Sochi doesn’t have a monopoly on televised fireworks this week. On Morning Joe today, Nicole Wallace erupted in indignation when Chuck Todd blew off a suggestion that Chris Christie had a pretty good day yesterday by asking, “What — that he didn’t get, that more indictments didn’t come in?” Wallace burst out laughing and then took Todd to task, noting at one point that “Rachel’s not on until nine”:
“I guess it’s a good day that what?” Todd pressed on. “That he didn’t get, that more indictments didn’t come in?”
“Stop, stop,” Wallace interrupted. “Rachel’s not on ’til 9,” she jabbed, referring to primetime host Rachel Maddow, who has spent much of her recent programming digging into Christie’s scandal.
“What is that?” an incensed Todd fired back, before stumbling to explain his belief that “we’re overdoing it now.”
“Oh my God,” Wallace said again with disbelief. “So much time has been spent in the last four weeks covering every teeny, minuscule, breaking non-news event.”
“Not on my show,” Todd responded.
“Well, on the network on which you appear and I appear,” Wallace replied, before taking a stab at “every formerly-objective member of the press” now going after the governor on a daily basis. The fact that Christie’s Chicago appearance is a “nothing-burger” to Todd, she continued, “is something that should educate Governor Christie about the climate he’ll face should he run for president.”
“I’m not treating him as a presidential candidate in my mind right now,” answered Todd.
Even objectively, though, it was a good day for Christie. The RGA raised a record $6 million in January under his leadership, even though Christie spent the whole month under the shadow of Bridgegate:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie raised $1.5 million during a fundraising swing through Texas last week, the Republican Governors Association announced early Tuesday morning, hours before the embattled governor was scheduled to headline more events in Illinois.
Moreover, the RGA raised $6 million in January, said spokeswoman Gail Gitcho, who added that this was done with “the help of Chairman Christie and all of our Republican governors.
“That is more than twice as much that has ever been raised during the same month in RGA history, and twice as much that was raised in the last comparable cycle (2010) in the same month,” said Gitcho in a note where she outlined the impressive fundraising haul in what is traditionally a slow fundraising month following Christmas.
The day one can announce that is, pretty objectively, a good day for any politician, especially one as beleaguered as Christie supposedly is. The flippant response from Todd aside, the “scandal” seems to be losing a lot of steam, as Jake Tapper noted in skewering one of the rumors that are now arising in the absence of anything else to report:
All of that in one day? Yeah, that’s a pretty good day. Objectively speaking.