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Did somebody say s’mores?

Chris Christie as the StayPuft marshmallow man. Because he’s fat. How long have I been a sooper genius? Oh, all my life, I guess.

I’m not very passionate about Christie either way. He can be funny and personable (should that be and/or personable?) when he wants. He an also be a tiresome, typical Northeast squish RINO. Whatever. I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about yet another article scolding wingers for being unyielding ideologues (it’s the Jay Nordlinger NRO piece, to save you the click-through).

Lately, I have been more and more impatient with 100-percenters — people who have to agree with someone 100 percent in order to consider him any good. There is very little room for 100-percentism in politics. In other spheres of life, maybe, but not this one.

Occasionally, I will quote someone favorably in my column. And someone will e-mail me, “Yeah, but do you recall what he said on September 8, 1999? Traitor!” That word could refer to me or the fellow I had originally quoted.

Sometimes it seems that no one is ever good enough for us: not 41, not Dole, not 43, not anybody.

That’s grossly unfair, that 100-percenter tag. There are limitless areas where righties can disagree and still call themselves righties. But there is a short list of topics that are core beliefs. In any cohesive ideological group, if you dissent from a core belief, you ain’t one of the flock. For that short list of topics…yeah, you have to buy into those 100%. Damn right. Hooty-hoo.

What irritates me even more, though, is the way these guys act like it’s somehow flighty or immature of the base to fall in love with a candidate when he’s talking a good game, but turn on him when he does something grossly unconservative.

Really? Seriously? That’s like saying, “you meet a guy, you fall in love, you take him home to meet the family, and the moment he drops trou and shits on the carpet you act like he’s the antichrist.” Um, duh?

Say, exit question: isn’t it too early to torpedo Christie? Don’t they usually wait until we’re stuck with a bad nominee and tapped out financially before they pull the rug out from under us?


Comment from Man Mountain Molehill
Time: January 13, 2014, 11:06 pm

Two things come to mind about this:

This needs to be taken advantage of
while it’s still fresh. and-

It’s a preemptive strike by the
Hilary people. Imagine a debate
between Hilarity! and Christie.
He’d wipe the floor with her.
But we’re likely to get the usual
Republican spineless wimp instead.

Comment from Jeff Gauch
Time: January 14, 2014, 1:24 am

I think some of the frustration is with the people who can’t understand that this is a chess match, not dodgeball. For example, a lot of people are upset over the Ryan-Murray budget deal. I agree it’s a bad deal, but too many people forget that Obamacare is tearing the crap out of the Democrats. The last thing Ryan wants is to give the Democrats an excuse for shutting down the government and talking about how mean the Republicans are.

On the other hand, I can see why years of watching pawns being sacrificed while being told “it’s a chess match” can be frustrating.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: January 14, 2014, 2:38 am

Jeff Gauch- the Ryan/Murray budget bill is a shit sandwich being sold as a ham sandwich at this time precisely because the spineless fucktards that are the GOP feel the néed to say “see! We are bipartisan!!!” It doesn’t make it any less a shit sandwich and doesn’t mean that we conservatives should empty our pockets to buy it in the hopes that the media will say good things about us. There is no clean end on a turd and we should say so…emphatically.

Comment from Nina
Time: January 14, 2014, 2:49 am

Now I want a marshmallow. Fortunately, I happen to have some, homemade, no less, the last of the Christmas candies. I need to make some more, but in the meantime, I think I’ll nosh the ones I have left…

Comment from weasel tablet
Time: January 14, 2014, 3:03 am

There’s such a thing as homemade marshmallows?

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: January 14, 2014, 5:10 am

Ordinarily it would be a little early to bring out the knives, but remember the Dems and the palace guard media desperately need a distraction right damn now. The bad news for them is that given this administration’s track record so far, they’re going to desperately need another distraction in a week or two. And one after that.

Comment from kilroy182
Time: January 14, 2014, 6:02 am

All I can think of is “Your killing me smalls!”


That aside, I can’t stand Christie but perhaps I’m too hell bent for leather. I’m willing to compromise on the 100% bit, I’ll settle for 70% of them getting firing squads, the rest can go to Leavenworth for life.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: January 14, 2014, 12:00 pm

I like the idea of Scott Walker as President. Put a Badger in the White House!

Comment from Jeff Gauch
Time: January 14, 2014, 2:20 pm

Armybrat- What’s your alternative? If you were in Paul Ryan’s place what would you recommend? Maintaining the sequester and giving Reid an excuse to shut down the government (you do realize that was the plan until the GOP staked out the defund Obamacare hill)?

You always have to be aware of what choices are available to you. Calling something a shit sandwich is meaningless if the only thing on the table is a selection of coprophagic delights. We might be able to find a ham sandwich in 2015, IF we can retake the Senate. That isn’t going to happen if the media has ANYTHING they can talk about besides Obamacare.

Comment from acat
Time: January 14, 2014, 4:20 pm

Something often overlooked about the New Jersey Whale .. Christie is governor of New Jersey because the New Jersey Dems *want* him there.

He is their Valkyrie, the chooser of their slain, the one who they let cut *their* fat, to end *just enough* of their corruption, to get the NJ Dems back to viability.

Don’t believe me? Explain why the NJ legislature is overwhelmingly Dem in *both* houses. Explain why Obama campaigned for Christie, not Dem candidate Mary Buono. Explain why Dem money stayed far, far away from Mary Buono.

Being a loudmouth east coast ass and designated goat-boy may qualify Christie for a bit part on SNL and maybe for some time in the Senate, but President? No copulating way!

There are far better candidates available, wiping the floor with Clinton is not a sufficient argument, and .. frankly, we’re better getting this fat turd off the ballot earlier rather than later, when we’d all have to pretend he’s the second coming of Reagan. Stick a marshmallow fork in him, he’s done.


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: January 14, 2014, 7:33 pm

They’re overplaying their hand. Christie doesn’t stand a chance on the national stage, being a pretty far left Republican in a wacko left state. They’d have been far better off sitting on it until he’d at least declared his candidacy.

Comment from Tibby
Time: January 14, 2014, 7:42 pm

This is slightly off topic, and it’s gonna meander, because I can see both sides to this. So please, just bear with me for a bit.

I heard on the radio this morning – from the mouth of Charles Boustany, who is my congressman, and has been very supportive to the military, that the cuts to the disabled military are ‘a 10% cut to the coming cost of living increases’. Also that they don’t effect anyone over 62 years of age OR anyone 100% disabled.

Now please keep in mind that I find the cuts in general to be outrageous, and agree that they shouldn’t have happened. I am also married to a disabled vet – but he is over 62 and 100%. So yeah, it isn’t going to effect us personally. Also the vets I know (all disabled to some degree)aren’t that upset about it.

BUT I can also see that this is a smallish give in a large give and take that gives us a slight advantage.

So I guess I’m saying that my feeling on this is that it isn’t as bad as its made out to be and I kinda feel that ‘our side’ is manipulating us here as much as ‘the other side’ is…

Any thoughts?

Comment from ed
Time: January 14, 2014, 9:42 pm

For me the Big Red Line is amnesty. GOP passes amnesty in any way, shape or form and as far as I’m concerned the GOP is dead to me.

Comment from Nina
Time: January 15, 2014, 3:47 am

Homemade marshmallows are much better than the store bought type. Easy to make if you have a beast of a mixer like my kitchen aid, or at least a good one.

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