Christie Tells Old People: Stop Being Selfish And Die!

GRRR!! sez Christie, as he gives a hateful-looking scowl while saying the magic words "We are the United States of America." One gets the feeling that in Christieland, this is akin to saying "We are the Roman Empire—and the world is our slave!" While lots of Republicans probably agree with that sentiment, looking fierce (or crazy) while trying to threaten the world with the USA manifest destiny crap is so Dubya.
Horrid-looking and sounding Chris Christie, who is all for austerity programs for other people, but not himself, told an adoring crowd of well-fed, white people at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday night, that old people in America were anxious to be sacrificed to insure their grandchildren had a better future.

Seldom have we seen divisiveness encouraged to this extreme, by an idiot pol trying to cause, instead of solve, a generation gap.

As Christie said, discussing the necessity, as he and the GOP call it, of "saving" Medicare by pushing old people off the cliff—or hey, maybe into Soylent Green:
"We know seniors not only want the programs to survive, but they just as badly want them secured for their grandchildren. Our seniors are not selfish."
Well, that's good—because somebody had better not be selfish—and if we hold our breaths waiting for the GOP to be that unselfish crew, we might as well go over the cliff along with grandma in her wheelchair when Paul Ryan makes her "affordable".

But, I actually think that old people's grandchildren want something other than what Chris Christie was claiming: they probably want their grandparents to survive, and for Medicare and other programs to be in place to help them do it. They probably also want Chris Christie to go on an austerity program on some other planet, where his political ideology can be inflicted on his own kind—giant balls of hot gas—instead of Americans.

Describing some kind of post-Apocalytic America, where snarling animals (i.e., non-rich Americans) are fighting over a shrinking pie—or really stinking pile—of wasteful government services, Christie assured his often delirious-looking audience that Republicans, unlike Democrats, would do whatever it took to earn respect (i.e., unquestioning obedience) through brutal budget-cutting, even if that meant Americans found it difficult to love the GOP—or especially Mitt Romney.

Obviously, the idea of this rhetoric was to imply that unlovable Romney would do the hard things to make America better again—you know, for the rich people. Meanwhile, that guy people love, Barack Obama, he WON'T do the hard things, like gutting welfare, because, apparently, Barack Obama doesn't want to go down in history as an uncivilized monster.

One couldn't help but wonder if Chris Christie was just playing Mitt Romney for a sucker, in other words, convincing him to be the "hard news" bringer to America—an America which has had a belly full of hard news and hard breaks and actually would like some encouragement.

The very thing Christie was telling Romney to abandon—any concern to make people like him—is a great path to sinking Romney's candidacy and setting up Christie to run in 2016. Same thing with Paul Ryan. Does he REALLY want to sit in the VP's office for eight years, waiting for his chance, when 2016 would seem to be the logical year for him?

A number of times, the camera in the convention hall focused on a very unhappy-looking Mitt Romney, who must have realized that, in addition to Christie mainly talking about himself, his notion that Americans had been "coddled" by Democrats and just needed some tough love—except without the love part—sounded perfectly insane.

At least, it must have sounded that way, if Mitt Romney still has any serious interest in being elected to public office again. On Tuesday night, he looked too tired to even bother thinking about it.

When Christie finally got to the part of his keynote address where he actually mentioned the Republican nominee, Romney barely acknowledged the tepid applause in the hall, and failed to even get up out of his chair to make a pretense of being engaged with the people. It was like watching an anti-politician. And while a lot of people claim that is what they want, watching anti-politics in action is kind of creepy, which is the operative word when talking about Mitt Romney.