This week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sent House Majority Leader Eric Cantor running away with his tail between his legs. Christie stood up against Cantor’s suggestion that in order to appropriate disaster relief funds for Hurricane Irene victims, Washington would need to match the amount in spending cuts.
“We don’t have time to wait for folks in Congress to figure out how they want to offset this stuff with other budget cuts,” Christie said in his usual, straight-forward way. “Our people are suffering now, and they need support now.”
Hope Obama is taking notes. This is how you deal with the tea baggers – call them out and stand up to them. Or you can cowtail to them by halting EPA regulations on smog standards, leaving in place an ozone standards that EPA administrator Lisa Jackson recently described as “legally indefensible.”