RNC Keynote: Chris Christie Says Words

Elongated Thoughts: The New Jersey governor gives a strong -- and misleading -- speech at the GOP convention.

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(The Root) — With the first night of the Republican National Convention wrapped, pundits and news anchors are in a frenzy trying to give reviews and decipher what it all means. The night’s biggest star, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, has garnered mixed reviews — but all say he delivered his speech well.

Politico put together 10 rousing quotes from Christie’s speech. The only problem: It didn’t acknowledge whether they were true or not. It gave his quotes but not the reality that they’re supposed to be talking about.

Let me fix that for them.

1. “There’s only one thing missing now. Leadership. It takes leadership that you don’t get from reading a poll. You see, Mr. President, real leaders don’t follow polls. Real leaders change polls.”

Oh? Leadership is missing? I thought it was a reasonable Senate and Congress that was missing. How can you lead when your subordinates above all else want you to fail? As for polls, a lot of times they show where a country is leaning. For instance: Polls show support for marriage equality. Polls show women aren’t amused by Republican rhetoric. Maybe, just maybe, it would be reasonable to take a look.

2. “Tonight, we’re gonna do what my mother taught me. Tonight, we’re gonna choose respect over love.”

Yes. Obviously you guys chose respect. That’s why the night’s theme was “We built it,” based on an out-of-context quote from President Obama. Misleading the American people? That’s respect. You’re so clever …

3. “Now, I know this simple truth and I’m not afraid to say it: Our ideas are right for America and their ideas have failed America.”

“Our ideas?” You mean Republican ideas or New Jersey ideas? Because if you’re talking Republican, sir, you do realize that we did use your ideas. Tax cuts, deregulation, economics trickling on down — but then in 2008, the economy imploded. If it weren’t for the leadership of President Obama (see quote 1), we’d be on our way to living underground like in The Matrix. Well, we still might need to at some point. Climate change be cray, son.

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