Bridgegate = IRS The GOP is over the target

by Datechguy | January 13th, 2014

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Bridgegate = IRS The GOP is over the target

Last week I men­tioned how the Chris Christie Bridge scan­dal was a golden oppor­tu­nity for the GOP:

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.

And while I’m not a repub­li­can (peo­ple for­get I left the party in a rather pub­lic way a year ago) it looks like some peo­ple who are repub­li­can have been pay­ing attention:

Let’s start with Rudy Giu­liani on This Week he starts the com­par­isons with the very first ques­tion from Martha Raddatz:

Giu­liani: You know, Martha, that’s always kind of sim­plis­tic after some like this hap­pens, you know, how could it hap­pen, how could you not have known? How did Pres­i­dent Obama not know about the IRS tar­get­ing right wing groups? You know, mas­sive num­bers of right wing groups…

Rad­datz inter­rupts almost at once with saying…

But this is traf­fic, this affects every­body. This seems very different.

Because the IRS cer­tainly isn’t some­thing that affects every­body but Rudy was just get­ting started

Giu­liani: Well, that affects a lot of peo­ple. And the real­ity is, things go wrong in an admin­is­tra­tion. And frankly, you know, he was in campaign-​mode at the time, dur­ing campaign-​mode you miss a lot of things. You’re not pay­ing as much atten­tion. We see that with Benghazi.

I’ll give you plenty of exam­ples. Every admin­is­tra­tion, every pres­i­dent, every mayor, every gov­er­nor, some­thing goes wrong below them and then the press ask, gosh, how do they not know? How did they not realize?

Note how Rudy leads with “every pres­i­dent” and keeps going back there all through the interview

Giu­liani: But this is what hap­pens in polit­i­cal oper­a­tions. I mean, peo­ple get wrong mes­sages. It hap­pens all the time. It hap­pened, again, I go back to the IRS scan­dal. The peo­ple in the IRS though Pres­i­dent Obama wanted them to do this. Pres­i­dent Obama didn’t want them to do this. But they got the sense because of that cul­ture that they were sup­posed to tar­get right wing groups. It was totally wrong.

I think it was totally wrong for these peo­ple to have inter­preted Chris Christie this way.

But, look, he’s han­dled it the best way you can pos­si­bly han­dle it. He’s held a press con­fer­ence, he’s flatly denied it.

There a rea­son why Morn­ing Joe took a swing at him today and when GOP chair­man Renice Priebus said this on Meet the Press:

He stood there for 111 min­utes, in an open dia­logue with the press. Now only if Barack Obama and Hillary Clin­ton would give us 111 sec­onds of that would we find out some things we want to find out about Oba­macare, Beng­hazi, the I.R.S.. I mean Chris Christie’s– (Gre­gory Inter­rupts) –been (CHUCKLE) totally open here.

David Gre­gory went on full defense mode defend­ing the pres­i­dent emphatically

Let me pick up on that point, Chair­man. So you had said about the pres­i­dent and the I.R.S. scan­dal, and there’s been no direct tie, of course, to what hap­pened to the I.R.S. to the pres­i­dent, just as there has not been a direct tie to Gov­er­nor Christie here.

and then when Chair­man Priebus he again made the contrast

No. He– no, he– no. The– here’s the– he trusted peo­ple that lied to him, and he fired those peo­ple. The pres­i­dent dou­bles down on Eric Holder. He dou­bles down on Hillary Clin­ton and Lois Lerner and Susan Rice. It’s the opposite–

Gre­gory inter­rupts, asked a new ques­tion about tone and then kept inter­rupt­ing as Priebus made his point.

Because Chris Christie– here’s why. Because Chris Christie gave us almost two hours of open dia­logue and open– (Gre­gory inter­rupts) –exam­i­na­tion with the press. Because you can judge a per­son. You can judge a person’s char­ac­ter. We had an oppor­tu­nity to do that. And so that’s what Chris Christie offered, not only to the peo­ple of New Jer­sey, but the peo­ple across the coun­try. The pres­i­dent never offered –  (Gre­gory inter­rupts) –that open dia­logue so that peo­ple– (Gre­gory inter­rupts) –char­ac­ter– (Gre­gory inter­rupts) –of the president.

Given these per­for­mances that were seen by many view­ers who didn’t get a lot of IRS cov­er­age from these out­lets it’s no won­der Meet the Press went to Iowa to see how much a traf­fic jam in NJ would effect their vote in 2 years and and the aptly named Crooks & Liars is defend­ing Gre­gory, it sure beats hav­ing GOP pols mak­ing uncom­fort­able com­par­isons for peo­ple to hear. After all it’s per­sonal

Even Rand Paul a Christie rival for 2016 gets it. He is inter­viewed and goes after Christie and is unin­ter­rupted by his media until he gets over the tar­get:

Sen Rand Paul: Nobody wants the power of gov­ern­ment to be used against some­body just cause you lost. A good exam­ple of this is the IRS scan­dal Pres­i­dent Obama used the IRS or is alleged to have used the IRS to go after con­ser­v­a­tive groups and tea party groups…

Inter­viewer: (Loudly) “And Progressives”

I don’t like auto­play in video but go to the AZcen­tral site and lis­ten to the tone when the inter­view inter­rupts. God for­bid any per­son who hears that inter­view under­stand that the IRS tar­geted con­ser­v­a­tives and tea party mem­bers. There is a rea­son why every time I bring the sub­ject in com­par­i­son I’m chal­lenged by the left and also a rea­son why Tax Prof Blog’s update today on the IRS scan­dal day 249 is as Glenn Reynolds put it a big one.

I have absolutely no idea if Chris Christie had direct involve­ment in the bridge stuff, but I do know this. The MSM is going to be pretty care­ful about who they bring on to talk about it.

I think the Left is scared of that con­nec­tion, let’s keep them that way.

Update: This car­toon via A. F. Branco at Legal Insur­rec­tion nails the prob­lem for the left.

Media-Scales-590-LI

They have to do some­thing about those damned pic­tures.

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Last week I mentioned how the Chris Christie Bridge scandal was a golden opportunity for the GOP:

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.

And while I’m not a republican (people forget I left the party in a rather public way a year ago) it looks like some people who are republican have been paying attention:

Let’s start with Rudy Giuliani on This Week he starts the comparisons with the very first question from Martha Raddatz:

Giuliani: You know, Martha, that’s always kind of simplistic after some like this happens, you know, how could it happen, how could you not have known? How did President Obama not know about the IRS targeting right wing groups? You know, massive numbers of right wing groups…

Raddatz interrupts almost at once with saying…

 But this is traffic, this affects everybody. This seems very different.

Because the IRS certainly isn’t something that affects everybody but Rudy was just getting started

Giuliani: Well, that affects a lot of people. And the reality is, things go wrong in an administration. And frankly, you know, he was in campaign-mode at the time, during campaign-mode you miss a lot of things. You’re not paying as much attention. We see that with Benghazi.

I’ll give you plenty of examples. Every administration, every president, every mayor, every governor, something goes wrong below them and then the press ask, gosh, how do they not know? How did they not realize?

Note how Rudy leads with “every president” and keeps going back there all through the interview

Giuliani: But this is what happens in political operations. I mean, people get wrong messages. It happens all the time. It happened, again, I go back to the IRS scandal. The people in the IRS though President Obama wanted them to do this. President Obama didn’t want them to do this. But they got the sense because of that culture that they were supposed to target right wing groups. It was totally wrong.

I think it was totally wrong for these people to have interpreted Chris Christie this way.

But, look, he’s handled it the best way you can possibly handle it. He’s held a press conference, he’s flatly denied it.

There a reason why Morning Joe took a swing at him today and when GOP chairman Renice Priebus said this on Meet the Press:

He stood there for 111 minutes, in an open dialogue with the press. Now only if Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would give us 111 seconds of that would we find out some things we want to find out about Obamacare, Benghazi, the I.R.S.. I mean Chris Christie’s– (Gregory Interrupts) –been (CHUCKLE) totally open here.

David Gregory went on full defense mode defending the president emphatically

Let me pick up on that point, Chairman. So you had said about the president and the I.R.S. scandal, and there’s been no direct tie, of course, to what happened to the I.R.S. to the president, just as there has not been a direct tie to Governor Christie here.

and then when Chairman Priebus he again made the contrast

No. He– no, he– no. The– here’s the– he trusted people that lied to him, and he fired those people. The president doubles down on Eric Holder. He doubles down on Hillary Clinton and Lois Lerner and Susan Rice. It’s the opposite–

Gregory interrupts,  asked a new question about tone and then kept interrupting as Priebus made his point.

 Because Chris Christie– here’s why. Because Chris Christie gave us almost two hours of open dialogue and open– (Gregory interrupts)  –examination with the press. Because you can judge a person. You can judge a person’s character. We had an opportunity to do that. And so that’s what Chris Christie offered, not only to the people of New Jersey, but the people across the country. The president never offered–  (Gregory interrupts) –that open dialogue so that people– (Gregory interrupts) –character– (Gregory interrupts) –of the president.

Given these performances that were seen by many viewers who didn’t get a lot of IRS coverage from these outlets it’s no wonder Meet the Press went to Iowa to see how much a traffic jam in NJ would effect their vote in 2 years and and the aptly named Crooks & Liars is defending Gregory, it sure beats having GOP pols making uncomfortable comparisons for people to hear. After all it’s personal

Even Rand Paul a Christie rival for 2016 gets it. He is interviewed and goes after Christie and is uninterrupted by his media until he gets over the target:

Sen Rand Paul: Nobody wants the power of government to be used against somebody just cause you lost. A good example of this is the IRS scandal President Obama used the IRS or is alleged to have used the IRS to go after conservative groups and tea party groups…

Interviewer: (Loudly) “And Progressives”

I don’t like autoplay in video but go to the AZcentral site and listen to the tone when the interview interrupts. God forbid any person who hears that interview understand that the IRS targeted conservatives and tea party members. There is a reason why every time I bring the subject in comparison I’m challenged by the left and also a reason why Tax Prof Blog’s update today on the IRS scandal day 249 is as Glenn Reynolds put it a big one.

I have absolutely no idea if Chris Christie had direct involvement in the bridge stuff, but I do know this.  The MSM is going to be pretty careful about who they bring on to talk about it.

I think the Left is scared of that connection, let’s keep them that way.

Update: This cartoon via A. F. Branco at Legal Insurrection nails the problem for the left.

Media-Scales-590-LI

They have to do something about those damned pictures.

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