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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough offered scathing criticism of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday for refusing to meet with the families of Sandy Hook victims, calling the governor's reasoning one of the "stupidest arguments" he had ever heard. Scarborough has mostly defended Christie in the past, even during the BridgeGate scandal, but Christie's decision to dodge the families of gun violence victims after vetoing a gun control bill was too much for the former Republican Congressman. "I think it's kind of chicken something, which I won't say on the air. It's chicken, we'll say salad, for Chris Christie to not meet with these families for at least five to 10 minutes," Scarborough said. "This proves Chris Christie still thinks he can win the Republican nomination for President of the United States, does it not?"

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So Joe comes out for Jeb Bush, a fellow Floridian. Big surprise here.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-08 09:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

Christie refusing to meet the families of Sandy Hook victims and coming up with some BS excuse for his actions makes him look weak. He can yell at schoolteachers who ask him hard questions at town halls, but he runs away from these families? Not his finest moment.

#2 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-08 10:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

Valid point RCADE but I do still think Scarborough is primarily a tool with an agenda of choosing Jeb Bush as the Republican nominee. I think many of the old party powerbrokers think Jeb is their best bet.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-08 10:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I think many of the old party powerbrokers think Jeb is their best bet."

So do I. What else do they have?

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-07-08 11:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not his finest moment.

#2 | Posted by rcade

First Perry is afraid to meet with Obama after calling him out and now this?

If only the Republicans could still use torture, er, excuse me, "enhanced interrogation".

Maybe they wouldn't look so weak.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-08 11:58 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Calling a ------------ a chicken... is redundant. Sort of like his name Chris Christy, ------------ chicken.

#6 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2014-07-09 01:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

"I think many of the old party powerbrokers think Jeb is their best bet."

So do I. What else do they have?

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-

A stuffed squirrel?

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2014-07-09 07:00 AM | Reply | Flag:

With the events occurring in Iraq I don't think you could sell Jeb, he is a signer of PNAC and thus he is one of the original planners of the Great Iraq Disaster. Sorry to say it though but Hillary Clinton may also find it tough to run away from her vote to give Dubya the power to invade.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-09 07:41 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I like Scarborough but he joined the gun control crowd a while ago and he's off base on this. Why would a governor from another state feel obligated to meet with the families of the Newtown victims...a group of families, by the way, whose intent is to push gun control? They have an agenda and he wasn't interested.

#9 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-09 07:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

#8 Not just her vote, but her statements to the affirmative.

"Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price."

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well, effects American security. This is a very difficult vote, this is probably the hardest decision I've ever had to make. Any vote that might lead to war should be hard, but I cast it with conviction."

#10 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-09 07:48 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Out, damned spot! Out, I say!"
-Lady Macbeth, and repeated by gun freaks and NRA supporters nationwide

#11 | Posted by catdog at 2014-07-09 08:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

I used to like this guy but fatso is making too many bad decisions of late. Lose some weight, visit the public, change parties and all is forgiven.

#12 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-07-09 09:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

I think the critics are out of their minds on this. Why would the governor of NJ meet with people from Connecticut who want to interfere with NJ's legislative process?

I think he could have handled it better but quite frankly it would have been inappropriate for him to meet with these people.

I don't understand this trend where people who lost loved ones in a famous tragedy are granted this elevated status where their opinions count more than those of others. They deserve consideration just like anyone who is grieving but they aren't the only people who have lost a loved one under tragic circumstances and they aren't entitled to have special say over public policy.

That said, everyone already understands that Christie is a bad guy and he has no chance of becoming president.

#13 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-09 09:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

Sully, this whole idea of victims have more leverage started with 9/11. Remember the widows from 9/11? I forget their name but, they were against Bush so they must be listened to. Then we got Cindy Sheehan who lost a son in Iraq so obviously she is smarter than everyone else. That is until she said she was going to run against Nancy Pelosi then the left tossed her. After the Sandyhook shooting Obama trotted out several children and told the nation they must not fear being gunned down at school. My son who was 7 at the time asked me if he could be shot at school and where that happened. It's disgusting fear mongering on the level of Dick Cheney.

#14 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-07-09 09:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

#14 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-07-09 09:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

Yeah, its not that I don't think they have a right to voice their opinions or that their experiences aren't worthy of discussion. I just don't like how being associated with certain events becomes a special badge of honor and the sense of entitlement that comes with it. Or how their loss is treated as more special than that of anyone else who lost a loved one under violent circumstances. Believe it or not, private citizens are not entitled to a special audience with their governor, let alone one from another state where they have no business interfering. After a while with some of the 9/11 families it started to seem like the more that was done for them, the more they expected.

#15 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-09 10:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

#11 | POSTED BY CATDOG

If we're invoking the Scottish play, I'll go with, "I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er."

#16 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-07-09 10:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

So the left is calling Christie out for not meeting with families from another state but they don't say a peep about Obama refussing to even look at the imigration disaster happening in Texas. Partison hackery at it's finest.

#17 | Posted by fishpaw at 2014-07-09 11:50 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

-Obama refussing to even look at the imigration disaster happening in Texas

He's refusing by going there today?

#18 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-09 11:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

And asking for $2 billion to help. We always ask for a Shia-ton of money when we are ignoring an issue.

#19 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-07-09 11:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

Sully, this whole idea of victims have more leverage started with 9/11. Remember the widows from 9/11? I forget their name but, they were against Bush so they must be listened to. Then we got Cindy Sheehan who lost a son in Iraq so obviously she is smarter than everyone else. That is until she said she was going to run against then the left tossed her. After the Sandyhook shooting Obama trotted out several children and told the nation they must not fear being gunned down at school. My son who was 7 at the time asked me if he could be shot at school and where that happened. It's disgusting fear mongering on the level of Dick Cheney.

#14 | Posted by Dalton

Don't forget to point out that the 9/11 widows and cindy sheehan were RIGHT. So the lesson is that we should listen more closely to those who have been personally affected by an issue.

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-07-09 11:57 AM | Reply | Flag:

Obama has pushed immigration reform to a GOP congress that has no interest in it.

Their only interest is to unite the base in their xenophobia.

#21 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-09 11:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

He's refusing by going there today?

#18 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-09 11:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

Quit being dishonest. He's going to some fundraisers and not the border.

#22 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-07-09 12:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Don't forget to point out that the 9/11 widows and cindy sheehan were RIGHT. So the lesson is that we should listen more closely to those who have been personally affected by an issue.

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-07-09 11:57 AM | Reply | Flag

Why did the left throw Cindy under the bus after she was no longer useful then? What exactly were the 9-11 widows "right" about?

#23 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-07-09 12:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

Prior to BridgeGate, when interviewed on MoJo, it has been a love fest. It will be a very interesting interview if Christie ever decides to go back on MoJo. If Christie ever decides to go back, you can bet he won't be rude or obnoxious to that crowd because they have an audience of millions; unlike the people that call him out in town hall meetings.

Not only is Christie chicken, he is rude and obnoxious bully.

#24 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2014-07-09 12:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Republicans can't pass immigration reform b/c as we are finding out the border isn't closed. Proving once again Obama is a liar that can't be negotiated with.

#25 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-07-09 12:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

And asking for $2 billion to help. We always ask for a Shia-ton of money when we are ignoring an issue.

#19 | Posted by kanrei

But, if he really REALLY cared he would ask for $2 Trillion and kill at least 4,000 Americans and an untold number of Brown Peoples to prove it.

#26 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-09 02:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

Quit being dishonest. He's going to some fundraisers and not the border.

#22 | Posted by Dalton

So he HAS to go stand ON the border to prove he cares ABOUT the border.

Got it.

#27 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-09 02:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

So he HAS to go stand ON the border to prove he cares ABOUT the border.

Got it.

#27 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-09 02:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

Now you are being dishonest. I never said that. I just pointed out that he's not going to the border like Corky claimed. He's going to fundraisers. I actually don't think it's a good idea for a president to travel to disasters b/c it takes up resources. You and others killed Bush for not going to NO after Katrina. Obama goes to other disaster sights for photo ops but, knows this photo op will hurt him. You guys cared soooooo much about presidential visits until 7/09/2014.

#28 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-07-09 02:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

Actually he's going to blow $3.7 billion.

#29 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-07-09 02:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

#27 You mean like standing in New Orleans to show you care about Katrina?

usatoday30.usatoday.com

#30 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-09 03:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Partison hackery at it's finest." #17 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Pay special attention to "POSTED BY FISHPAW". Okay, we had a good laugh with that Mr. Bipartisan!

#31 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-07-09 06:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Isn't Scarborough the one who said waterboarding isn't torture but he's too chicke to have it done?

Or is that the other blowhard chickenhawk Hannity?

#32 | Posted by drewl at 2014-07-10 11:28 AM | Reply | Flag:

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