Memo to Chris Christie: They hate youPosted: January 18, 2014
Rich Lowry writes: If you don’t know who “they” are, you haven’t been watching the news or reading the papers.
Usually, it takes winning the GOP presidential nomination for a Republican media darling to experience such an onslaught of gleefully negative press coverage. John McCain was the straight-talking maverick right up until the moment he effectively clinched the nomination in 2008 — immediately triggering a thinly sourced New York Times report insinuating an affair with a lobbyist.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie has gotten his disillusioning out of the way early, if he needed it. An occupational hazard of a certain kind of Republican is wanting to be loved by the wrong people. If the past week hasn’t cured Christie of that tendency, nothing will.
This is not to say that “Bridgegate” is, to use the Left’s favorite term for any Obama-administration scandal, “a faux scandal.” The abuse of power it involves is genuinely outrageous and, since Christie is a prominent potential presidential candidate, one that legitimately deserves national attention. But it isn’t Watergate or the Lewinsky affair. Christie is governor, not president, of New Jersey.
At least the episode has given MSNBC a second purpose in its broadcast life. In addition to calling people racist, it now exists to obsess over Bridgegate.
Chris Hayes had an hour-long 11 p.m. special the other night. Perhaps Bridgegate, just as the Iran hostage crisis spawned the late-night news show Nightline, will spin off a new late-night MSNBC program devoted to investing inordinate emotional and intellectual energy in traffic-related political scandals.
In their Bridgegate analysis, Rachel Maddow and her fellow MSNBCer Steve Kornacki have concluded that Christie aides may have sought to bring a $1 billion development abutting the George Washington Bridge to a halt with a couple of rows of traffic cones. Hey, stranger things have happened, and we still don’t know the exact motivation behind the bogus traffic study. But so far, Maddow and Kornacki have failed to meet the most basic evidentiary standard of, you know, marshaling some evidence. They could just as easily speculate that Team Christie hoped to poison the entire population of Fort Lee with the fumes of idling cars.Read the rest…
— Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org. © 2014 King Features Syndicate
- Protesters in Florida slam Christie on his first out-of-state trip since Bridgegate (pix11.com)
- Conversation with Steve Kornacki (politicalwire.com)
- The media’s gleeful Christie pile-on (politico.com)
- Chris Christie Fight Now (billlawrencedittos.com)
- Chris Christie may pay a big toll for the Bridgegate scandal (nj.com)
- Rachel Maddow Thinks Chris Christie’s Presidential Ambitions Might Be Over (huffingtonpost.com)
- Elisabeth Hasselbeck Gushes Over Chris Christie’s ‘True Leadership’ In Bridgegate Scandal (newshounds.us)
- Hoboken Mayor Alleges That Chris Christie’s Lt. Governor Extorted Her Over Sandy Funds (mediaite.com)
- Who’s who in the Chris Christie scandal (kstreet607.com)