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  •  Well stated BUT (1+ / 0-)
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    what I am saying is that there is the risk of backlash if Christie starts to be seen as the victim (yes!) of a Democratic and media pile-on. That is the Republican distress response strategy - Deflect, Divert, Project

    which we have seen how many times deployed SUCCESSFULLY?  Most frustrating is the projection tactic which is what this diary is about. And yes - America IS stupid enough to buy it.

    Is there enough evidence building that the entire Chris Christie era is an abuse of power and a pay to play operation? Is that where this is headed? Well those dots need to be laid out carefully and the interconnection needs to be made by LOCAL journalists in New Jersey and New York as well as you just did in your comment.

    This whole Chris Christie thing is reminding me of a close historical precedent - the Plunderdome scandals of Providence mayor Buddy Cianci who ran the capital of Rhode Island (which is so small it's basically a city state ) as one big influence peddling racket.

    The parallels are uncanny. Cianci had a lot of talent and he was very in-your-face. His downfall was the result of unnecessary petty vindictiveness when he didn't get membership in a club, believe it or not.

    He is noted for one of my favorite political quotes of all time which could serve as the motto for the Christie folks:

    "The toe you step on today may be connected to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow."

    “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 Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 07:59:10 AM PST

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    •  Okay, question answered (0+ / 0-)

      I JUST heard that there is now going to be a panel investigating his entire modus operandi so yes, it looks like this is morphing into a broad abuse of power scandal.

      I will withdraw my advice about focusing solely on 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 Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 08:01:44 AM PST

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    •  No chance of Christie as victim. Even if people (3+ / 0-)

      would try to paint him as a victim, he is a victim of his own staff and political operatives at this point, not the Democrats.  The true victims in this case are the people stuck in the four hours of traffic for no reason.

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 08:56:09 AM PST

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      •  You're right of course (0+ / 0-)

        I get nervous, having seen defeat being snatched from the jaws of victory so many times, combined with being over analytical in nature.

        Republican manipulation works, which is why they do it. But occasionally something occurs which is too large for them to manipulate and this is one of those times ( I hope)

        “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 Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 09:09:59 AM PST

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      •  Victims of Sandy Are His Victims, Too (2+ / 0-)
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        Christie has burned NJ thru partisan flood aid, too.
        Check Rachel Maddow's web page for the story.

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