CPAC2014: Chris Christie Not Booed Offstage or Chased by Villagers

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Reporting on Politics and Policy.
March 6 2014 12:16 PM

CPAC2014: Chris Christie Not Booed Offstage or Chased by Villagers

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If anything, he considered chasing them.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—The semi-official media narrative leading into this CPAC was that Chris Christie—shockingly denied a speaking slot in 2013!—would show up. How would he be received? How could he talk to conservatives?

People: Christie is an excellent politician. Of course he was received well, and of course he knew how to talk to the sort of audience that would approve the demotion of atheist and gay GOP groups. (Some of their flocks showed up anyway.) Christie informed the crowd that "only twice since Roe v. Wade" had a pro-life Republican been elected statewide in New Jersey. Hint, hint—his name was Chris Christie. Conservatives, he said, had to stop "letting the media" tell them how to behave. Why, for example, some snot-nosed J-school hyena had recently asked him if he could survive in a GOP that had so many social extremists.

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"We've had people like Colin Powell, Tom Ridge, and Condoleezza Rice speak at our conventions," said Christie. "When's the last time you saw a pro-life Democrat speak at their convention?" Spoiler: "Never."

Christie did nothing that would upset his audience. No foreign policy talk apart from deriding the president for "letting other countries walk all over us." No mention of his Medicaid expansion, which he's defended many times, but a generic plea for Republicans to say "what we're for."

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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