Christie crackdown ups scrutiny over Obama's scandal responseYeah, sure, Christie was swift and decisive. After nearly four months of denying his administration had anything to do with the bridge study, Christie threw his deputy chief of staff under the bus—but only after the public release of emails sent by her and others in his administration exposed his previous denials as false.
While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is getting hammered over a close aide's involvement in snarling traffic as an apparent act of political retribution, he's nevertheless set himself apart from the Obama administration in his response to scandal.
The punishment in Trenton was swift. The governor said at a press conference Thursday that, within minutes of seeing incriminating emails, he fired his deputy chief of staff. He also sidelined his former campaign manager, nixing a lucrative contract and shutting him out of a plum job at the helm of the state GOP. Two Port Authority officials previously had resigned.
By contrast, the Obama administration's meandering response to three major controversies -- the Benghazi attack, the IRS targeting scandal, and the botched ObamaCare rollout -- often has seemed less decisive.
And instead of offering a credible explanation of what actually happened, Christie spent two hours calling himself a victim, as if he expected us to feel sympathy for him. C'mon, man.
As for President Obama's alleged "scandals," Benghazi and IRS are only scandals in the Republican imagination. And while the Obamacare rollout was rocky, that wasn't a scandal. And, more importantly, President Obama owned the responsibility for the problems, immediately. And things are working better now.
It's really pretty funny. The right has spent five years now accusing President Obama of being involved in political thuggery like went on under Chris Christie, but they failed to turn up any actual examples of it. And now Christie's bridge scandal has been exposed, their first reaction isn't to hold him accountable, it's to immediately turn back to making up stuff about the president. It's just how they roll, I guess.