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  •  And yet already the GOP and its media enablers (15+ / 0-)

    are trying to misdirect from and minimize the egregiousness of the closure and the likelihood that Christie not only knew about but approved of and possibly even ordered it. The GOP because it desperately wants to prop up its Great White Hope du jour, and the media because it continues to fear and worship the GOP and the assholes who run it in hopes that they pat it on the head like good little puppies and don't accuse it of having a--GASP--liberal bias.

    There's a special place in hell for people who enable bullies who prey on the weak and poor. Right under the heels of these bullies--for eternity.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 07:30:54 AM PST

    •  I have to disagree (15+ / 0-)

      except that they never give up an opportunity to shout Benghazi! and IRS! which is simply reflexive and applies to any and all negative commentary towards any generic Republican, they have mostly been absent, silent or constrained when it comes to Chris Christie. His staunch defenders are few and far between - he doen't seem to have many friends or allies at the national level, or if he did, they are all seasoned enough to recognize that this scandal has legs, it will have a bad outcome for Christie, and there is no profit from being a defender.

      The only one who has given a full-throated defense is Roodee 9/11 Ghouliani which was incomprehensible, since the Christie folks shut down the busiest bridge in the entire country and in Rudy's backyard, on 9/11, on whose shrine Rudy perches as one of the biggest icons, and Rudy calls it a "prank" and downplays it! I have to thank Guiliani for releasing everyone from ever taking his self-serving 9/11 self-promotion seriously ever again. So something good has already come from Bridgegate.

      “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

      by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 07:54:09 AM PST

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      •  I made the mistake of watching some of the (11+ / 0-)

        Sunday political shows, and the Repubs on them were unified in defending Christie with the exact same talking points and misdirecting to Benghazi and the IRS. They obviously coordinate that. It took a few days for them to get organized, but they're clearly running interference for him as their Great White Hope savior. It's not that they like him so much as that they like their chances with him. If he falls, they don't have a viable backup right now.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 08:06:28 AM PST

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        •  But to repeat myself, that is SOP (11+ / 0-)

          for generic Republican damage control. Few if any defended Christie on a personal level.

          The BIG DEMOCRATIC SCANDALS (to them) are:

          Birth Certificate
          Fast and Furious
          Benghazi
          IRS

          There's no there there in any of them. But they can beat those topics in the ground for the benefit and pleasure of their sad Fox News voters. When they come out into the rest of MSM and flog those dead horses, they look like The Flat Earth Society.

          Since all they had in their defense of Christie was The Flat Earth Society, it just shows the paucity of the defense routes available to them.

          “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

          by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 08:32:34 AM PST

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          •  I was more bothered by the media's (8+ / 0-)

            taking it easy on Christie than the GOP's defense of him. The latter is SOP as you say. The former is just creepy. Clearly, he's seduced some in the media. Others, he's intimidated. And yet others, are simply going to bat for their team, the rich and powerful insider team, as the utility players that they are.

            One can expect a party to defend its own. It's unconscionable for the media to help it, though, when such defense is simply ludicrous.

            "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

            by kovie on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 08:51:23 AM PST

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            •  Now there I completely agree (17+ / 0-)

              The thing that annoyed me the most was that they were still completely focused on the press conference when if they were real journalists they would have discussed BOTH the conference AND the second document dump which basically negated Christie's claim that he had fired all the people in his staff who had involvement in Bridgegate. The second document dump pretty much destroyed his press conference, but none of the "journalists" seemed to know anything about it.

              A person gets more informed discussion of Bridgegate right here and also reading the local NJ press which is doing an ace job of coverage. The national media for the most part is a disgrace, especially the Tee Vee talking heads. They are universally behind the curve. They can't keep up.

              The biggest outrage was David Gregory completely misrepresenting a key email from the second release in which he got the originator wrong and spun it in a way sympathetic to Christie when it was the exact opposite. I honestly think he should be fired right now for such journalistic incompetence or worse. As was pointed out here, it indicated he didn't have even the most basic understanding of the issues and the players and HE is the guy heading the supposed most important news and information show on NBC and the longest running?!

              I haven't watched MTP for a long time because Gregory is such a lightweight, but after that, I wouldn't consider taking anything that came out of his mouth without a Tablespoon of salt.

              “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

              by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:05:49 AM PST

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              •  I hadn't watched it for months (8+ / 0-)

                I rarely watch any of them these days but was curious to see how they handled this scandal. True to form, they spun it in a way that made Christie appear to be the victim of his own overgenerous trust in his subordinates.

                But, again, when a Gregory does this sort of this, he does it because:

                He's lazy

                He's stupid

                He's cowardly.

                He's incompetent.

                He's kissing up to the more powerful members of the power and money elite of which he's a junior member, specifically one who's still quite popular and who MAY one day be president and thus in a position to help or hurt him.

                Gregory is a courtier, albeit a very stupid one, a useful idiot for the power elite. This is true for 90% of the beltway media. Rachel & Co. are the exception.

                "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

                by kovie on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:18:59 AM PST

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                •  It's interesting that NBC sits by and lets (3+ / 0-)
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                  him basically kill a historic show of theirs. Don't they care?

                  In contrast another journalist on their sister station MSNBC used the same email to pretty much destroy Christie's credibility in claiming to be out of the loop.

                  “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

                  by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:40:52 AM PST

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        •  They're in a panic over this, and rightly so! (1+ / 0-)
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           Their last great hope for 2016 is fading away, slowly but surely.

          "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

          by elwior on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 01:53:52 PM PST

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      •  "Prank" like Mitt attacking a fellow student? (5+ / 0-)
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        Why, isn't that just a laugh frackin' riot!

        A government that denies gay men the right to bridal registry is a fascist state - Margaret Cho

        by CPT Doom on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 08:27:57 AM PST

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      •  I agree with both of you. It's the Beltway bubble (2+ / 0-)
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        heads who don't want to lose the "moderate R" in the 2016 horserace; then top-level GOP infrastructure and behind-the-scenes sane Big $$$ Repubs who want CC as 2016 nominee: He's Not Batshit Nuts (TM).

        imo

        Rank-and-file GOP voters probably like his tough guy image (smacking around those NJ teachers and damn lib reporters) and don't know much else.

        The Teahadi hate CC for not spitting in POTUS' face re Hurricane Sandy visit and can't wait to vote for Cruz or Paul!!1

        "On bended, withered knee I offer my deepest apologies for "ST[EALING] JVolvo's priceless zinger of a certain dour and disapproving uber-pragmatic meh-dispensing sourpuss without giving appropriate credit!" - Clive all hat no horse Rodeo ACCEPTED ~ JV

        by JVolvo on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 01:10:07 PM PST

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    •  They may try to hide this one, but they will not (0+ / 0-)

      succeed.
         It's far too blatant, and the true nature of Christie, the man and his organization is becoming clearer and clearer by the day.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 01:51:16 PM PST

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