Christie vs Obama Compare & Contrast

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Christie vs Obama Compare & Contrast

Any­one who reads this blog knows that other than the Grand­fa­ther speech (which I STILL think should be mem­o­rized and repeated by every GOP can­di­date, par­tic­u­larly Tea Party ones every­where) Chris Christie is not my guy for 2016 although of course the choice of him or Clin­ton et/​al of the left sup­port­ing him would be very easy in 2016.

How­ever I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the seem­ingly huge dif­fer­ence between the stan­dards that Chris Christie is being held to vs Barack Obama.

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Yes­ter­day Chris Christie spent 107 min­utes answer­ing every pos­si­ble ques­tion that every jour­nal­ist who had a ques­tion wanted to ask to the point where .

Can any­one imag­ine Barack Obama doing this on Beng­hazi, or the IRS, or Fast & Furious?

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Yes­ter­day you actu­ally had reporters com­plain­ing about the num­ber of ques­tions Chris Christie was answer­ing it was noted both on the right

and on the left

Can you imag­ine the media com­plain­ing about too much access to Barack Obama?

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Yes­ter­day (and this morn­ing) mem­bers of the press were going on about what this scan­dal says about the “atmos­phere” in Tren­ton where aides thought such behav­ior was OK.

Nobody in the media thinks IRS, Beng­hazi or Fast & Furi­ous say any­thing about the atmos­phere at the white house.

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Peo­ple are (legit­i­mately) ask­ing if the prin­ci­ples in this case acted alone to wit:

Yet ask the same per­son if they think Lois Lerner acted alone and the response is.…interesting.

and

Being Sicil­ian “You’ve got noth­ing has a par­tic­u­lar meaning”

As I recall Capone was never con­victed of boot­leg­ging or murder.

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In terms of cov­er­age this WAS the news yes­ter­day:

The Big Three net­works, in a frenzy over New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie’s traf­fic headache dubbed “Bridge­gate,” have devoted a whop­ping 34 min­utes and 28 sec­onds of cov­er­age to the affair in just the last 24 hours.

Mean­while on the IRS scan­dal

As a com­par­i­son over the last six months, NBC fea­tured a scant five sec­onds on updat­ing the IRS story. CBS responded with a minute and 41 sec­onds. ABC pro­duced a mea­ger 22 seconds.

Although the media down­played the IRS con­tro­versy from July through Decem­ber (it first broke in May), it’s not as though there wasn’t much hap­pen­ing. As the Media Research Cen­ter doc­u­mented, many poten­tial story leads developed.

In Decem­ber, House inves­ti­ga­tor Dar­rell Issa announced that the FBI and IRS chief coun­sel is stonewalling the inves­ti­ga­tion. In Octo­ber, newly obtained e-​mails showed that the scandal-​plagued Lois Lerner, the woman at the cen­ter of the con­tro­versy, ille­gally gave Tea Party tax info to the FEC. That same month, it came out that an IRS offi­cial may have given con­fi­den­tial infor­ma­tion to the White House.

I could go on and on but there is in fact one thing that both the Chris Christie Bridge Gate and the Obama IRS scan­dal have in common

Chris Christie is being inves­ti­gated on bridge­gate by a Demo­c­rat Donor:

Paul J. Fish­man, the U.S. attor­ney tasked with look­ing into New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge con­tro­versy, has donated to sev­eral Demo­c­ra­tic politi­cians and orga­ni­za­tions, accord­ing to Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion records.

Barack Obama is being inves­ti­gated by a Demo­c­rat donor too.

The Jus­tice Depart­ment selected an avowed polit­i­cal sup­porter of Pres­i­dent Obama to lead the crim­i­nal probe into the IRS tar­get­ing of tea party groups, accord­ing to top Repub­li­cans who said Wednes­day that the move has ruined the entire investigation.

House Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Reform Com­mit­tee Chair­man Dar­rell E. Issa, Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can, and reg­u­la­tory affairs sub­com­mit­tee Chair­man Jim Jor­dan, Ohio Repub­li­can, said they have dis­cov­ered that the head of the inves­ti­ga­tion is Bar­bara Kay Bosser­man, a trial lawyer in the Jus­tice Depart­ment who donated more than $6,000 to Mr. Obama’s 2008 and 2012 cam­paigns, as well as sev­eral hun­dred dol­lars to the national Demo­c­ra­tic Party.

Robert Stacy McCain put it well

Could you imag­ine the out­cry if Christie appointed one of his own to dig into this?

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And as the first the 24 hours of “Bridge­gate” ends there is still a lot to learn. We don’t know how this is going to end, if it will destroy Chris Christie’s pres­i­den­tial ambi­tions, if there will be smok­ing guns found, we don’t know what will be proved as time goes on. There is how­ever one thing that these 24 hours have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt.

It doesn’t mat­ter if you are the most pop­u­lar, rea­son­able or bi-​partisan repub­li­can in the world, you are going to be treated dif­fer­ently and given more scrutiny than any demo­c­rat by the Media.

The Obama admin­is­tra­tion has known & under­stood this for years and acts accord­ingly.

I have no idea if Chris Christie knew this before yes­ter­day, but if he didn’t know it before, he knows it now and should act accordingly

Update: The Lonely Con­ser­v­a­tive notices and Hotair says this:

Really? The DoJ doesn’t see any poten­tial con­flict of inter­est in assign­ing a check­book par­ti­san of that mag­ni­tude to an inves­ti­ga­tion into whether par­ti­sans in another executive-​branch agency may have tar­geted polit­i­cal oppo­nents of her pre­ferred side? That’s absurd, but hardly sur­pris­ing from a DoJ that inves­ti­gated itself in Fast and Furi­ous, and an admin­is­tra­tion that inves­ti­gated itself in the NSA scan­dal, and issued itself clean bills of health in both cases.

How about with polit­i­cal appointees? That rule wouldn’t apply, no? Then why is a cam­paign donor to Democ­rats head­ing the Bridge­gate investigation?

Given the pass this admin­is­tra­tion has been given I don’t see why they would act in any other way.

Update 2: via News­busters:

Can I get a Bazinga!

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Anyone who reads this blog knows that other than the Grandfather speech (which I STILL think should be memorized and repeated by every GOP candidate, particularly Tea Party ones everywhere) Chris Christie is not my guy for 2016 although of course the choice of him or Clinton et/al of the left supporting him would be very easy in 2016.

However I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the seemingly huge difference between the standards that Chris Christie is being held to vs Barack Obama.

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Yesterday Chris Christie spent 107 minutes answering every possible question that every journalist who had a question wanted to ask to the point where .

Can anyone imagine Barack Obama doing this on Benghazi, or the IRS, or Fast & Furious?

———————————

Yesterday you actually had reporters complaining about the number of questions Chris Christie was answering it was noted both on the right

and on the left

Can you imagine the media complaining about too much access to Barack Obama?

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Yesterday (and this morning) members of the press were going on about what this scandal says about the “atmosphere” in Trenton where aides thought such behavior was OK.

Nobody in the media thinks IRS, Benghazi or Fast & Furious say anything about the atmosphere at the white house.

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People are (legitimately) asking if the principles in this case acted alone to wit:

Yet ask the same person if they think Lois Lerner acted alone and the response is….interesting.

and

Being Sicilian “You’ve got nothing has a particular meaning”

As I recall Capone was never convicted of bootlegging or murder.

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In terms of coverage this WAS the news yesterday:

The Big Three networks, in a frenzy over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s traffic headache dubbed “Bridgegate,” have devoted a whopping 34 minutes and 28 seconds of coverage to the affair in just the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile on the IRS scandal

As a comparison over the last six months, NBC featured a scant five seconds on updating the IRS story. CBS responded with a minute and 41 seconds. ABC produced a meager 22 seconds.

Although the media downplayed the IRS controversy from July through December (it first broke in May), it’s not as though there wasn’t much happening. As the Media Research Center documented, many potential story leads developed.

In December, House investigator Darrell Issa announced that the FBI and IRS chief counsel is stonewalling the investigation. In October, newly obtained e-mails showed that the scandal-plagued Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the controversy, illegally gave Tea Party tax info to the FEC. That same month, it came out that an IRS official may have given confidential information to the White House.

I could go on and on but there is in fact one thing that both the Chris Christie Bridge Gate and the Obama IRS scandal have in common

Chris Christie is being investigated on bridgegate by a Democrat Donor:

Paul J. Fishman, the U.S. attorney tasked with looking into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge controversy, has donated to several Democratic politicians and organizations, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Barack Obama is being investigated by a Democrat donor too.

The Justice Department selected an avowed political supporter of President Obama to lead the criminal probe into the IRS targeting of tea party groups, according to top Republicans who said Wednesday that the move has ruined the entire investigation.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, and regulatory affairs subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, said they have discovered that the head of the investigation is Barbara Kay Bosserman, a trial lawyer in the Justice Department who donated more than $6,000 to Mr. Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, as well as several hundred dollars to the national Democratic Party.

Robert Stacy McCain put it well

Could you imagine the outcry if Christie appointed one of his own to dig into this?

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And as the first the 24 hours of “Bridgegate” ends there is still a lot to learn. We don’t know how this is going to end, if it will destroy Chris Christie’s presidential ambitions, if there will be smoking guns found, we don’t know what will be proved as time goes on. There is however one thing that these 24 hours have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt.

It doesn’t matter if you are the most popular, reasonable or bi-partisan republican in the world, you are going to be treated differently and given more scrutiny than any democrat by the Media.

The Obama administration has known & understood this for years and acts accordingly.

I have no idea if Chris Christie knew this before yesterday, but if he didn’t know it before, he knows it now and should act accordingly

Update: The Lonely Conservative notices and Hotair says this:

Really? The DoJ doesn’t see any potential conflict of interest in assigning a checkbook partisan of that magnitude to an investigation into whether partisans in another executive-branch agency may have targeted political opponents of her preferred side? That’s absurd, but hardly surprising from a DoJ that investigated itself in Fast and Furious, and an administration that investigated itself in the NSA scandal, and issued itself clean bills of health in both cases.

How about with political appointees? That rule wouldn’t apply, no? Then why is a campaign donor to Democrats heading the Bridgegate investigation?

Given the pass this administration has been given I don’t see why they would act in any other way.

Update 2: via Newsbusters:

Can I get a Bazinga!

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With last week’s shortfall 2014 is starting on a pretty sour note

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