Bridgegate Gov Christie’s Gift to the GOP (Really!)

by Datechguy | January 9th, 2014

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Bridgegate Gov Christie's Gift to the GOP (Really!)

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Hav­ing The IRS Audit His Enemies.

Glenn Reynolds

As every­one knows I’m a tea party repub­li­can so one might think that I’d be delighted because Chris Christie is in hot water, well I am delighted but for a totally dif­fer­ent reason.

This Morn­ing MSNBC, and the rest of the left has gone all in on Chris Christie con­cern­ing the bridge scan­dal. Meme­o­ran­dum is full of sto­ries:

EMS responses delayed by GWB lane clo­sures in Fort Lee

Christie’s Water­loo

I’ll have a lot to write about the meat and pota­toes of this busi­ness later this later but I want to talk about the incred­i­ble oppor­tu­nity this gives the GOP.

Right now the media is obsessed with this scan­dal, it’s every­where and their argu­ments look like this:

How DARE Christie or his aides use the power of his office dur­ing an elec­tion cam­paign to pun­ish a polit­i­cal foe.

How DARE Chris Christie or his aides use a state agency to make this happen.

How DARE Chris Christie or his aides take a cav­a­lier atti­tude toward ordi­nary people’s lives.

If any­one thinks that Chris Christie & or his cam­paign didn’t know about this or didn’t sup­port it with a wink & nod they are com­pletely naïve.

And all of these media types are just dying to have mem­bers of the GOP come on their shows to com­ment on this hor­ri­ble GOP scan­dal and if the GOP is smart at all, they should jump at the chance.

And they should use every moment on the air to com­pare and con­trast the media reac­tion to this Christie Scan­dal to the IRS scandal.

How hor­ri­ble that in view of the ongo­ing IRS scan­dal where a gov­ern­ment agency was used to go after con­ser­v­a­tives that such a thing would happen.

They should won­der aloud if any of Chris Christie’s aides will plead the 5th under oath like the IRS peo­ple did.

They should talk about how Chris Christie should not stonewall or put up road­blocks as the Obama admin­is­tra­tion has con­tin­ued to do with the IRS scandal.

And they should of course talk about the con­trast between the media inter­est, say­ing per­haps Christie might use the Obama strat­egy on the IRS scan­dal, deny and stonewall in the hope that the media will ignore it over time.

They should POUND this there should be no answer that comes out of their lips that doesn’t use the words “IRS Scan­dal” and “Bridge Scan­dal” in the same sen­tence. Every arti­cle writ­ten on it by any con­ser­v­a­tive source should men­tion it, con­trast it play on the dif­fer­ence in media inter­est between the pair.

In fact if I’m Chris Christie I bring up the IRS scan­dal over and over again at my press con­fer­ence say­ing stuff like: ” I’m not going to delay or stonewall this inves­ti­ga­tion like the Pres­i­dent & the IRS.” and make it a point to con­stantly con­trast the IRS scan­dal to this one.

Who knows if they press are in a spot where they can’t quote him with­out bring­ing up IRS they might even back off.

This is a gimme, a no brainer and the GOP needs to take full advan­tage of it and milk it for as much as they can.

No charge GOP, but Tip Jar hits will be cheer­fully accepted.

Update: via Glenn, James Taranto gets it:

Its sheer pet­ti­ness is what dis­tin­guishes the GWB scan­dal from the Oba­maCare and IRS ones. The Oba­maCare fraud was in the ser­vice of an ambi­tious ide­o­log­i­cal agenda, and as we have argued, the 2012 elec­tion was close enough that it is pos­si­ble the IRS’s sup­pres­sion of oppo­si­tion was nec­es­sary to secure the pres­i­dent a sec­ond term. Christie, by con­trast, is not much of an ide­o­logue and was cruis­ing to an easy re-​election.

In the lat­ter regard, the bridge shenani­gans look more like the Water­gate bur­glary – a gra­tu­itous mis­use of power. “Reporters will even­tu­ally demand to know . . . what Christie knew and when he knew it,” observes con­ser­v­a­tive blog­ger Sean Davis. “None of the defenses now avail­able to Christie – inten­tional deceit or inten­tional igno­rance – paint him in a favor­able light.” That’s espe­cially true if vot­ers two years from now are look­ing for a cor­rec­tive to the cor­rup­tion and decep­tion of the Obama years.

Update 2 Can I get an AMEN for Erick Erick­son & John Nolte:

Update 3: Christie Press con­fer­ence in progress. Straight up apolo­gies, no jus­ti­fi­ca­tions for lying Brid­get Anne Kelly fired. Would never have joked about this if he every had an inkling that any­one on the staff would be so stu­pid to be involved and so deceit­ful as to lie about it to us.

I am respon­si­ble for what happened.”

Update 4 Assum­ing he is not lying through his teeth this press con­fer­ence is a text­book exam­ple of how some­thing like this should be done. Watch­ing him tak­ing ques­tions on the issue. The con­trast to the last four years of Obama admin­is­tra­tion plus Al Gore’s “No con­trol­ling legal author­ity” and “It depends on what the mean­ing of the word “is” is.” can’t be overstated.

Update 5: 90 min­utes into press con­fer­ence and MSM is get­ting upset

the ulti­mate irony?

If Christie hasn’t answer more ques­tions on Bridge­gate than Obama has on all his scan­dals com­bined it’s damn close at this point.
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It’s Thurs­day and for the 2nd week in a row we start a Thurs­day at 30% of our weekly pay goal.

Since how­ever reach­ing Thurs­day means over 58% of the week has passed that means we are once again in a hole.

When you think about it the hole isn’t deep at the start of a week a mere $50 a day avg will assure us of full cof­fers, but with only three days to go we need at least $80 a day for the next three days to make the goal with only a dol­lar to spare.

So While I’d be delighted to get the full $239 out of the way if we can get $140 we’ll be back on track for the week. Even a mere $80 today would be a third of the way home with three days left.

If you can help please con­sider hit­ting DaTip­Jar below..

Remem­ber if we can get those 58 14 sub­scribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week. Help make sure this blog can fight with­out fear all year long.




REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Having The IRS Audit His Enemies.

Glenn Reynolds

As everyone knows I’m a tea party republican so one might think that I’d be delighted because Chris Christie is in hot water, well I am delighted but for a totally different reason.

This Morning MSNBC, and the rest of the left has gone all in on Chris Christie concerning the bridge scandal.  Memeorandum is full of stories:

 EMS responses delayed by GWB lane closures in Fort Lee

 Bill Pascrell on bridge flap: ‘Worst is yet to come’

Christie’s Waterloo

Christie’s rising star now a target
Chris Christie: ‘People will be held responsible’

I’ll have a lot to write about the meat and potatoes of this business later this later but I want to talk about the incredible opportunity this gives the GOP.

Right now the media is obsessed with this scandal, it’s everywhere and their arguments look like this:

How DARE Christie or his aides use the power of his office during an election campaign to punish a political foe.

How DARE Chris Christie or his aides use a state agency to make this happen.

How DARE Chris Christie or his aides take a cavalier attitude toward ordinary people’s lives.

If anyone thinks that Chris Christie & or his campaign didn’t know about this or didn’t support it with a wink & nod they are completely naive.

And all of these media types are just dying to have members of the GOP come on their shows to comment on this horrible GOP scandal and if the GOP is smart at all, they should jump at the chance.

And they should use every moment on the air to compare and contrast the media reaction to this Christie Scandal to the IRS scandal.

How horrible that in view of the ongoing IRS scandal where a government agency was used to go after conservatives that such a thing would happen.

They should wonder aloud if any of Chris Christie’s aides will plead the 5th under oath like the IRS people did.

They should talk about how Chris Christie should not stonewall or put up roadblocks as the Obama administration has continued to do with the IRS scandal.

And they should of course talk about the contrast between the media interest, saying perhaps Christie might use the Obama strategy on the IRS scandal, deny and stonewall in the hope that the media will ignore it over time.

They should POUND this there should be no answer that comes out of their lips that doesn’t use the words “IRS Scandal” and “Bridge Scandal” in the same sentence.  Every article written on it by any conservative source should mention it, contrast it play on the difference in media interest between the pair.

In fact if I’m Chris Christie I bring up the IRS scandal over and over again at my press conference saying stuff like:  ” I’m not going to delay or stonewall this investigation like the President & the IRS.”  and make it a point to constantly contrast the IRS scandal to this one.

Who knows if they press are in a spot where they can’t quote him without bringing up IRS they might even back off.

This is a gimme, a no brainer and the GOP needs to take full advantage of it and milk it for as much as they can.

No charge GOP, but Tip Jar hits will be cheerfully accepted.

Update:  via Glenn, James Taranto gets it:

Its sheer pettiness is what distinguishes the GWB scandal from the ObamaCare and IRS ones. The ObamaCare fraud was in the service of an ambitious ideological agenda, and as we have argued, the 2012 election was close enough that it is possible the IRS’s suppression of opposition was necessary to secure the president a second term. Christie, by contrast, is not much of an ideologue and was cruising to an easy re-election.

In the latter regard, the bridge shenanigans look more like the Watergate burglary–a gratuitous misuse of power. “Reporters will eventually demand to know . . . what Christie knew and when he knew it,” observes conservative blogger Sean Davis. “None of the defenses now available to Christie–intentional deceit or intentional ignorance–paint him in a favorable light.” That’s especially true if voters two years from now are looking for a corrective to the corruption and deception of the Obama years.

Update 2:  Can I get an AMEN for Erick Erickson & John Nolte:

 

Update 3: Christie Press conference in progress. Straight up apologies, no justifications for lying Bridget Anne Kelly fired. Would never have joked about this if he every had an inkling that anyone on the staff would be so stupid to be involved and so deceitful as to lie about it to us.

“I am responsible for what happened.”

Update 4:  Assuming he is not lying through his teeth this press conference is a textbook example of how something like this should be done.  Watching him taking questions on the issue.  The contrast to the last four years of Obama administration plus Al Gore’s “No controlling legal authority” and “It depends on what the meaning of the word “is”  is.” can’t be overstated.

Update 5:  90 minutes into press conference and MSM is getting upset

the ultimate irony?

If Christie hasn’t answer more questions on Bridgegate than Obama has on all his scandals combined it’s damn close at this point.
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Olimometer 2.52

It’s Thursday and for the 2nd week in a row we start a Thursday at 30% of our weekly pay goal.

Since however reaching Thursday means over 58% of the week has passed that means we are once again in a hole.

When you think about it the hole isn’t deep at the start of a week a mere $50 a day avg will assure us of full coffers, but with only three days to go we need at least $80 a day for the next three days to make the goal with only a dollar to spare.

So While I’d be delighted to get the full $239 out of the way if we can get $140 we’ll be back on track for the week. Even a mere $80 today would be a third of the way home with three days left.

If you can help please consider hitting DaTipJar below..

Remember if we can get those 58 1/4 subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week. Help make sure this blog can fight without fear all year long.




 

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