Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on January 8, 2014 by Allahpundit

The tough-talking governor has been accusing of bullying behavior before and critics say this is the latest example of a leader who uses retribution if he doesn’t get his way. Christie has always said voters appreciate his brashness, but opponents critique it’s not a style that will play outside the Garden State.

Democratic State Assemblyman John McKeon criticized the governor on a radio program in 2010 and was surprised to get a handwritten note from Christie explaining his displeasure, something he said could be seen as threatening and also highlighted in a New York Times story last month that mentioned several examples of behavior that could be viewed as bullying.

“You would hope the head of any organization sets the tone for the people around him,” McKeon told ABC News, referring to the Christie staffers implicated in the scandal. “The utilization of government resources for political retribution, that is sacrosanct and it is something that should never, ever be tolerated.”

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Former New Jersey governor Tom Kean Sr., a longtime associate of Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), tells The Washington Post that he hopes Christie will move swiftly to provide answers about e-mails and text messages suggesting Christie’s appointees retaliated against a Democratic mayor by creating a traffic jam.

“My advice to him: get it all out now,” Kean said, in a phone interview from his office in New Jersey. “He cannot let some committee, or the press, pull out these problems piece by piece. Let’s get the whole story on the table. If mistakes were made, admit it. If he doesn’t, it’s going to be like water torture.”

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“I think the worst is yet to come,” said New Jersey Democrat Bill Pascrell, who represents the town that was turned into a parking lot last year when some of the bridge’s lanes were abruptly closed for four days. “I don’t think we’ve seen all of it at all. I’m so happy that it’s unfolding slowly, like an onion opening up. You always get more facts that way — not to refer to the governor as an onion, but he’s been referred to as worse things.”…

Pascrell defended Kelly, saying he has worked with her before but stopped short of saying he thought Christie personally directed her to coordinate the shutdown.

“She did not just wake up one morning and decide let’s screw up the traffic in Fort Lee, we’ll teach that S.O.B,” Pascrell said. “That isn’t what happened.”

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“I do not believe for a minute that Chris Christie knew about this, and if he had known about it, he would have stopped it,” said Fred Malek, a top GOP fundraiser who works with Christie on the Republican Governors Association. “This is a bush-league tactic that is far below a man of his character and sophistication. It’s not an acceptable practice and he needs to deal with it decisively.”…

At risk is nothing less than Christie’s very political identity, which he had controlled so well to this point. A credible governor — or president — doesn’t act like a local political boss, and while Republicans have long lambasted President Barack Obama as a typical Chicago machine politician, they never really caught him acting like one. With stories of Christie’s team’s penchant for vengeance starting to pile up — and Democrats more motivated to highlight the tales than when they rolled over for him in 2013 — time is short for him to wrestle back control of his story.

“Democrats are besides themselves that they gave Christie a free pass to define himself in 2013 on very favorable terms,” one prominent Republican strategist told TIME. “They’re going to spend 2014 making up for lost time. It’s only going to get worse from here on out.”

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If he doesn’t fix this “bridge scandal,” are his presidential campaign plans doomed to failure? Probably. Here’s what the story tells us:

1) Christie surrounded himself with a crowd that couldn’t care less about the people of New Jersey at the same time as he was lauded for his “no partisanship here” response to Hurricane Sandy.

2) Christie, normally politically astute, may now be forever associated with traffic jams, something that everyone hates.

3) Christie’s penchant for tough politicking (as he might spin it) plays horribly on the national stage.

4) Christie’s entire self-created public image, that of a fearless, straight-talking, get-it-done guy with no tolerance for politics or bullshit, has been entirely subverted.

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in recent years, Christie had worked hard to soften his image, to telegraph that his bluntness and outspokenness was being offered on behalf of voters, and to reassure everyone that he wasn’t a big, mean jerk. He was greatly aided in this project by his response to Hurricane Sandy, his highly public empathy for its victims, and his praise of President Obama in the closing days of the 2012 campaign…

What’s so damaging about these revelations to Christie is that they expose him and his brain trust as breathtakingly venal and vindictive. Respectable politicians don’t block ambulances to retaliate at political opponents (in the parlance of right-wing talk-radio hosts, that’s called “bare-knuckle Chicago politics” and is only practiced by Democrats). The messages also shatter Christie’s carefully constructed image as a “nice” jerk fighting for the little guy. They show that he is, in fact, an entirely different kind of jerk, and that the little guy can go to hell.

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Nobody likes a tyrant. Especially Republican primary voters. Especially in the wake of the Obama administration’s IRS scandal and its selective enforcement of Obamacare. Most Americans still believe in the quaint notion that we are all equal under the law, and that ours is a country of laws, not men. Republican primary voters may expect this kind of abuse of power from Democrats, but they won’t tolerate it within their own ranks…

A major part of Christie’s appeal among Republicans is his willingness to stick it to certain liberal special interest groups like public employees’ unions. Conservatives take comfort in knowing that one of their guys knows how to throw a punch. But nobody likes it when their own side starts getting beat up. Christie’s team didn’t just target a potential political opponent for revenge, they targeted his own voters. This incident could very well suggest to a lot of GOP primary voters that Christie’s brashness might have a big downside…

There’s a certain amount of rough-and-tumble, back-and-forth backbiting that’s expected from the kind of people who choose to spend their lives trying to accumulate as much power as possible. As a result, backroom maneuvering to remove some political privileges enjoyed by one’s opponent probably wouldn’t draw a second glance. But that’s not what Christie’s top aides did. They deliberately chose to target innocent civilians: moms and dads trying to get to work on time, school bus drivers trying to get children to school, first responders trying to take ill people to the hospital.

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This is a political problem for Christie, but more importantly, it’s a leadership test. Since the governor arrived on the national stage, he has given various ad hoc seminars on leadership and the qualities required for greatness. He talks a great deal about the topic and offers himself as an expert. Before he became partners with Barack Obama in responding to Hurricane Sandy, he gave a very astringent critique of the president’s shortcomings. Recently Christie advised the president to apologize for his promise that if people wanted to keep their insurance they would be allowed to. “When you make a mistake, you should own up to it and apologize for it,” he said…

As a political matter, if Christie handles the fallout with skill, you could see voters finding their way to a rationalization. Sure, he is a little messy, but that’s why he gets results! The truth of leadership is that you want a president who can be a bit of a bully. As former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says in his new memoir, President Obama and President Bush both had problems with Congress because neither was liked or feared. But that obviously only goes so far. We also don’t want presidents who abuse their power. The Fort Lee emails are a classic case of that. Christie was already a lock to win his 2013 re-election race and therefore didn’t really need the mayoral endorsement. If a top aide to the governor can waste public money in an act of petty vindictiveness, imagine what might happen with real power—power of the kind we have all been debating in the wake of disclosures about the NSA’s ability to monitor American citizens. On the other hand, if Christie hires staffers who were dumb enough to say this kind of thing on email, perhaps general competence is the bigger worry.

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In reality, I’ve never known a governor without a long list of local opponents, enemies and plain chuckleheads who constantly drive him or her batty. Most governors spend a lot of time tussling with their hometown versions of Seinfeld’s accursed Newman, and dreaming of fixing said irritant’s political wagon once and for all.

I’ve also never known a governor with a political staff that did not take immense joy in the political pain and suffering of said opponents. In the rough-and-tumble personality-driven cauldron of New Jersey politics, this sort of battling is particularly ordinary. While in this case the wagon-fixers may have gone overboard, I doubt many people will be that shocked, shocked that hardball is alive and well in New Jersey.

My prediction? The whole thing will blow over. Sure, the media will howl for a week and the mayor of Fort Lee will spend the next two years darkly plotting ways to poison Christie’s good name in New Hampshire.

But Christie has already blasted the main chortling staffer in question. The circus will move on.

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Didn’t Palin say something today.

RickB on January 8, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Hopefully Chrisp Christie will be toast.

theotherone on January 8, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Odds on qotd being about fatboy?

wolly4321 on January 8, 2014 at 9:05 PM

ShainS on January 8, 2014 at 10:43 PM

I would have Figured that allahpundit would be leading the cheering on this…..

williamg on January 8, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Fat man! Wolly wins the chewed up lap band!!!

AllahsNippleHair on January 8, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Hope pro-illegal alien amnesty liberal Chris Christie is finished.

I want to nominate an actual conservative next time.

bluegill on January 8, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Will this take him out of the running for 2016?

I was kind of looking forward to the RINO’s telling us Christie is the only way to win. Like with Romney and McCain.

cozmo on January 8, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Didn’t Palin say something today.

RickB on January 8, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Shaddap, you! Quit stealing my stuff!

Lanceman on January 8, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Will this take him out of the running for 2016?

cozmo on January 8, 2014 at 10:46 PM

If he runs as a Dem this will be considered a resume enhancement

ShainS on January 8, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Triple will be here soon to berate you hypocrites for not having executed the Blimp yet.

Bishop on January 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Fluck him…

It’s that easy…..

Electrongod on January 8, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Triple will be here soon to berate you hypocrites for not having executed the Blimp yet.

Bishop on January 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Pipe down Koch Limbaugh.

Murphy9 on January 8, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Send Karl Rove, Brit Hume and most morons on Faux your condolences.

Hillary, don’t celebrate yet, you scumhag.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Meanwhile in DC

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Forget Christie already. He is soft on sharia; he is a big-government statist; and he is a gun grabber.

Let’s pay more attention to this more relevant event re government malfeasance:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-benghazi-compound-lease-renewed-without-security/

onlineanalyst on January 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

“You would hope the head of any organization sets the tone for the people around him,” McKeon told ABC News, referring to the Christie staffers implicated in the scandal. “The utilization of government resources for political retribution, that is sacrosanct and it is something that should never, ever be tolerated.”

I agree, and that’s why the IRS targeting scandal is so dangerous and unacceptable and why Obama and Christie should both resign.

FloatingRock on January 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Anything to slap up Fat Boy’s mug again, eh, Allah…?

PointnClick on January 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Christie never once passed the, uh, smell test for me.

Murphy9 on January 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Anything to slap up Fat Boy’s mug again, eh, Allah…?

PointnClick on January 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

You just earned a fatwa!

Murphy9 on January 8, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I agree, and that’s why the IRS targeting scandal is so dangerous and unacceptable and why Obama and Christie should both resign.

FloatingRock on January 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Plus, Hillary/Benghazi

The left don’t know what they are asking for on Christie but I hope all do get it, him too.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 10:56 PM

President Obama Creates a Traffic Jam in Los Angeles

“I like Obama traffic jams.”

“Yeah, President Obama is fighting traffic the same way he’s fighting Republicans so we can keep medicare.”

“That is innovative.”

kcewa on January 8, 2014 at 10:56 PM

2014 will be epic, but not how the RINO squishes imagine it.

May the Chamber of Commerce azzhole go to Hell…and take all the amnesty traitors with him.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 10:57 PM

If he runs as a Dem this will be considered a resume enhancement …

ShainS on January 8, 2014 at 10:49 PM

.
He should come out tomorrow, own up to his failings for surrounding himself with people who would do something like this …

… and conclude by saying,

“This just shows what I have always told my kids – You are known by the company you keep. In hindsight, I should have realized hanging out with the President and seeking his approval would lead me to this day.”

;->

PolAgnostic on January 8, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Juan Williams said that “because president obama opposed the mission but supported the surge in Afghanistan, he’s a very thoughtful CiC”.

Welcome to Disneyland, the US American version.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 10:59 PM

LE OOPS,……THE EMAILS:

‘Outraged’ Chris Christie DENIES knowing about aide’s order to snarl up NYC bridge traffic in revenge on political enemy
PUBLISHED: 17:42 GMT,8 January 2014
UPDATED: 00:46 GMT, 9 January 2014
**********************************

But a raft of

electronic messages

Published by Jake Dobkin
emails from Christie’s administration regarding GWB work

http://www.scribd.com/doc/197300668/GWB-Emails

subpoenaed from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by the New Jersey Assembly’s Transportation Committee revealed explosive details of the plot today.
====================================

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2536001/Time-traffic-problems-Fort-Lee-Chris-Christie-deputies-used-New-York-City-bridge-traffic-petty-political-slap-against-adversary-emails-show.html

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 11:00 PM

When is he going to blame a video, or say “what difference does it make at this point?”, or say he first heard about it in the news, or claim that it must have been some low level rogue employees? Why doesn’t he say that no one is more outraged than he is and he will get to the bottom of it and then a few months from now say it’s a phony scandal?

Cristie and Obama sure are BROTHERS-FROM-ANOTHER-MOTHER!

Christie would be a perfect successor to Obama for those who love liars and power abusers.

VorDaj on January 8, 2014 at 11:01 PM

The left used all his good will in 2012. Now it’s payback time. They always reward their friends. See McCain. This buffoon still hasn’t learned.

Schadenfreude pure at the RINO squishes!

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:01 PM

People are acting like he ran guns to Mexico, or lied about a law that took over a large portion of the economy, or had an ambassador get killed, or…oh wait, that stuff is okay. /s

MH53J on January 8, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I’m just surprised that Chris Christie actually targeted and attacked a Democrat for once.

joekenha on January 8, 2014 at 11:03 PM

VorDaj on January 8, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Excellent summation.

onlineanalyst on January 8, 2014 at 11:04 PM

MeanWhile,…in Kentucky,..a Female Democrat had a discharge,
er,….of her weapon:
====================

Ky. lawmaker fires gun in office, calls it mistake
By BRUCE SCHREINER
— Jan. 8, 2014 7:40 PM EST
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ky-lawmaker-fires-gun-office-calls-it-mistake

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 10:25 PM

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Juan Williams said that “because president obama opposed the mission but supported the surge in Afghanistan, he’s a very thoughtful CiC”.

Welcome to Disneyland, the US American version.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Juan Williams is bereft of all decency. Bush believed in the “mission”, so sending men to die was tantamount to involuntary manslaughter, but as Obama did not believe in the “mission”, what he did was tantamount to premeditated cold blooded murder.

VorDaj on January 8, 2014 at 11:07 PM

I didn’t think Christie or his associates could be so stupid. The GW connects two states and whoever staged this interfered with interstate commerce

xkaydet65 on January 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Ky. lawmaker fires gun in office, calls it mistake
By BRUCE SCHREINER
— Jan. 8, 2014 7:40 PM EST
**************************

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ky-lawmaker-fires-gun-office-calls-it-mistake

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 10:25 PM

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 11:06 PM

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Upon further reflection, I’ve figured out that she just did this to make herself seem more like one of her constituents.

“Let those who have never accidentally fired their gun inside go vote for my prissy Republican opponent!”

PolAgnostic on January 8, 2014 at 11:10 PM

“She was emptying the weapon and she thought that it was empty and pointed it away and down and pulled the trigger and it went off,” said Rep. Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg. “Thankfully, no one was hurt. I know she feels terrible about it. … It’s just an unfortunate event.”

No democrat…or “democratic” should be allowed to own firearms.

F’ing morons.

Murphy9 on January 8, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I didn’t think Christie or his associates could be so stupid. The GW connects two states and whoever staged this interfered with interstate commerce

xkaydet65 on January 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

.
You’ve never actually talked to anyone in politics, have you?

The most dangerous creature in existence is a political functionary able to exercise “free will”.

PolAgnostic on January 8, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Been too busy to follow news, but did eye this, so I stopped in to say I hope the saggy skinned, former fat f#$kin’ thug is toast.

What goes around, comes around(,) Christie … and for Christie, it just took a long time to come all the way around him.

Dusty on January 8, 2014 at 11:14 PM

So the GOPe loses Christie for Prez. No problem. They still have Jeb, Rubio, Ryan and a seemingly endless parade of Business Before Workers ‘leaders’ to pick from to carry the GOP banner to defeat against HRC.

We could live with a President RINO if the RINO could actually WIN and keep the veto pen out of the hands of the Democrats. We want a conservative President to lead the movement and help unwind Leviathan, but what conservatives need is a conservative Congress and a President who won’t screw with them with the veto.

fadetogray on January 8, 2014 at 11:14 PM

From the other thread

Christie – his office, at the very least – shut down the GWB out of spite. That’s gotta be a crime. Hell that’s a RICO case.

I know I’m a lefty and we don’t always agree. The only reason I still post/read here is because I used to be a republican, and I want to understand all sides of an issue. I don’t want to live in an echo chamber of MSNBC and reddit. I want to be challenged.

But you guys, as republicans, can’t claim to be the party of integrity, the party of self-responsibility, and then be like “Well democrats wouldn’t resign so neither should he.” That’s hypocrisy, and you know it.

triple on January 8, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I hope that you found a mirror, and when it saw you, you utter hypocrite, it shattered into a million pieces.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:15 PM

No democrat…or “democratic” should be allowed to own firearms.

F’ing morons.

Murphy9 on January 8, 2014 at 11:10 PM


Be it resolved
, all Democrats in possession of a handgun should be instructed to point the gun down and at their own foot before pulling the trigger to de-cock the gun.

PolAgnostic on January 8, 2014 at 11:16 PM

A New Jersey politician is acting like a NJ politician.
Why is this news?
Is it just because it is fat boy or is it because he has an R (meaningless) behind his name?
Where is triple? Maybe there is a you tube video involved that we don’t know about.

ORconservative on January 8, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Pipe down Koch Limbaugh.

Murphy9 on January 8, 2014 at 10:53 PM

She never got to Crack #4 on the other thread. Someone must have pulled her aside and muttered “Slow down before you reveal that Dubya orchestrated 911 with the Mossad.”

Bishop on January 8, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Odds on qotd being about fatboy?

wolly4321 on January 8, 2014 at 9:05 PM

ShainS on January 8, 2014 at 10:43 PM

…wolly gave it 50-50!
Should have been 4 or 3 or 2… to 1!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 11:16 PM

I’ t official

I luv ya

Electrongod on January 8, 2014 at 11:16 PM

The GW connects two states and whoever staged this interfered with interstate commerce a tax

xkaydet65 on January 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Fixed by edict of one Bendedict Roberts …

ShainS on January 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Nighty night

Electrongod on January 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Nighty night

Electrongod on January 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Night EG!

Murphy9 on January 8, 2014 at 11:18 PM

VorDaj on January 8, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Indeed. The Christie squirrel will run off, in a few days. Yes, he can follow, but the Gates claim is here to stay.

Gates is also a weasel. He should have resigned, not waited for his fatter retirement check, then speak up.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:18 PM

I didn’t think Christie or his associates could be so stupid. The GW connects two states and whoever staged this interfered with interstate commerce

xkaydet65 on January 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

I don’t think it’s so much a lack of intelligence as it is an abundance of arrogance. It’s all a power game to these egotistical politicos, and they don’t think they’ll ever be called on it.

INC on January 8, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Gates is also a weasel. He should have resigned, not waited for his fatter retirement check, then speak up.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Agreed. I quickly became tired of his refrain of “I almost walked out” or “It took all my self-discipline to stay in the chair.”

INC on January 8, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Happy 79th Elvis wherever you are.

RickB on January 8, 2014 at 11:20 PM

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 11:06 PM

.
Upon further reflection, I’ve figured out that she just did this to make herself seem more like one of her constituents.

“Let those who have never accidentally fired their gun inside go vote for my prissy Republican opponent!”

PolAgnostic on January 8, 2014 at 11:10 PM

PolAgnostic:

Prissy,..lmao,…ya know,when the AP Tweet popped up,
I was thinking, oh lord, I hope its not a Republican,
or Conservative, as that would set off a new gun
grabbing narration by the MSM/DNC!!:)

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 11:22 PM

INC on January 8, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Can’t stand him and Petraeus…two weasels who know a lot and didn’t tell when it mattered.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:22 PM

…wolly gave it 50-50!
Should have been 4 or 3 or 2… to 1!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Heh.

ShainS on January 8, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Nighty night

Electrongod on January 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

EG:Night EG,..I’m off too,…………Night Peeps,…you too Bishop:)

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Let us all just hope that Obama and Christie never mate.

VorDaj on January 8, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Happy 79th Elvis wherever you are.

RickB on January 8, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Heartbreak Hotel

Meanwhile, we are stuck here in Obysmalville’s Hotel California.

onlineanalyst on January 8, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Sorry, this still just doesn’t make sense to me.

How do you possibly think you can hurt a mayor by clogging a bridge through his town that he doesn’t control? How would the mayor be blamed when he has no say in what the Ports Authority does?

How would it hurt the mayor when 99.5% of the people stuck in traffic don’t live in his town? And probably voted for Christie anyway, at least most of them, given his wide margin of victory?

If a staffer worked for me and this is the best way they could think of to get back at a political opponent in one town when we have the full resources of the Governor’s office available, I would fire them immediately just for being stupid.

Adjoran on January 8, 2014 at 11:31 PM

North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre and New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy will not seek reelection this year, according to multiple Democratic sources familiar with their plans – marking a blow to Democratic efforts to win control of the House.

The 57-year-old McIntyre, who was elected in 1996 to the Wilmington-area congressional seat, narrowly defeated Republican state Sen. David Rouzer in 2012 and was poised to face him in a 2014 rematch. His retirement from the heavily Republican district will further thin the ranks of Blue Dog Democrats. It comes less than a month after another Blue Dog, Utah Rep. Jim Matheson, said his current term would be his last.

Republicans, who are trying to defend a 17-seat House majority, say those retirements show that Democrats in conservative districts are growing concerned about running for reelection when a debate over the bungled Obamacare roll-out is taking center stage.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:32 PM

A mitigating circumstance — or just a fun break — coming from the Christie traffic jam scandal: CNN’s Don Lemon asks Debbie Wasserman Shultz why we should believe Obama’s denials on his knowledge of the IRS and NSA scandals if we don’t believe Christie’s denial of knowing about Bridgegate.

Just get the popcorn, sit back and enjoy (and for most HA posters, this is guilt-free enjoyment, since they’re not too fond of the Fat Gov anyway. But his current kerfuffle is a fun way to expose the left’s hypocrisy, and having Don Lemon do it — when it’s clear DWS was only expecting softball questions — makes it even more enjoyable).

jon1979 on January 8, 2014 at 11:33 PM

I trust Fred Malek about as much as I trust Barack Obama.

bw222 on January 8, 2014 at 11:37 PM

You’ve never actually talked to anyone in politics, have you?

The most dangerous creature in existence is a political functionary able to exercise “<

Uhhh yeah I have. My grandfather was NYC Hospitals Commissioner under Jimmy Walker. He had a 9th grade education, came from Ireland at age 9 and neither he or his colleagues were this stupid.

xkaydet65 on January 8, 2014 at 11:38 PM

I didn’t think Christie or his associates could be so stupid. The GW connects two states and whoever staged this interfered with interstate commerce

xkaydet65 on January 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

You’re speaking from logic, but when hubris gets in the way, people are known to do stupid things. I have the feeling he did know, because his reaction has been so subdued. Normally this guy is ready to fight. I believe he’s in the middle of trying to get his story together.

Tasha on January 8, 2014 at 11:40 PM

The Matt Drudge Award goes to Allahpundit for placing a picture of a very constipated looking Chris Christie above the headline: The Great Velveeta Shortage of 2014.

Well played AP.

Bruno Strozek on January 8, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Told you he’s a Dem.

If he switches party now, he’ll be Hillary’s Veep in 2016.

Opportunities.

KirknBurker on January 8, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Republicans, who are trying to defend a 17-seat House majority, say those retirements show that Democrats in conservative districts are growing concerned about running for reelection when a debate over the bungled Obamacare roll-out is taking center stage.
Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Carolyn McCarthy’s district is not conservative so don’t expect some loser from the inept Nassau GOP to win. She hasn’t been remotely challenged since her first election. Also, the woman has lung cancer and that is why she’s not running. A lifelong smoker she’s hired Weitz and Luxembourg to sue for damages saying she contracted the disease in part from cleaning her father and brother’s work clothes.

xkaydet65 on January 8, 2014 at 11:45 PM

…wolly gave it 50-50!
Should have been 4 or 3 or 2… to 1!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 11:16 PM

I gave it 50-50 not him. He was right.

kcewa on January 8, 2014 at 11:46 PM

It was the HUG man..the HUG.

Obama rubbed off onto him knowing Christie could never get rid of it.

KirknBurker on January 8, 2014 at 11:46 PM

What a cow!

How about “parasites”?

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Happy 79th Elvis wherever you are.

RickB on January 8, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Richard Thompson – From Galway To Graceland

kcewa on January 8, 2014 at 11:47 PM

But you guys, as republicans, can’t claim to be the party of integrity, the party of self-responsibility, and then be like “Well democrats wouldn’t resign so neither should he.” That’s hypocrisy, and you know it.

triple on January 8, 2014 at 8:59 PM

The Republicans are the party of honorable surrender. We on the Right are the party that wants to utterly crush, defeat, and take power from the Left.

Luckily for us the Left wrote the book on exactly how to do it. :-)

Punchenko on January 8, 2014 at 11:48 PM

How about “parasites”?

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:47 PM

It should BE a transitional living fund. Changing the name won’t make it so.

kcewa on January 8, 2014 at 11:50 PM

May the Chamber of Commerce azzhole go to Hell…and take all the amnesty traitors with him.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Actually he pretty looks creepy, maybe that’s where he’s from!

FloatingRock on January 8, 2014 at 11:50 PM

…looks pretty creepy…

FloatingRock on January 8, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Aw, poor Christie. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer…nope can’t continue without getting truly nasty.

nobar on January 8, 2014 at 11:51 PM

I trust Fred Malek about as much as I trust Barack Obama.

bw222 on January 8, 2014 at 11:37 PM

I want to thank you. Just spent an hour with terryannonline after I called her out for crapping on your post.
It’s like putting a 1000 puzzle pieces together with 50 pieces missing. Exhausting.

AllahsNippleHair on January 8, 2014 at 11:52 PM

It’s going to be fun watching The Fat One fight off the Democrat mob. It’s like watching China and the Norks go at it. :-)

Punchenko on January 8, 2014 at 11:53 PM

While I personally approve of guerrilla warfare like this against the left, fight fire with fire, I could never support Christie. Two words: Gun Control. He’s almost as bad as Bloomberg and Obama on this, an unforgivable sin.

TXUS on January 8, 2014 at 11:54 PM

All well and good, Christie deserves to be ruined if he had an inkling about this.

But….Rand Paul and Ted Cruz will never be President of our Republic.

So, it’s back to RUBIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AYNBLAND on January 8, 2014 at 11:55 PM

It’s going to be fun watching The Fat One fight off the Democrat mob. It’s like watching China and the Norks go at it. :-)

Punchenko on January 8, 2014 at 11:53 PM

If, Heaven forbid, he gets the nod and Hillary gets the coronation, you just gave me a great idea for the first debate. Drag a candy bar across the stage. Winner takes all.

AllahsNippleHair on January 8, 2014 at 11:57 PM

This stuff is SOP in Chicago. Guess that’s okay if it’s Dems doing the dirty work, but Big News if it’s a Repub.

Who was it again who got a newspaper to release the steamy details of his opponent’s child custody battle? Oh yeah, our prez.

The MSM is in attack mode. Hold on to your hats, candidates.

PattyJ on January 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM

While I personally approve of guerrilla warfare like this against the left, fight fire with fire, I could never support Christie. Two words: Gun Control. He’s almost as bad as Bloomberg and Obama on this, an unforgivable sin.

TXUS on January 8, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Yep… complete non-starter for me.

What do men like us do in a Christie vs Hillary election? I don’t have the funds to move to Costa Rica…

PointnClick on January 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM

All well and good, Christie deserves to be ruined if he had an inkling about this.

But….Rand Paul and Ted Cruz will never be President of our Republic.

So, it’s back to RUBIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AYNBLAND on January 8, 2014 at 11:55 PM

You people have done enough damage.

Murphy9 on January 9, 2014 at 12:04 AM

AYNBLAND on January 8, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Grab terryannonline and get drunk together. Doing the same thing, expecting a different Dole/McCain/Romney is beyond insanity.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Rubio is a traitor of the US citizens and workers, and their children.

He is also a Liar extraordinaire.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Politico is using the hashtag #Bridgeghazi got this story. Sick.

kcewa on January 9, 2014 at 12:12 AM

‘for’ not ‘got’

kcewa on January 9, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Politico is using the hashtag #Bridgeghazi got this story. Sick.

kcewa on January 9, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Yet, they believe in Hillary/obama’s video b/s. May they suffocate from consuming their crap, not Beluga caviar.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 12:15 AM

xkaydet65 on January 8, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Neither the article, nor self, made that claim.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 12:17 AM

That’s hypocrisy, and you know it.

triple on January 8, 2014 at 8:59 PM

NO one knows hypocrisy better than YOU.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Gates is also a weasel. He should have resigned, not waited for his fatter retirement check, then speak up.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:18 PM

While I would’ve liked that he spoke up at the time, any retirement or book-publishing check would be a drop in the bucket for this very accomplished multi-millionaire, who achieved the status long before he went into public service. The man’s a genius and I think he held this stuff back as a matter of honor and loyalty to the Office of the Presidency, not to Obama by any means, but he just finally had enough after the last several months of Obama’s dithering and appeasement to the enemies of our country, particularly Iran.

Gates is not an opportunist by any means, he plays the long game. And why this book is a major problem for Obama and Hillary. By writing it now, he has opened the door for a number of other books that will crash Obama further and, more important, team Clinton in 2016.

TXUS on January 9, 2014 at 12:21 AM

I didn’t think Christie or his associates could be so stupid. The GW connects two states and whoever staged this interfered with interstate commerce

xkaydet65 on January 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

You’re speaking from logic, but when hubris gets in the way, people are known to do stupid things. I have the feeling he did know, because his reaction has been so subdued. Normally this guy is ready to fight. I believe he’s in the middle of trying to get his story together.

Tasha on January 8, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Of course backstabbing NJ Gov. Too-Fattie knew…bye bye KristieKreme! :)

Anti-Control on January 9, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Obama Donor to Head IRS Tea Party Targeting Investigation

I think this is the same kind of kangaroo investigation/court that Edward Snowden could have expected if he hadn’t escaped.

FloatingRock on January 9, 2014 at 12:29 AM

My prediction? The whole thing will blow over. Sure, the media will howl for a week and the mayor of Fort Lee will spend the next two years darkly plotting ways to poison Christie’s good name in New Hampshire.

But Christie has already blasted the main chortling staffer in question. The circus will move on.

Completely right. Christie will prove himself a good liar. Good presidential material.

rrpjr on January 9, 2014 at 12:30 AM

But you guys, as republicans, can’t claim to be the party of integrity, the party of self-responsibility, and then be like “Well democrats wouldn’t resign so neither should he.” That’s hypocrisy, and you know it.

triple on January 8, 2014 at 8:59 PM

The Republicans are the party of honorable surrender. We on the Right are the party that wants to utterly crush, defeat, and take power from the Left.

Luckily for us the Left wrote the book on exactly how to do it. :-)

Punchenko on January 8, 2014 at 11:48 PM

I am inclined to agree with triple. If Christie had goten the nomination, he wouldn’t have won. I would have voted for him and donated, but reality is he would have lost. Hell, he wouldn’t have even carried NJ.

If he knew about this or directed it, he should resign. The public needs to know that, unlike this administration, who has fired NO-ONE for abuse of power (Werner) or incompetence (everyone else) the republicans hold their own accountable. What a great contrast to draw.

And I am not one to shoot Rinos.

WryTrvllr on January 9, 2014 at 12:33 AM

gotten

WryTrvllr on January 9, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Damn, if he does get through this, and wins the nomination, I will still vote for him.

WryTrvllr on January 9, 2014 at 12:34 AM

TXUS on January 9, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Given all that, and may you be right on future predictions, I will never forgive him for knowing all that and not exposing it. So many lives, so many families, so much agony…for such an oaf who’s chief.

No, I can believe all you said, and still will not give him the break. Same for Petraeus. His honor is all shot, not because of his chick either….but for covering up for the pajama-boy-in-chief.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Damn, if he does get through this, and wins the nomination, I will still vote for him.

WryTrvllr on January 9, 2014 at 12:34 AM

You deserve obama and him.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 12:39 AM

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