New Dem plan – Bridget Kelly is a feminist heroine

posted at 7:31 pm on March 29, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

The latest chapter in the Chris Christie “Bridgegate” scandal is being given the full, dramatic reading treatment in the media this weekend, but the MSM lens has shifted, along with the characterization of the key players. Ever since the release of the internal investigation this week, the attack squad has been looking for some fresh traction, and by golly, they seem to think they’ve found it. Since the report placed the blame for the lane closures (er, sorry… realignments) squarely on Bridget Anne Kelly and David Wildstein – as it had been by the Governor’s office since the beginning of the investigation – the media machine needed to find a new way to arrange the pieces on the board.

No problem! Enter Bridget Kelly Version 2.0. In this edition, Kelly becomes the sympathetic figure who is being bullied by Chris Christie and his goons because … wait for it … she’s a woman. I wonder what Talking Points Memo could do with that? Take it away, boys.

Generally speaking when you throw someone under the bus and you want them to play along, you add as much padding to the process as possible. That doesn’t appear to be the Chris Chrisitie way. The main fallperson turns out to be former deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly. And the “report” prepared by Christie’s lawyer not only places all the criminal liability on her (along with David Wildstein). It also goes out of its way to say that she is, to put it bluntly, emotionally unstable and loose.

The whole thing is vaguely reminiscent of David Brock’s notorious line that Anita Hill was “a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty.” (If that line is before your time, Brock long since recanted, repented and a bunch else.)

It’s really terrible, I tell you. And everyone is noticing.

Gov. Chris Christie, seeking to stanch the damage the scandal had caused to his political fortunes, fired her as his deputy chief of staff after that, calling her “stupid.” But the report commissioned by Mr. Christie and released Thursday doubles down on a strategy of portraying Ms. Kelly as duplicitous, weeping frequently and dependent on men for approval and stability.

Yes, even the Daily Beast jumped on the bandwagon bright and early, and they even broke out the Slut Shaming tag. But perhaps the most reliable predictor was the always reasonably toned Donna Brazille, most recently of CNN fame, weighing in on the issue. Donna can generally be relied on to play whatever tune Debbie Wasserman Schultz is singing in nearly perfect stereo whenever there’s a Republican to be bashed, and she took to Twitter in usual form.

There’s that “under the bus” theme again which we saw above. It’s uncanny how they all come up with the same lines, isn’t it? Were I a more suspicious fellow I might begin thinking they planned it all out and distributed it in some sort of … memo … about… talking points.

But this leaves a rather inconvenient rock left to be turned over. Whether or not you continue to believe that Christie was involved in planning this and it’s all a massive coverup, everyone was previously in agreement that Kelly was one of the instrumental tools in pulling it off, right? I mean, weren’t you all in agreement that this bridge plan was a bad thing? I mean, people could have been killed, fergoshsakes! Surely you all remember that this was just terrible, and that Kelly sent out the now infamous “time for some traffic problems” e-mail, right? And she’s now the sympathetic figure in this passion play?

I know you desperately need to bring down Chris Christie, guys. And this is national level politics, so we all have to put on our Kevlar undies and be ready for fastballs. But you really need to comb through the memos that come out of these strategy meetings a little bit better.


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She’s a scapegoat. I don’t mean she didn’t do wrong but she didn’t think it up herself.

crankyoldlady on March 29, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Funny how democrats think women are inferior and can’t be held to the same standards as men. Kind of like the way they think of blacks.

Flange on March 29, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Democrats have no problem with using doublethink and the memory hole.

myiq2xu on March 29, 2014 at 7:50 PM

I’m no fan of Sarah Palin, I think shes more of an opportunist then a politico and even though I’m pretty much in line with Michelle Bachmann’s ideology I don’t think she was the best spokesman for it because she would occasionally embrace some pretty stupid sh*t, but they were ten time the women this Kelly is.
The DNC machine and the media would sling the most horrific stuff at them and they didn’t start whining how mean and sexist everybody was. They stood their ground and fired back. These two have done more for women in the past five years then any Democrat or Republican “victim” every dreamed of.

lowandslow on March 29, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Leftists are all scumhags and scumbags, with zero principles, so long as they win.

Wake up America, you self-made Nation of Idiots.

Look what LilliPutin is making out of the lilliputian. That’s what winning at all costs brings you, an utter nitwit in charge.

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2014 at 7:52 PM

What’s on your menu? Women can’t help but notice how Christie and his cronies are throwing Bridget Anne Kelly under the bus. Do you agree?

Donna Brazille, you cow, did you notice when obama threw Hillary under the bus?

Did you notice when the DNC threw Hillary under the bus?

Oh, you blind scumhag, you don’t ever see, you racist cow.

p.s. I sincerely apologize to the simple cows.

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2014 at 7:54 PM

I hate when these a-holes make me feel like defending Christie.

Mark1971 on March 29, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Oh Brother…

workingclass artist on March 29, 2014 at 7:56 PM

I hate when these a-holes make me feel like defending Christie.

Mark1971 on March 29, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Then don’t. Politicians gonna politic, and there are plenty of other reasons to dislike Christie that have nothing to do with bridgegate.

gryphon202 on March 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Oh, if only poor Bridget had been black, these talking points would have worked so much better. Is it too late for her to be black Irish?

Pless1foEngrish on March 29, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Funny how democrats think women are inferior and can’t be held to the same standards as men. Kind of like the way they think of blacks.

Flange on March 29, 2014 at 7:37 PM

^This^

bazil9 on March 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM

The news media is absolutely despicable. At what point would all of this whoring become in-kind campaign contributions to Hillary.

forest on March 29, 2014 at 8:24 PM

For this tactic to work David Wildstein must become TPMs Parenthetic Man.

Just bring him up every time the poor dear Bridget Kelly incantation is uttered.

Stephen M on March 29, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Like I said, there were more substantive objection to Christie, then this brouhaha, beside what happened to the Huntress, with Frank Bailey, another arrogant staffer, one recalls how early in the Enron mess, they focused on Tom White, because he had been there in some capacity, of course, that two minute hate burned it self out, not long after that the same media took up the official’s torch, because it turned out he opposed the Gulf War.

narciso on March 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Should this be called “Bridgetgate”?

myiq2xu on March 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Well there is a meta-lesson here for Ann Coulter and MJBrutus. No Republican is “Electable.”. So, that’s not an issue for the GOP Primary Voter & please don’t talk about it. ANY GOP nominee is going to be an “extremist”, beholden to the Religious Right & the Koch Brothers. Jon Huntsman or Sarah Palin, come August 2016 will be the candidate who is going to throw Civil Rights, Gay Rights, Abortion Rights, and all the Progress Women have made back 60 years!

Governor Kristy Kremer, runs a hi tax state, with a net outflow of taxpayers, supports amnesty, opposes the 2nd Amendment, says he agrees with Gov. Cuomo on about 98% of everything, & walks arm-in-arm with Obama. About the only “Conservative” thing about him is that he is Pro-Life. AND YET, he is being savaged by the LSM!

He’s not “Electable” he’s just a loser who can’t ignite his Base & who would suffer an electoral defeat even at the hands of Shillary! He’s not “Electable” BECAUSE HE’S A REPUBLICAN… get that thru your heads!

I’m not saying a Republican can’t win, I’m saying there’s no Republican that the LSM will not savage as a KKK-hood wearing, back street abortion supporting, gun-toting NUT! And Exhibit A is Chris Christie. So, whomsoever we run, better be ready to fight & “fight like a grrrrl” if she wants to win! And she might as well be an intelligent, telegenic articulate Conservative who fires the Base up, because if we run ANOTHER “Electable” Republican, well you see what has and is happening….& Einstein’s definition of Insanity is?

Lastly, this couldn’t happen to a nicer DINO Blow-hard… I’m laughing because the LSM are wasting their time on a guy who was NEVER going to get the nomination, unless Karl Rove and his buddies were the ONLY people allowed to vote for the GOP nomination.

JFKY on March 29, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Hey, what ever happened to the Hoboken scandal?

forest on March 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

From what I can tell, Christie’s plan for defusing Bridgegate is to talk about it every week.

I don’t think it’s working, Chris.

I mean, it would be one thing if the MSM were still trying to flog this for three years. But Christie is actually still talking about it himself.

HitNRun on March 29, 2014 at 8:39 PM

If Christie had tried to protect her in any way, the LSM would be all over how he is totally patronizing and just trying to keep her from implicating him in wrongdoing.

Since he is not, then they will find fault with that as well, and imply that he is not a good leader because he didn’t try to protect his people (because he should be acting like Richard Nixon after the Watergate break-in when he tried to protect his people).

There is no honest concern for her, and no honest indignation for Christie. If he was a Democrat they would be praising him for being a decisive leader and accepting no misbehaviour from his staff, punishing the wrongdoers swiftly and decisively.

Let her run for office as a Republican in a few years, and they’ll be calling her every Chauvinistic, misogynist term in the book. If she were to change parties and run as a Democrat, then all would be forgiven and she would be held up as the ideal career woman, trying to come back from being treated unfairly by that woman-hating Republican governor.

s1im on March 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

JFKY on March 29, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Very.Nicely.Done.

ShainS on March 29, 2014 at 8:54 PM

This tatic just reaks of desperation by the Dems..:)

Dire Straits on March 29, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Dire Straits, “desperation?”. How so? Kristy Kremer? Sarah Palin will finishing her 2nd term before Chris Christie will get the GOP nomination. Waste of ammunition or diversion from the Obamacare Debacle, not “desperation.”

JFKY on March 29, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Well, Donna, at least Bridget can fit under a bus.

M240H on March 29, 2014 at 9:09 PM

JFKY on March 29, 2014 at 8:37 PM

^^^^This 1000 times.^^^ Close the thread. JFKY has said it all.

they lie on March 29, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Equal remuneration also means equal punishment. If you want equality in one aspect of the job then you take equal responsibility when you make poor decisions

jaywemm on March 29, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Good thing Donna Brazile’s Democrats never dreamed of throwing a White House intern “under the bus” when Bill Clinton was President, huh?

NixTyranny on March 29, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Look what LilliPutin is making out of the lilliputian. That’s what winning at all costs brings you, an utter nitwit in charge.

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2014 at 7:52 PM

whining works until the person you’re whining to can give a crap. I don’t think Putin gives a crap. And we’ll get the resulting time-out…

affenhauer on March 29, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Donna Brazil, you say?

Del Dolemonte on March 29, 2014 at 11:55 PM

JFKY on March 29, 2014 at 8:37 PM

…I like that…well said!

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Fortunately for the Democrats the federal indictment of Leland Yee for gun running is just a local story!

claudius on March 30, 2014 at 1:32 AM

lets hope they continue spending all their energy and attention on “destroying” christie, who has no chance of the nomination to begin with, whle they are in the process of losing 10 senate seats.

t8stlikchkn on March 30, 2014 at 8:54 AM

She’s a scapegoat. I don’t mean she didn’t do wrong but she didn’t think it up herself.

crankyoldlady on March 29, 2014 at 7:35 PM

^^This.

It was utterly retarded for Christie to have his internal “investigation” finger her like it did. “Oh let’s blame a woman and say she did it because a dude dumped her.” Who the fu** came up with that rocket-scientist tactic (even if it were true)?

Well I hope this pi$$es her off enough to come out and air all of fatboi’s dirty laundry.

He just made a major mistake and this woman is gonna “take it to his ass”.

He should have learned from Obama – you don’t fire and you don’t disparage the people doing your dirty work – or else they’ll talk. YOU PROMOTE THEM to keep them silent and doing your bidding.

HondaV65 on March 30, 2014 at 8:55 AM

My opinion of Christie formed long before this “scandal” took place…he’s a jerk and a bully. This just confirms to me he’s still a jerk and a bully and probably always will be. As for his assistant and supposed conspirator of this fiasco, I’m glad she doesn’t have to work for this jerk anymore and wish her the best and that the media would just leave her alone and move on. Their obsession with a fat governor from New Jersey is really kind of comical, in a sick sort of way.

scalleywag on March 30, 2014 at 9:07 AM

…I might begin thinking they planned it all out and distributed it in some sort of … memo … about… talking points.

Perhaps a memo discussed on some sort of, journo-list? Perish the thought Mr. AP, you tin foil hat conspiracy theorist you.

oryguncon on March 30, 2014 at 9:17 AM

What I’m REALLY tired of is this notion “journalists” have that the story never ends…there was a “scandal”, it’s been explained, an investigation was done, they reached a conclusion, and STILL they think there is more to the story. And what IS it that makes it so there’s more to the story?
S P E C U L A T I O N.

scalleywag on March 30, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Let them waste their energy on the unelectable Christie.

He’s good copy, but not a president.

virgo on March 30, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Liberals white knighting a Jersey Republican?

Oh right, they want Christie damaged enough not to run.

Carry on.

Dash on March 30, 2014 at 3:28 PM