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Lately, Chris Christie has gotten some pretty serious prodding to jump into the race for president.  The biggest roadblock so far has been that there's no guarantee he'll be able to take New Jersey away from Obama.  Well, Tony Perkins threw up another potential one earlier today--he'll have a hard time with fundies.

Speaking at the National Press Club, FRC President Tony Perkins said that Mr. Christie has made some “very questionable appointments” to state agencies and that evangelical Christians would have have a tough time swallowing them because those people did not hold pro-life views.

“He has some backing from individuals who are clearly on the other side of social issues,” Mr. Perkins said, “so I think he would have a difficult time gaining a lot of support among social conservatives.”

That poses problems for any GOP candidate, Mr. Perkins suggested, given that, by his count, evangelicals historically have made up about half of the electorate in Republican primary contests.

So let's see if we've got this right.  One of the few halfway sane Republicans who isn't a RINO actually puts his money where his mouth is and reaches across the aisle--and because of that, the base probably won't give him a second thought.  That says a whole lot about the state of the GOP, doesn't it?

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  •  Chris Christie says he's not running and (4+ / 0-)
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    Aquarius40, bythesea, TDreamer, irishwitch

    wonders if he has to committ suicide to convince those trying to persuade him to run that he isn't running.

    If Chris Christie does run, it will be Political Suicide as he will be trounced, either in the primaries or in the general election ( if the TeaP's allow him to get that far).

    Notice: This Comment © 2011 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 12:14:10 PM PDT

  •  I just love this string of issues (6+ / 0-)

    social conservatives are forcing the candidates to support:

    immigration crackdown, denial of women's choices, anti-gay everything, anti-HPV vaccine, anti-evoluation, denial of climate change . . .

    They'll all look as crazy as loons by the time the primaries are done. Really, the only GOP hope is a deadlocked convention with delegates released to back someone who didn't go through the primaries at all. (Or is that even possible?)

    "I had seen the universe as it begins for all things. It was, in reality, a child's universe, a tiny and laughing universe." Loren Eiseley

    by cadejo4 on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 12:17:43 PM PDT

  •  He also appointed that Mooslum judge, so, ya know. (3+ / 0-)

    I sooooo love it when the GOPs own narrow-mindedness bites them in the ass.

    Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

    by JTinDC on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 12:19:59 PM PDT

  •  Christie's brother says he's not running (3+ / 0-)
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    liberaldregs, bythesea, irishwitch

    And his brother is a big-time GOP fundraiser.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 12:24:02 PM PDT

  •  Why No GOP Candidate Can Soothe (4+ / 0-)

    The Angry Elephant:

    Nothing’s going to change the equation, either, because the current qualifications for a perfect candidate are impossible to meet. Any Republican who has been around long enough to amass an impressive record of accomplishments that they can sell to both establishment Republicans and general election voters will have taken some unacceptably moderate positions over the years because the party has swung wildly to the right in that same period. Perry’s law granting illegal immigrants’ in-state tuition, for example, was entirely uncontroversial in Texas when he signed it in 2001. But that was before the party’s anti-immigration base reawakened after 9/11 and then recaptured the party midway through the decade. The same goes for Romney’s support for a health care mandate, what was a popular idea among Republican intellectuals in the 1990s and backed by top GOP lawmakers right up until President Obama proposed it in 2009. And almost everyone except Perry has some environmental problems after the GOP, led by Texas oilman George W. Bush, tacked to the center on climate science in the late 2000s.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 12:28:57 PM PDT

  •  His "very questionable appointment"... (3+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, msmacgyver, irishwitch

    ...according to the Christian Right (and their Islamophobic nutjob compatriots) was a Muslim judge named Sohail Muhammad. Because he happens to be Muslim, the morons think that he is, of course, part of a massive plot to enslave us all under Sharia law.

    Christie's response was one of the few moments where I can see what some New Jerseyans like about the guy. If only the Left had someone who was willing to be this straightforward about things.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 01:07:15 PM PDT

  •  Repubs Generally Lose With Sanity Topping Ticket. (1+ / 0-)
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    irishwitch

    They won 2 terms with the looney actor on top and the Bush chaperone as VP. When Bush ran for POTUS he had his airhead for VP and got turned out after 1 term.

    They won 2 more terms with Bush The Lesser for POTUS and Chaperone Cheney as VP.

    Then they ran Sane McCain for POTUS and relegated their looney to VP and of course lost.

    They need the fundy on top; there are a number of good chaperone possibilities for the power structure to assign the winner.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 01:22:51 PM PDT

  •  Umm, he doesn't reach across the aisle (1+ / 0-)
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    alizard

    rather, feckless Dem leaders , against the wishes of their own caucus and constituents, jumped across the aisle and kissed his fat ass. Then he made them his punks.

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