Rand hits back...
Chris Christie targets Rand Paul & GOP’s ‘dangerous Libertarian strain’
Comments | Print friendly | Subscribe | Email Us
Of all the alleged 2016 GOP ‘frontrunners,’ Chris Christie is the one I will never understand. He’s shown himself, time and again, to be an unpleasant Obama sycophant who’s pro gun-control and eager to leap in bed with the Dems if it means a little extra TV time. Like John McCain, he’s a go-along-to-get-along RINO, and everything the Republicans should avoid in a candidate. Yet, for some reason, he’s still hanging around, making Presidential waves.
This week, he was busy targeting the pro-Constitution beliefs of people like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee. Specifically, he railed against their disdain for the current administration’s intelligence policies.
“This strain of libertarianism that’s going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” Christie said at a Republican Governors’ conference in Colorado. He was immediately asked if he was referring to Rand Paul.
“You can name any number of people, and he’s one of them,” he said. “These esoteric, intellectual debates — I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t because that’s a much tougher conversation to have.”
To Christie, the 4th Amendment violations inherent in the NSA’s domestic spy programs are no big deal. Those who concern themselves with Constitutional issues are simply engaging in some kind of academic exercise. Just as we should be willing to curtail our 2nd Amendment rights, the New Jersey Governor thinks we should all be willing to trade our search and seizure protections for the bogus illusion of safety.
Not willing to sit around taking Christie’s abuse, Paul’s people fired back:
“If Governor Christie believes the constitutional rights and the privacy of all Americans is ‘esoteric,’ he either needs a new dictionary, or he needs to talk to more Americans, because a great number of them are concerned about the dramatic overreach of our government in recent years.”
Christie’s real problem will come when he’s forced to debate a candidate who is ready to fight for the letter of constitutional law. Whether that person is Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, or someone else, they’ll absolutely destroy Christie if he’s going to keep making these types of comments.
We’re talking about the 4th Amendment here. This is the Bill of Rights, not some wacky, left-field, hypothetical Libertarian cause. Perhaps Christie is too busy sucking up to Obama to notice, but the country has moved well beyond the point where the concept of individual liberty is an “esoteric” argument. People are deeply concerned about a government that is widely seen as trampling their most basic freedoms.
Since Christie is incapable of understanding that simple argument, it’s time to toss him on the party scrap heap.