She doesn’t give him a pass on it — as you’ll see, the word “atrocious” is mentioned — but contextualizing Bridgegate vis-a-vis the NSA and Benghazi (and the IRS, and Bob Gates’s accusations, etc) does Christie a big favor. Given the bad blood between them, she could have been much harsher.

Has any all-star tea partier really unloaded on Christie yet, by the way? It’s strange that after three days of punishing media coverage, the Republican who’s taken the biggest swing at him is … this guy.

Update: Per a Twitter pal, Glenn Beck has indeed unloaded on Christie.