Chris Christie shows why he’s going to be a key asset to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail, cutting through President Obama’s “adult-in-the-room” nonsense with this pitch-perfect critique today:
“I was angry this weekend, listening to the spin coming out of the administration, about the failure of the supercommittee, and that the president knew it was doomed for failure, so he didn’t get involved. Well then what the hell are we paying you for?” Christie said during a press conference in Camden, N.J. “It’s doomed for failure so I’m not getting involved? Well, what have you been doing, exactly?”
Christie is exactly right. Obama’s hands-off attitude toward Congress is really just another example of his complete failure of leadership. And it’s a politically-motivated ploy, at that – he refuses to get his hands dirty by working with the supercommittee, and then he’s the first to point fingers at Congress and say, “I told you so” when the committee fails.
Republicans have been scrambling for a consistent message on the supercommittee debacle, and Christie may be pointing the way here. Instead of acting defensive and responding to attacks on congressional Republicans, Christie has turned the argument on its head: if Obama was so sure the supercommittee was going to end in disaster, why didn’t he intervene? That is his job, after all. Instead, he sat on the sidelines for months, never lifting a finger.
This line has been used before, but it’s fitting in this context: if you want to claim you’re the adult in the room, it helps to actually be in the room.