In a previous guest post by our good friend @Anomaly100, CPAC Insider says Chris Christie ‘not a conservative’. Bull pucky. He's just better at appealing to a broader spectrum of voters than your typical right winger, and he has his Moments of Reasonable.
As I posted here in Think for yourself. Ask questions. Do your homework, Chris Christie is, indeed, a conservative, not some moderate Republican who should "switch to the Democratic party" as many of my more naive and/or trusting Twitter pals suggest. Just because he said “There is only one group to blame: the House majority and their Speaker, John Boehner” proves only that he occasionally contradicts his fellow Republicans with an eye toward his political future. As I said in my post:
Suddenly, because of one moment of justified outrage by this conservative, egocentric blowhard, I’m hearing how Democrats who couldn’t stand the guy are now saying they’re “fans.” That’s the word I’ve heard today, “fans.” And as I wrote in that very post, Chris Christie is indeed charismatic, even entertaining, and of course, blunt. But let’s not forget that he’s still rude, nasty, and this guy: Link. Link. ...
One good deed, one positive news cycle, one moment of clarity or leadership does not warrant unconditional praise or represent a 180 turnaround. Approval, yes. But being that easily impressed and elevating someone so undeserving to hero status is mystifying. Qualifying such a leap in adoration would be helpful.
To further drive the point home, here Christie is at last year's CPAC bragging about how he didn't work with the Democratic legislature to balance the budget (H/t: @Litzz11) (Relevant segment starts at about 2:15):
Here is the Ed Show segment from which the image was grabbed:
My favorite line came from E.J. Dionne:
"Well, I think the car of this CPAC conference is going to be the Edsel. I mean, this is a really backward-looking meeting when you look at the guests they have."