A REPUBLICAN WITH BALLS

I don’t know a lot about the new governor of New Jersey but the more I see of him the more I like him. I’ve had people ask me which Republican can beat Obama in 2012 and they ask me to pick from a list of the usual suspects.

Those people, forget, of course, that nobody knew who Obama was in 2006.

Here’s a name to keep in mind for 2012. He’s a Republican governor in a heavily Democratic state and he’s not a Republican In Name Only.

He’s already publicly stood up to the NJ/NY media and a little while ago Chris Christie stood up to the New Jersey teachers’ union and told them that the party is over.

This video is also a really good example of how to speak to a group WITHOUT A TELEPROMPTER.

  • Clifford Brown

    Christie had better run for President, ’cause he won’t get re-elected Governor…

  • Ochotexto

    Chris Matthews is a political scholar who worked in the White House and has several degrees in related fields. RusHannity are hack Deejays catering to the needs of angry white males who blame all their life failures on others. Never confuse FoxNoise with News.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      OK. Chris Matthews is a well educated hack. Degrees bore me.

  • Ochotexto

    You Constitutionists need to read it . It also says you must “declare” war ., not attack like Colonel Agarn Bush and 4 Deferment Dick Cheney did.
    Slavery was also allowed under it. You can’t just pull it out when it suits you.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      It was amended to outlaw slavery. I agree with you on declaring war but it’s just another example of looking at it as a “living, breathing document”.

  • kman

    @ Howard

    A disaster is a disaster. The oil spill was completely ignored by Obama. The media has given him a pass and they continue to blame Bush for this disaster. What both disasters prove is the government is unable to move quickly to respond to things that are out of the ordinary.

    People who think that big government can solve problems just need to look at how the nimrods handled both. Government, usually causes the problems not solves them. See Healthcare

  • ivan koloff jr

    Forgive me for not seeing the “balls” here. To me he comes across as partially whiney- they’re well financed, they called me a bully, etc.- and vague. Teachers are good, their union is bad? Who does he think the union members are? Janitors?

    If he wants to show some “balls” be more realistic then just the tough talk gimmick. Spit it out- residents can’t complain about school taxes being too high and then complain when steps are taken to cuts costs like when schools with smaller student bodies are closed/consolidated or programs are cut. Spit is out- teachers are over paid. Put a face on what you are saying instead of the evil “union”.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      He’s standing up to the teachers’ union. If a few more governors had had the balls to do that maybe the fact that he IS standing up to them wouldn’t be news.

      • ivan koloff jr

        Schwarzenegger talked tough and stood up to unions in California too. Then when it came time to make spending cuts, residents either balked or voted them down. Everyone wants lower taxes and other services cut, not the ones they use. Tough talk is easy. As Arnold has found out, governing is hard.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          Arnold should have learned from a former governor of California whose inititals are RR, how to deal with government unions. Arnold should have switched to the Democrat party a long time ago.

      • blasto

        This, I can agree with. However, it’s a microcosm of why I never support the GOPers. They always talk about taking on the unions..immigration reform..reducing spending..fiscal responsibility…welfare reform..but never actually do any of it when in power. It’s the party of hypocrites. if one of them actually walked the walk I could possibly support them.

        • Kevin

          blasto,

          I feel your pain on this. But who are we to support? I’m not going to throw away a vote on some minor candidate, it will only help ensure a more liberal candidate is elected.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

        The one thing that has pissed me off over the years is this nonsense that teachers are grossly underpaid. They work six months out of a year, make upwards of $90,000 and have every benefit known to the human race.
        Like Christie says: “If you don’t like it, get out.”
        I can remember when teachers truly were underpaid but did their profession out of love for the kids.
        When I was in elementary school, back in the 1950s, teachers earned around $1,500 a year. On top of that, they helped kids put on their boots, get on a bus and paid for their lunch if money was either lost or forgotten at home. They went above and beyond … at no extra charge to the taxpayer.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          My favorite is the “we need smaller class sizes” routine. I had 50 kids in every one of my classes in grade school and nobody got out of line. The nuns had no trouble keeping order. In high school it was the same thing. There were teachers who would walk into an auditorium with 1,000 kids in it and you could hear a pin drop. If you have proper discipline, no class is too big. If you don’t no class is small enough.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

            When I was in second grade, our teacher taught TWO classes … AT THE SAME TIME… Second and third graders were taught together, by the same teacher. She would spend time with one group, then give that group something to work on while she taught the second group. We thought nothing of it… apparently neither did she.
            Imagine a teacher teaching TWO classes combined for all around $1,500 a year?

        • Kevin

          Bobzilla,

          I think teachers are OVERPIAD, let me explain…

          I agree with you that teachers in the old days loved their jobs. They taught because they loved kids and/or wanted to help the next generation.

          Today, many people go into teaching for two reasons: 1) It’s an EASY major. Party-time at college because you can sleep through the courses 2) You can make a nice wage working 9 months a year and once you get a job it’s almost impossible to get fired.

          Very few teachers do their jobs for the love of teaching. Those that really love teaching are teaching in small private schools making $20K a year.

          Oh, I teach and took a 30% pay cut to do so.

  • howard

    @ kman

    The thing that drives me crazy is that the difference between Katrina and the Oil Spill….Natural DIsaster relief falls directly on the shoulders of the local, state, and federal governments. Katrina was screwed up by FEMA, AND the Bush administration. The Oil Spill is due to the incredible negligence from an Oil Company, who benefitted from the lax regulation placed upon the corporations who are destroying our country. I am not saying that the government shouldn’t be involved…but there is a major difference between this disaster and the Hurricanes that hit the Gulf. The people who deserve the criticism, and late night jokes…BP. Exxon got and deserved all of the flack during the Exxon Valdez…Not President Bush.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      The Army Corps of Engineers screwed up big time in N.O. If BP was negiligent they should pay but no industry is more regulated than oil and the accident still happened. Our taxpayer funded friends working at the agency that was supposed to oversee all of this were having a lot of fun downloading porn as it turns out.

  • howard

    Most politicians use a teleprompter when they give a speech. It looks better than reading from notes. This is a senseless criticism. Almost as dumb as the flack he got for being educated and going to Harvard. This is from the Newt Gingrich school of criticism. Find any little thing and hammer it to death.

    We’ve had the republican with balls in the white house…it didn’t do us much good. Remember the “decider” in front of the mission accomplished banner? I will take someone with brains over balls everyday of the week. Chris Christie is doing well right now because he is shaking things up. He talks tough and knows his right wing rhetoric well. Let’s talk 5 years from now when any policy change he is making is actually in effect and we’ll see how New Jersey is doing then. He’s all bluster now. Kind of a Maverick. So was McCain once upon a time. I understand you don’t like Obama…fine, but how about a criticism that has actual merit…A president reading a speech from a teleprompter isn’t one. That’s part of his job. It’s why every president has speech writers. Bush, Clinton, Bush1, Reagan…every modern day president read from one. That’s part of the deal, and is definitely a bi-partisan thing…and another thing that makes the people that are hypercritical of this president and administration, look well, hypercritical and petty.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      This shouldn’t be this complicated:
      1. It’s not criticism for using a teleprompter. It’s an OBSERVATION that he depends on one much, much more than previous presidents.
      2. Part of his appeal was his glibness and his oratorical skills and soon after he becomes president, the media notice that he has a strange dependence on the teleprompter. It doesn’t mesn he’s an idiot or a bad person or a bad president.
      3. Did I mention that it’s an OBSERVATION?
      4.There’s a difference between using a prompter for the State of the Union Address and using one to speak to a few people at a Rotary Club luncheon.

  • kman

    Why no late night skits ridiculing Obama? Why can’t any stand up comics make African American Jokes about Barack, but African American entertainers can get rich making fun of both white and black people?

    If Bush was in charge during this disaster it would be on the front page of every newspaper that it was his fault, and every person on tv would be making fun of him 24/7. Obama not a word. Scary

  • Naper

    To all you liberal Helen Thomas worshipers, I offer this little true story. I once had the opportunity to sit in her reserved seat in the first row of the Whitehouse pressroom. Yep, you guessed it, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pass the appropriate gas. It has been a decision that i have never regretted, a real political statement.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Kids will have fewer nightmares now that she’s gone.

      • Mike

        Yeah cause 8 year olds watch press briefings.

  • Naper

    To all you out there from we who are in the know about Obama, I say just one word, “Blago.” Get ready, it’s coming. You PA politicos are amateurs compared to the corrupt Illinois combine and their boy is leading this country. You should have just asked and I could have told you.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Obama comes from the most corrupt political machine in America. That’s not to say that he is thoroughly corrupt like Blago and the Mayor–just that he’s just another opportunistic politician and not “The One”.

      • blasto

        Every time you use some rdiculous name like “The One” or “Messiah” you just prove yourself be a follower of your true “One” and “Messiah”..Rushhannity. That’s where that nonsense started and I don’t know of one Obama supporter who has ever referred to him in those terms.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          He was exalted by the media to a ridiculous degree. Chris Matthews said he got a chill up his leg when he heard him speak. Come on.

          • blasto

            Come on what.?? Who refers to Obama in those terms besides your “one” and “messiah” Rushhannity.?? I certainly don’t.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

            I think he said “tingle” up and down his leg. Tingle is far more dramatic than “chill.” Anyone can get a “chill,” but “tingle” is serious stuff…

  • Isteve Roissy

    Christie is a serious talent, you’re ahead of the curve in picking up on this gu John. He is charismatic, well-spoken in a regular guy way, quick on his feet, confident and seems to revel in dismissing elite received wisdom. You can bet he is now on the radar of the left/inner party. Yeah, he’s a bit heavy but more in a tough guy way than a weak or sloppy way. If a Saturday Night Live were to bring out some goofy fat guy to mock him should he run for President I think it would backfire. He seems to be a guy who could hold the traditional southern states even though he’s a Yankee since his persona is more regular guy, cocky/funny tough guy than patrician pencilneck. He would put New Jersey’s 15 electoral votes in play for the Republicans and maybe other states, maybe even New York.

    If I was part of the left/inner party, Christie may be my biggest concern to unseat Obama in 2012. A Chris Christie/Michelle Bachmann ticket would be very tough to beat.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Corzine tried to beat around the bush about his weight during the campaign and Christie challenged him and said, why don’t you just have the guts to say I’m fat. I’m fat. So what?

      • Ken

        He said, “Why don’t you just man up and call me fat.”

        I think he locked up the governors office right then and there.

      • Paul

        If the libs had any brains, they’d be scared ****less over this guy and not Sarah Palin.

        Too bad he can’t be governor of NJ and PA at the same time. I didn’t click the link, hopefully it’s the one where he tells the unions, “You punch them, I punch you”.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          That’s the one.

    • Clifford Brown

      Chris Christie/Michelle Bachmann?

      I’ve got two words to say to that – Sieg Heil!

      • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

        Yeah, that Christie has really shown himself to be an admirer of Hitler. Nice observation.

      • Isteve Roissy

        We currently have Who / Whom

    • Meathead

      Bachmann? No way. She’s too kooky and would be a worse pick for VP than Palin. You want someone solid and reliable like Newt or Fred Thompson on that ticket.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

        Newt is the smartest guy out there right now.

  • Ochotexto

    Please no more fake tough guy chicken hawk closeted gay Republicans. Is he related to Lou Christie ?

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Keep an eye on him. You never know.

    • Mike

      He was born in 1962. A little young IMO to serve in Vietnam.

  • Jimmy

    Too fat. Seriously. America will not elect a fat guy or a short guy. Jimmy Carter at 5′ 9.5″ was the shortest in the last 100 years. Clinton was pudgy but this guy is really fat. He would have to drop a lot of weight and it doesn’t look like he can. America is ready for a black president but not a big huge fat president.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Nutrisystem.

      • Jimmy

        I don’t think that dude could get down to an acceptable weight unless he got his stomach stapled. Mike Huckabee dropped a lot of weight running but put it back on because he eats so much. Limbaugh bounces up and down because of his eating and drinking habits and his drug abuse. Fred Honzberger got his stomach stapled. This guy might not be Honsberger fat but he’s definitely Limbaugh fat. Even if he drops a lot he’ll have loose skin and he’ll look gross like Honsberger.

        I’m telling you dude’s too fat.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          That’s what I like about liberals. They’re so much more tolerant than conservatives.

          • Ken

            There is no one less tolerant and less compassionate than a tolerant, compassionate liberal.

            Remember Condi Rice. Phi Beta Kappa. Phd. Stanford processor. Concert-level pianist. National Security Advisor. Secretary of State. A thoroughly accomplished person. What was one of the first things that liberals would mention about her? They’d mention the gap in her front teeth.

            It is sad that it seems these days you have to be telegenic to win elections. Fat and/or bald is a disadvantage.

          • Jimmy

            Apples and oranges. You can’t help being black, a women, and it some cases bad teeth. Nobody needs to be obese like Christie. It is obvious that he eats poorly and does little to no excercise. A lack of discipline and self control are not traits that need to be tolerated.

            Anyone that complains about liberals being intolerant of the obese is probably a big huge fat person that pumps himself full of butter, sugar, and salt and refuses to excercise.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            You mean liberals aren’t tolerant?

          • Jimmy

            We’re not as tolerant of obese people as you are but we are much more tolerant of minorities.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Yeah, liberal democrats have done wonders for minorities. That War on Poverty was a rousing success and they;re doing a nice job with those urban school districts that graduate kids who read at the 4th grade level.

          • Jimmy

            I was implying that you are a racist and you did little to disprove it.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Fine. Why don’t you prove to me that you’re not a child molester.

          • Mike

            The CIA did wonders do with selling crack in black neighborhoods

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Yeah, I know. They injected them with AIDS, too.

          • Kevin

            Jimmy,

            I’m implying you beat your wife, prove that you don’t.

        • Darren

          The majority of America is fat. New Jersey elected him and it wasn’t an issue. Not an issue at all. Every time I see video of him I start thinking “when will I get to vote for this guy?” I hope it’s sooner rather than later. Democrats should be lobbying for Palin’s campaign against Christie. Palin would be a loser in my opinion. Christie is a major threat to the Democrats and they know it. You’re going to have to come up with better than “He’s too fat”.

          • Jimmy

            Women will not vote for a huge fat ass. That’s why hannity does better with female audiences than Limbaugh. Being as fat as Rush Limbaugh and Christie shows a lack of self control and discipline. You may not thinks its a big deal but a three hundred pounder is unelectable.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Yeah they vote for people who know how to treat them—like Bill Clinton.

          • Darren

            OK. You keep hanging your hat on that. We’ll see how it works out. How did Christie win any elections? Did women not know how fat he was when he ran for Governor? Because according to you they are so shallow and stupid they would just look at a guy and dismiss what he is saying based entirely on looks.
            Lack of self control and discipline… yeah that has made a big difference in the last five presidential elections right? Clinton was a picture of self control and discipline.. until he saw some boobies or a cupcake. Bush had a history of substance abuse. Obama admitted to doing coke.
            Again… the majority of the US is overweight. He has already won a major election. Maybe he won’t be fawned over by shallow celebrity worshiping morons on the E channel but if you think that makes him unelectable I think you are grasping at straws.

          • Jimmy

            First of all, I think you’re a ………………………………………….

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Jimmy. you’re done here. Thanks for stopping by. You’re boring and you call people names.

          • Darren

            I wonder what he was trying to say? Was it not a rational, mature, response with a list of logical and compelling reasons why Christie would make a poor choice as a candidate? LOL. He is just scared of Christie. He should be if he’s a lib. He may even be a Cacomorphobe. (he has an irrational fear of fat people)… I’ll admit that I had to look that one up. If he’s a liberal Cacomorphobe then Chris Christie is just a big handful of spiders in his morning cereal.

    • Meathead

      How about a bald guy? We haven’t had a bald guy since Ike. Could an ugly guy be elected?

  • Dar

    Bush is still the butt of those jokes. He was on tv the other day and screwed up his speech. The guy needs to take English 101.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      I’m more interested in what a guy says than how he says it. Hitler was a hell of a speaker. George Washington was terrible.

      • Scootermojo

        and you know this about George Washington from the many video clips of his speeches on Youtube?

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          I’ve read several biographies about him. Try it some time. They’re pretty easy to find.

          • Scootermojo

            that was a joke, John. 1776…Youtube…get it? eh, forget about it.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Ha ha ha. `Sorry.

          • Allan Tan

            In this day and age, perception really is reality. Once the people perceive something, it’s hard to change their minds. People perceived Bush to be a moron because of how he spoke. Late night shows used to have a daily segment about something Bush screwed up that day. One reason Obama and Reagan became so popular is because of how they came across to viewers and listeners.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            They exaggerated it to a ridiculous degree. If he were a liberal it would have gone unnoticed. Just as Obama’s gaffes have mostly been given a pass.

        • Ken

          I just finished a Washington biography.

          He was not a good public speaker and avoided it as much as possible.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Jefferson was the same. If you haven’t read “1776”, do so immediately.

          • Scootermojo

            i’ve read that he was somewhat of an introvert mostly due to his massive intelligence…seems plausible.

  • Scootermojo

    I’m not crazy about Obama, either…I’m also not brainwashed by the GOP…but I’ve always wondered what is this fetish with teleprompter’s and Obama? Every President for years has had a teleprompter…even Bush…and he looked like an idiot even WITH a teleprompter. Not really a poster boy for R.I.F. (Reading Is Fundamental) that Bush.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Obama burst on to the scene because of a speech he gave (read from a teleprompter) at the 2004 convention. We were told that he was smarter than everybody else and the proof was his great speking ability. Early on in his presidency, the press corps starts to notice that this guy, who was supposed to so smart and such a great speaker, depends on the teleprompter more than any president in their memory. The press corps decided Bush was a moron before his first presidential address and nothing he could do would ever change that. Obama, the great communicator who was going to have the most transparent administration in history has done one press conference in the last year. You don’t get to use a teleprompter at a press conference.

      • Scootermojo

        You’re missing the point: Bush used a teleprompter, too…AND STILL SOUNDED LIKE A MORON.

        Obama is not my guy but as others are with this “morals” issue when people talked about Clinton…I think it’s important to have someone in the White House who can actually read.

        I will say this about Obama: he’ll never define a word using the word itself like an infant…

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdimK1onR4o

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          Actually he didn’t sound like a moron reading the teleprompter. Will Obama ever refer to visiting all 57 states? Oh, wait. He already did that,

          • Mike

            Bush sounded like an idiot when he repeatedly said nucular.

            And Palin referred to the Dept of Law, which doesn’t exist!

            Any politician is capable of a seemingly inexplicable gaffe.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            I can’t remember who it was but there was a prominent nuclear scientist who also pronounced it nucular.

          • Mike

            And Homer Simpson says nucular as well. What’s your point? George Bush resembles Homer Simpson more than a nuclear scientist.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            If he’s stupid what does that say about Kerry, whose ass he kicked in two of the three debates?

          • Natedogg

            That’s completely false:

            http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/10/14/snap.poll/

            http://abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/Vote2004/debate_poll_040930.html

            Here are two of the three debates that give the win to Kerry. I didn’t even try finding the winner of the 3rd debate because I’m pretty certain it was Kerry again.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Bush had a bad night in the first debate as I recall. The last two were split decisons. But Bush went in as the moron who says “nucular” and Kerry was the sophisticated intellectual who was going to humiliate him. Kerry came accross as a tight ass and Bush came ascros as a likable guy. The real test of who won the debates was the election. Decision: Bush.

          • Barry Whitey

            no no no. you said bush kicked his ass in two debates and the numbers speak differently. now you are twisting the words ONCE AGAIN to try to win your point. in fact, you lose this one.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            I could probably find polls that show that Bush won. Kicked his ass may have been a little strong. I’ll give you that. I exaggerated to make a point. I could have made the same point by saying “he held his own” because, according to his critics, Bush was a moron and Kerry was an intellectual. After thinking about it, I remembered that Bush had a really bad night–stylistically–in the first debate because the camera kept catching him making faces that showed how annoyed he was.

          • Scootermojo

            bush didn’t kick kerry’s ass…right wing nuttball war mongers did. it was only 3 years after 9/11 and that “captain america” black and white philosophy of “you’re either with us or against us” rhetoric won it for him after those true turncoats took what kerry did in vietnam and magically turned him into someone who spit on troops by convincing the GOP and the rest of the sheep he was the devil. it always amazes me how one cannot differentiate between protesting a war and that turning into how someone, even a frickin’ war veteran, into “not supporting the troops or america”. again, thanks john for you help in dumbing down this country.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            I thank the swiftboaters from saving us from that effete, phony, liberal snob.

          • Scootermojo

            if you think Bush was/is a highly intelligent person than I don’t know what to say. The proof is in the pudding. Either way, how can one have a legitimate political point/opinion when one says they tow the line of the GOP as you did a few weeks ago in a response to something I asked?

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            he has an MBA from Harvard and he was not only elected president of the United States…he was RE-ELECTED. They said Reagan was diumb, too. And he kept kicking their ass.

          • Valleyhigh

            Morons all of the time can be booksmart and get an MBA. There’s a difference between getting a degree and being able to apply it in the real world. According to his biographies, he had quite a few companies that he ran into bankruptcy and had to run home to Daddy to bail him out.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            He was elected governor of Texas (beating a popular governor who ridiculed him during the campaign)and then re-elected by a landslide. Then he was elecrted president of the United States TWICE. We should all be that stupid.

          • Natedogg

            You always say that Biden is a moron and yet kept getting re-elected time after time. So you are using the same defense for Bush as well?? Wow. Actually it makes sense. Bush and Biden are just about the same.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Biden is a senator. Bush was a governor and a president. Big difference when you’re “the decider”.

          • Scootermojo

            he was elected because uptight christians got rallied by the right wing neo con religious zealots and they all voted by falling in line behind the lowest common denominator: religion…bush is a reborn thus he’s a saint with morals and the other guy is the devil. it happened at every level bush ran for office. thank you, john, for supporting that absolute abolishment of a fundamental philosophy in our government: SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Where in the constitution is that mentioned?

          • Scootermojo

            I didn’t say it was in the Constitution…it’s a basic fundamental of your governing policies, though, and everyone seems to know that…except the GOP.

            Officially, it is in the Treaty of Tripoli and a person who you’ve recently blogged about, Thomas Jefferson, spoke very highly of the need to separate church and state. George Washington and James Madison wrote about that need quite frequently, too. But then…what did they know, right?

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Jefferson wrote about it in a letter. Nothing that he ever said or did would leasd anybody to believe that having a Christmas tree in a town square was unconstitutional. Madison also wrote that he couldn’t find any clause in the constitution that gave the federal gov. the right to take money from constituents for “the purpose of benevolence”.

          • Kevin

            Valleyhigh,

            When did you start discussing Obama? Oh, you meant GWB, I’m sorry. When you said booksmart but not in touch with the real world I thought you meant Barak.

          • Mary Gardner

            It’s the communication ability. When Bush read from the teleprompter, he really did come across stupid because he stumbled all the time. Obama is just smooth on the teleprompter and comes across well. Same with Clinton. You should know all about this in your business. It isn’t just reading the teleprompter, but how you communicate it. Remember Kurt Angle on Fox53 when it first started? He was horrible reading off the teleprompter. Pomp and some of the other guys today are doing the same job as Kurt, but just are better at it.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            I don’t agree that Bush stumbled all the time when giving speeches with the teleprompter. Just not true.

          • Valleyhigh

            I agree. He just stumbled giving speeches all of the time. There are thousands of clips on youtube of him doing it.

          • Scootermojo

            the only time bush ever talked clearly was when he was drunk off his ass and doing coke.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Question: Of the last two Presidents of the United States, which one ADMITTED to doing coke?

          • Scootermojo

            A better question: which one has LIED about their drug use?

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            I don’t care if they both took acid.

          • Scootermojo

            I know you don’t care…you only care which one is Republican and which one isn’t. But isn’t lying about drug use an integrity issue? You’re ready to throw Clinton to the wolves for lying but for Bush “you don’t care”…well, that, sire, makes you a hypocrite and very dangerous to our society since you insist on using your misinformed and biased opinions in voting. Well done.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            First of all, how do YOU know Bush is lying? We do know that Clinton lied. He admitted it. I don’t care if they smoked weed in college but I would have more respect for Clinton if he hadn’t insulted our intelligence by saying he didn’t inhale.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

            Liars and cheats are always smoother talkers than those who aren’t liars and cheats. It’s the democratic way!!! Bill Clinton, John Edwards and Barrack Obama … they all look good and they all sound good. But are they trustworthy?
            One didn’t inhale. One didn’t have an affair (Oh, wait. Maybe that’s two of them) and one has no accountablity (oh, wait. Maybe that’s all three of them).
            But, boy, can they all talk good!!!

  • Mary Gardner

    First off, no one knew who Obama was in 2006? Really? He was an “up and comer” in the party well before then and gave the keynote address at the 2004 Convention. After that, people were talking about him running for President in 2004, so your facts are a little off as usual.
    Second, Obama never uses a teleprompter when he does a townhall. Google or Youtube it.
    Third, there is nothing wrong with being prepared and using a teleprompter. He is the leader of our country and should project confidence, should speak well and communicate clearly. No one wants to see their leader go on TV and look like an idiot because he/she forgets words, mispronounces words and totally messes up phrases or sentances. I think we had enough of that in 2001-2009 to make our leader look like an idiot and a laughingstock.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      You may have heard of Obama in 2006 because you follow politics. The average person had no idea who he was and he was not considered a serious contender for the nomination until the primaries started. Hillary Clinton was considered a lock. Don’t you remember the stories about how her campaign wasn’t prepared for a serious challenge from anyone? I have no problem with anybody using a teleprompter and I realize what they’re for. I used one to make a pretty good living for 30 years. Everyone in Washington is stunned by Obama’s dependence on one since we were told that he was so much smarter and more articulate than the rest of us. He was supposed to be so much smarter than that moron Bush who couldn’t put two sentences together. Then he goes out and reads CORPSE-MEN for corpsmen –TWICE- from his teleprompter while speaking to a crowd of corpsmen.. Bush was every bit as good at reading the teleprompter as Obama is and he was more willing to speak without one. The ironic thing is that he READ that knock-em-dead speech at the 2004 convention and people fell in love with him. Which meant that people fell in love with a guy who did a really good job of reading something that somebody else wrote, even thought they knew nothing else about him. Lots of terrible leaders were really good speakers, by the way, and lots of terrible speakers were great leaders. It would probably be a good idea for voters not to base too much on any candidates ability to read aloud.

      • Mike

        Actually it was written mostly himself with some later edits from the Kerry campaign

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Democratic_National_Convention_keynote_address

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          Wonderful.

          • Allan Tan

            Reagan read off a teleprompter too and he was known as the “Great Communicator.” What’s the big deal??

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Not a big deal at all. They all used the teleprompter. The pioint is that Obama is rificuloulsy dependent upon it to the point that it became noticeable to the media who cover him every day. Everything about thei guy was supposed to be different. Remember hope and change. He’s just another Chicago hack politician.

          • Valleyhigh

            Whether you like it or not, passing the healthcare bill was one of the biggest pieces of change in the last 40 years. He’s been in office 16 months and whether you like it or not have implemented a significant amount of change.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            That’s change. I agree., but I was talking more about the change in approach and style of governing. I expected the stupid liberal ideas that have never worked. That was inevitable. It’s up to 60% who disapprove of the Obamacare right now, by the way.

          • Natedogg

            A lot of people hate unemployment and think that people on it are lazy. But when it comes time for them to get on it, they are very grateful. Healthcare is the same way. I hate paying for it, but I think it is going to help a lot of people that really do need it.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            How about having the govt. give you the OPTION of checking off a box on your income tax form to contribute to other people’s healthcare?

          • Barry Whitey

            Because no one would do that. Most people don’t want to part with their money to help support others.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            In a free country, why should anybody be FORCED to do that?

          • Mike

            where in the Constitution say that we are free

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Ever heard of the Bill of Rights?

          • Mike

            sure have. show me where it says the gov’t cant provide healthcare.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            You need to take a closer look at how our form of government works. The government gets its power from us. Show me in the constitution where it says the government can’t decree that we have to wear our underwear on the outside tomorrow.

          • Mike

            no problem, i’m not wearing any.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Show me where the constitution gives you the right to go commando.

          • Mike

            is the govt hiring underwear inspectors now? sign me up. it’s a better job than those SEC people who were looking at porn under Bush

          • Kevin

            Read Article I Section 8 for a list of what the federal government is allowed to provide. You will not find heathcare (or anything like it) on that list. Let me know what you find.

            The Constitution defines exactly how we are to set up our from of government and exactly what the government is allowed to do. It it written in a manner to prevent the government from overriding our freedoms. It will therefore list what the government CAN do, rather than all the things it CANNOT do. So, you will not find that the government CANNOT provide healthcare, it is instead assumed to be outside the right of the government to do so.

            Am I making sense to anyone but me?

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Kevin, the Bill of Rights would have trouble passing congress right now. How many people know that the founders considered govt. a necessary evil? And they used the word EVIL.

          • Kevin

            JS,

            Any “Bill of Rights” passed today would be like the “rights” in the UN – right to a house, free medicine, free schooling, etc. Imagine proposing the right to carry guns!? How would that one go over?

            While on the topic of rights, Walter Williams was filling in for Rush – I ALWAYS listen when WW is on – and was talking about what makes something a “right.” Have you heard this from him before? He makes it so easy to understand. WW should be required reading in every economics class in the USA. It would straight out 1/2 of the posters on this blog. That may be bad for business though.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell are my two favorite columnists. Sowell’s “Basic Economics” should be required reading in all the schools.

          • Kevin

            By limiting the boundaries of the federal government, the Constitution makes us free.

          • Billy

            Forcing people to buy health insurance under penalty of law is not reform. Forcing people to buy health insurance under penalty of law in a recession when most cannot afford it is not reform, it smacks of sadism. If it was so great, why did Congress excuse itself from the program? Candidate Obama promised to give Americans “the same plan Congress has.” In other words, cover everything for free.
            Obama is a fraud like the rest of them.

          • Sally Seawise

            I seem to recall a policitian lately that wrote notes on her hands for a speech. I’d much rather have our leaders use a teleprompter than scribble on their hands.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Overblown.

          • Valleyhigh

            so is commenting on a teleprompter.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            The guy needs a teleprompter to order a pizza and we were told he was the next great American orator.

          • Natedogg

            That’s a ridiculous comment. A teleprompter has nothing to do with it. It’s the communcation ability. You hate him, so you’ll never understand. But ask all of those young adults that followed him last fall that never voted before or got interested in politics. The guy exudes confidence and has the aura of a leader. People that hate him will not agree, but as someone that was on the fence last year, it was the reason I really liked it. He reminded me of Kennedy in that way.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            A teleprompter has a lot to do with it if you’re selling him as a great orator and comparing him to the “moron” who preceded him. We were told that he was special. He told us now was going to be the time when sea levels began to drop, blah blah. The teleprompter is a perfect symbol of what a fraud he is. Most of those young people who fell in love with his life story couldn’t tell you if Nancy Pelosi is a Republican or a Democrat—if they even knew who she was. Kennedy turned out to be a fraud in many ways, too.

          • Barry Whitey

            How does a teleprompter equate to being a fraud? That’s a ridiculous statement.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            A person who rises to power based largely on his ability to speak turns out to be a guy who’s only really good at reading.

          • blasto

            Hyperbole much..?

    • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

      Good point, Mary Gardner.
      I’m still trying to figure out how these United States are comprised of “57 states.” But if our fearless and well-informed leader says so confidently … who am I to argue?