“It was impressive. I forgot about the Obama bear hug,” said Tennessee GOP Chairman Chris Devaney… [CNN]
IN THE Republican National Committee’s closed door and closed to all press summer meeting in Boston, Gov. Chris Christie took aim at his ideological right-wing colleagues and didn’t hold back.
The scene revealed the challenges of Republicans heading into what will be another tough battle, with the 2016 presidential election already showing there are more GOP right-wing candidates vying for the title than in 2012.
“We are not a debating society,” Christie told a lunchtime audience at the Republican National Committees summer meeting in Boston. “We are a political operation that needs to win.”
Some of Christie’s remarks, relayed to a reporter by GOP officials who attended the closed-press event, were interpreted by many here as another jab at Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a potential rival for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
… “I am in this business to win. I don’t know why you are in it. I am in this to win,” Christie said at the luncheon, his first appearance a meeting of the RNC.
“I think we have some folks who believe that our job is to be college professors,” he said. “Now college professors are fine I guess. Being a college professor, they basically spout out ideas that nobody does anything about. For our ideas to matter we have to win. Because if we don’t win, we don’t govern. And if we don’t govern all we do is shout to the wind. And so I am going to do anything I need to do to win.”
Beltway talk revolves around Senator Rand Paul and that he has the inside track to win the nomination. It’s laughable that Republicans think he could win nationally.
Unless Republicans heed Chris Christie’s warnings it won’t much matter who the Democrats nominate.