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“It’s put up or shut up time for the Republican party once we get the opportunity to govern again,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told reporters outside a GOP retreat on Wednesday in Washington. “If the voters do give us that opportunity in November on the federal level, it’s time for us to deliver. And it won’t be easy.”
Christie pulled off an upset victory last year over unpopular Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. Since his election, he has drawn national attention for pushing budget cuts through a Democratic state legislature. He’s received enough praise that Christie’s name is now mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2012.
The enthusiastic reception Christie received at a House GOP Conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday won’t discourage that perception. After huddling with Republicans before they return to their home districts to campaign, Christie stayed for meetings with Republican officials. He said he advised Republicans running for office to “be yourselves.”
“People want to be treated like adults in America,” he told CNN. “They don’t want to be pandered to anymore. They know we’re in really hard times and they know there’s going to be sacrifices that are going to be necessary and we’ve got to tell them that.”
Isn’t that the truth? Gov. Christie knows that voter skepticism & cynicism isn’t the problem – he knows the real problems are the politicians who don’t take to heart the concerns of their respective constituencies. On the other hand, you’ve got Team O’Biden out there lecturing diehards to “quit whining” and telling them how it would be “irresponsible” for disgruntled Dems to stay home on Election Day. Why? Because, well, the economy’s “turned a corner” (‘just trust us’ – uh huh).
The contrasts in leadership couldn’t be more stark. One continuously displays strong character and courage, has sound judgment, and sugarcoats nothing. The other? Well, his disdain for both the truth and voters pretty much speaks for itself.
Can you imagine a presidential debate between the two? I don’t see Christie running for President in 2012, but if he did – and won the GOP nomination – the debates between him and Obama would be for the ages as the American people witnessed first hand what the difference is between empty rhetoric and sobering reality. It would indeed be a sight to behold.
Something’s going on just west of Atlanta:
A team of federal agents stopped tractor-trailers on Interstate 20 just west of Atlanta, inspecting each truck as it passed through a weigh station, and Channel 2 has learned its part of a counter-terrorism operation.
A TSA spokesman told Channel 2 the event is known as Visible Inter-mobile Prevention and Response, or VIPER, an operation that is conducted with local authorities as a training exercise. The TSA spokesman said the operation is not in response to a specific threat.
However, federal sources told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne the inspections are part of a counter-terrorism operation.
News Chopper 2 showed screening devices, dogs and a large drive-through bomb detection machine in use along the eastbound interstate near Lee Road.
It could just be an exercise, but given the recent news out of Europe and the increased American drone-strikes in Pakistan, one has to wonder if this is connected. I’ll update if any more news comes out.
Via Jihad Watch
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)
I’m sure Captain Gaffetastic didn’t realize it, but during a speech at a Penn State University rally yesterday, he made the case for people to cast their votes for the GOP when election time rolls around:
Vice President Biden renewed his warning on Tuesday that the administration’s agenda would come to a “screeching halt” if Republicans win control of Congress.
Biden said he was right to warn that the administration’s work would be scuttled if the GOP manages to pick up enough seats in this fall’s elections to win back the House, or possibly, the Senate.
“If these guys win, and I got in trouble for saying this early in the campaign,” Biden explained at a rally at Penn State University, “if the Republicans take back the House and Senate, our entire agenda will come to a screeching halt.”
“I was right then and I’m right now,” the vice president added. “They’re being straightforward about it; they’re not hiding the ball.”
Hey, sounds good to me. I can’t think of a better reason to vote for Republicans on November 2nd.
Note to the RNC/NRCC/NRSC: Please, please use Biden’s quotes in future campaign ads. Please?