From a New York Times piece on the Republican response to Chris Christie’s Sandy-related performance:
In New Jersey, Mr. Christie’s politics-be-damned approach to the storm seemed to represent a moment of high-minded crisis management for a governor frequently defined by his public diatribes and tantrums. Mr. Christie locked arms with Mr. Obama, flew with him on Marine One, talked with him daily and went out of his way to praise him publicly as “outstanding,” “incredibly supportive” and worthy of “great credit.”
But in the days after the storm, Mr. Christie and his advisers were startled to hear from out-of-state donors to Mr. Romney, who had little interest in the hurricane and viewed him solely as a campaign surrogate, demanding to know why he had stood so close to the president on a tarmac. One of them questioned why he had boarded Mr. Obama’s helicopter, according to people briefed on the conversations. (italics mine)
Fuck you very much, Republican elites. In case you didn’t realize it, the Republican Party is undoubtedly the party of dirtbag cynicism. Bobby Jindal rejects Big Government on one hand but loves FEMA money post-oil spill. Now, these assholes are mad at our Governor for doing his job after the worst disaster to ever hit our state and they are pissed at him because he ceased being appropriately partisan. Fuck these guys (because they are, invariably, guys). The quicker these scumbag, rent-seeking, neo-white supremacist leeches are condemned to the trash bin of historical nothingness the better.
May New Jersey stay Blue forever and may Republican elites die a slow money grubbing, cancerous death surrounded by all the opulent splendor their soulless pursuit of wealth, power, lower tax rates and a gutted welfare state.
Mitt Romney was the truest articulation in recent memory of what the Republican Party is all about; extracting wealth, not creating it. Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, and Marco Rubio might represent a “new face” but at its heart the party is owned by America’s millionaires and billionaires and doing their bidding. The cultural issues are tactical cover for the economic war waged against the legacy of the New Deal as a desire to return America to the Gilded Age of trusts, monopolies and oligarchy.
I’m not letting Christie off the hook for his throaty participation in this war, but I am crediting him for putting his ideological loyalties aside during and after Sandy, and the fact that conservative overlords were displeased with him shows how much they really don’t give a shit about anything other than enriching themselves and their cohort by owning government.