Morning Briefing: October 1, 2012
by Jen Green
Establishment favorite Chris Christie toes the party line
There’s a lot riding on Mitt Romney’s performance in the first presidential debate on Wednesday night, and Chris Christie is upping the ante. He went on “Face the Nation” with one of the “moderators/Obama’s Sports Information department” of one of the upcoming debates Bob Schieffer and said “the whole race will be turned upside down” by Romney’s performance. And in a moment of deference, when Schieffer asked about Christie running in 2016 he said, “Mitt Romney’s going to win, so I don’t have to address it.”
It seems strange, then, after this bit of cheerleading that Christie hasn’t gotten the memo on Todd Akin. Now that Akin’s numbers show him in good shape to win the Missouri Senate race the Senate Republicans are striking a different tone about helping to fund his campaign against Claire McCaskill. But Christie is just as adamant as Mitt Romney and Reince Priebus about hating on a social conservative much harder than the establishment ever does on Democrats.
Like Priebus did last weekend, Christie went on George Stephanopoulos’s “This Week” and threw Akin under the bus.
What a good soldier.
The Supreme Court is back. Does anyone know what to expect?
The Supreme Court is back in session today. Still smarting from the betrayal of Chief Justice John “I was appointed by a Republican” Roberts, conservatives are nervously watching the to see how the court will rule on the big issues on the table right now: voting rights, Proposition 8 in California, affirmative action, and one of the provisions in DOMA.
If the end of last session taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected from this court.
A Tragic Milestone in Afghanistan
A “misunderstanding” led to a firefight between our soldiers and their Afghani “allies” over the weekend, killing two American soldiers. Their deaths bring the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in that country to 2,000.
The war has cost the American taxpayer over 450 billion dollars. There are no Christian churches or schools left in the country. Muslim clerics are now openly supporting the Taliban and urging their countrymen to “resist the occupation.” The evening news rarely covers the war and the public interest and knowledge has gone to almost nil.
And we’ve lost 2,000 American soldiers.