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  •  Exactly, Victor (18+ / 0-)

    He's a politician. We expect them to act in their self-interest.

    A case can be made that the spirit he showed here toward the President will go a long way with normal people come 2016, and help him in that case. Other cases can be made that it will hurt him among the moron wing of the GOP.

    I think this just might be the rare case of a public servant's wakeup call to the necessity of government, and gratitude for the President, who is more than willing to put everything else aside to help a man who really can't do anything to repay that debt.

    It could be calculated, but it feels genuine. And whatever the case, it's a small but good sign that decency can still survive in American politics.

    •  In this case, (15+ / 0-)

      his self-interest coincides with his desire to minimize the devastation to his states' citizens, and it's a very good thing that Christie recognizes that, and is unwilling to put dogma ahead of public safety (because we know there are plenty in today's GOP who would do exactly that).

      Christie made very similar remarks during a previous storm (was it Irene, maybe?) - complimenting the President and FEMA, and stressing how local, state, and federal agencies were in constant collaboration to keep everyone safe before, during, and after the storm. So I don't think today's statements he made about Obama were totally out of the blue, or totally self-serving. He really does want New Jerseyites to come out of this OK.

      •  Yes, that's obvious, and I'm happy to see it (5+ / 0-)

        said again:  he really does want people to survive.

      •  AT least Christie's interests (2+ / 0-)
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        and the people of NJs' interests coincide here: I'm the last one to express admiration or liking for Chris Christie as politician or Governor, but his actions and behavior during Sandy have been (IMO) pretty good: professional and pragmatic and (as we've seen in his treatment of the Romney campaign's butting-in) - disregarding of politics per se. To his credit.

        And even if there is a (political) self-interest factor operating here, the people of his State are still going to benefit: post-Katrina, it's likely to be political suicide for any Governor to even be perceived as flubbing the response to a major disaster like a destructive hurricane. And Christie (pig and hack as he is) seems to be doing his damndest to do right by the State. And, so far, succeeding.

      •  So Christie said nice things about the president (0+ / 0-)

        during a previous storm.  Good for him.  But why the hell don't people realize that just a week or two ago he was out stumping for Romney and saying terrible things about Obama.  And a month from now, it's likely he'll still be saying again Obama is the worst president ever.

        It's all so phony and hypocritical and I really don't understand why so many Democrats are suddenly fawning all over Christie because he paid a compliment to the President.  Don't get me wrong, at this point of the election season, it's better he says good things rather than bad, but the sudden love for Christie is very misplaced.  IMO.

        "When life kicks you, let it kick you forward." Kay Yow

        by vernonbc on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 12:45:26 AM PDT

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        •  It's not just the compliment (0+ / 0-)

          Politics has a lot of staged gaming aspects.  Certain things are expected, such as sending surrogates to trash talk the other team.  The point is, during an actual holy fvcking sh!tballs emergency, Christie isn't playing games because it's time to get this mess cleaned up.

          Contrast that with Mr. Photo Op and his canned food per-provided "drive" that nobody needs.  Romney is still playing political games at a time they aren't just bad optics, they're bad for people's lives.

          In capitalist America, bank robs you!

          by madhaus on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 11:49:27 AM PDT

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