Lion of the Blogosphere

Kris Kobach for Attorney General?

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This is good news.

With Rudy Giuliani in line for Secretary of State, and Chris Christie out because of Bridgegate and because Kushner is still pissed at him for putting his father in prison, this opens the door for Kris Kobach, a true committed anti-immigration believer to be AG. We can also be sure that Kobach won’t be prosecuting cops for doing their jobs.

As good as Christie is at yelling at Democrats, his views on law enforcement are probably not much different from Jeb Bush.

But I feel bad for Christie. He was the first major Republican to endorse Trump, he deserves some reward for his loyalty.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 16, 2016 at 11:59 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. Whoever is AG, it is crucially important to TRUMP’s political future that they not enforce federal marijuana laws in the states that have legalized.

    Two in the Bush

    November 16, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    • Trump is personally anti-drug. He doesn’t even drink alcohol. He has fifties values, and in the fifties no one smoked weed. I don’t think Trump is going to be libertarian on this issue.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 16, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      • Trump is all over the place on marijuana. My guess is that he doesn’t care much either way and I agree with TITB that it would hurt him politically. He’ll probably recognize this (his kids will let him know) and leave things up to the states. I also tend to buy the rumors about Trump and cocaine. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he was an occasional user in the 80s and 90s.

        Horace Pinker

        November 16, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      • I also tend to buy the rumors about Trump and cocaine. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he was an occasional user in the 80s and 90s.

        LOL…………….no.

        Howard Dean and the Brooklyn hipsters who ran Hillary’s campaign are not a reliable source.

        Rifleman

        November 16, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      • Liberals are going a little too far with the THC laws. Denver is allowing public marijuana in bars and clubs though they won’t allow tobacco. smiling at the thought of no restrictions on drugs in blue states.

        cesqy

        November 16, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      • @Rifleman, I don’t think Trump avoids alcohol for puritanical reasons or because he holds 50s values (although he does seem to hold some 50s values). I think he doesn’t drink because he has a family history of alcoholism and it killed his brother. Cocaine is a relatively benign drug when used alone and Trump would have been around it all the time in the 80s and 90s, considering the company he kept. It’s also a drug that would compliment Trump’s personality very well.

        Trump used to employ a convicted cocaine trafficker. Occasional use decades ago doesn’t sound that far fetched.

        Horace Pinker

        November 16, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      • It’s certainly believable that he would be a big drug user and than adamantly claim that he never used them. The same way that he supported so many american military interventions and than claimed at every opportunity he was opposed to them from the beginning.

        Magnavox

        November 16, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      • Seeing that Obama admitted having used cocaine, and Bush was a rumored to have, this won’t be the first time that a POTUS had used an illegal substance (also, Clinton and marijuana). The real question is when they LAST used said drug. If it’s measured in decades, I really don’t care.

        Half Canadian

        November 16, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      • Trump would be a lot more mellow if he had gone through any kind of drug use phase.

        Camlost

        November 16, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      • “He has fifties values, and in the fifties no one smoked weed.”

        The only exceptions were beatniks, jazz and blues musicians.

        Lewis Medlock

        November 17, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    • Immigrants are taking our jerbs! LOL.

      Rifleman

      November 16, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    • I think it’s much more important that he goes after big businesses and finance. Trump needs to be able to credibly claim that he’s sticking up for the little guy more than he needs to appeal to young people and libertarians.

      Magnavox

      November 16, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      • Weed isn’t a conservative or liberal thing. The “split” on weed is generational, even more than basic political orientation is. Young conservatives want weed to be legalized, too. Shit, even middle-aged conservatives at this point. The only real obstacle when it comes to weed is the 65+ bracket. Anyone younger than that can probably see prohibition for what it is.

        It will be a real tragedy if Trump, or anyone around him, takes steps to squash the movement toward legalization, although I have no idea what public reaction would be. I’m thinking it could be considerably ugly…people demanded their same-sex marriage, while very few of us benefit from it directly. People actually use and enjoy weed.

        Klambake

        November 17, 2016 at 8:38 am

  2. Just get Christie a lifetime pass to the Trump Grill.

    Tom

    November 16, 2016 at 12:35 pm

  3. Kobach is great and equally as important YOUNG. Sessions, Rudy, Newt don’t give the movement a youthful face. Optics and image are crucial for the alt. right movement. It can’t be just familiar crusty old faces.

    Christie does deserve a reward, but he’s too fat to have out there too much. Just give him a coupon book to subway.

    fakeemail

    November 16, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    • Kris Kobach for Attorney General?

      If so then Gothemette and Ann Coulter will be thrilled.

      Kobach is great and equally as important YOUNG. Sessions, Rudy, Newt don’t give the movement a youthful face. Optics and image are crucial for the alt. right movement. It can’t be just familiar crusty old faces.

      So true. We don’t need Giuliani and Newt the Swamp Creature out there.

      Look who Trump made his Chief of Staff and the new Chair of the RNC. Fairly young and presentable.

      Keep Sessions in the Senate. He has power there and can talk with any Sec Def or Sec State about policy details.

      I think this is why Scott Brown may come out of the woodwork for something, maybe Sec State. Because he’s youthful and attractive. Trump likes that.

      Trump needs to read that Snake poem and think about Paul the snake Ryan and others. They are working to steal the election.

      Rifleman

      November 16, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      • “If so then Gothemette and Ann Coulter will be thrilled.”

        Have you ever seen us in the same room together?

        gothamette

        November 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      • Kobach ‘gets’ our predicament and the urgency to turn things around (especially in TX, FL and GA) in a way that older guys like Giulianni probably don’t. Getting Kobach some more white house experience could help boost his profile and potentially open him up for a white house run in 2024. In any case, it’s never too early to start farming the next generation of Trumpist republican elders.

        Economic Sophisms

        November 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      • “Kris Kobach for Attorney General?

        If so then Gothemette and Ann Coulter will be thrilled.”

        They’re not the only one. This is one of those fantasy league dream-come-true appointments.

        Mike Street Station

        November 17, 2016 at 6:09 am

    • Trump could defuse all the “sexism” accusations over the beauty queen by announcing that Christie can have a job in the administration if he sheds 50 lbs. “See? I’m even-handed when it comes to FAT!”

      Marty

      November 16, 2016 at 7:06 pm

  4. kobach’s probably the best available choice for ag. i expect increased employer immigration violation prosecutions. trump isn’t caving (and why would he?)

  5. As a reward for Christie, how about ambassador to someplace nice?

    Kobach for one of the prestigious cabinet positions (basically State, Defense, AG, NSA, maybe Homeland Security) is good because it sets him up for future elective office. State Secretary of State comes across as a weird choice for president or vice-president, but federal Attorney General would sound perfectly normal.

    Greg Pandatshang

    November 16, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    • In addition to the bad blood between Kushner and Christie, I think there may be some worry among the Trump transition team that Bridgegate may prevent Christie from securing Senate confirmation. Unfortunately, ambassadorships also require Senate confirmation.

      nebbish

      November 16, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    • He could be ambassador to Kenya, but that involves a serious risk of him being mistaken for an elephant and murdered by ivory poachers.

      driveallnight

      November 17, 2016 at 9:59 am

  6. Unfortunately for Christie he is not an asset at this point. Trump should throw him under the bus, gently.

    Yakov

    November 16, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    • Christie has to be substantially rewarded somehow. He’s not in the inner circle precisely because he was the first establishment guy to break ranks long before Trump had the upper hand. Taking down Rubio, his endorsement were a huge help at a critical time. It’s critical that Trump be seen to reward those who helped and won’t just discard them when they’re no longer needed. The ambassador idea isn’t a bad one.

      Giovanni Dannato

      November 16, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      • This – without CC running interference in NH, Trump never makes it anywhere close to the WH

        uatu

        November 16, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      • Maybe ambassador to Turkey or Hungary.

        fakeemail

        November 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      • Agreed. If Christie didn’t have the bridgegate thing and a number of other problems of his own making he might be better suited. Make him ambassador to Spain or Italy and he can stuff himself all day.

        Economic Sophisms

        November 16, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      • @fakeemail: Maybe ambassador to Turkey or Hungary.

        Or Chile.

        E. Rekshun

        November 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      • Unfortunately for Christie he is not an asset at this point. Trump should throw him under the bus, gently.

        This would be unfair to Christie and to the bus driver who would suffer worse injuries than Christie.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        November 16, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      • Trump likes loyalty and Christie has been loyal, but that doesn’t mean you give cronies jobs willie nillie. I think Christie should get something, but it has to be so far away from the White House that if something does blow up from Bridgegate it doesn’t make a difference.

        Mike Street Station

        November 17, 2016 at 6:06 am

      • Maybe Christie could be named a “Presidential Adviser.” But in reality he would just be a figurehead without power. And Trump would campaign for him in New Jersey.

        Steven Johnson

        November 17, 2016 at 9:36 am

  7. Kobach also passes the Lion test of, well, everything: HarvardHarvardHarvard, with Oxbridge thrown in there somewhere.

    gothamette

    November 16, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    • Harvard undergrad, oxford rhodes scholarship masters, yale law school (which people in the know know outranks harvard law).

      The problem with that pedigree is that it’s incredibly unlikely that he is both anti immigrant and economically populist.

      Magnavox

      November 16, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      • He’s from Kansas. I seriously doubt he’s a globalist. I think he understands how so called free trade has hurt average Americans, and that we can, like Germany & Japan, have high wage industrial labor. I think he’s woke.

        gothamette

        November 16, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      • I want an attorney general that has it in for big businesses and wall street just as much as immigrants.

        Magnavox

        November 16, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      • I want an attorney general that has it in for big businesses and wall street just as much as immigrants.

        But your candidate lost so your preference for AG doesn’t matter. You don’t get to have what you want.

        And illegal aliens aren’t “immigrants”.

        Rifleman

        November 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    • Nitpick, but he was a Marshall Scholar, not a Rhodes Scholar.

      He also graduated HUG as the top gov major, which is pretty impressive for someone who I imagine (even then) was pretty conservative.

      Renault

      November 16, 2016 at 6:31 pm

  8. I also feel bad for Christie and think he should be rewarded for the risks he took and loyalty he’s shown. Bridgegate is a real shame because it wasn’t his fault and grossly exaggerated. But leftists are evil. So I understand why he can’t take a prominent role. Maybe he can take a quieter role while he repairs his reputation and take a larger role later on.

    destructure

    November 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm

  9. I feel Lion is way of base here. If Christie were being dumped because of some kind of personal grudge his stepson holds, why was Christie brought in to the inner circle in the first place? Kushner has been around the whole time. Kushner is not responsible for Christie’s downfall, the Bridgegate Verdicts (which came down on Nov. 4th) are. Guilty on all counts. Single mother of four facing twenty years in prison. And Chris Christie still denying any knowledge. Christie is completely toxic. The NJ legislature is talking about reopening hearings. His approval rating in NJ is now at 21%. The day after the verdicts came in Christie canceled his campaign appearances for Trump.

    Christie was loyal, yes, and if Christie were being unfairly attacked then by all means Trump should stand by him. But that isn’t what happened here. Trump has no obligation to remain loyal in the face of corruption. He was elected to drain the swamp. He can’t nominate an AG that most people believe (and not without reason) belongs in jail.

    PerezHBD

    November 16, 2016 at 3:47 pm

  10. No need to put Gov. Christie in the Cabinet or in some other prominent position, but it would be great to reward him with an ambassadorship to a nice country. Maybe the Ambassador to Italy, since Christie’s mother is of Sicilian descent? And the other governor who supported Trump early on, Paul LePage, should also be rewarded. Maybe LePage would be good as the Ambassador to Canada (since he is Governor of Maine, and of French-Canadian descent)?

    Loyalty should be rewarded, and both of those governors were early supporters, plus Trump did get one electoral vote from Maine’s second district.

    Yankee

    November 16, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    • Le Page I agree. Make him Ambassador to France and drive the left wing media over there crazy. But Ambassadors require Senate confirmation too so nominating Christie for one of those opens up the same can of worms as naming him to the Cabinet would. Christie’s “reward” should be the promise of a pardon should it become necessary. And if Trump pardons him, he should pardon the underlings too.

      PerezHBD

      November 16, 2016 at 5:46 pm

  11. Of the huge field of Republican candidates this year, Chris Christie was one of the few I grew more fond of. The way he destroyed Rubio was one of my favorite moments of the election season. I would definitely like to see Trump reward Christie for his loyalty in some form or another. The good thing is Trump has the reward loyalty (and remember your enemy) personality type.

    My biggest hope for Trump’s Presidency is that he tries to do everything he talked about on the campaign trail no matter how much Democrats scream and cry. The good thing is he isn’t the cave in to pressure type like so many other Republicans. He will fight to push his agenda through. What exciting times we are living in.

    Jay Fink

    November 16, 2016 at 5:24 pm

  12. I lost all respect for Christie after he raised the gas prices in NJ a few weeks ago.

    Logik

    November 16, 2016 at 6:05 pm

  13. But I feel bad for Christie. He was the first major Republican to endorse Trump, he deserves some reward for his loyalty.

    How about Head of FEMA, so Trump can one day praise him, “you’re doing one helluva job Christie!”

    E. Rekshun

    November 16, 2016 at 6:08 pm

  14. Christie was helpful and deserved to be compensated. However, he messed up and loyal people need to know that loyalty alone isn’t enough without performace. If you become a liability, you get liquidated. This is for the good of the common cause that everybody is serving, nothing personal. Today it’s just not getting a position in the government, a couple of hundred years back the consequences were more severe or even lethal. This is how things should be, just like in the stock market: cut your losers, but let your winners run. Just plain logic and common sense. Cruel but fair.

    Yakov

    November 16, 2016 at 10:27 pm


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