Christie Wimps Out

Weigel
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Aug. 17 2010 8:10 AM

Christie Wimps Out

Put me in the Kevin Drum camp , not the Doug Mataconis camp , of people reacting to Gov. Chris Christie's, R-N.J., reaction to the Great Mosque Caper.

We have to bring people together. And what offends me the most aboutall this, is that it’s being used as a political football by bothparties. And what disturbs me about the president’s remarks is that heis now using it as a political football as well. I think the president of the United State should rise above that. Andshould not be using this as a political football, and I don’t believethat it would be responsible of me to get involved and comment on thisany further because it just put me in the same political arena as allof them... it would be wrong to so overreact to that, that we paint Islam with a brush of radical Muslim extremists that just want to kill Americans because we are Americans. But beyond that I am not going to get into it, because I would be guilty of candidly what I think some Republicans are guilty of, and the president is now, the president is guilty of, of playing politics with this issue, and I simply am not going to do it.

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This sounds like a parody of Barack Obama, doesn't it? You can be a TV pundit and "bring people together" by throwing your hands up about how bad things are. But criticizing the Republican response, criticizing the president's response, and then saying you're "not going to get into it"? If you don't want to get into it, you don't get into it. This is just a bid for Christie to get more soft-focus stories about the Big Guy Who Calls 'em Like He Sees 'Em. It's a bid that makes him sound, frankly, like a hack. The gulf between Obama's mosque statement and the hysteria he was responding to is wide enough to build oil rigs in.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics