Karl Rove: Christie’s handling of this Bridgegate thing could give him “street cred” with tea partiers

posted at 11:21 am on January 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

“Mr. Rove has grown so controversial among some conservatives,” the NYT wrote recently, citing GOP sources, “that candidates worry that donors will not contribute to a super PAC if it is connected to [Rove's group American] Crossroads.” You trust a guy in that position, whose personal brand is now sufficiently toxic among righties that it can alter fundraising battle plans, to have a sharp read into the thinking of tea partiers, don’t you?

On the other hand, he’s not totally wrong. I noticed over the weekend how conservative media, including columnists, are starting to pay attention to the amount of coverage Bridgegate got in its first flush versus the coverage Obama’s IRS scandal received initially. No less a tea partier than Palin, while noting that what Christie’s team did is “atrocious,” was quick to add that his sins pale next to O’s. That’s the key to damage control for him on the right: Play up every available contrast with Obama, from the gravity of Obama’s misdeeds to the partisan skew in media coverage to the quick action he took to punish the guilty staffers versus Obama’s reluctance to fire anyone. He’s past the point of earning any “street cred” with conservatives but pointing out their common enemies on the left will naturally make some people on the right more reluctant to use Bridgegate against him.

Problem is, he can’t follow that strategy yet. It’s still too early, and the scandal too shady, for Christie to shift into victim mode now. Case in point:

New documents related to a traffic jam planned by a member of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) staff show for the first time how furiously Christie’s lieutenants inside the Port Authority worked to orchestrate a coverup after traffic mayhem engulfed Fort Lee last year.

Inside the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Christie’s top appointees neglected furious complaints from Fort Lee’s police chief as well as from angry rush-hour commuters. One woman called asking why the agency was “playing God with people’s jobs.”

The Republican governor’s appointees instructed subordinates to stonewall reporters who were asking questions. They even ordered up an actual “traffic study” to chronicle the impact and examine whether closing the lanes permanently might improve traffic flow. The study’s conclusion: “TBD.”

Jersey Democrats are threatening to subpoena Bridget Kelly, the Christie staffer fired for sending the “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” e-mail. Christie’s own timeline of when he first heard about those traffic problems has changed, although whether that’s an incriminating inconsistency or just a memory lapse remains to be seen. And now, as Ed noted earlier, the feds are sniffing around whether he misused funds appropriated for Sandy relief by giving the tourism ad bid to a contractor that featured him and his family in their spots. Maybe all of that will evaporate, leaving Christie free to argue that he was the target of a media witch hunt that President Bambi never had to endure. But even if it does, most tea partiers would, I think, react by making the point Mollie Hemingway made the other day: Namely, however trivial Christie’s scandal is vis-a-vis O’s, it reflects the same tendency by underlings to damage a political opponent by hurting his constituents that we saw from O with the IRS scandal and the national park closures during the shutdown. The scale of the scandals is different and media partisanship is what it is, but if you want something new and fresh in 2016, why choose a guy whose administration proved that it’s not above Chicago-style hardball retaliation and whose 2016 platform will be less about limiting the reach of government than about making it work “better”?


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Dear D.C. Hack,

First, go and sin no more.

Second, go on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, Cspan and say your sorry you never gave the swiftboat vets a thank you from yourself and George Bush for getting Kerry beat.

Third, “Go Hack Yourself”.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 13, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Rove = One Hit Wonder

jake-the-goose on January 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Christie can take his street cred to hell.

Cicero43 on January 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Karl just needs a good ole Texas style asswhupin’.

44Magnum on January 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM

The “not as bad as Obama” strategy so many are opting for will fail miserably. Republican primary voters need to set a higher bar than that.

Right Wingnut on January 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Consider the source…

It’s delusional for Rove to think that a 107 minute presser would give Christie, a moderate NE Repub, ‘street cred’ with the conservative TP. (Or it reflects Rove’s own disrespect towards the TP…)

Christie would have to undertake a major shift in his positions and values to earn ‘street cred’ with conservative TP members – a shift that he cannot seriously undertake. Christie is one of those who believes that going down the progressive path a little slower is the solution to the challenges we face. Unless he sees the need to change our trajectory / path – he’s not a problem solver or an answer to the challenges we face.

Athos on January 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Rove is a bad joke now.

VegasRick on January 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Rove’s spin here works about as well as a cheap traveling carnival ride where the bolts haven’t been tightened down enough. He and others have been trying to hammer down candidates to the right of Christie as being unelectable in 2016, and as a result, the fat guv has no real base of support except for a handful of squishy moderates.

There’s no base of support for Christie and his backers to rely on to get him through Bridgegate, so Rove’s forced to claim his defense on Friday was so great Tea Party types will come running to his defense (never mind that if Christie does stay in the race and does well in the primaries, every single one of the current stories will be trotted out, dusted off and treated as new revelations in the spring and summer of 2016, and we’ll be going through the exact same big media dance all over again).

jon1979 on January 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Nope nice try.

gophergirl on January 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

When I want to know what the Tea Party is thinking, I always call Turdblossom.

myiq2xu on January 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

At least the Dems are open about being liberals. Rove is a closet I don’t know what. It’s not conservatism.

Oil Can on January 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Rove: verb. To wander aimlessly.

profitsbeard on January 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Karl Rove understands the Tea Party like a dog understands Astrophysics.

trigon on January 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Karl Rove understands the Tea Party like a dog understands Astrophysics.

trigon on January 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Sadly, a dog has an excuse.

trigon on January 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Turd Blossom really doesn’t understand the conservative movement anymore, does he? The very idea that Tea Party voters are going to flock to the fat bastard who endorsed Obama is absurd. Now Christie has been outed as a mean petty bully and Rove has been outed as a shill for left-wing moderates.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM

He’s past the point of earning any “street cred” with conservatives but pointing out their common enemies on the left will naturally make some people on the right more reluctant to use Bridgegate against him.

I’m almost at the point that the Left is using this to burnish Christie, not to bury him. He’s sufficiently “with the program” that if elected, he’ll go along, but he’s also a counter weight (pun intended) against a tea party candidate.

rbj on January 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM

People are reluctant to contribute to Karl? AP has given me something to live for./

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Rove proves once again why no one should listen to him.

sadatoni on January 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Karl Rove understands the Tea Party like a dog understands Astrophysics.

trigon on January 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM

My Scotties know that Sirius is the Dog Star.

I doubt Rove even knows that much.

profitsbeard on January 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Just like Obama’s IRS Scandal gives him street cred with the TEA Party.

portlandon on January 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

So when are the media going to get around to, “well if he didn’t know originally, he certainly should have done something about the complaints in a more timely manner”?

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

That’s some excellent magical thinking there Karl…

workingclass artist on January 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Street cred? Maybe if he wore his pants around his knees he could get some street cred.

Flange on January 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM

You can’t compare Christie and Obama…..there is no parallel
-mika

Newsbusters

cmsinaz on January 13, 2014 at 11:41 AM

I noticed over the weekend how conservative media, including columnists, are starting to pay attention to the amount of coverage Bridgegate got in its first flush versus the coverage Obama’s IRS scandal received initially. No less a tea partier than Palin, while noting that what Christie’s team did is “atrocious,” was quick to add that his sins pale next to O’s. That’s the key to damage control for him on the right: Play up every available contrast with Obama, from the gravity of Obama’s misdeeds to the partisan skew in media coverage to the quick action he took to punish the guilty staffers versus Obama’s reluctance to fire anyone. He’s past the point of earning any “street cred” with conservatives but pointing out their common enemies on the left will naturally make some people on the right more reluctant to use Bridgegate against him.

Sadly that is one way CRISTie could make inroads with conservatives(assuming of course he didn’t lie his ass off last week about what he knew). Remember when Hilary Rosen trashed Ann Romney as having never worked a day in her life because she “only” stayed home and raised 5 boys? The outcry from the right was swift and suddenly both Romneys were sympathetic figures among a lot of conservatives.

I could see the same thing happening with CRISTie. If the media keeps hounding him even after it becomes clear he didn’t orchestrate Bridgegate or engineer a coverup while giving Obama a pass on the endless amount of scandals that have been exposed in his administration(and if CRISTie fights back), then he could at least gain some cred with Tea Partiers and conservatives as someone who’s not afraid to stand up to the Democrat/media complex. That is of course assuming he learns his lesson and realizes that the left is not his friend(something McCain still hasn’t grasped).

Doughboy on January 13, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Poor turdblossom.

I don’t think he knows what those words mean.

And by those words, I’m referring to Tea Party and Street Cred.

HumpBot Salvation on January 13, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Rove claiming to understand the TPM.

Meghan McCain claiming to represent young conservatives.

The WaPo and NYT claiming they are interested in finding the best candidate no matter what party.

Harry Reid claiming he wants to see the GOP become successful……

These are a few of the most absurd and patently false claims that are floating around these days.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 11:42 AM

So when are the media going to get around to, “well if he didn’t know originally, he certainly should have done something about the complaints in a more timely manner”?

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Christie? – this week. obambi? – never. MFLSM – Hypocrisy is thy name.

VegasRick on January 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Christie’s 30 pieces of silver keeps paying off dividends.

portlandon on January 13, 2014 at 11:44 AM

So when are the media going to get around to, “well if he didn’t know originally, he certainly should have done something about the complaints in a more timely manner”?

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Keep in mind, the goal here by the left is to discredit Christie. On Deck IMO Scott Walker or Ted Cruz.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

What would Karl say if this was Ted Cruz’ scandal?

magicbeans on January 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Hard to believe Rove is that clueless. Why would Tea Partiers want yet another executive who thinks government is his personal playtoy and attack dog? (If that’s what happened.) We get enough of that from Obama and the Democrats, government corrupted by the Right would be hardly better than government corrupted by the Left — it’s still corrupted and unable to fulfill its proper function.

Socratease on January 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I didn’t need Bridgegate to know I would never vote for Christie for President. It’s pure entertainment to watch the Republican elites spin it both ways. Rove thinks this gives Christie “street cred” to the TEA Party, and others are saying the TEA Party are dancing in the streets over this. These so-called conservatives love to talk about the TEA Party as extremists, but if they didn’t, thye could no longer use the term conservative to describe themselves.

lea on January 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Just because I think Obama and his courtiers should be breaking rocks in Sing Sing for Fast & Furious, the IRS debacle, Benghazi, illegal Executive Orders, et al …doesn’t mean I think Chris Christie is an honorable guy.

Although you’re probably right that “they’re picking on me” does get you some sympathy from a lot of people. Problem is, it’s not a winning strategy.

Fenris on January 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM

If Rove were a bridge, he’d be London.

cbenoistd on January 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Was Rove recently in Colorado? Because he sure is smoking something. What Christie did was good, but still a looooonnnng ways to go before Tea Party would pay any attention to him.

ConservativePartyNow on January 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM

The treatment of Christie should send a warning to everyone in the GOP. This is straight out of the Democrats playbook; destroy the potential presidential candidates with fallacious attacks, seemingly damaging statements and words that resonate with “low-information” voters like “impeachment” no matter how ridiculous.

Christie has been a useful idiot for Democrats. But now that he has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate- he is the enemy. Something he may want to remember.

By the way, remember how Democrats have treated anyone that dares to utter the “word” impeachment” against Mr. Obama as “crazy” or “extremist”. There is a lesson in that for the GOP. Impeachment for Christie over this? What a bunch of crazy Democrat extremists…

That is separate and distinct between whether I support Christie as a Republican candidate, which by the way is not influenced in any way by what Rove says (what the hell is he talking about anyway?). I still don’t.

But that doesn’t mean I support the character assassination. Because tomorrow it will be applied to someone else. And it could very well be someone I do like.

This should be nipped in the bud and stated for what it is by everyone in the GOP. More of the same from Democrats who have done nothing but divide and destroy our country with their hysterical, ungrounded, extremist language in an attempt to further fool the voters of our country.

They disgust me.

Marcus Traianus on January 13, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I guess that explains why there are no reporters to look into Obama’s little problems.

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2014 at 11:52 AM

I don’t even know what to say this level of cluelessness.

M240H on January 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

So when are the media going to get around to, “well if he didn’t know originally, he certainly should have done something about the complaints in a more timely manner”?

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

They will, no doubt, because it is a valid question. Funny how the press seldom gets around to asking pertinent questions of Obama.

Rather than feeling sympathy for Christie, people should put the screws to the press.

Fenris on January 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Karl Rove: Christie’s handling of this Bridgegate thing could give him “street cred” with tea partiers

Thanks AP….just prayed my coffee all over my screen.

tencole on January 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Hard to believe Rove is that clueless. Why would Tea Partiers want yet another executive who thinks government is his personal playtoy and attack dog? (If that’s what happened.)

Socratease on January 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

It happened, the question is if Christie knew or if it really was just something his campaign manager and deputy cooked up on their own. Hard to believe that he didn’t have a clue about what was going on.

Occupy Wall Street shut down bridges in protest and the left lauded them as patriots. A fat liberal shuts down a bridge and Dems are hinting at impeachment! Talk about a double standard.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Uh, no.

Ward Cleaver on January 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

The least convincing public lying since “I did not have sexual relations with that women” gets Christie street cred with a set of voters devoted to attacking corrupt government? OK…….

libfreeordie on January 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Nothing he does re. ‘Bridgegate’, will change the fact that Chrstie’s a gun-grabbing, islamisist -coddling RINO.
Next.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Rove has no clue what a Tea Party person thinks, likes or wants.

And he is dead wrong, again, in this case.

Meople on January 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

And just exactly why is it the job of Tea Party conservatives to man the barricades for the Establishment’s already coronated “electable Republican” anyway? Does the Establishment defending Christie themselves fall under the same general category as “jobs that Americans just won’t do”, as in, “we’re too valuable and important to get our hands dirty, so let’s get the rubes to do it for us!”?

And why should we be expected to do this dirty work when our only “reward” will be to once again get the back of the Establishment’s hand at the very first convenient opportunity?

Gator Country on January 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Street cred? A big gov’t anti gun guy street cred? Not with the Tea Party! Christy is no conservative, since he can’t print money he said no to the unions when the cookie jar was empty big deal.

tim c on January 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM

I’m starting to wonder if Rove is being intentionally funny. He’s been saying loopy things like this for a while now, the latest being his praising Gates’ character for deciding not to release his book before the election, and now this.

The guy can’t really be so disconnected from reality he actually believes those things, can he?

Ah. Maybe he can. He’s like a Climate Change Loon, only he’s doing it with political strategy. He has his ‘model’ about how the climate (politics) works, and he sticks to it long after it’s obviously spitting out gibberish. Only after everyone is calling him on it does he tinker with the model to fit back data so he can make more bad predictions.

God save us from ‘analytical’ prognosticators.

fadetogray on January 13, 2014 at 11:59 AM

If Rove were a bridge, he’d be London.

cbenoistd on January 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Rove would make a far better dam than he ever would a bridge.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

You cannot be serious

*John McEnroe voice*

SparkPlug on January 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

libfreeordie on January 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Right, so now you think Rove has a clue? How convenient.

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Poor Christie. He forgot the old saying, “Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.”

JoseQuinones on January 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Rove has no clue what a Tea Party person thinks, likes or wants.

And he is dead wrong, again, in this case.

Meople on January 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Hey, it isn’t just Democrats that get into the DC bubble and lose all sense of the world beyond Capitol Hill, the cocktail party circuit, and inside-the-beltway echo chamber.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Poor Christie. He forgot the old saying, “Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.”

JoseQuinones on January 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

To be fair, he didn’t lie down with a dog, he just hugged it and endorsed it for President.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Karl Rove: Christie’s handling of this Bridgegate thing could give him “street cred” with tea partiers

How could Christie have not known? Doesn’t he have control over his staffers? Is that what we want in the white house? We have that now.
Is this the kind of cred Rove is talking about? :)

paulsur on January 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Rather than feeling sympathy for Christie, people should put the screws to the press.

Fenris on January 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I am just as likely to win the lottery.

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Nothing he does re. ‘Bridgegate’, will change the fact that Chrstie’s a gun-grabbing, islamisist -coddling RINO.
Next.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Ouch. I remember how he hogged the stage at the convention and then grovelled over Barry because of the storm and cried when he met Springsteen.

SparkPlug on January 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Nothing he does re. ‘Bridgegate’, will change the fact that Chrstie’s a gun-grabbing, islamisist -coddling RINO.
Next.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

But he’s so electable! ;0

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

And just exactly why is it the job of Tea Party conservatives to man the barricades for the Establishment’s already coronated “electable Republican” anyway?…

Gator Country on January 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Rove is grasping at straws. But if 0.25% of voters buy it, he’s accomplished something for the day.

Fenris on January 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

It gives Christie the Street Cred of Fred Jones and Daphne Blake.

Wallythedog on January 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

I am just as likely to win the lottery.

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

And I’m guessing you don’t buy lottery tickets.

Fenris on January 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

If you act like a Democrat, the media will cover for you – if you’ve got a D after your name. If you act like a Democrat, the media will rip you apart – if you have an R after your name.

I thought Christie was the ultimate electable moderate Republican. After all, the MSM media told me, right?

LOL. When will conservatives ever learn. The media is NOT your friend.

JoseQuinones on January 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Right, so now you think Rove has a clue? How convenient.

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Check your sarcasm detector……

libfreeordie on January 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I’m all for juxtaposing Christie and Obama to expose the media bias and hopes it screws up both their political careers(in Obama’s case, his legacy and progressive goals). The difference in treatment is so glaring, maybe it will even force the media to dig deeper on crap like Fast & Furious, Bengahzi and other scandals. While I certainly don’t like Rove’s political stripes, I’ve always been interested in what he says because he’s so smart…or is he? That gun-grabbing, big government loudmouth gets no “street creds” here!

cartooner on January 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Dreams are free Mr. Rove !

Sandybourne on January 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

JoseQuinones on January 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

It’s the “compassionate conservatives” that think the media can be their friends.

cartooner on January 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Tokyo Rove…LOL.

d1carter on January 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

No matter what happens with Bridgegate, Christie STILL will not have any “cred” with Tea Party supporters. Any theories anyone has otherwise are just wrong.

Christie has proven he’s no Conservative (support for Obamnesty), and everyone that’s paying attention knows it.

Meople on January 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

The very idea that Tea Party voters are going to flock to the fat bastard who endorsed Obama is absurd.”>

You don’t have to use “Tea Party voter” here, I’d say the vast number of Republicans across the country would want to join you there. I think Christie’s cross country “popularity” is grossly over-inflated. Obama hugging is Obama hugging.

Marcus on January 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Hey, it isn’t just Democrats that get into the DC bubble and lose all sense of the world beyond Capitol Hill, the cocktail party circuit, and inside-the-beltway echo chamber.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Oh you’re SO right. Just one of the MANY reasons we need Congressional term limits NOW.

Meople on January 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Time for a RINO Summit – sponsored by Krispy Kreme.

If all else fails at least they can have a chin-counting competition.

mudskipper on January 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Corrupt is corrupt. If Christie did what they say he did, he should resign in disgrace. So should any politician, regardless of political party. The true disgrace is the MSM who will carry water for Democrats, but rip Republicans a new one for committing the same acts (or less) of corruption.

The double standard is nauseating. So is Christie’s niaveté. He should have known better than to cozy up to the leftists. They always turn on their own, and now he has NO friends.

JoseQuinones on January 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Need any nce the fix was in for that lard azz to be GOP nominee. I’m convinced Fat Christie could be in handcuffs going to prison and Rove, Preius, the RNC, GOP establishment would be telling we conservatives how Porca could be Clinton.

You can’t make this up!

Danielvito on January 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Rove is grasping at straws. But if 0.25% of voters buy it, he’s accomplished something for the day.

Fenris on January 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I completely understand what Rove’s trying to do here, and all it does is increase my contempt for him and the entire moderate Establishment. They can’t even be bothered to fight for one of their own themselves, yet they expect conservatives, who they despise more than they do any Democrat or progressive, to come riding in to save the day for them. Just how stupid and clueless and useless are these people anyway?

Gator Country on January 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Right, so now you think Rove has a clue? How convenient.

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Check your sarcasm detector……

libfreeordie on January 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

In fairness libfree, you did throw it a curve. : )

questionmark on January 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Way to misread the tea-party leaves there “Turd-blossom”! Once again, Rove is dead wrong. I feel absolutely no urge to back Christie at all. Mostly, I feel schadenfreude.

Christie backhanded Palin time and again, questioning her seriousness with a smirk to the talking heads on TV before and after they (the media) hounded her like Robert Bork in red pumps. They demonized, ditz-ified her, objectified her, looked the other way while their allies filed ludicrous but wildly expensive nuisance charges, put cameras over fences, tut-tutted as hackers shared her emails, and then sent a phalanx of reporters through those emails and every garbage can they could find. It was vile.

And Chris Christie, time and again, scored points off her.

It doesn’t even matter what you think about Palin, Christie proved at that moment that he has no class, none, nada. He also proved that he wasn’t that bright. I remember thinking “laugh it up big fella, those guys are not your friends, your turn is coming.” After all, we certainly saw that with McCain didn’t we?

Well, that turn is here. You are no longer a useful idiot (or “maverick” if you prefer). Now, you are a threat and it is going to get worse. Wait till you see the stuff they dig up (or make up) as we get closer to the election. There is blood in the water. You will now be Palin-ized sir, and I will not be defending you.

You made that California King sized bed. Lie down.

Irritable Pundit on January 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

No, Palin drawing the comparison does not imply TP “street cred” for Christie. Is that plain enough?
We all see the toxic nature of Rove nowadays. He should adopt a different stance out of American Crossroads.

jake49 on January 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Irritable Pundit on January 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Exactly. If Christie was a gun-grabbing bloomberg-loving obama-hugging RINO squish who, nevertheless, defended Palin and campaigned for Lonegan, then I might be defending him right now. But he couldn’t even bring himself to campaign for his fellow squish, Romney.

Fenris on January 13, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Forget about Christie. Let’s talk about Rove.

I see Karl Rove as the 21st Century equivalent of Sir Winston Churchill: Both played a necessary role during an important time in history, but times moved on and they were kicked to the curb.

History will say whether the kicking part was well-deserved.

BigAlSouth on January 13, 2014 at 12:34 PM

I may be late to the game but is the ultimate irony that Bridget Kelly has the BRIDGE for a name???

1nolibgal on January 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Meh.

I’ve complained loudly about the media double-standard, and that Christie’s being unfairly ganged-up on.

And I’m still not going to vote for him if the GOP decides to foist yet another election-losing, pro-amnesty, pro-gun-control, pro-global-warming squish candidate upon us.

Being unfairly treated by the media doesn’t earn you ‘cred’ – if it did, McCain and Romney would be darlings of the tea party for the shit they took from the media during their presidential elections.

Are they? No.

*Doing* the right things and standing up for the right things earns you ‘cred’.

Midas on January 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Exactly. If Christie was a gun-grabbing bloomberg-loving obama-hugging RINO squish who, nevertheless, defended Palin and campaigned for Lonegan, then I might be defending him right now. But he couldn’t even bring himself to campaign for his fellow squish, Romney.

Fenris on January 13, 2014 at 12:32 PM

The fat man has three strikes against him in my book.

First was the hugging and endorsement of Obama days before the Presidential election. Christie only called one of the candidates after the election results were known…… guess who got that call.

Second was the way he spent millions in taxpayer dollars for a special election just so his own re-election bid was not on the same ballot as Corey Booker. All for a month’s less gap in the Senate.

Finally was Bridgeghazi. He’s either a penny-ante bully or grossly incompetent as NJ’s Chief Executive.

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Happy Nomad on January 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I almost forgot about that special election fiasco. He’s some fiscal conservative. /s

And notice, in defending that he used the same type of blunt no-nonsense language he is using to defend himself here. Proof that you can utterly discount his words when deciding whether or not he knew about what his aides were doing.

Fenris on January 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Wrong again, turdblossom! Pointing out hypocrisy in the lsm is not the same as giving krispy a pass on his failure as leader. His peons did what they did because they asked themselves WWCD (What Would Christy Do)?

AH_C on January 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM

It’s fun to see Rove/liblikeaslave on the same boat.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM

…Rove is still waiting for the votes to come in…in some Oiho County…or something!

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Since when did turdblossom concern himself with not losing the TEA Partiers?

AH_C on January 13, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Right, so now you think Rove has a clue? How convenient.
Cindy Munford on January 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Check your sarcasm detector……

libfreeorgan on January 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

…you…blew the fuse!

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Nothing he does re. ‘Bridgegate’, will change the fact that Chrstie’s a gun-grabbing, islamisist -coddling RINO.
Next.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Yep. While he is displaying far greater ability to handle a hostile media and political instincts and tactics far superior to the average Republican, he is what he is politically. He is just another big government Republican with some pretty destructive policies on his agenda. It remains to be seen if the scandal can be tied to him directly, but even if it isn’t, it raises questions about his judgment in picking subordinates and his management of them.

As far as comparisons to Obama go, there simply aren’t any. Obama chooses corrupt tools to do his dirty work precisely because they are corrupt tools who will do his dirty work. His many, many corrupt if not criminal and impeachable offenses against our country’s best interests simply dwarf this political bullying on Christie’s watch.

novaculus on January 13, 2014 at 1:02 PM

May both go to Hades.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2014 at 1:02 PM

nova, good to ‘see’ you.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Yeah! No Christie! We need JEB! Or something..

Lanceman on January 13, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Why are Rove and GOP all of a sudden worried about voters they only recently declared as irrelevant?

riddick on January 13, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Forget about Christie. Let’s talk about Rove.

I see Karl Rove as the 21st Century equivalent of Sir Winston Churchill: Both played a necessary role during an important time in history, but times moved on and they were kicked to the curb.

History will say whether the kicking part was well-deserved.

BigAlSouth on January 13, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Sorry, can’t agree with your comparison. Rove is nowhere near the stature of Churchill, and, he hasn’t been kicked to the curb by the establishment.

I believe the reverse-Rove attempted to kick the Tea Party to the curb, and, well, we’re having none of it.

We won’t stay politely out of the way and defer to our betters.

If he ever does get kicked to the curb, it needs to be good and hard so he doesn’t come back ’til he circles over to the RIGHT side of the street.

questionmark on January 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Why are Rove and GOP all of a sudden worried about voters they only recently declared as irrelevant?

riddick on January 13, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Because the sh*t hit their fan, early.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

And even then keep the boot ready.

questionmark on January 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

When Huckabee and Rove say the same thing…beware.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2014 at 1:09 PM

BigAlSouth on January 13, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Were you being sarcastic in comparing Rove to Winston Churchill?
Just what “necessary role” has Rove played? He’s a political advisor, while Churchill was a statesman who served his country in two World Wars, with more intelligence than ever exhibited by Rove, who never served his country.

tomshup on January 13, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Hi Schad.

Doing more lurking and reading than posting. I’m going to have to get back to work here soon, but I stopped for a coffee break and a little surfing.

novaculus on January 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

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