As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) joined President Obama today to survey the devastated shores of the New Jersey coastline, conservative commentators launched into political attacks, calling him “fat and a fool,” and claiming that the tour of the damage was a shared campaign event. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who normally reserves his derision for Democrats, went so far as to say of Christie: “He’s fat and a fool. Don’t listen to Governor Christie. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” But Limbaugh clinched the quote with his reasoning for being so vicious: “He makes fun of me all the time.”
A writer for the right-wing Daily Caller, Matt Lewis, hopped onto the anti-Christie bandwagon as well, in a post titled “What’s Chris Christie up to?” Lewis called Christie “a prop for Obama’s re-election” and speculated that there must be some kind of “Christie/Romney schism.”
The right wing fodder site Drudge Report also attacked Christie, though it took its usual, more inflammatory tone to do so:
No one can figure out exactly what is going through Christie’s head, but it’s certainly not impossible that the lifelong Jersey boy truly is concerned about his state first, and his party second. Giving warranted praise to a President who does his job well is not exactly treason to his party — especially since Christie was the Republican National Convention speaker, and many Republicans have expressed hope that he runs for national office in the future.
Count radio host Rush Limbaugh as a conservative who wasn't too happy with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's welcoming of President Barack Obama to his state on Wednesday.
Limbaugh ripped Christie, calling him a "Greek column" for the Obama re-election campaign on his show Wednesday. (There's that good photoshop from the Limbaugh site, too.)
"New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has decided to play the role of a Greek column today for President Obama. Obama and Chris Christie will tour the Jersey shore. Who lives on the shoreline, Snerdley? That's exactly right. The one percent live on the beach. It isn't cheap, Rachel. I don't know if you know this or not. It isn't cheap to live on the beach anywhere. Well, there are a couple places, but, I mean, for the most part.
President Obama and the Greek column, Chris Christie, will be walking the coastline, viewing properties owned by the one-percenters, to whom Barack Obama has said, "You didn't build that. You didn't make that happen."
Two theories on what this means: One is that it's a reference to Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention, for which the backdrop was "four imposing Doric columns and 10 sizable pilasters, all connected by a frieze and arranged in a gently curving arc."
Another is that Limbaugh thinks Christie is intentionally acting as the Greek column, the "shiny object" propping up Obama this time around. Speculation has already ensued on that, centering on Christie hoping to improve his bipartisan standing for re-election efforts in 2013 and possible presidential aspirations in 2016.
Or, perhaps, Limbaugh is just blowing off some steam. What do you think?