Electability; respectability; realism
It’s a twofer Tuesday: First, John Boehner, who spends far more time working to fend off conservatism and adding his own establishment paving stones along the road to our serfdom than he does working on behalf of the party base, wants to make it known — to Democrats — that he isn’t one of those kind of Republicans. Because those kind of Republicans are assholes, according to the august Speaker — a sentiment Boehner shares, along with many policy desires, with progressive Democrats.
And what is it, pray tell, that makes those kind of Republicans “assholes”, in the Speaker’s estimation? Well, it’s simple, really: they reject the whole romantic idea of noble savagery, or the silly conceit that the Other is somehow intrinsically better than everyone else — that but for poverty, illegal immigrants would be the best among us. At least, that’s the public sentiment one is supposed to adopt. What they really are is a source of cheap labor for the corporatists who now own the GOP, and a source of Democratic votes that will continue the growth of big government.
Second, more Big Trouble in Little Jersey for Huge Christie: “Christie’s bodyguard busted in Pennsylvania theft”:
A state police bodyguard to Chris Christie is facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania — despite his attempt to use his ties with the New Jersey governor to avoid arrest.
Trooper William A. Carvounis, 35, is accused of stealing $267 in gun supplies and other goods from a Cabela’s store near Hamburg, Pa. His arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 10 in Berks County Court of Common Pleas.
“Carvounis said he was on the governor’s security detail,” Tilden Township Police Chief William J. McEllroy told New Jersey Watchdog. “He said he makes $140,000 a year, and he’s afraid of losing his job.”
The trooper pleaded with local police and the retailer to drop the matter out of “professional courtesy” and tried to use his connection to Christie as leverage, sources added.
“We don’t give preferential treatment when someone breaks the law,” McEllroy said.
The chief would not comment further on the case.
We can only hope Christie does. Those news conferences where he throws people under the bus have really been working out well for him.
Besides, an anti-gun “conservative” like Christie shouldn’t need a security detail. He should know that the only people who pose a threat when they have firearms are law-abiding citizens who insist upon a natural right that the Governor simply doesn’t much care for. And law abiding citizens, it seems more and more clear, aren’t very much in vogue around the Christie inner circle.