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Tue Aug 4, 2015, 12:10 AM

99. He's Being Funded By A Tabloid? That Explains Why He's Started Talking Like One

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The suspense is killing me -- well, really, it's more like it's nudging me in the side.

NY Mag.com: ...Around 5PM (August 4), Fox News executives are scheduled...to decide the lineup of candidates who will participate in the first Republican debate on (August 6) in Cleveland...Perhaps the biggest point of contention: The network’s refusal to tell campaigns which polls it will be using to select the participants...

According to a source with direct knowledge of the plans...candidates will be chosen from the following polls: Monmouth University (released August 3); NBC News/Wall Street Journal (August 2); Quinnipiac University (July 30); Bloomberg, CBS/New York Times, and Fox News...(all August 4)...

Based on the August 3 Real Clear Politics polling average, Christie has undisputed possession of ninth place, thanks, no doubt, to a pair of ingenious tactical maneuvers:

1. Kissing up (and paying up) to Fox News.

NJToday.net: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is reportedly purchasing $250,000 of advertising time on Fox News in an attempt to help secure a place at the network’s August 6 debate. Christie’s ad buy is more evidence that Fox News’ debate — the first of the presidential cycle — is proving lucrative for the network...

Politico: This week alone, Christie has made four appearances on Fox News, accounting for more than half of the total appearances he’s made on the network since launching his campaign in June...


2. Joining Donald Trump in the media-manipulation game.

Politico: With national polls determining inclusion in the debate, campaigns have been forced to play for a far wider audience, either through media interviews or attention-grabbing headlines...

RawStory: In an interview that aired on...CNN...Jake Tapper reminded the New Jersey governor that he had advised people to "punch bullies in the face" during his first term as governor. “At the national level, who deserves a punch in the face?” Tapper wondered.

“Oh, the national teachers union,” Christie replied without hesitation. “They’re not for education for our children, they’re for greater membership, greater benefits, greater pay for their members...(T)hey are the single most destructive force in public education in America...I’ve been saying that since 2009...but I’m never going to stop saying it because they never change their stripes.”

That was so extreme (even by Christie's standards!), the only rational explanation is that he had an ulterior motive: if he could say something that would make Donald Trump sound like Mister Rogers, Christie could get just enough media attention to get just enough of a poll bounce to lock in at least the bottom rung of the Fox News Debate Top Ten List. Of course, it's also resulted in practically every union in the nation calling for his resignation -- but that dovetails into his nation campaign strategy, too, doesn't it?


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