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.
Yesterday Chris Christie spent 107 minutes answering every possible question that every journalist who had a question wanted to ask.
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
It's bizarre that members of the press on Twitter are complaining that a press conference is going on too long.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) January 9, 2014
and on the left
once more. completely odd to see reporters griping that a press conference has gone on too long.
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) January 9, 2014
Can you imagine the media complaining about too much access to Barack Obama?
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.
People are (legitimately) asking if the principles in this case acted alone to wit:
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) January 10, 2014
Yet ask the same person if they think Lois Lerner acted alone and the response is….interesting.
— Maxine Baptiste (@brownsugar7878) January 10, 2014
— Maxine Baptiste (@brownsugar7878) January 10, 2014
Being Sicilian “You’ve got nothing has a particular meaning”
As I recall Capone was never convicted of bootlegging or murder.
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 (@rsmccain) January 9, 2014
Could you imagine the outcry if Christie appointed one of his own to dig into this?
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
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:
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