The senator from Kentucky today invited Christie to “patch things up,” after the Republicans — both possible contenders for the White House in 2016 — went at it in a dispute over national security and federal disaster aid that has dominated political discourse for days.
“We’re going to have to patch things up,” Paul told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “If we can sit down, I’m inviting him for a beer. Anytime he would like to come down and sit down at the pub right around the corner from the Senate and have a beer.”
But alas, it was not to be. Just hours later Gov. Christie said in a radio interview that he’s simply too busy running for reelection and that while he would try to make time the next time he’s in Washington, he doesn’t think he’ll “be there anytime soon.”
What is most surprising about this spat is how quickly it escalated from a difference of opinion to an all-out feud. I mean these guys are supposed to be in the same party, right?
During President Obama’s term in office the libertarian wing of the Republican Party has really come into its own as a movement. And over the past few months they have started flexing their new found muscles and demanding to have say in party policy. Predictably there’s blow back from the establishment, particularly from Northeast Republicans and national security hawks.
The problem for guys like Christie is that the “big tough guy” terrorist fighting compassionate conservative model no longer works. More and more, Americans are skeptical of US anti-terrorism efforts and concerned about the balance between liberty and security. To put it plainly, just shouting “9/11!” whenever there is dissent on national security issues is no longer a compelling argument. The sooner Republicans like Christie realize that, the better it will be for their party.