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View Diary: Rachel Maddow Destroys Any Credibility Chris Christie Might Think He Still Has (272 comments)

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  •  A few things to ponder ... (7+ / 0-)

    (1) Another reason Mittens didn't go with Christie was financial. I did not know this until I wrote this diary, that included this article:

    In the end, it was money, not chemistry, that kept Christie off the GOP ticket. A "pay to play" regulation from the Securities and Exchange Commission prevented the country's largest banks from donating to candidates and elected officials from states in which big banks were located. If Christie, the governor of New Jersey, were added to the ticket, Romney's campaign would have been barred from accepting any campaign contributions from Wall Street - a critical source of cash for the GOP candidate, formerly a private equity manager.

    In a phone call, Romney asked Christie whether he would be willing to resign the governorship to side-step the SEC regulation. Christie laughed and said he needed time to think about it, but eventually decided to stay put in New Jersey. "After that phone call, Romney and Christie had no further conversations about joining the ticket," Balz writes.

    Christie threatened to drop "f-bomb" at 2012 GOP convention

    (2) Rachel gives credit where it is due. Last week she did a segment called Maddow: ‘God bless local reporters!’:
    Do you subscribe to your local paper? Do you pay for access to their website or for them to deliver the you the paper paper to your house? Think about it. Without local papers where would be? In the weeks leading up to today's news explosion in New Jersey, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie repeatedly admonished reporters that there was nothing to see here, nobody on his staff had anything to do with it, and reporters should be embarrassed for even asking about it. God bless local reporters. The local news media in New Jersey in this case for not believing that, for not being intimidated, and for for sticking with this story. The reporter whose work today uncorked this whole huge news day and changed the entire landscape of national Republican politics by doing so joins us coming up. Stay with us.
    (3) She mentions in the next segment, How a local reporter broke the Christie story, how she and her staff depend on local news for their own reporting:
    To prep for this show every day, me and everybody who works on the show here, we read a lot of stories from small, local newspapers. We read all the national stuff to, but really depend on local papers and local websites and local news bloggers and reporters for news that is not yet national news.

    “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” — Tom Perriello

    by hungrycoyote on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:45:06 AM PST

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