Good Year – Chris Christie

Well, duh.

Joe Scarborough’s favorite Republican had a great year. Not only did he roll to an easy victory but he stayed at or near the top of the GOP polls both nationally and at the state level.

In addition, his feud with Rand Paul helped keep attention away from people like Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. It also gave him an opening to make friends in the party’s neo-con wing who are looking for anyone who will confront Paul.

With position as head of the Republican Governor’s Association Christie will be allowed to spend a great deal of time in Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida and South Carolina. Using that time to build up friends, gain some favors and impressive the GOP establishment even more.

Christie’s victory looks even better when compared to the rest of the GOP field this year.


Good Year – Bad year

Over the next few days I’ll be reviewing 2013.  Some people had great years and some had 12 months they’ll need to recover from.  Let me know who you think should be in each category.

The Downward Spiral Begins

For the Chicago Bears the downward spiral has just started.  They finished 8-8 after starting 3-0.  Although they did notch playoff wins against teams like Cincinnati, Green Bay, Baltimore, and Dallas, they were not a very well coached team.  How else can you explain the lackluster performances over the last two weeks?

The defense, which for the Bears is like saying the heart and soul of the team, was pathetic.  Did they hold anyone under 20 points all year?  They looked old, slow, out of position and undisciplined.  Case in point, you know last year someone would have dove for the “fumbled” ball that lead to a Green Bay touchdown.  This year, everyone stood around and watched.

Special teams was not much better.  The amount of penalties and fumbles committed this season would have embarrassed recent Bear teams.

Let’s be honest, take away a great receiving corp and a good running back, what do the Bears really have?  Is Jay Cutler the answer?  I don’t think so, but apparently Trestman does.  Why else would he bring him back when McCown had the hot hand in the middle of a playoff push?

I get the feeling the Bears are leaving an era of being competitive for one of frustration and losses.  Hopefully I am wrong but after the last two games I don’t feel very optimistic about their chances going forward.

Gays Are Crashing the War on Christmas

It appears those equality loving gays are trying to ruin this year’s War on Christmas.  A judge in Utah has ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.  Yes, you read that correctly, Utah now has same sex marriage.  Talk about being a Christmas gift the Mormon Church wish they could return.

You can bet this will kick up a real shit storm.  The Mormon Church have been big opponents of same sex marriage and you know politicians will start complaining about activist judges again.  On a national level though will there be any serious traction for a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage?

How much there is or isn’t will tell you a great deal about the state of the culture war in 2013 and beyond.

Weighty Issues

Surprise, surprise, surprise it turns out Glenn Beck doesn’t like Chris Christie.  On CNN last night he called the New Jersey Governor a fat nightmare. Even though the host, SE Cupp, pushed back saying that Christie polls the best against Hillary Clinton in many national polls it did not matter to Christie.

The blackboard loving former-FOX News host said Christie was a progressive because of his positions on gun control, global warming, and unions.  When Beck mentioned unions the head of the New Jersey teacher unions most of let out a laugh.  When it comes to dealing with public sector unions in the Garden State Christie is hardly Bernie Sanders.

Comments like this from Beck play both ways with Christie.  They will help rally some tea partiers against Christie but they will also remind the party establishment that Christie may be their best shot to defeat candidates supported by the likes of Beck.  Make no mistake, if Beck’s dream candidates (whoever they are) got a hold of the GOP it would be electoral poison.

Duck, Duck, Jindal

By now everyone has heard the guy from Duck Dynasty has said some homophobic things.  Many people are justifiable upset over it.  Of course there are also some on the right rushing to the guy’s defense.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said the following on a FOX News website:

“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV.  In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”

You can see Jindal trying to play all of the culture war cards he can in one statement.  First, Robertson is actually the victim and its the gays who are the oppressors (yeah because I am sure straight white guys in Louisiana have a great deal to fear from gays and lesbians.  Second, he puts it all back on the convenient villain of Hollywood for putting out stuff he doesn’t like.  Lastly, he tries to link Miley Cyrus into this, why? Why the hell not.  If you’re against Robertson you MUST be for that tweaking little Jezebel.

This designed to help Jindal with the religious conservatives, a key group in the GOP primary he will need if he has any chance of winning the nomination.  You can bet Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and others will be speaking about this as well.