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(Talking Points Memo)   Scott Brown says Christie "passed the test" so that means Christie is a Rhodes Scholar and Mayor Sokolich has to go play Chekov in the next Star Trek movie   (talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 209
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2014-01-10 09:15:14 AM
I figured all this was just the opposite - that the only reason Fox News was daring to cover the story is to demolish Christie's presidential hopes.
 
2014-01-10 09:15:50 AM
He thinks this is over? That's adorable.
 
2014-01-10 09:16:09 AM
Scott Brownstain, amirite?
 
2014-01-10 09:16:13 AM
Christy just beached himself...
 
2014-01-10 09:16:35 AM
Is that how tests work? You just say that you earned an A, and so long add you don't explode in flames, that's your grade? No need to ever actually look at the test?

Wish I went to GOP school when I was a kid.
 
2014-01-10 09:18:49 AM
Dude is done. Sorry republicans. There's no way he didn't know about this and at least give tacit approval.
 
2014-01-10 09:19:33 AM
I have never seen such blatant butt smooching from a MA Politician in what, a year? Dude really wants to be on the ticket.
 
2014-01-10 09:21:31 AM
He passed... until the rest of the emails and phone records are subpoenaed.
 
2014-01-10 09:23:03 AM

clkeagle: I figured all this was just the opposite - that the only reason Fox News was daring to cover the story is to demolish Christie's presidential hopes.


No, they are spinning it to make CC look like a "real" leader. Of course they are taking the opportunity to bash Obama in saying this is how he should have handled the IRS non-scandal. Expect more and more deflection like this in the coming weeks.
 
2014-01-10 09:23:31 AM
cloudfront.mediamatters.org
 
2014-01-10 09:29:34 AM
It was a weighted grade.
 
2014-01-10 09:30:35 AM
I have to say that I believe him, I do not think he knew about it. He sucked it up and took responsibility either way, so if it comes out he knew, he really will be toast. That being said,

Yakk: He thinks this is over? That's adorable.


THIS

Doktor_Zhivago: Dude is done. Sorry republicans.


and THIS. I do not think that he can get enough support now with this black mark on his record. He can get reelected as Governor or whatever he wants from NJ, but I think the big chair is out of reach now.
 
2014-01-10 09:30:54 AM

Doktor_Zhivago: Dude is done. Sorry republicans. There's no way he didn't know about this and at least give tacit approval.


This. Plus he's too chubby to be president.

And he's from Jersey... Ewwww.
 
2014-01-10 09:31:15 AM

dookdookdook: [cloudfront.mediamatters.org image 519x481]


Proof of how biased CNN and msnbc are. Fox is busy reporting on real news.
 
2014-01-10 09:32:21 AM

Piizzadude: I have to say that I believe him, I do not think he knew about it.


It's odd he's been able to convince people of that, when it was happening it was so bad it was a national news story.
 
2014-01-10 09:33:15 AM
Wait, I thought a scandal would help his chances with Republicans. To show he's really one of them.
 
2014-01-10 09:35:26 AM
It's pronounced "Rouge Scholar", subby.
 
2014-01-10 09:36:28 AM
I can't believe fark has devolved into 24/7 bridgegate frenzy while important scandals like Benghazi and Arugulagate are ignored by the libs that run this site.
 
2014-01-10 09:36:43 AM
He threw his staff under a bus and denied any knowledge of what was happening under his nose. All the while he's been belligerent, annoying, and generally a bully to anyone who would mention this story.

Yup. This guy sounds like a paragon of Republican virtues. Bring on 2016!
 
2014-01-10 09:40:33 AM

timswar: He threw his staff under a bus and denied any knowledge of what was happening under his nose. All the while he's been belligerent, annoying, and generally a bully to anyone who would mention this story.

Yup. This guy sounds like a paragon of Republican virtues. Bring on 2016!



It truly is.  They all tend to worship CEOs, who spend a majority of the time taking credit for other peoples' successes while avoiding any blame for their failures.
 
2014-01-10 09:40:49 AM

Skleenar: I can't believe fark has devolved into 24/7 bridgegate frenzy while important scandals like Benghazi and Arugulagate are ignored by the libs that run this site.


you're adorable with your made up scandals and whatnot :P
 
2014-01-10 09:41:01 AM

dookdookdook:


The fact Fox even acknowledged it is staggering. Or did all the Christie images on Fox read: 'Chris Christie (D)?'
 
2014-01-10 09:41:19 AM

Yakk: He thinks this is over? That's adorable.


Of course it's not over: the media has to finish the narrative by building up that the firings of his staff are Christie's "Sista Souljah Moment" and that he's in an even better position for 2016 after all this is over.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2014/01/09/the_media_s_ready_for_a _c hris_christie_comeback_story.html
 
2014-01-10 09:42:10 AM

Piizzadude: He sucked it up and took responsibility either way


No he didn't. He said it was other people's fault. At no time did he ever say the buck stopped with him or take responsibility for mismanaging his office. He said he was lied to and that he fired someone. That's it.
 
2014-01-10 09:42:45 AM
Oh and he also said it's not his fault he didn't know because he was misled. By his closest advisers.
 
2014-01-10 09:42:48 AM
Scott Brown, tried to run the dems down. Scott Brown drive 'em into the ground

Well, Scott Phillip Brown tried to run the motherfarkin bridge into the ground
 
2014-01-10 09:44:35 AM
Me, I can't wait for the investigation to start, just to chuckle at irony-blind Conservative commentators claiming it's all just a partisan witch hunt.
 
2014-01-10 09:44:41 AM
Christie was pretty good in the presser. However, there are some lingering questions - Why did Christie ask Cuomo on December 13 to get the port authority to back off an investigation of the bridge closing?

And now we know that the whole thing had probably nothing to do with the Mayor of Ft. Lee, but was retribution for NJ Democratic Senators blocking Christies judicial appointments.
 Maddow lays out a pretty convincing argument, especially with the timing of Christies Press conference on August 12th where he was so upset with the Democrats, followed the very next day by the infamous "traffic problems in Fort Lee" email. It isn't too far a stretch to imagine Christie fuming in his office and telling his staff to make the Democrats pay.
 
2014-01-10 09:44:48 AM
Does "passing the Scott Brown" test mean fitting into the passenger seat of his pickup?

(I mean, with Christie, that's not a sure thing)
 
2014-01-10 09:44:55 AM

Skleenar: I can't believe fark has devolved into 24/7 bridgegate frenzy while important scandals like Benghazi and Arugulagate are ignored by the libs that run this site.


Arugulagate?  Jeez, that's a bit old, even for the GOP.  I think Umbrellagate is still festering in the festering minds of the TeaTards.
 
2014-01-10 09:45:21 AM
I see the new consensus on the right is that CC apologized, therefore Benghazi/IRS/FastAndFurious.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142405270230434790457931083 2 305028924

https://twitter.com/DLoesch/status/421337171815968768
 
2014-01-10 09:45:46 AM
It can't even begin to be over until all the lawsuits have been filed.  So maybe some time next year.
 
2014-01-10 09:45:48 AM

Doktor_Zhivago: Dude is done. Sorry republicans. There's no way he didn't know about this and at least give tacit approval.


Sorry Republicans? They are ecstatic this moderate RINO is tanking. They want someone much much worse to punish libs for Obama.
 
2014-01-10 09:46:18 AM

BunkoSquad: Does "passing the Scott Brown" test mean fitting into the passenger seat of his pickup?

(I mean, with Christie, that's not a sure thing)


No, it means looking good in a nude centerfold pic.

//Mind bleach can be purchased for $14 at www.coeyagi.com
 
2014-01-10 09:47:06 AM

LarryDan43: Doktor_Zhivago: Dude is done. Sorry republicans. There's no way he didn't know about this and at least give tacit approval.

Sorry Republicans? They are ecstatic this moderate RINO is tanking. They want someone much much worse to punish libs for Obama.


Then why are all the Republicans saying that Christie did well and passed the test?
 
2014-01-10 09:47:28 AM

phaseolus: Me, I can't wait for the investigation to start, just to chuckle at irony-blind Conservative commentators claiming it's all just a partisan witch hunt.


Bonus points if they call it a witch hunt while complaining that no one is talking about Benghazi.
 
2014-01-10 09:47:43 AM

LarryDan43: Doktor_Zhivago: Dude is done. Sorry republicans. There's no way he didn't know about this and at least give tacit approval.

Sorry Republicans? They are ecstatic this moderate RINO is tanking. They want someone much much worse to punish libs for Obama.


Not the establishment ones.  I mean, they can lie to the public all they want, but lying to themselves - that there are electable sane candidates beyond Christie - is fruitless.
 
2014-01-10 09:47:57 AM

otisrelaxed: I have never seen such blatant butt smooching from a MA

 New HampshirePolitician in what, a year? Dude really wants to be on the ticket.
 
2014-01-10 09:48:16 AM

timswar: He threw his staff under a bus and denied any knowledge of what was happening under his nose. All the while he's been belligerent, annoying, and generally a bully to anyone who would mention this story.

Yup. This guy sounds like a paragon of Republican virtues. Bring on 2016!


Well, we can't forget the last time a republican's aides went off the rails under his nose, but completely unnoticed by the executive. Iran Contra testimony.
 
2014-01-10 09:48:25 AM

NeverDrunk23: The fact Fox even acknowledged it is staggering.


6 hours late, and on Shepard Smith.

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/01/08/what-well-learn-from-foxs-cov e rage-of-the-chris/197484

Nearly six hours after the story first broke -- and well after both CNN and MSNBC first covered it in detail -- Fox News finally devoted a short segment to the bridge scandal during  Shepard Smith Reporting.

While declining to delve into the details of the damning emails -- Shep Smith informed viewers that "they're an easy Google away if you want to take a look" -- Smith nonetheless concluded that, "the emails will be trouble for Governor Christie at least in local politics for quite some time. And if he decides to run for president, rest assured they'll end up in campaign ads. There's no question about it."
 
2014-01-10 09:48:41 AM

Zombalupagus: Wait, I thought a scandal would help his chances with Republicans. To show he's really one of them.


Wrong kind of scandal. No infidelity, no ripping off orphans, no farking underage boys, no murdering or torturing of brown people.
 
2014-01-10 09:49:05 AM

LarryDan43: Doktor_Zhivago: Dude is done. Sorry republicans. There's no way he didn't know about this and at least give tacit approval.

Sorry Republicans? They are ecstatic this moderate RINO is tanking. They want someone much much worse to punish libs for Obama.


Which is ironic since he was the only guy with a shot at winning in 2016.
 
2014-01-10 09:49:07 AM

dookdookdook: [cloudfront.mediamatters.org image 519x481]


1st and possibly last time I'll defend FOX News:  No one should've dedicated 10% of the day's coverage to the bridge incident.

/FOX is still bad and should feel bad
 
2014-01-10 09:49:29 AM

RowdyRough: timswar: He threw his staff under a bus and denied any knowledge of what was happening under his nose. All the while he's been belligerent, annoying, and generally a bully to anyone who would mention this story.

Yup. This guy sounds like a paragon of Republican virtues. Bring on 2016!

Well, we can't forget the last time a republican's aides went off the rails under his nose, but completely unnoticed by the executive. Iran Contra testimony.


The last time?  Plamegate comes to mind, though I believe Bush knew nothing (about anything).
 
2014-01-10 09:49:30 AM
Scott Brown?  The former underwear model who lost his senate seat to a slit?
 
2014-01-10 09:49:34 AM

Dinki: Christie was pretty good in the presser. However, there are some lingering questions - Why did Christie ask Cuomo on December 13 to get the port authority to back off an investigation of the bridge closing?

And now we know that the whole thing had probably nothing to do with the Mayor of Ft. Lee, but was retribution for NJ Democratic Senators blocking Christies judicial appointments.
 Maddow lays out a pretty convincing argument, especially with the timing of Christies Press conference on August 12th where he was so upset with the Democrats, followed the very next day by the infamous "traffic problems in Fort Lee" email. It isn't too far a stretch to imagine Christie fuming in his office and telling his staff to make the Democrats pay.



Yeah - I mean does anyone really believe that Christie just had no idea what happened, and this was done purely by rogue staff in his administration?  Or that he, of all politicians, would be totally above this sort of petty, bullying bullshiat?
 
2014-01-10 09:50:39 AM

cameroncrazy1984: Piizzadude: He sucked it up and took responsibility either way

No he didn't. He said it was other people's fault. At no time did he ever say the buck stopped with him or take responsibility for mismanaging his office. He said he was lied to and that he fired someone. That's it.


He did say the buck stopped at his office and he was responsible for any misbehavior in his office, and he is handling it accordingly. Then again, he was adamant he was ignorant of the whole situation.

Oh, and he said at the presser he still thinks that the lanes were likely closed for a DOT study he says hasn't been proven not to exist, which was weird.
 
2014-01-10 09:51:26 AM
Maddow on Thursday presented an alternate theory, saying Sokolich's endorsement "wasn't that important." Instead, she suggested the political payback was motivated by a tiff between New Jersey state Senate Democrats and the governor.
Maddow took viewers back to 2010, when Christie declined to reappoint a New Jersey Supreme Court justice, John E. Wallace Jr., for another term. The move left state Senate Democrats "absolutely outraged," Maddow explained, and they refused to confirm any Christie's nominees for Wallace's seat.
"It's been a big political crisis in New Jersey," Maddow said.
By last August, Supreme Court Justice Helen Hoens, a Republican, was up for renomination. When state Senate Democrats signaled they would challenge Christie's nomination, the
"Roughly 12 hours after Gov. Christie blows up at the Senate Democrats and torpedoes the career of a Supreme Court justice who he likes ... the leader of those 'animals' in the Senate sees her district get the order of destruction from Gov. Christie's deputy chief of staff," Maddow concluded.
"Or maybe it was about that endorsement. Until someone who knows the actual truth about this speaks, it remains a wide-open question."
Christie on Thursday denied any involvement in the bridge closing, blaming his staff.
 
2014-01-10 09:54:23 AM

regindyn: dookdookdook: [cloudfront.mediamatters.org image 519x481]

1st and possibly last time I'll defend FOX News:  No one should've dedicated 10% of the day's coverage to the bridge incident.

/FOX is still bad and should feel bad


the press conference was over an hour and a half. that's almost 10% of the day right there. which goes to show that Fox probably didn't even carry it.
 
2014-01-10 09:54:40 AM

dookdookdook: [cloudfront.mediamatters.org image 519x481]


Yeah, it's getting pretty crazy.  Who the fark cares?  He's the governor of New Jersey and it's still a bit early for the 2016 elections.

I don't really give a flying fark.
 
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