Christie Goes Big
1:59 AM, Aug 29, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
At the beginning of his speech, Christie recounted how his Sicilian mother had taught him that "there would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected. She said to always pick being respected, that love without respect was always fleeting -- but that respect could grow into real, lasting love."
"I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved," Christie explained. "Our leaders today have decided it is more important to be popular, to do what is easy and say 'yes,' rather than to say no when 'no' is what's required."
Christie didn't mention Obama by name. He deftly attacked Obama by simply lumping him together with other nameless failed politicians who had chosen popularity over leadership. That made Obama seem quite small.
Christie talked about the success achieved in New Jersey over the past three years--tax cuts, a balanced budget, pension reform, and education reform. He then drew sharp contrasts between Republicans and Democrats on big issues at the federal level.
"I know this simple truth and I'm not afraid to say it: our ideas are right for America and their ideas have failed America," Christie said. "Let's be clear with the American people tonight. Here's what we believe as Republicans and what they believe as Democrats."
"Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to put us back on the path to growth and create good paying private sector jobs again in America," Christie said. "Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to end the torrent of debt that is compromising our future and burying our economy. Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to end the debacle of putting the world's greatest health care system in the hands of federal bureaucrats and putting those bureaucrats between an American citizen and her doctor."
Christie's speech is drawing some criticism for not focusing more on Romney and Romney's accomplishments. But a speech focused on big issues and a forward-looking agenda is probably far more beneficial for Romney than a speech looking back at Romney's work at Bain capital, the 2002 Olympics, and his term as Massachusetts governor.
“What will our children and grandchildren say of us? Will they say we buried our heads in the sand?” Christie asked. “Or will they say we stood up and made the tough choices needed to preserve our way of life? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my children and grandchildren to have to read in a history book what it was like to live in an American Century. I don't want their only inheritance to be an enormous government that has overtaxed, overspent and over-borrowed a great people into second-class citizenship. I want them to live in a second American Century. ”