Posted by Brad @ 9:49 am on July 26th 2013

Gentlemen, Start Your Enginges on the 2016 Republican Primary

Two candidates I would obviously be very excited about as choices in the 2016 Republican primary, and two who are likely to run I think, are Rand Paul and Chris Christie. Rand is obvious for me, and for Christie, while he has a bunch of weird impulses and hard right feints, would fundamentally be one of the few guys I’d have some confidence in being able to go in and force consensus on making hard choices relating to the size, scope and function of the federal bureaucracy.

So it’s with raised eyebrows that I note what as far as I’m aware may be the first salvos in a political contention between the two.

*** Christie takes on Rand Paul: Just a day after a band of House libertarian Republicans — joining forces with civil-libertarian Democrats — nearly passed an amendment to defund the NSA’s data-gathering program, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired back. “This strain of libertarianism that’s going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” Mr. Christie said yesterday on a panel with other GOP governors in Aspen, CO, per the New York Times’ Martin. Asked if he were referring to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Christie answered, “You can name any number of people and he’s one of them,” he said. “These esoteric, intellectual debates — I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have.” Christie added, “The next attack that comes, that kills thousands of Americans as a result, people are going to be looking back on the people having this intellectual debate and wondering whether they put. …” — and then cut himself off.

Ah yes, the Rudy Giuliani tact. Nice.

1 Comment »

  1. And, showing a very Paulian tendency to bypass the obvious and favorable argumentative ground when there is something more theoretical and objectionable to strike on, Paul chooses to make a discursive counter-punch on the subject of…Hurricane Sandy relief money.

    Comment by Brad — 7/29/2013 @ 11:41 am

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