The Hunt for Pufferfish: A Double Down Excerpt

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney ranked Chris Christie among the final contenders to be his running mate. That is until the Republican nominee started digging into the New Jersey governor’s record

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From left: Former Republican nominee for President Governor Mitt Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie meet Ohio voters, in Delaware, on Oct. 10, 2012.

The following is an excerpt from DOUBLE DOWN: Game Change 2012 to be published Tuesday, Nov. 5.

In conventional political terms, Mitt Romney’s challenge in picking a VP presented a complex puzzle. With the GOP convention in Tampa less than a month away, he was running four to six points behind Barack Obama in the national polls. Mitt was hurting with women, hurting with Hispanics, hurting with blue collar whites. His standing in the industrial Midwest and the West was shaky. The Republican base remained unenthused by him and the middle of the electorate unimpressed. The quandary was which of these maladies he should try to heal with his running mate. For many members of the Republican smarty-pants set, one thing was increasingly clear: Romney needed a game changer.

Romney didn’t see it that way, at least not at the start. When he tapped longtime adviser and confidante Beth Myers to lead the search for his VP, Mitt put forth two criteria and a precept. The criteria applied to the candidates: that they be qualified and immediately perceived as qualified to be Commander in Chief, and that there be nothing in their background that could become a distraction for the campaign. The precept applied to Myers and her assignment. When decision time came, Romney said, he wanted to have a choice—not be informed, with the clock ticking, that there was really only one viable option.

Myers set up her operation in a third-floor office on Boston’s Commercial Street that became known as “the clean room.” Because the Romney campaign’s servers were under continual assault by Chinese hackers, the computers in the clean room were not connected to the Internet. Myers insisted that the team be extremely cautious about what they put in e-mail when using their regular computers. Ted Newton and Chris Oman, two veep background checkers, concluded it was best to communicate in code. Based on their junk-food-saturated vetting diet, they called their undertaking Project Goldfish (after the crackers)—ultimately giving each of the VP finalists an aquatic code name. Myers’ plan was to have Project Goldfish completed by Memorial Day. In April she presented Romney with a list of two dozen names, which he whittled down to 11: Kelly Ayotte, John Cornyn, Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels, Bill Frist, Mike Huckabee, Bob McDonnell, Tim Pawlenty, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan.

Within a month, the vetters had assembled preliminary research books on the 11, which Romney perused and then rendered his short list: Christie (Pufferfish), Pawlenty (Lakefish), Portman (Filet o Fish), Rubio (Pescado) and Ryan (Fishconsin).

In the nine months since Christie’s endorsement of Romney in October 2011, Boston had formed a mixed view of the governor who George W. Bush had once nicknamed Big Boy. Christopher James Christie, 51, was less than two years into his first term as governor of New Jersey, suave as sand­paper and morbidly obese. He was also one of the most intriguing figures in American politics. His voice was like an air horn, cutting through the clutter. There was no one better at making the referendum case against Obama, at nailing the President to the wall with ferocity and caustic humor. Christie’s temperament was ideally suited to the unfolding tenor of the race. “We’re in a street fight, and he’s a street fighter,” Romney’s chief strategist Stuart Stevens told Romney. “He’s the best street fighter—and he’s comfortable saying things that you’re not comfortable saying.”

He was also a fundraising dynamo, but he and his staff were overbearing and hard to work with, demanding in ways that would have been unthinkable from any other surrogate. Months earlier, Christie had banned Romney from raising money in New Jersey until Christie had given the O.K. to do so—a move Romney found galling, like something out of The Sopranos. Are you kidding me, Mitt thought. He’s going to do that? There were plenty of New Jersey donors who’d given money to Mitt in 2008; now Christie was trying to impose a gag order on talking to them?  “He sounds like the biggest asshole in the world,” Stevens griped to his partner, Russ Shriefer. More recently, Trenton insisted on private jets, lavish spreads of food, space for a massive entourage. Romney ally Wayne Berman looked at the bubble around Christie and thought, He’s not the President of the United States, you know.

Chronically behind schedule, Christie made a habit of showing up late to Romney fundraising events. In May he was so tardy to a donor reception at the Grand Hyatt New York that Mitt wound up taking the stage to speak before Christie arrived. When the Jersey governor finally made his grand entrance, it was as if Mitt had been his warm-up act.

Punctuality mattered to Romney. Christie’s lateness bugged him. Mitt also cared about fitness and was prone to poke fun at those who didn’t. (“Oh, there’s your date for tonight,” he would say to male members of his traveling crew when they spied a chunky lady on the street.) Romney marveled at Christie’s girth, his difficulties in making his way down the narrow aisle of the campaign bus. Watching a video of Christie without his suit jacket on, Romney cackled to his aides, “Guys! Look at that!”

But Mitt was grateful for Christie’s endorsement and everything else he’d done. He appreciated Chris’ persona, his shtick, his forcefulness, his intuitive connection with voters. That night at the Grand Hyatt, at a high-dollar dinner after the main event, Christie’s argument for Mitt was more compelling than anything the nominee could manage.

The list of questions Myers and her team had for Christie was extensive and troubling. More than once, Myers reported back that Trenton’s response was, in effect, Why do we need to give you that piece of information? Myers told her team, We have to assume if they’re not answering, it’s because the answer is bad.

The vetters were stunned by the garish controversies lurking in the shadows of his record. There was a 2010 Department of Justice inspector general’s investigation of Christie’s spending patterns in his job prior to the governorship, which criticized him for being “the U.S. attorney who most often exceeded the government [travel expense] rate without adequate justification” and for offering “insufficient, inaccurate, or no justification” for stays at swank hotels like the Four Seasons. There was the fact that Christie worked as a lobbyist on behalf of the Securities Industry Association at a time when Bernie Madoff was a senior SIA official—and sought an exemption from New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act. There was Christie’s decision to steer hefty government contracts to donors and political allies like former Attorney General John Ashcroft, which sparked a congressional hearing. There was a defamation lawsuit brought against Christie arising out of his successful 1994 run to oust an incumbent in a local Garden State race. Then there was Todd Christie, the Governor’s brother, who in 2008 agreed to a settlement of civil charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission in which he acknowledged making “hundreds of trades in which customers had been systematically overcharged.” (Todd also oversaw a family foundation whose activities and purpose raised eyebrows among the vetters.) And all that was on top of a litany of glaring matters that sparked concern on Myers’ team: Christie’s other lobbying clients, his investments overseas, the YouTube clips that helped make him a star but might call into doubt his presidential temperament, and the status of his health.

Ted Newton, managing Project Goldfish under Myers, had come into the vet liking Christie for his brashness and straight talk. Now, surveying the sum and substance of what the team was finding, Newton told his colleagues, If Christie had been in the nomination fight against us, we would have destroyed him—he wouldn’t be able to run for governor again. When you look below the surface, Newton said, it’s not pretty.

Early Sunday morning, July 15, Romney got on a conference call with the Boston brain trust to talk about the veepstakes.

The overwhelming consensus was for Ryan. He was young, telegenic, Irish Catholic, with blue collar appeal, and he might put his state in play. He would rouse the base and sharpen the policy contrast with Obama. While the Ryan budget and Medicare plan were political cons, Romney was half pregnant with them anyway—so why not marry their most articulate defender? Two of Mitt’s closest confidants, former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt and his former business partner Bob White argued that Mitt should pick the best governing partner; privately, both expressed support for Ryan. Look, Mitt, you’ve never worked in Washington, Leavitt said. Having someone who can swing a bat for you on the Hill and knows the budget inside out makes a lot of sense.

But Stevens remained unconvinced about Ryan and adamantly in favor of Christie. Shielded from the crash vet and what it was turning up, Romney’s chief strategist was making a purely political argument—one that contradicted the considered judgment of virtually everyone else on whom Mitt relied for advice. Such was the potency of the Romney-Stevens bond that Mitt kept Christie in the pack.

Romney was somewhat shielded from the Pufferfish vet too, but he knew it wasn’t going smoothly. Myers informed him that a significant problem had not been solved: the severe limits on political donations from the financial community that would have applied to a Romney-Christie ticket under New Jersey’s strict pay-to-play regulations which limited the amounts potential donors employed by financial services firms who did business with the state could contribute.

Romney’s lawyers were still looking into the matter. Facing Obama’s formidable fundraising machine, it appeared that picking Christie could cost Romney a serious chunk of change. One possibility was that if Christie were picked as VP, Romney would no longer be able to raise money from many financial institutions for the rest of the campaign. Not great, but manageable, maybe. Another possibility was that Boston would have to return the cash it had already raised on the Street—­unacceptable. The attorneys had been exploring workarounds; none were watertight.

The easiest solution would be for Christie to resign as governor if he got the nod. A few hours after the conference call, Romney phoned him to float that notion. “Are there any circumstances in which you’d consider resigning to become the nominee?” Mitt asked.

Christie asked for time to think it over.

Romney said that his lawyers were still working on the pay-to-play conundrum.

“Why don’t you talk to your counsel and see what happens?” Christie said.

Romney hung up the phone convinced by Christie’s reaction that resignation was not in the cards. (He was correct.) “Look, let’s find out if we can get an answer” on pay-to-play, he told Myers. But let’s keep pushing on the vet—and pushing on Trenton.

Four nights later, on July 19, Myers’ team put the finishing touches on the Pufferfish vetting dossier. Included was a DVD with some of Christie’s most outlandish or unnerving YouTube hits: his castigating a pro-gay-marriage New Jersey assemblyman as “numb nuts,” his angrily berating a constituent while chasing him down the Seaside Heights boardwalk, brandishing an ice cream cone. But the main event was the 35-page written report titled “Chris Christie memo 71912 FINAL.”

After 11 days of teeth-gnashing labor, several of the issues that the vetters had unearthed around Christie were still unresolved. Myers and her team were sticklers. Uncomfortable producing a final report they considered incomplete, they made a point of being meticulous about framing and flagging the problems, including a refrain in bold applied to a number of items.

On Todd Christie’s securities-fraud settlement: “[Governor] Christie has been asked to disclose whether Todd Christie incurred any monetary or other penalty as a result of the SEC/NYSE action. If Christie’s possible selection is to move forward, this item should be obtained.” On Christie’s defamation lawsuit: “Christie has been asked to provide the terms of the settlement of this matter. If Christie’s possible selection is to move forward, this item should be obtained.” On Christie’s household help: “Christie has been asked to provide the names and documented status of all domestic employees. This material has not been received. If Christie’s possible selection is to move forward, these items should be obtained.” On Christie’s lobbying clients: “Christie has provided only one of the twelve or so [public disclosure] filings made [in the time he was a lobbyist] … If Christie’s possible selection is to move forward, these items should be obtained.

Then there was this: “In response to the questionnaire, Governor Christie indicates that he has no health issues that would hinder him from serving as the vice-presidential nominee. Published reports indicate that Christie suffers from asthma and was briefly hospitalized last year after he suffered an asthma attack. He is also obese and has indicated that he struggles with his weight. ‘The weight exacerbates everything,’ he is quoted as saying. Christie has been asked to provide a detailed medical report. Christie has been asked to provide a copy of all medical records from his most recent physical examination. If Christie’s possible selection is to move forward, this item should be obtained.

Despite the language in the report indicating that Christie had not been sufficiently forthcoming with his medical records, Romney and Myers agreed that what he had provided put their minds at ease about his health. But the dossier on the Garden State governor’s background was littered with potential land mines. Between that and the pay-to play snag, there was no point in thinking about Christie further. With the clock running out, Romney pulled the plug again, this time for good.

Mitt meditated on the choice that now seemed inevitable: Ryan. Beyond all the political pros and cons, Romney felt comfortable with Paul. He reminded Mitt of junior partners he used to work with at Bain: eager, earnest, solicitous, smart and not at all threatening. Bob White had a phrase for these buttoned-down go-getters, which he applied to Ryan: “client-ready.”

On the flight home from his July trip to England, Israel and Poland, Romney inhaled a long profile of Ryan in the New Yorker, which traced the Congressman’s ascendancy to the position of de facto intellectual and ideological leader of the GOP. Impressed by what he read, he gave the piece to Stevens, who paged through it on the plane too. What do you think now? Romney asked.

“I can’t tell you who to fall in love with,” Stevens said with a shrug.

The campaign’s high command held a 45-minute impromptu meeting in Myers’ office the day after Romney returned home. With Christie out of the picture, Stevens switched to making the case for Portman. Romney remained mum about which way he was leaning.

When the meeting was over, he stayed behind with Myers. In five days, she noted, a so-called protective pool of reporters would start accompanying him at all times, making it difficult to orchestrate the kind of secret maneuvers that a vice presidential unveiling entailed. Unless we want to get real cloak and dagger, you should probably make up your mind pretty soon, Myers said.

“Oh, O.K.,” Romney said. “Then I’ve made my choice—I’ll pick Paul Ryan.”

Romney called Ryan and asked him to come to Boston for a sit-down.

Ryan hung up the phone, stunned. Are we ready? he asked his wife Janna. I think this is it.

Ten days later, it was.

Obama was en route from the White House to his Chicago headquarters when the Romney-Ryan ticket debuted on the deck of the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 11. He was surprised by the Ryan pick, couldn’t fathom the political calculation that led Mitt to choose the front man for a set of policies that were so broadly unpopular.

I don’t get it, Obama said to senior adviser David Plouffe and communications director Dan Pfeiffer. Why is he doubling down?

When the President arrived at Chicago HQ, he greeted the troops and settled in for a presentation from campaign manager Jim Messina. The campaign manager addressed the Ryan pick and, more broadly, the state of the race on the eve of the conventions.

The Obamans polled and focus-grouped extensively on Romney’s veep options in order to be ready to respond. Their research showed that Tim Pawlenty’s “pro-beer, pro-hockey” persona might have helped ameliorate the nominee’s case of affluenza. The second best pick was Portman, who would have given Romney a small but significant bump in Ohio.

Putting Ryan on the ticket, by contrast, did nothing good for Romney, in Chicago’s view.

Not only did his presence highlight Medicare and the budget, where the Obamans believed that they were playing the winning hand, but it would let them twin up Romney with the terminally unpopular congressional wing of the GOP. It also seemed to represent a bedrock strategic surrender. For more than a year, Boston had doggedly pursued Stevens’ vision of the race as a referendum, trying to keep the focus on Obama’s economic mismanagement, high unemployment and moribund GDP growth.

The elevation of Ryan seemed to signal a sharp U-turn, highlighting the issues of deficits, entitlements and taxes—and, in so doing, accepting Chicago’s framing of the election as a choice.

From DOUBLE DOWN: Game Change 2012, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Reprinted by arrangement of Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Random House LLC (USA). Copyright (c) 2013 by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

Halperin and Heilemann will appear in their first interviews about “Double Down” on Monday morning on NBC News’ “Today” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

807 comments
RedXIV
RedXIV

The real question is, why did Christie's opponents in the 2009 and 2013 gubernatorial elections not dig up any of this dirt about his history of blatant corruption?

yoda22
yoda22

During two coronations, Time published a succession of puff pieces on Obama; never once was he vetted with any seriousness. Now, two years before the 2016 presidential elections, we have the first (of many, presumably) negative piece about Chris Christie. Time's political bent is obvious to all but the most blind.

RoryVeritas
RoryVeritas

He is the Bully in the Room despite being elephantine in dimension.  Please put him in front of the Republican Party.  It will finally be the death of this group of mean, dysfunctional politicos; and yes, he should be there leader.  Who better to cover up all their bad doings that a person who has abused his office to cover up for his wife, his brother and his other family members.  He has an historical pattern of abusive behavior.  Remember, even the devil can be charming.  

Dana_Tufts
Dana_Tufts

"surveying the sum and substance of what the team was finding, Newton told his colleagues, If Christie had been in the nomination fight against us, we would have destroyed him—he wouldn’t be able to run for governor again"

And yet he did run again -- and trounced his opponent.  Politico reports that "his favorability numbers soared above 70 percent.  How can that be, if Christie is as full of skeletons as Time magazine reports?  If Romney could have destroyed him, why didn't Christie's latest opponent, Barbara Buono, use the dirt laid out for her by Time to cruise to victory?

Answer: there's nothing to these allegations; they're just another Time magazine hatchet job.  Even a superficial look at them shows them to be lame.  Ooh,  Christie worked for the Securities Industry Association at a time when Bernie Madoff also did.  What are you trying to say, Time -- that everyone who worked for the SIA at that time is a crook?  If so, why aren't you complaining about the laziness of the prosecutors who prosecuted Madoff and no one else?  Time has become a ridiculous magazine.

stover.p919
stover.p919

Don't see what all the hubbub is about. Christie IS the 'elephant in the room' only so far as he keeps his butt inside the state of New Jersey, but polling stats outside of that state are so not impressive. . . . Check it out.

mrivera1119
mrivera1119

The more I learn about Romney, Christie and Ryan, the more convinced I become that the only sane, possible choice was President Obama.

JAVIERDCH12
JAVIERDCH12

Have to buy this book. Must be fascinating

M_NJ
M_NJ

Chris Christie....fixing NJ and could help to fix America....look no further than his win Tuesday in NJ....it will be a landslide...WHY?  Because liberal writers and the crap in the above story is the best they could come up with and amounts to a big load of crap.  And really folks.....these things in the "closet" were not found for Christie's governor run....hah hah hah yeah we're that stupid....MSM must be gearing up for 2016 !

Christie tells you like it is.....the others tell you what you want to hear....which one would you rather have in office???

jmac
jmac

Romney's saying Christie can now be the GOP savior.  (Does he go to church?)  

Apparently, good enough to save the GOP, but not good enough to save Romney's campaign.  

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Gotta love the posts on this thread. And then you wonder why most independent voters see the Tea Party as right wing extremists who are killing what was once a great national party.

scm
scm

Christies voting record tells you everything you need to know about him. He is a RINO.

caduceus622
caduceus622

In spite of the tediously detailed journey through establishment political muckery and hackery above, In the end Romney, like all faux "establishment" PC republicans of his ilk, was haunted, shackled and doomed by the Shrek of RINO republicanism!!! Romney was a liberal north-east Gov. who supported gun-control and imposed socialized health-care on his State, and then tried to lamely explain it away. Romney, like everyone else, also knew BHO was a cocaine using pot-head; a criminal/Constitutionally ineligible felony forgeror, multi-alias using, stolen SS# using, forged BC using, Kenyan/Indonesian citizen (as per his own autobiography), fake, phoney, homosexual muslim marxist usurper - but was too paralyzed by fear of negroes rioting and of being called racist to challenge him on any of it! That cost him the Constitutional-Conservative wing of his republican base. Romney also supported gay rights, abortion, and was a mormon refusing to answer detailed questions about his cult religion. That cost him the Christian-Conservative wing of the republican base. On voting day those voters, in the tens of millions...STAYED HOME!!! THAT'S WHY ROMNEY LOST! PERIOD!!! As for "optics", Romney was a stiff robotic Dracula -looking goof suspected of wearing magical underwear, with a running mate who looked like the adult version of "Eddie Munster"!! When the republican "brain trust" cures itself from the debilitating disease of Negrophobia, when the pink-tie girly-men and the bare-thigh blond-bimbo Fox News establishment republican-types learn that when dealing with today's liberal sexually deviant marxist democrats they are dealing with the American version of a "political Taliban" who are vicious take-no-prisioners ideological fanatics, then and only then will such republicans realize you cannot bring the Marquess of Queensbury Rules to such a to-the-death political street fight! Then and only then will republicans have a chance of winning back, WRESTLING back the WH! Otherwise....prepare for Clinton part deux!!!!!

bobbybear1954
bobbybear1954

@RedXIV Have you ever been to New Jersey? Think Sopranos! Christie having dirt in his background is no big deal there!

bobbybear1954
bobbybear1954

@Dana_Tufts You missed the point, 'if Christie had been in the nomination fight', he wasn't, and the dirt remained covered up until Christie started talking like he might run for President!

And your answer is hope, not reality, cause reality is Christie pushed the dirty envelope as Prosecutor in a lot of areas that surpassed the nonsense Bush was doing! These things don't matter at the Governor's level, but their dynamite at the Federal level !

RedXIV
RedXIV

@Dana_Tufts 

Because Barbara Buono is a wimp and an incompetent candidate, maybe?

angryfrog
angryfrog

@Dana_Tufts"How can that be, if Christie is as full of skeletons as Time magazine reports?"

Time didn't report it - this is an excerpt from a book.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mrivera1119 Not every one is intelligent, that is ok I am sure you have some nice qualities about you. Being naive is normal for most democrats.

RedXIV
RedXIV

@M_NJ 

Yes, let's ignore how Christie's "fixing" of New Jersey has done nothing to lower its unemployment rate or grow its economy. 10th highest unemployment rate in the nation and significantly higher than any of the surrounding states.

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

@M_NJ What exactly has he fixed in New Jersey? You may like his style but his record is no big deal.

CharlesEastwest
CharlesEastwest

@M_NJ Mitt Romney's people leaked this vetting report. Mitt Romney's people are not the "MSM." I can only imagine how frustrating it is when all you have is square pegs and all the holes in your conspiracy theory are round.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@MarkTippets what does being fat have to do with is brains?  do you equate fatness with stupidity.

MaryMitch
MaryMitch

@MarkTippets So, making fun of a fat person is funny?  That really disappoints me, that Romney made fun of fat people. Believe me, fat people don't need someone else to tell them they're fat. They KNOW it. So quit shaming them.

RFKA
RFKA

@MarkTippets If you are slim but eat a lot of crap you will be far less healthy than a genetically fat but conscious person.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@jmac No one could have saved Romney, he was a bore and a Mormon. He does have a chance to run for gov. of Utah even if he is not from there. Mormons will always vote for him, its like dems always voting along party lines and blacks voting for blacks just because they are black.

drudown
drudown

@jmac

What does the Tea Party know about being a Christian when they are hell bent on declaring "war" on the poor?

They "outsourced" America's blue collar jobs and REFUSE to extend Food Stamps to them? You expect actual Christians to believe "that's what Jesus would do?"

I find it quite sad that more privileged American voters seem to be more and more hostile to their fellow Americans- as noted above, most are on hard times after the Bush Administration"outsourced" their jobs abroad. And, of course, the Tea Party/Libertarians contend "government cannot have any role" in even creating new jobs at home.

Tell me, WHY would any middle class or blue collar family- much less minority family- vote for the GOP when the GOP refuses to even help them get back on their feet or advance in our society?

Above all, what exactly about "cutting entitlements" is preferable to simply RAISING TAXES as the Constitution clearly requires for the People's General Welfare? (watch documentary "We're Not Broke" on Netflix or Youtube)

For purposes of hypothetical…let's play a game. It's called "but then what?"

Tea Party types cannot credibly contend that "you want to end Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid" as if it has no "cost". What is the logical consequence of "the end of all welfare and entitlements"?

But then what?

Mass looting, rioting for food?

I'm being serious and want a serious response, please.


The last time the GOP was "pushing" for such drastic action (see, e.g., invade Iraq) all their promises proved to be false. Whether it would be "a cakewalk" or "the oil revenues alone will pay for the Iraq war"…what possible reason would ANY VOTER vote in the GOP party that has openly declared "war" on the very Social Programs and Entitlements that our less fortunate and elderly depend on?

Makes ZERO sense. 

These "Entitlements" help make America GREAT. 

Spare us the propaganda we don't want it but "deserve" the Decider's "shut down"...

RedXIV
RedXIV

@caduceus622 

If Birther psychopaths are "the base", then the Republican Party might as well just disband. You're not going to win anything with that "base".

johnwalles
johnwalles

@caduceus622 You and the 100% or nothing team are the reason Obama is in office.  Oh no, a RINO might get elected!!!!!  Are you Fxxking Kidding me????  Romney was a poor candidate and an even worse VP picker.  BUT even a poor Repub candidate is better than a great Dem candidate.  Boy o Boy you really showed everybody.  Read the rest of the book and you will see Obama is just as Snarky as Romney.

The lack of Romney to connect at the retail level leads me to think he may have a bit of Asperger Syndrome, especially with all those stupid comments describing Michigan as a child as well as other weird descriptions.

I would take Cristie in a heart beat, fat ass and all.  The shock that Mitt's team had on everything going through Christies team is just Big City Politics,.  He learned from Giuliani in NYC.

Free
Free

@caduceus622 Personal attacks don't justify the fact that you whiners stayed home to sulk instead of voting for the lesser of the two evils. You have helped to drive this country to the brink. It would absolutely fabulous if you just continued to stay home and kept your mouth shut.

Tero
Tero

@caduceus622

"homosexual muslim marxist usurper"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

barneydidit
barneydidit

@caduceus622 Ahh yes...the old "failure to energize the base" problem rears it's head again.  May I suggest you guys on the right immediately begin the process of nominating Ted Cruz, or perhaps Rand Paul as your candidate for 2016?  Just trying to help. 

Dana_Tufts
Dana_Tufts

Yes, a book by Mark Halperin -- ***who works for Time magazine***.

mrivera1119
mrivera1119

@Openminded1 @mrivera1119 Oh, how I love clueless wingnuts! You made my day. The party of Sara Palin, Michele Bachman and Tom Delay, questioning other people's intelligence with no other evidence than they are all hurt because Willard was blown out of the political arena by President Obama? Priceless.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@SmoothEdward1 @M_NJ Smooth you should admire his style, I rarely agree with you ,but i think you have style. What has Obama done, or any politician in the past 10 years that is worth bragging about?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@CharlesEastwest @M_NJ Ah the naivete of bleeding heart liberals. You morons would vote for Charlie Manson or Oj if they could run for political office and where dems. You vote along party lines like the followers you are.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Free @caduceus622 You mean like you bleeding heart libs who just vote along party lines no matter who is running, along as its a democrat. What a joke.  When OJ gets pardoned by Obama he is going to run for political office I am sure you dems will help his campaign.

bobbybear1954
bobbybear1954

@Openminded1 Like it or not, you are a Republican, so step out of the closet, be a man, fess up to your stupidity, be a proud Republican wingnut!

Ryoushi
Ryoushi

@Openminded1Liar, you are just another cheap feeble minded republican troll who in your typical sociopathic way cannot even admit to what you are.  by the way , Are still killing kittens for fun?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@BubbaJones1 Bubba a real red neck name for a bleeding heart wimp liberal. You are also a dumb red neck, an independent does not equate to being a republican. Independent is just what it is, someone who does not vote along party lines. Now  that would be a democratic  follower, you guys would vote for Charles Manson or OJ if they were on a ballot even if they are convicted felons and murderers. I vote for whom i like and i think is the best person for the job. I would vote for Snoop Dog before voting for Obama, at least with the dog you get what you see and hear. Not a bs liar and racist like Barry O.

mrivera1119
mrivera1119

@Openminded1 I'm a Democrat , a lady and smart enough to laugh a your confusion. Maybe you can start a party for confused, opportunistic dirty old men. Good luck.

BubbaJones1
BubbaJones1

@Openminded1 Hardly a reason to vote that wing-nut into the Vice Presidency.  If you rarely vote Democratic and claim to be Independent you ARE a Republican and you need to go back to watching Faux News and losing elections...and oiling your gun...and watching storage wars.  2024 will be the next time your party will have a chance at the White House.  Have someone wake you up then.

Openminded1
Openminded1

Ps I did not like the mormon either, But I liked the Muslim racist liar barry even less.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mrivera1119 @Openminded1 You assume a little to much dummy, I am no fan of Delays, bachman, or Cruz, and I am not a Gop guy either. I am what you would call an Independent. I do not vote along party lines, I must admit I rarely vote democratic I fine them pretty much wimpy and bleeding hearts, but I have voted for a few in my 63 years of life. As far as Sarah Palin is concerned I as an old man admire her rack and ass and would not throw her out of a bed weather she drinks tea or not.