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If there's one thing that stands out about Bridgegate, it's that those who are unreservedly defending Chris Christie have been few and far between.  Even those who use the opportunity to whine and wail about Benghazi aren't even trying to defend Christie.  Not so with Haley Barbour.  In an interview with the Newark Star-Ledger, Barbour let it be known that he is outraged at the outrage over the scandal, and suggests it's all part of a Democratic plot to smear his buddy.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour defended Gov. Chris Christie in a lengthy interview for “taking the bull by the horns” after a week of explosive revelations that top Christie aides knew about plans to cause a massive traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge last year.

Barbour also went on the attack, scolding Christie’s Democratic critics and the “liberal media elite” for sensationalizing the traffic jam to imperil the New Jersey governor’s political future.

The Mississippi Republican — one of Christie’s political mentors — said President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have gotten a free pass after their own political scandals in the last five years. Christie, on the other hand, is being walloped in the press unfairly because he is a Republican, he said.

Um, Haley?  There's a reason Christie has gotten kicked up, down and sideways--and deservedly so.  While the attacks against Obama are mostly based on unsupported smears and rumors, Bridgegate has a document trail supporting it which stretches from Trenton all the way to your home in Mississippi.  Moreover, Barbour is the last person who should complain about the media attacking a governor.  For those who don't remember, in his waning hours as governor of Mississippi, Barbour pardoned over 200 inmates, including several sex offenders, child rapists, and five convicted murderers.  These pardons violated every standard of decency that is known; Barbour didn't even try to notify the victims' families.  And as least some of them were illegal; many of them were issued without the 30-day public notice required by the state constitution.  Had it not been so late in Barbour's term, he probably would have been staring down the barrel of impeachment.

Barbour also claimed that two separate federal investigations--by U. S. Attorney Paul Fishman and the FBI--are politically motivated.

“The Justice Department, while they don't investigate the IRS for trampling on the rights of conservative groups, is going to be after this like a dog with a bone because it's all about politics,” Barbour said.

“That won't hurt Chris Christie with Republicans if you have the Holder Justice Department chasing him around” — Eric Holder is the U.S. attorney general — “because that's what Republicans have come to expect with this administration. They always say it's somebody else's fault. They never investigate their own, but they always investigate the opposition.”

Ten to one Barbour didn't make a peep during the mass firings and forced resignations of U. S. Attorneys.  Oh, that's right--IOKIYAR.

Incredibly, Barbour claims that Christie so far has been "smart enough not to lie."  Never mind that at the very least, Christie tacitly admitted that he had no control over his own people.  Gee, I thought the GOP was the party of personal responsibility.

Barbour has the right to be wrong.  But does he have to be wrong now?

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  •  You know Christie's in trouble when they're (9+ / 0-)

    reaching for the liberal line.

    Didn't hear Barbour complaining when "liberal" MSNBC and others were treating Christie like a medial darling.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 06:23:49 AM PST

  •  Hey Haley, your own base hates him too. n/t (5+ / 0-)
  •  Taking the bull by the horns? bwahahahah (5+ / 0-)
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    NancyWH, a2nite, Lilyvt, BadKitties, Remediator

    Yes, after 4 months of actively discouraging any investigation and running down the clock, with less than a week to go before they could have gotten away with it entirely, Christie 'took the bull by the horns' and fired a few people in a desperate attempt to save his own skin.

    Haley Barbour, showing his Republican chops, defending the notion of IOKIYAR.

  •  The problem with Christie's Jam is that (6+ / 0-)

    it is the proverbial straw.
    The revenue generators (toll booths) on the George Washington Bridge have been a clusterfuck for a long time.

    Look at this lovely article about how the public is served on this gateway to New York.

    http://www.northjersey.com/...

    While the cancellation of the rail tunnel into lower Manhattan may have looked to drivers as discomfiting transit riders with whom they have little in common to begin with, purposefully causing a traffic jam on the bridge tells them that the callous attitude is general.
    The Port Authority was complicit. The Port Authority regularly screws up. The Port Authority, as far as I can tell, has raised tolls for people who pay cash 50% in the last four years -- since 2009, when Google Earth shows the fee was $8.

    Fact is that revenues from fees went down in 2012. Fact is, according to the Authority's annual report, that while interest rates have held steady and interest earned from U.S. bonds has decreased, as a result, the Authority has paid out more because it refinanced its bonds. In other words, when the bond market has been down over all, the Port Authority is someone's cash cow. Finance, it seems, is a special interest and the public interest can just suck it up.

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    by hannah on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 06:37:20 AM PST

  •  Maybe if Christie was a convicted murderer (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Dirtandiron

    Barbour would have granted him a pardon.

    How many of the murderers did Barbour pardon anyway?

  •  SS GOP keeps running into those icebergs. (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, raincrow, Dirtandiron
  •  Liberals and Christie (8+ / 0-)

    One things true:

    Barbour claims big, bad libruls are out to get Christie
    Yes, we are out to get him. I can't speak for every liberal but I'm perfectly willing to use the revelations in the BridgeGate scandal to help ruin his prospects.

    Governor Christie is one of the more talented politicians in a bad bunch of Republican Presidential hopefuls. He's been successful at fooling many voters into thinking he's a moderate. He's had much of the national media singing his praises. But his deplorable use of his office to bully his own constituents has given us big, bad, liberals a perfect vehicle with which to illustrate his unsuitability for the Presidency. So yes, Haley, we're going to trumpet this scandal far and wide until his moderate cloak is gone and his true nature as a vicious partisan is seen by voters far and wide. No shame in that. It's our patriotic duty to kepp this man as far from the Presidency of the United States as possible.

  •  How shock are Republicans after seeing (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Dirtandiron, ichibon

    Richard Nixon's ghost body-snatch Chris Christie during the  press conference?
    They [Republicans] are delusion comparing Chris Christie to the POTUS.

    1. Christie is a Governor and a bully.

    2. Compare Democratic President to Republican President

    3. Get the body count of Americans (9/11, Iraq war, and Katrina) that Bush/Cheney left in their trail coupled with all the lies Bush/Cheney told.

    4. Let's compare

  •  Good lord, for once Barbour is correct (0+ / 0-)

    Downright damn skippy, in fact.

    More popcorn, please.

    Fight them to the end, until the children of the poor eat better than the dogs of the rich.

    by raincrow on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 07:28:34 AM PST

  •  How much NJ taxes does Barbour pay? (5+ / 0-)
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    ichibon, Lilyvt, Tinfoil Hat, a2nite, dadadata

    Has he ever spent any time in NJ. I mean besides a layover at Newark Airport. Probably none. So he should shut the fuck up and mind his own Mississppi business. They sure don't like anyone from the North interfering in their south, so he should keep his fat nose out of this.

    Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

    by Dirtandiron on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 08:11:13 AM PST

  •  Well.... (0+ / 0-)
    Barbour also went on the attack, scolding Christie’s Democratic critics and the “liberal media elite” for sensationalizing the traffic jam to imperil the New Jersey governor’s political future.
    Thank goodness some entity wants to shine a light on, and clean up, NJ politics from this miserable, egotistical, selfish, blowhard, gasbag, POS bully.  
    Enough is enough.
    Wonder what Haley's response would have been if a 'D' Gov had been accused of the same crap.  I'm SURE he would have responded exactly the same.

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    by Lilyvt on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 08:19:06 AM PST

  •  We'll see won't we Haley? (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    Committee subpoena power has been extended, so they will be compelling testimony for a very long time.  Christie WILL be losing sleep and weight in the months to come.

    For smart republicans - doubtful that any exist - they would do well to position themselves to be correct in the end and not take it the end (behind) when Christie goes down.

  •  Of course (1+ / 0-)
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    Remediator

    Yes it's all a conspiracy by the Democrats, should have known. Nothing to do with the Christie staff or his appointees who sabotage the GW Bridge.

  •  One fat corrupt bully defending another (2+ / 0-)
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    Christian Dem in NC, a2nite

    And of course, we get the victimization and persecution complex that is the hallmark of the modern conservative movement. Even when these guys are in power, they're always the opressed minority at the grip of "them."

  •  As kind of a liberal myself, it's true (2+ / 0-)
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    hulibow, a2nite

    I'd like to join the effort of my brethren and be "out to get" Chris Christie, but I'm so busy with the War on Christmas that I just haven't found the time.  

    The War on Christmas is not just a seasonal commitment, you know.  It really is an all-year campaign.  

  •  Little, pissed-off libruls are out to get (0+ / 0-)

    Pufferfish.

    Lots and lots and lots of them, many not from Joisey.

    Little, fast, scuttling mammals against the Goposaur.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 03:53:53 PM PST

  •  Who did Christie go after as US attorney? (0+ / 0-)
    “That won't hurt Chris Christie with Republicans if you have the Holder Justice Department chasing him around” — Eric Holder is the U.S. attorney general — “because that's what Republicans have come to expect with this administration. They always say it's somebody else's fault. They never investigate their own, but they always investigate the opposition
    How many democrats and republicans did he prosecute? Did he favor one party over the other? Anyone have the answer available? The Googles kept referring to the bridge thing.

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