Chris Christie’s Troubling Indifference To Hobby Lobby Decision

 

 

Chris Christie was asked about the hottest political topic of the day (the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision) and the main of a million opinions was strangely disinterested.

The fact is that when you’re an executive, your Supreme Court makes a ruling and you’ve got to live with it unless you can get the legislative body to change the law or change the Constitution. The point is: Why should I give an opinion as to whether they were right or wrong? At the end of the day, they did what they did. That’s now the law of the land,” he said.

“This is the way that you get bogged down in those things. You know what? I don’t think that’s the most central issue that we need to talk about this morning when you look at the challenges that face our country,” he said. “And if I allow people to put me into that box? Then shame on me; I’m not a good politician, I’m not a good leader.”

So it’s too much to ask a guy who is running for President where he stands on the major religious freedom case of the day? There’s something more important than protecting the basic freedoms enshrined in the Constitution? As President would Christie’s default position be that his opinion on these matters are irrelevant if they are going to wind up in court? That would be a strange position to take for someone who wants to be the nation’s chief executive. It’s not like a President Christie’s Attorney General and Department of Justice can or will be silent on these matters.

Politically it’s an insult to the people whose votes he will need to win the GOP nomination. Voters want leaders who share their beliefs and their passions. They want candidates who will stand up for their values when they are under assault. Sure there’s plenty of time in a campaign for him to make a play for conservative voters but conservative positions are under attack now.

Politicians love to tell you how they are there for you…when they need your vote. The true test is are they there for you the rest of the time. Today, as conservatives are being attacked for waging “a war on women” and liberals are attacking fundamental constitutional principles. Christie wants to take a pass on that? Fair enough. So is remembering this when the time comes and he starts trying to sell himself to conservatives.

Christie likely didn’t want to get into the Hobby Lobby case because he didn’t want to get caught up in the whole “war on women” thing. This is a major problem with liberal Republicans, they think they can avoid the media’s dishonest attacks because, hey they are moderates not crazy kooks like Ted Cruz.

Ask John McCain and Mitt Romney how that works out.

 

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I blog about politics and hockey because I sort of understand those things. I'd blog about women but I'll never understand them.

Posted on July 1, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I would be less worried about this one comment (or non-comment) from Christie if I didn’t keep hearing that he’s failing to reform New Jersey’s out-of-control liberal judiciary.

    (See, e.g., http://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/290293/governor-christies-judicial-missteps-carrie-severino )

    Some would argue that appointing principled, effective originalists as federal judges, especially to the Supreme Court, is one of the most important jobs a Republican president has these days. If Christie can’t do that job, maybe we shouldn’t hire him, even if he were solidly conservative on all the other issues.

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