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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The entire debate about the NSA PRISM program comes down to these two different views from two people I respect:

Robert Stacy McCain

while the NSA’s access to phone and e-mail records raises Fourth Amendment concerns about potential abuse, there is no one who can point to an instance where actual abuse has occurred. So far as we know, no one has been arrested on the basis of illegally obtained information or targeted by the NSA because they’re on Obama’s Enemies List of political opponents.

Apparently, Glenn Greenwald’s idea to solve this problem was to present the world with Edward Snowden as the hero-victim, making him the symbol (as Greenwald saw it) of how the administration was punishing courageous truth-tellers. However, rational people (a category from which Greenwald long ago excluded himself) recognized this as problematic: Snowden wasn’t an IRS employee revealing important truths about unlawful political abuse of government power, or a DOJ staffer disclosing the surveillance of journalists. Snowden had top-secret clearance at an agency whose express mission it is to gather communications (“signals intelligence,” or sigint) about America’s enemies. There is a world of difference between these two categories, and my antennae detected this difference when I saw the quote from Snowden praising Army Pvt. Bradley Manning as “a classic whistleblower” who “was inspired by the public good.”

and Glenn Reynolds

The problem is, it’s hard to trust the people who are supposed to use that data to protect us to do so, when they abandoned their own in Benghazi. And it’s hard to trust them not to use that data to oppress us, when they’ve already abused their powers that way in other connections. Which is why abuse of power is itself a kind of treason: It weakens the fabric of the nation like nothing else, by undermining the trust that is essential for the system to work.

And that’s basically the problem under normal circumstances I’d give a pass to the NSA as an organization that these people have dedicated years to defending this country from terror attacks.

But we have an administration that lives by “Chicago Values” a president who claims to know nothing, and a press in bed with both of them.

Stacy is right that we have no evidence of this administration abusing PRISM, just like we didn’t have evidence of the IRS going after the tea party…right up until the moment we did.

This is what the Obama administration has done, like the Nixon administration it has taken action that destroys trust and without trust a republic can’t stand. Stacy one more time

Gen. Keith Alexander says Snowden is lying and so we have to ask ourselves who we believe, the career Army officer who has dedicated his entire life to defending America from its enemies, or the dropout gamer who is Glenn Greenwald’s new man-crush?

I don’t blame Stacy McCain for believing Alexander over Snowden & Greenwald nor do I blame him trusting General Alexander as a rule I trust him as well.

But I don’t trust the commander in chief whose orders he is sworn to obey or that commander in chief’s administration and I submit and suggest anyone who does is a fool.

Cobb: From what I’ve seen, Paden doesn’t care about money. He says he doesn’t care about anything, but he does. There’s just no tellin’ what it’s gonna be.

Silverado 1985

For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

Luke 12:34

Yesterday while driving with my son’s we listened to Michael Graham ask an interesting question.

Looking at the President’s sudden drop in popularity among youth, the question became why?

You have a lousy economy where college students and high school ones have no prospect work, but we had that for 4 years and they still voted for him.

You have Obamacare but the young now increasingly living on their parents insurance have not been affected, except for the cutting of some hours.

You have Benghazi but with so few young people serving that might as well be a video game.

The IRS scandal?   You have to actually have a job and paying taxes to worry about the IRS and with the young so disengaged how many ARE involved in the tea party or even know what that’s about?

But the NSA scandal:  THAT they understand.

Young people spend their entries lives on the net or smartphones. When not in the nearly quaint act of calling they are texting or surfing or downloading (legally and illegally).

So now think of it. The NSA scandal means that Barack Obama’s people have access to every call, every download and every peep on the net and even a low information voter can’t miss that the entertainment industry absolutely loves this president.

And while the youth might not care about the implications of silencing the Tea Party or dead navy seals but they know that industry and they how much they want stiff penalties for illegal downloads.

My son told me he has friends who have been downloading movies and songs for years who literally are afraid of using their computers since the NSA scandal broke.

To old fogies like me who doesn’t think .99 cents for a song is a big deal it’s the least of our worries in term of the NSA and other scandals but while we’re busy fighting on immigration the young kids have noticed stories like this:

The US Supreme Court refused Monday to take up the case of a woman ordered to pay a $220,000 fine for illegally downloading music off the internet.

The country’s top court upheld without comment the verdict against Jammie Thomas-Rasset in the long-running, high-profile digital piracy case.

…and seen themselves.  The woman in that story could be any one of them.

Of course the president could solve that problem by pushing for laws loosing up download rules, but if you thought the entertainment industry moved the White House on Gay Marriage that’s nothing to how they’ll howl if anything is done to loosen the copyright rules that puts money in their pockets.

The youth of America are disengaged and disinterested but when the generation that’s living with their parents,  can’t pay their college loans and won’t get hired full time to avoid Obamacare see the possibility of fines they can never pay for laws they KNOW they’ve broken they notice.

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Don’t tell me words don’t matter

Barack Obama Feb 16th 2008

As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs.

attributed to Johann Tetzel

Craig: The Balliols will kiss his ass, so we must.

Braveheart 1995

As the various Obama scandals continue to percolate (not that people know what percolate means anymore) there seems to be one constant when it come to this president, his approval rating.

In one sense that is not all that odd, this president maintained his numbers through four of the worst economic years of the half century of my life, he maintained his popularity despite pushing through what might be the single most unpopular piece of legislation that has ever been brought before the American people and passed by a congress, albeit without a single GOP vote.

So given that start it’s not all that unusual that the IRS Scandal, the AP Scandal and especially the Benghazi Scandal have not seriously affected his overall approval.

Mind you the people aren’t giving him high marks on actual performance, the majority continues to think the country is in the wrong direction, and is not convinced of the president’s explanations for them.

The sight of people taking the 5th before congress, of Americans describing persecution by the IRS,  the changing Benghazi stories where Americans died and the attempt to play a member of the press as a terrorist accomplice without cause instinctively rubs Americans the wrong way.

Yet the president’s approval remains in the high 40’s to low 50’s there is clearly a floor to the president’s approval rating and no amount of scandal or failure can puncture it.

The question is why?

I’ve given this a lot of thought and am forced to conclude people aren’t so much supporting Barack Obama as they are justifying themselves & inoculating themselves

During the election of 2008 it seemed the entire world was caught up into the idea that a not even one term senator and a state legislator with a record of missing votes coming from the most corrupt political machine in the county was going to lead the country to an incredible future.

If that wasn’t ridiculous enough many also believed that the Election of Barack Obama would  permanently make race issues a thing of the past.

Five years later both of those statements seem so absurd that even the farthest left of democrats are not willing to say it.

And when it became apparent that Barack Obama was over his head came the excuses:

The presidency was too big a job (never mind that over 3 dozen men managed it under worse circumstances than he)

The opposition was obstructing him (never mind that every president since Carter faced at least 4 years of a house of congress against him)

The  Tea Party, or Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck were opposing him (Never mind that every republican president since the 60’s has had a united media uniformly opposing him)

it didn’t matter what Barack Obama did, because he was trying, REALLY HARD.

and if you didn’t support him, well we all knew the reason why:

 

That isn’t a tweet from 2008, that’s a tweet from today five years later. After all the scandal, after all the failure, after five years of the worst economy most living Americans have seen this is still where we are with an affirmative action hire who can not be critiqued without being branded as a racist.

People seriously thought they were done with this, and we are still hearing these world expressed publicly and not just by individuals on twitter but on national programs to a national audience.

And if this is what is being said to the general public, what is being said on alternative media, in black media, how many people seriously believe that all of this is a conspiracy to bring down the first black president because of the color of his skin.

And it’s something people can relate to, in every bureaucracy there are people that can’t be touched, people who have relatives in the right places, people who have slept their way to the top, or people who if you say a word about them will lead to your doom.  Much easier to get on with your work, nod and smile.

One of the principles of liberalism that we have seen over and over again is virtue is not based on what you do, it’s based on what you say, what you express.   You can have all the wealth you want, but if you express support for the Occupy Movement you care about the poor, you can have the largest carbon footprint in the world, but if you believe in global warming or carbon taxes you are saving the earth.

And likewise in reverse if you believe the wrong thing, or say the wrong thing it doesn’t matter what you actually do, your words condemn you in their eyes.

The American people are too distracted, too exhausted and too busy just trying to get by in Obama’s brave new world to want to deal with this.  They just want that indulgence back.

I think that segment of the public who doesn’t like the way things are going refuse to publicly hold Obama Responsible for anything period.  So they’ll carry on and wait. They’ll happily accept the indulgence the professional left will give them while they gripe privately out of earshot hoping they can wait out the rest of the term out without trouble.

And we will pay for it.

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