Barack Obama and Governor Chris Christie took a brotherly tour of New Jersey yesterday, each praising the others' leadership as they surveyed damage in the state. But why the sudden comity?
Why doesn't Chris Christie reject federal aid in lieu of Mitt Romney's canned garbanzo beans from Ohio? Or criticize the president for failing to appoint a horse judge as FEMA director? Or invite Paul Ryan into the state to cleanup all the debris that has already been cleared by DPW workers, like a real conservative leader?
It could be that Christie actually cares about the state he governs, though Rush Limbaugh has an alternate explanation…
"He's fat and a fool. Don't listen to Governor Christie. He doesn't know what he's talking about…
"Christie's the only Republican not just praising Obama, it's a — let's just put it this way. Is it wrong for one man to love another man? But that man love out there is isolated in the state of New Jersey."
Though, it's always dangerous to disparage Limbaugh's expertise on all things big and dumb, there's another explanation. Yesterday, speaking about what storms can wash away and the damage to his beloved Jersey Shore, Christie said, "They steal your memories, a bit." At this point, Christie has gone beyond begging Bruce Springsteen for a private meeting to straight up writing Springsteen's lyrics for him. In return, The Boss finally reciprocated the love at last night's Springsteen show in Rochester…
"We're a band that you can't separate from the Jersey shore — still basically a glorified bar band… at your service! So we're gonna do this tonight from our hometown to your hometown. We'll send this out to all the people working down there: the police officers, the firemen, and also to the Governor, who has done such a hard job this past week."
I'm pretty sure trading Limbaugh's support for a shout out from Springsteen has to feel at least as good as yelling at a unionized public school teacher.
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Tags: Bruce Springsteen, Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Natural Disasters, New Jersey, Rush Limbaugh