The Chris Christie Conversation
Instapundit links to Bainbridge and what amounts to a lot of cluelessness. No one Bainbridge calls out for criticizing Christie has said he is bad for New Jersey, or shouldn't be a Republican. The discussion some are having is about the national political narrative. It is amazing after having gone through the McCain disaster of 2008, how quickly some seem to forget. I backed Christie over the so called true conservative in New Jersey, Lonegan, because Lonegan was wrong for the state.
Don’t demand perfection, or you’ll be disappointed. Demand as good as you can get, and move ahead. Political change is a process, not an event.
Ultimately, Christie's track record on government, taxes, culture and the environment puts him slightly to the Left of Rudy Giuliani. And I could have lived with Rudy in 2008. Some of the same people with their shorts in a wad over any criticism of Christie in terms of his framing the national political discourse, now, just got done throwing as many Christie's out of Washington as they could. Christie is as good as one can get for New Jersey. If his defenders in this sense want 50 states just like New Jersey when it comes to taxes and government over reach, then they are just as wrong in their vision for a broader America, as is Christie in many ways.
To the extent Christie can bring improvement in New Jersey, good for him. However, were he to get to Washington, all he would accomplish is to take America further Left. We've had enough of that type of change in the last two years, thank you very much. And if people don't have the ability to even understand what conversations they are butting into, as is the case with Bainbridge, then they should exercise enough judgment to stay out of them. What Bainbridge ultimately looks like is no more than a politically superficial-thinking malcontent.