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Ron Christie: GOP Rout a 'Repudiation' of Obama, Reid

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Nov 2014 02:10 PM

President Barack Obama is "delusional" if he truly believes that Tuesday's election was anything but a rejection of him and his policies, political strategist and commentator Ron Christie told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

Reacting to a New York Times report that Obama "doesn't feel repudiated" by the midterm rout, Christie told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that, in fact, "It is a sharp repudiation and a rebuke of President Obama and the way that [Majority Leader] Harry Reid and the Democrats have been acting in the U.S. Senate."

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The president is scheduled to hold a press conference at 2:50 p.m. EST on Wednesday to discuss the election results, which have guaranteed a Republican-run Senate in January along with the largest GOP House majority in decades.

"His entire agenda and his entire ability to ram through legislation is over," said Christie, adding that the fault for Tuesday's pasting lies entirely with the president, and not with Democratic candidates who ran away from him.

"He has no one [else] to be angry with or anything to be upset about," said Christie. "He needs to look in the mirror and recognize that the American people have listened to what he has promised, the American people have looked at what Sen. Harry Reid has done in running the U.S. Senate, and they've said, 'Enough is enough. We need to put the brakes on this.'"

Christie, who served as deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney, said that Republicans put themselves in position to deliver that message with strong and substantive election campaigns.

"Republicans were very smart in this cycle," he said.

"Part one was getting the right candidate to go out and have crossover appeal, to be able to appeal to independents, to be able to grow the base with people of color and younger folks," said Christie.

And for all the Republican "war on women" attacks that Democrats revived in 2014, Christie said the only Senate race that produced a noticeable gender gap, with women voting heavily Democratic, was in New Hampshire, where incumbent Sen. Jeane Shaheen turned back Republican challenger Scott Brown.

"What this demonstrates is that Republicans, rather than being against everything, said, 'If you give us the opportunity and trust our ability to govern, we are going to put the brakes on what this administration has been doing for the last six years,'" said Christie.

They have to stay smart, he added, while they're running Congress and setting the legislative agenda in both chambers.

"If you look at the math this year, it was very favorable for Republicans," Christie said of the midterm electoral map. "In 2016, the U.S. Senate will be very favorable for Democrats.

"The presumptive incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to make sure that they can pass bills in the House, work on those bills in the Senate, and send them to the president and say, 'Mr. President, it's your time now to decide to veto these, accept these and sign them into law. But if you don't, it'll be very clear to the American people who the true obstructionist is,'" said Christie.

"And if the Republicans don't follow this message and they continue to point fingers at the president, they'll be in the minority once again," he said.

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