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  •  Primary season will begin in less than a year (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, wintergreen8694

    (campaigning has already begun, for all intents and purposes), and it will take at least that long for the current investigations into "bridgegate" to reach their conclusions.  I think the timing is just about right.  There should be answers to questions by then that have as yet not yielded answers, giving Christie the cover of claimed ignorance.  If and when we get answers, either he won't be able to claim ignorance of the entire affair and his lies will be exposed, or he'll be shown to be far less the effective administrator he's claimed to be.

    A year is a lifetime in politics, and Christie's situation could change dramatically, but I don't see how it could get better.  Even if these investigations completely exonerate him of any criminality, his ways of conducting business and how he chooses his closest staff members will remain controversial and distasteful.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:59:28 AM PST

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    •  The key is what they find. (0+ / 0-)

      It helps Christie greatly that it is a Democratic Jihad against a Republican governor.

      That raises the bar on what must be found to do real damage. There might be some ugly nasty stuff out there, but if it doesn't come out, Christie has a nice sales pitch as the fightin' gov who  stood up to the corrupt New Jersey Democratic machine.

      New Jersey politics are dirty -- maybe not as dirty as my old home state of Illinois, but dirty enough to make the sales pitch work.

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      by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:21:48 AM PST

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      •  The problem is, as Stephen Colbert notes, (1+ / 0-)
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        dinotrac

        This isn't something arcane and difficult to understand, like campaign finance laws.

        This is about traffic and (apparently) revenge. It's really hard to miss the fact that what happened here was a bunch of staffers dicking over thousands of people in their own state for no good reason (it's a form of Fermi's paradox—if there were a valid, easily-accepted reason for it, we would have heard it by now).

        The best outcome Christie can hope for from the scandal is that it is proven he is merely incompetent at a fundamental aspect of his job (choosing public servants to fill top-level positions).

        We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

        by Samer on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:21:32 AM PST

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        •  Incompetent? (0+ / 0-)

          The best case is that he comes across as a mean and nasty politician.

          That could be beneficial in the right environment -- as opposed, say, to somebody who is constantly backpedaling and giving in.

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          by dinotrac on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:28:28 AM PST

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