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February 01, 2013 3:50 PM Rivera and Christie, Jersey RINOs

By Ed Kilgore

Well, my decision to spend a few days with Fox News on in the background to check out Kirsten Powers’ (relatively sparse) appearances paid off, because I got to watch a live interview by Shepard Smith of Geraldo Rivera about his possible race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in New Jersey.

Geraldo began by referring to Jacob Javits, Clifford Case and Nelson Rockefeller as his childhood political ideals. For younger readers, Javits and Case were unapologetic liberal Republican Senators with voting records largely to the left of your average Democrat, while Rocky, of course, was every conservative’s bete noire, the man who had the temerity to trash Barry Goldwater at his own triumphal nominating convention in 1964. Rivera then started trashing today’s Intolerant Right, and rambled through endorsements of abortion rights and comprehensive immigration reform. Only thing missing was a ringing endorsement of Chuck Hagel.

But here’s the best part: after deeply and redundantly offending Fox News’ core audience (on some of Fox’s regular shows, he would have risked being set on fire right there in the studio), Geraldo proceeded to snuggle up to Chris Christie as the shining beacon of contemporary GOP politics.

I doubt the Rivera ‘14 campaign will ever happen. But I’m beginning to think it’s all an elaborate trick being played on Chris Christie.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • hells littlest angel on February 01, 2013 4:04 PM:

    It's moderate people like Geraldo Rivera who are the only hope for the survival of the Republican party. And yet the man is a simple-minded dipshit. What a strange world in which both of those statements can be true.

  • c u n d gulag on February 01, 2013 4:17 PM:

    Well, Krispy Kreme Christie did, after all, spurn Roger Ailes advances, so, what better way to get back at him, than to take up with a hot, Latin lover (albeit, an older one)?

    Look, about the only thing Geraldo has ever been good at in his like, is that, like Madonna (who's far more talented than he is), or Lady Gaga, ditto), he's great a self-promotion.

  • David in NY on February 01, 2013 4:23 PM:

    Bet Geraldo is on the NRA's enemies list.

  • beowulf on February 01, 2013 8:05 PM:

    2014? Sen. Menendez will be resigning in 2013 (underage Dominican prostitutes and all that). Geraldo was smart to express in interest for the job(albeit for the scheduled 2014 race) to put his name in the mix for appointment. It will be up to Gov. Christie to appoint a replacement and unless Christie Whitman wants the job, who else does the NJ GOP have stronger than Geraldo?

  • navamske on February 02, 2013 10:53 AM:

    In Massachusetts there's some speculation that former Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healy might run for the Senate seat just vacated by John Kerry -- Kerry possibly being replaced by Kerry. And now Christie may appoint Christie?

    What's really weird about the Chris Christie/Christie Todd Whitman thing is that the former (Krispie) has a brother named Todd.