The core problem with Chris Christie’s speech (and the GOP in general)

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It’s actually rather easy to identify the problem people are having with last night’s keynote speech from Chris Christie.

Christie, famous for rarely mincing words, prescribed a dose of tough medicine tonight in his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention, telling party delegates and the nation that the solutions to the country’s economic ills “will not be painless.”

“Our problems are big and the solutions will not be painless,” he said. “We all must share in the sacrifice. Any leader that tells us differently is simply not telling the truth.”

By that standard, the Republican Party is comprised of far too many leaders who are not telling the truth about sharing in the sacrifice.

When asked during a GOP presidential primary debate if they would walk away from a deficit reduction deal that had a spending cut to revenue ratio of 10 to 1, all of the candidates raised their hands to indicate that they would.

Either Chris Christie represents the direction of the GOP or the candidates on that stage do. Which is it?

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