincerely hope he doesn’t succeed,” said super committee Republican Jeb Hensarling.
Indeed, Obama forcefully pushed for his plan while still urging compromise.
Christie appears to be ignoring the facts in order to make the president look bad to the electorate following the super committee’s super fail. It’s no wonder he endorsed Mitt Romney since both of them can never seem to get their facts straight.
Michael Hayne is a comedian/VO artist/Columnist extraordinaire, who co-wrote an award-nominated comedy, wrote for NY Times Laugh Lines, guest-blogged for Joe Biden, and writes a column for MSNBC.com affiliated Cagle. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.