Useful Idiots: Romney, Christie Use Exeter Protesters As Foils

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was at Exeter High to back Mitt Romney Sunday.

EXETER- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stuffed the gym at Exeter High on behalf of frontrunner Mitt Romney Sunday evening. Christie wasn’t able to do it alone: Seven hundred people packed the space, plus another couple hundred stood in an overflow gym after police blocked more from entering.

Romney and Christie were both interrupted by chants from a handful of Occupy protesters, and both politicians skillfully used the protesters to their advantage. Left-wing protesters interrupted events of many candidates over the weekend.

“Let’s hear a cheer!” Romney prompted, and the crown responded by drowning out the protesters. Acknowledging free speech rights including a right to protest, “Next time, try to do it with more courtesy,” Romney called out as police escorted a couple women to the door.

Minutes later, chants of “Christie kills jobs” greeted theNew Jerseygovernor. “Oh, really?” Christie responded, clearly relishing an opportunity to mix it up with the hecklers,Jerseystyle. YouTube has plenty of examples of Christie mocking protesters, and the Occupiers obliged.

This was a full-production, rally-style event, not a town hall. A large stage and press riser combined to take up about half the floor space in the gym. The set also included an enormous American flag and a scoreboard-sized electronic debt clock tallying the national debt (15.2 trillion and counting). An enormous media contingent, including at least 29 full-size TV cameras, covered the event.

The media contingent included at least 29 large TV cameras.

The group standing on stage behind Romney included state Sen. Jack Barnes from nearby Raymond, formerNew Hampshire first lady Nancy Sununu, and uber-Romney activist Beverly Bruce. Mrs. Romney, three Romney sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren were also there. “The better you’re doing, the more family shows up,” Romney joked. State Sen. Jeb Bradley, who used to represent this area in Congress, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte warmed up the crowd for Romney’s entrance.

Romney, Christie, and Ayotte also swung through the overflow room before entering the main hall, according to an attendee who was in the side area.

Romney’s remarks were mostly rah-rah, heavy on patriotism. “I don’t believe in Europe, I believe inAmerica,” Romney assured the crowd. He portrayed the president as seeking to expand an entitlement mentality inAmerica, sowing seeds of envy against successful people.

Christie picked up on the theme. “Barack Obama is the most pessimistic person I’ve ever seen in the Oval Office,” Christie said. “He doesn’t do angry well. He doesn’t care that you’re angry,” Christie said, motioning towards the protesters. “He just wants you to be angry at someone else.”

U.S. Sen Kelly Ayotte (right) was on the trail, once again, for Romney.

President Obama seesAmericaas having a fixed pie that “isn’t getting any bigger,” Christie said. The president sees someone with a big slice of pie and encourages having government take most of it and then redistribute a small amount to others.

fergus@ferguscullen.com, January 8, 2012

Author: Fergus Cullen

Fergus Cullen is a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party (2007-2008) and an editorial page columnist for the New Hampshire Union Leader.

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  • C. dog e. doG

    What they should have done was ask Romney, The Plastic RINO how much he proposes to cut (not reduce from an automatic increase) from THE FED. Gov. budget?  Or which agencies he has targeted for the Ax?  Or which wars he will end or start?  Those are questions real republicans should want answers to.
    – C. dog lifts rear leg to shower Romney’s campaign with gov-luv

    • Anonymous

      C dog, if the conservative candidates do not require Romney to face his less than illustrious political and business past– Obama will– but too late for America’s future.

      Colleagues tell me that Sara Palin, Herman Cain, an unnamed Florida senator, Donald Trump, Governor Perry–if his SC efforts are unproductive–all,  will endorse Gingrich. Sara Palin’s husband has already endorsed Gingrich.

      My comments to these self-styled political illuminati  was that if four of them do no do so before the SC event, it may be too late.Time is the most underrated of political determinants.

  • Anonymous

    A SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS A POLITICIAN TO PURCHASE LIES IN HIS BEHALF AND DECEIVE VOTERS IN HIS FAVOR AND SAY: “I CAN’ TELL THEM WHAT TO PURPORT” — IS NOT TRUSTWORTHY TO BE AMERICA’S PRESIDENT.

    ALL ALONG I KNEW THAT ROMNEY WAS A FALSE CONSERVATIVE– A GENUINE CONSERVATIVE CANNOT BE ELECTED TO THE GOVERNORSHIP OF MASSACHUSETTS. ROMNEY HAD TO PROVE HE WAS AS LIBERAL AS TED KENNEDY. HE DID SO.

    I NOW HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE IN ROMNEY’S STATURE AS  AN HONEST GENTLEMAN. THE LIES TOLD WITH HIS APPROVAL ON NEWT GINGRICH CHANGES HIS ENTIRE IMAGE WITH SERIOUS VOTERS,    

  • Anonymous

    RON PAUL’S  EGALITARIAN PRINCIPAL OF  PERFECT LIBERTY FOR ALL,  WILL ASSURE THAT IN OUR REPUBLIC,  IN  TERMS OF POT AVAILABILITY— ***NO CHILD WILL BE LEFT BEHIND***.

    WHEN CANNABIS  IS  LEGALIZED, AND IS WITHIN THE GRASP OF CHILDREN, AND IS,  AS READILY AVAILABLE  AS POP CYCLES AND PEPSI,  WHAT WILL RESULT??  INTELLIGENT KIDS ARE NEAR UNIVERSALLY CURIOUS, ESPECIALLY REGARDING OLDER KIDS  “ ADULT INTERESTS.” 

    BARRACK OBAMA IS,  DAILY, BURYING  OUR GRANDCHILDREN AND THEIR GRANDCHILDREN WITH CRIMINAL DEBT. PAUL WOULD, IF HE LISTENS TO MANY OF HIS SUPPORTERS, LEGALIZE ***ALL DRUGS***.  ASK HIS YOUTH WHY THEY LEFT OBAMA FOR PAUL.

    THE IDEA IS THAT POLICE ARE KEPT TOO  BUSY  HANDLING DRUG VIOLATIONS, AND THIS RENDERS  THEM UNABLE TO HANDLE OTHER LAW BREAKERS.  PAUL’S   RADICAL THOUGHTS  WOULD BURY OUR ALREADY  DERELICT AND STRUGGLING PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITH POT, OUR HIGHWAYS WITH DEATH, RIVALING ALCOHOL, OR WORSE.    

    PAUL’S “ECONOMIC SOLUTION” TO THE COSTS OF DRUG-CRIME PREVENTION– IN    PRINCIPLE– APPLIES TO ALL CRIME:  LEGALIZE ROBBERY, RAPE, MURDER, TERRORISM, ETC., ALL CURRENT, STATUTORY  CRIME – - SINCE, OBVIOUSLY,  SOME PERSONS “RIGHTS” WILL BE VIOLATED IF PURSUED FOR PUNISHMENT– SO IF THESE AND OTHER CRIMES WERE LEGALIZED,  9 0F 10 POLICEMEN  WOULD NO LONGER BE NEEDED.

    ***THINK OF THE MONEY WE COULD SAVE!!!!***

    WITHOUT HESITATION,  I LINK SUCH IMBECILIC NOTIONS WITH THOSE UNSPEAKABLE PERVERTS WHO ARE NOW PUSHING FOR THE LEGALIZATION OF ***CHILD MOLESTATION***.

    MAKING DRUGS LEGAL AND CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE TO OUR CHILDREN IS THE MORAL EQUIVALENT OF CHILD MOLESTATION- – ONLY,  THE BRAIN IS ASSAULTED BEFORE THE  BODY.
       
    IS PAUL TRUTHFUL ABOUT HIS PLAN TO TAKE 1. 2 TRILLION BUCKS FROM THE DEBT?

    ABSOLUTELY — BUT WE WOULD BE LEFT WITH A SCRAWNY AND INEPT DEFENSE–HE THINKS ALL NATIONS OF THE WORLD (EXCEPT ISRAEL) LOVE US. HE DOES NOT CONNECT WITH THE PATENT FACT KNOWN BY THE ENTIRE LITERATE WORLD: IF IRAN IS OUR FRIEND–THEN, WE HAVE NO ENEMIES AT ALL 

    BETWEEN PAUL’S OBSCENE POSITIONS, AND THE NOW OBVIOUS EVIDENCE THAT THE WEALTHY– BOTH AMERICAN CITIZENS AND  ILLEGAL, COVERT, FOREIGN INFLUENCES,  NOW CONTROL THE FUNDS, AND THEREFORE THE RESULT OF OUR PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION – - I AM PERSONALLY NEAR DESPONDENT OF OUR FUTURE.

    A MAN WHOSE CAPACITY TO RAISE ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN THE USA ***ALONE*** FOR  A PRESIDENTIAL RACE –***DOES NOT EXIST*** – - ESPECIALLY A CANDIDATE WHOSE ONLY GOVERNMENTAL ACHIEVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MONUMENTAL INCOMPETENCE AND PRETERNATURAL DECEIT. 

    • C. dog e. doG

      Sounds like granny wants to get her buzz on … with her drug of choice (tobacco, alcohol), but wants the deny others equal access to their recreational devices.  And what a horrible world it would be if there were equal freedom, equal justice, equal treatment under The Law.  Why, it would be as if there were an overriding constitution, or something.
      – C. dog overwhelms with logic

      • Anonymous

        C.dog–If you have no concern for your children–no fear of cheaper-than- ice-cream pot, feel your grand kids have lives of of zero intrinsic value–you no doubt would join those profound perverts who hope for legal child   sexual molestation FOR THEIR PERSONAL RECREATION.

        There are those who would immediately attempt to compel society to look at the tremendous taxes that could be assessed in the distribution of poison to our innocent kids who rely on us to protect them from dangers.

        Your rights to subdue your mind to the level of an imbicile,  stop when you pose danger to my children and their children.

        Those who do not recognize the child’s right to equal protection vested in the Constitution is in my view an amoral mental indigent.

        THERE IS LITTLE FEAR IN MY MIND THAT THERE ARE  A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF YOUR LOWER CLASS OF CITIZENRY
        TO ELEVATE RON PAUL  TO THE REPUBLICAN  HONOR.

        IT DOES SCARE ME THAT HE HAS THE SUPPORT OF A MODERATE  NUMBER OF “CONSERVATIVE” VOTERS.

        THE FOUNDATION OF COMMUNISM IS BUILT ON THE PRIMARY PREMISE THAT THE MASSES ARE TO STUPID FOR SELF GOVERNMENT: RON PAUL’S POPULARITY IS EVIDENCE THAT THIS MARXIAN FABLE SOMETIMES HAS MORE WEIGHT THAN IS NECESSARY TO CAST SOME DOUBT ON TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVES CONFIDENCE OF FUTURE ELECTIONS.   

        • C. dog e. doG

          Deer, deer, beth –
          Please excuse my occasional forays into Mr. Roger’s Land of Make Believe – I happen to be enjoying my right at the moment to something you and your tea-totalar crowd prohibited from “legal” exchange – as I will endeavor to respond to your rant with pristine logic.
          1. I noticed you made no effort to address the disparity of Nanny’s treatment of your favorite recreational drugs vs. mine. Naughty, naughty. Time for you to spend 10 minutes in time-out with your chil’ren and their chil’ren.
          2. Do you have some kind of weird pedophile fetish? Out of the blue you start talking about gettin’ your freak on with innocent chil’ren – which begs the question if it’s o.k. to do with non-innocent chil’ren? – as if chil’ren are some form of chattel. Unlike you, evidently, I consider chil’ren to have equal rights, including not getting beat by you, or molested.
          3. How many drinks of your favorite drug did you have to connect the disparate dots from The Good Dr. Paul to Communism. As a start to your education in the political realm, can you, would you recite for the viewing audience the distinguishing elements of Communism, and those of a State of Liberty that The Good Dr. envisions? This exercise in self-education could be illuminating.
          4. For extra credit, recite the differences distinguishing “Conservative”, “Neo-Conservative”, “Liberal”, and “Moderate” as understood in current USA poly-ticks.
          5. Where have I ever advocated that recreational drugs should be taxed? For the record, I’ve been agin’ this since the Whiskey Rebellion – another thing you should look up – and try to enjoy “moonshine” on every occasion I can (not may).
          6. Please cite the passage in the USA holy-book of Constitution where I may not enjoy my drugs of choice, but you are allowed to enjoy yours?

          Above all, be afraid, be very afraid.
          – C. dog slings hash from behind the counter of intelligence

        • C. dog e. doG

          Deer, deer, beth –
          Please excuse my occasional forays into Mr. Roger’s Land of Make Believe – I happen to be enjoying my right at the moment to something you and your tea-totalar crowd prohibited from “legal” exchange – as I will endeavor to respond to your rant with pristine logic.
          1. I noticed you made no effort to address the disparity of Nanny’s treatment of your favorite recreational drugs vs. mine. Naughty, naughty. Time for you to spend 10 minutes in time-out with your chil’ren and their chil’ren.
          2. Do you have some kind of weird pedophile fetish? Out of the blue you start talking about gettin’ your freak on with innocent chil’ren – which begs the question if it’s o.k. to do with non-innocent chil’ren? – as if chil’ren are some form of chattel. Unlike you, evidently, I consider chil’ren to have equal rights, including not getting beat by you, or molested.
          3. How many drinks of your favorite drug did you have to connect the disparate dots from The Good Dr. Paul to Communism. As a start to your education in the political realm, can you, would you recite for the viewing audience the distinguishing elements of Communism, and those of a State of Liberty that The Good Dr. envisions? This exercise in self-education could be illuminating.
          4. For extra credit, recite the differences distinguishing “Conservative”, “Neo-Conservative”, “Liberal”, and “Moderate” as understood in current USA poly-ticks.
          5. Where have I ever advocated that recreational drugs should be taxed? For the record, I’ve been agin’ this since the Whiskey Rebellion – another thing you should look up – and try to enjoy “moonshine” on every occasion I can (not may).
          6. Please cite the passage in the USA holy-book of Constitution where I may not enjoy my drugs of choice, but you are allowed to enjoy yours?

          Above all, be afraid, be very afraid.
          – C. dog slings hash from behind the counter of intelligence

          • Anonymous

            C dog You hyper-inflated sense of self-importance dominates your boring epistle. As one example, when did I suggest that YOU would tax cannabis? When did appropriate any
            favorable, meaningful action by you?

            A serious question: were you stoned when you read my short blog– as well as your attempt at penning reply? Your penchant for misconstruing, in both, is redundant. (And yes, I have no dependence on any substance other than potable water. Occasional coffee and tea have a mild appeal.) I have zero desire to disconnect any sector of my brain, and label the act “recreation.”

            It is a mark of perfect ignorance to attempt to educate a writer, whom you know nothing of– save the fact that he/she has introduced you to something that your chains of bias will not allow you to hear.

            I am a professional writer, graduate journalist, with a 43 year, very busy career.

            From your thick affectation of clear word expression, my first impression is that– I have, no doubt, published twice the number of books as the number of your teeth, even though I have published a meager 27–eight of them in Russian. What about you?

            The old adage, Teacher, Teach Thyself, is very appropriate for you.

          • C. dog e. doG

            Deer, deer Beth –
            Clearly the moniker of inflated sense of self emanates from the one slingin’ that hash. And should I be impressed with your Russian as I was so impressed with what’s-his-name’s Chinese? Clearly, you’re barkin’ up the wrong tree.

            So, we may have established that you don’t advocate taxing recreational drugs, but we clearly established that you wish to self-appoint so you may boss other people around regarding their choice of what to put into their bodies. Why, that sounds like a perfectly clear case of dictatorship. Thanks for playin’: Reveal thyself. Remember, when you ascend the Throne of Nanny, tie you apron strings extra tight to cut off the circulation to your serfs’ brains; they’re more obedient that way.
            – C. dog lifts leg to water Nanny thoughts

            P.S. luv your use of capitalization. It really underscored the important of your grate thoughts.

          • Anonymous

            YOU, cd, are incredibly uneducated, compounded by an IQ of less than 28.

            Is there any reason in your pathetic mentality that I should continue to waste efforts to release the manacles and chains of self-centered bias that bind you to stupid ideas.

            I suggest you first attempt to obtain a 21st century education. Simple grammar and spelling should not be left out, nor your obvious total lack of syntax concept.

            As to UPPER CASE COMPOSITION, YOU HAVE NO VOCATIONAL EXPERIENCE THAT MANY OF AMERICAN PUBLISHERS ***WILL NOT ACCEPT MANUSCRIPTS UNLESS THEY ARE TYPED IN UPPERCASE TYPE. I NEW THIS AT 14, WHEN ENTERING UNIVERSITY.

            A TYPIST’S WPM IS GREATLY INCREASED AND TYPOS ARE MUCH FEWER–AND THE PROOFREADERS WORK IS SHORTENED BY 30-45%.

            MY WPM IS 124–128 AND MY TYPO AVERAGE IS LESS THAN .O138% PER 5000 WORDS.

            I WOULD ASK YOU WHAT YOUR SCORES ARE–BUT I’M NOT CONFIDENT YOUR BACKGROUND WOULD EVEN REVEAL THE MEANING OF THE QUERY.

            FINIS!! (THIS IS LATIN FOR “DON’T BOTHER ME AGAIN WITH YOUR CHILDISH PRATING.”

          • C. dog e. doG

            Hey Beth –
            I left a surprise for you above.
            – C. dog the Incorrigible

  • C. dog e. doG

    Deer, deer, beth –
    thanks, in spades, for proving my points about your pin head.  I truly have had the last laugh.  In the spirit of our mutual topic – and clear animal attraction – I will enjoy me one of them spliffs you wish to deprive me of – or is that: of which you wish to deprive me?  THIS IS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF ERRANT PEDANTRY UP WITH WHICH I WILL NOT PUT!  This is exactly the type of errant pedantry up with which I will not put?  HUH, I don’t see it.  The non-hyper diaper capitalized text seems alot easier to read than your rant script.  Of course, it would be even easier to read if it were in a serif font, preferably Times Roman, size 12 or 14 (you pick).And as a parting gesture from two exquisite orbs, both shape and elasticity (your loss), I genuflect in your general direction for it makes the gas pass that much easier!  Good day, Madame!– C. dog sets hook, line and sinker