Rapidly devolving radio host Rush Limbaugh, however, most certainly is, and so the primitive talking land-fish is all over this "Christie and Obama were in the same place at the same time and this is an abomination unto Ayn Rand" or-whatever-the-hell-he's-talking-about story:
There isn't any bipartisanship here. Obama has money. Governor Christie wants the money, Governor Christie needs the money, so the people will be helped. So Christie praises Obama.It's more than little funny to see the usual Washington wags bemoan the lack of "bipartisanship" and "working together" and all those nice things while conspicuously dodging awareness of just how much even the vague perception of "working together" will result in full-on revolt from the nutcases of the Republican base (or, in this case, the grand and glorious nutcase leaders). Really, having a president and governor tour disaster-stricken areas together is not generally considered a difficult bipartisan lift, much less an act of ideological treason.
It's a master-servant relationship. That's exactly the kind of bipartisanship that the Drive-By Media wants. Master-servant. That's "bipartisan" That's what's going on here. (interruption) Master-SERVANT. Master-STAFF. Don't take it any further than that, Snerdley. I'm not going on, going there. I'm just telling you. Obama's got the money; Christie needs the money. "Obama wants to walk the beach; that's what we're gonna do. Obama wants a photo-op; it's what we're gonna do."
Christie is for the most part a loyal conservative foot soldier. He hates the poors, he hates the unions, he does all the nice citizen-screwing things that are so popular among the party these days. But he hosted the president when a disaster struck the state, and that's just not done. At least not these days. It smacks too much of the premise that the government might really have an obligation to help people, or provides too much acknowledgement of the government existing and doing things at all. That thought puts a whole hurricane's worth of sand down the movement's collective pants, and they've not been shy in letting Christie know it.