|Ex-crack-addict & Christie "super fan" Angel Cordero [Getty]|
As evidenced by Donald Trump's current poll numbers, racist immigrant-bashing is like an irresistible mixture of catnip and crack for many of the Republican and Libertarian-leaning early primary voters - and Christie is posturing to show them he's got what they need.
From all accounts, Angel Cordero (pictured above), the Hispanic community activist and recovering crack addict from Camden, NJ who's enthusiastic adulation of Christie borders on creepy and earned him Youtube-sensation-status for his over-the-top reaction to Christie's presidential announcement, is definitely feeling it; that's Cordero in the dark suit, blue shirt and glasses pumping his fist in the video.
As reporter Matt Katz points out on a recent episode of The Christie Tracker podcast on WNYC.org, Christie's innovative immigration solution doesn't involve a wall or insulting Mexicans and other immigrants with degrading racial slurs, it's Fed Ex!
Yes, Fed Ex, the package delivery service.
In a speech at a town hall gathering in New Hampshire last Saturday Christie reasoned that if his daughter can call home and ask her parents to Fed Ex something she forgot to take to her dorm room at the University of Notre Dame, then why not have Fed Ex founder Fred Smith just come to Washington and teach the 20,000+ employees of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security how to track people the way Fed Ex tracks packages?
Makes sense, right?
Christie didn't exactly specify how that would work. Would his plan involve tattooing bar codes onto the skin of foreigners who come to this country to study, work or visit? Or force them to have chips inserted under the skin like many animal shelters now do for dogs and cats?
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Was Christie just being tongue-in-cheek to score points on immigration with a conservative New Hampshire audience?
Or is he really presenting that kind of massive and inhumane government surveillance as a legitimate policy proposal?
If so then he's come an awful long way from just under two years ago when his immigrant-friendly assurances to the people of NJ that he would support a program of general amnesty helped him get reelected to the Governor's office in a landslide.
But that was then and showing any kind of compassion for immigrants is like blasphemy for today's Republican Party, so instead of amnesty it's Fed Ex.
Christie isn't the only Republican candidate making an ass of himself in New Hampshire.
reported on RawStory.com earlier today, Senator Ted Cruz's attempt to blame President Obama for another trigger-happy gun-nut shooting a police officer backfired when the testy Texan's desire to push the new Republican 'War on Cops' narrative got ahead of actual facts.
After a campaign event in Milford, New Hampshire yesterday, Cruz assailed the President's "silence"on the slaying of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth on Friday night near Houston.
But not only did Obama personally call Goforth's widow on Monday to personally express his condolences over the senseless death of her husband, he also issued a statement condemning the attack; stating in part:
“Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable — an affront to civilized society,” Obama said. “We’ve got to be able to put ourselves in the shoes of the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the door at the end of his shift.”
Of course that hasn't stopped the peddlers of hysteria and falsehood on Fox News from accusing the President of starting a "War on Police" and accusing the Black Lives Matter movement of being a "Hate Group".
Which is classic Fox, no mention of how the lax gun laws in Texas allowed the violent killer who shot Sheriff's Deputy Goforth multiple times to have a gun in the first place.
And what the Hell did those maniacally conservative Texas state legislators think would happen when they passed absurd open-carry laws?
Just another sad example of the absurdity of today's conservative mindset; why hold the NRA and their lobbyists accountable for weakening the nation's gun laws when you can invent a pretend 'War on Cops' and blame President Obama instead?
Leave it to Republicans to talk about anything but what's actually happening.