Christie Snub Proves GOP Loves Crazy, Unelectable Candidates
Republicans embrace losing as sign of 'purity:' Roger Simon
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2013 12:16 PM CST
In this Feb. 19, 2013 photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie smiles as he answers a question in Lavallette, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – The GOP seems determined to embrace "crazy" candidates while eschewing moderates who could actually win national elections, writes Roger Simon on Politico. Take the recent snub of Chris Christie, who was not invited to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Who was invited? Such "winners" as Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney. Neither of them could win a national election, yet Republicans apparently see them as the future of the party. Meanwhile, Christie "is a winner in a party that embraces losing as a sign of faith and purity."

"Because he is a Republican governor in a Democratic state and has an approval rating of 74%," and because he is not afraid to praise the president or lambast his own party when he sees fit, Christie is seen as "suspect." If they were smart, Republicans would learn to nominate likable candidates who actually inspire passion, but Simon predicts nothing will change. "To many hard-core Republicans, the party has wasted nomination after nomination on wishy-washy mock conservatives who are not true believers and who are not willing to drink the Kool-Aid," he writes. "Crazy? Crazy is what a lot of Republicans yearn for." Click for Simon's full column. (Or check out why one columnist thinks Christie wouldn't win at the national level.)

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Mar 6, 2013 9:33 AM CST
Christie might look good to Dems now for what he's done lately, but he still has ideas that would hurt the 98%. The sooner ALL Republicans are out of office and replaced with Dems, the better.
Mar 6, 2013 8:41 AM CST
Though I don't agree with 70% of what Christie says he gave credit where credit was due and that, in the eyes of the GOP was a "mistake".
Mar 6, 2013 7:50 AM CST
What a stupid article CPAC is not a Republican organ although more members are GOP than Democrats. This is no different than the Communists, socialists and anarchists being more democrat than Republican. Chris Christie is a fiscal conservative but on all other issues is quite liberal. This is why he was not an invited party. The GOP had nothing to do with it CPAC member.