Quadrennial Silliness

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Charlie Cook at National Journal:

President Chris Christie? A Laughable Idea Even Before the Bridge Flap

The course is predictable. An elected official or a staffer does something that is terribly wrong, unethical, and perhaps even mean-spirited. The news media goes into hyperdrive, a legislative committee cranks up an investigation and issues subpoenas, politicians from the other party attack, and those from the miscreant’s party distance themselves as quickly as possible. The elected official is excoriated from every direction, and then talk turns to prosecution, impeachment, or—better yet—both. Last weekend, in connection with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and either “Bridge-gate” or “Jam-gate” (take your pick), we have started hearing the “P” and “I” words.


Having said that, I also have a problem with the recent story line: “The front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is hit with a scandal.” Christie, the front-runner? Again—really? Christie indeed sat at the top of some of the polls that lay out a long laundry list of every imaginable contender (as well as some who are harder to imagine), but does that make him the front-runner? I think not.

Think for a moment who makes up the Republican Party, and most specifically the part of the GOP base that dominates the presidential nomination process. Think about the people they seriously considered for their party’s presidential nomination last time around. Think Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich. Now, quickly, think Christie. Now think Sesame Street: “One of these things is not like the others; one of these things just doesn’t belong.” It’s laughable that the party that has previously seriously considered some fairly inconceivable candidates as worthy of the GOP nomination would suddenly reverse course and head over to a center-right candidate such as Christie.

I don’t give a rat’s ass about Chris Christie. The reason for this is simple – he’s the governor of New Jersey and I live in California. I have never even been to New Jersey, and it’s not on my bucket list of places to go. Nor do I foresee Governor Soprano going national.

Every four years we seem the same silliness. The media starts speculating about who will run for President in the next election and who they think will win. Invariably their speculations reflect a NYC/DC bias.

If Chris Christie was the governor of Idaho nobody east of the Mississippi would even know his name. But New Jersey is part of the New York Metro area. What happens in Jersey is local news in New York. The capitol of New Jersey, Trenton, is actually closer to NYC than Albany. And that George Washington Bridge that has been in the news so much lately crosses the Hudson River between Fort Lee, New Jersey and New York City.

Most of our national media is headquartered in NYC. This often causes the media to think that their local news is nationally important. They also think that anyone who is important locally is important everywhere.

That’s why the media were convinced that Rudy Guiliani and Michael Bloomberg were viable presidential candidates. They weren’t, and neither is Chris Christie.

Not all the media’s fantasy candidates come from the Big Apple area. Some come from inside the Beltway. In 2007 they were enamored of Fred Thompson. In 2011 it was Jon Huntsman. On the Democratic side Elizabeth Warren is getting a lot of undue attention right now.

The really depressing thing is that by the time the 2016 campaign starts heating up in the summer/fall of 2015, I’m going to be sick and tired of the whole thing already. The first primaries are still two years away but the media has been talking about the election for over a year now.

I may have to move to Colorado to cope with this crap.

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109 Responses to Quadrennial Silliness

  1. Lulu says:

    The media thinks they are supposed to pick out the candidates. Build them up then knock them down. I think Christie had about as much chance as Rick Perry. They are regional phenomena and do not travel well. NJ can have any asshole as governor that they want. I don’t care. According to the NY media screwing with traffic (and their precious time and convenience) is worse than fucking up insurance markets, health care systems, beggaring people, and ruining their health and lives.

    The US media is in a death spiral. They are in the pocket of Dems, who are in the pocket of big (really big!) money who in turn control a few constituency groups. Fewer people watch or read their self interested crap thus their ad money is guttering out. But they needed something to cover other than the Gates (he really hates that SOB Obama) book and the rolling catastrophe of Obama-harm. Steny Hoyer yesterday said people “would get used to it.” I wonder if he is on Hillary’s shit list.

  2. votermom says:

    I want a strong charismatic candidate on the ballot.
    PUTIN 2016

  3. gxm17 says:

    Cape May, NJ is a lovely beach town with beautiful Victorian architecture. If you ever visit the mid-Atlantic region, I highly recommend checking it out. And have dinner at Louisa’s (you’ll need to call in advance for a reservation but you’ll be glad you did).

  4. driguana says:

    I find it very difficult to comprehend how anyone could actually like or respect Elizabeth Warren.

    But what I am coming to really give a rat’s ass about, again, is the whole Benghazi affair. Trying to do more and more deeper research into the subject. But it’s difficult. Recent classified info has been largely “redacted” …don’t you love that. You see these pages with almost everything blacked out.

    There are so many unanswered questions about the Benghazi affair that no one in the media wants to deal with. Oh, it’s just another fake scandal etc. Goodness, you would think that a good reporter would want to get all kind of answers to continuing questions. it could make their career in investigative journalism. But no, their role seems to be to cover up for Clinton and Obama. Why? So they (along now with Kerry!!! Good grief!) can continue their disastrous foreign policies!! Wow!

    One question still lingers for me, What was Ambassador Stevens (and apparently three others) doing in Benghazi? Tripoli is the capital of Libya and where the main embassy was at that time (still is, I guess). Tripoli is way over on the western side of Libya, Benghazi is on the east. There have been several investigative stories relating that he was there to conclude some kind of arms deal. Now silence. Why can’t one, just one, great reporter come along and find out what was really going on.

    As a Fierce Independent, I can no longer stand either the Democratic or Republican parties…they both lie and cover up their many political errors. I want answers and I want problems solved. I think there are millions of other people like me out there now and we’ve had it with thes political d-bags! That’s d-bags and not tea bags for those of you who may want to continue that insult!

    That’s my rat’s ass moment for this Wednesday morning. I could give a flying fuck who runs for president next time. I’ve only ever voted for two anyway…Hubert Humphrey and Mitt Romney and they both lost. I ain’t votin’ for no president no more! Especially no Roosevelts, Tafts, Kennedys, Bushes, or Clintons.

    Sorry…still don’t have my building permit to start the renovation work on my house and I’m not in a good mood….

    • The Klown says:

      There are a whole lot of unanswered questions about Benghazi. I don’t know what the truth is but I am sure that what we’ve been told ain’t it.

    • Logically, his only reason for being there was to oversee something they didn’t want associated with the embassy in Tripoli. Gun running seems the best fit to that subset, and the site completely qualifies as a potential support facility for that use. That was also the first rumor to pop up from sources OT the WH. I’ll go with it until something better is proved. Stevens, et al, at least deserve that.

    • AIRC Stevens only had one protection guy with him. The other two were on a different assignment a few blocks away and unexpectedly jumped in to help.

    • Lulu says:

      I think one of the things that is going to intersect with the Benghazi mess is what is going on in Turkey. Their ambassador was there earlier, our ambassador is murdered, and then all this weird stuff going on (the cops have gone rogue and are arresting terrorists hiding out but protected by the presidential party). It is bizarre. Also Iranian oil money to bypass sanctions was being laundered by Erdogan’s cronies. It is a mess with several tentacles intersecting with petro-crooks, Islamic loons, and corrupt Turkish politicians with friends in DC.

    • helenk3 says:

      making arrangements with the Turkish guy to move guns into Syria.

  5. votermom says:


    NYT has an article painting Francis as subversive genius about to upend Vatican inner politics – in other words, he is their Hope and Change on the Tiber 🙄

    • votermom says:

      Interviews with cardinals, bishops, priests, Vatican officials, Italian politicians, diplomats and analysts indicate that the mood inside the Vatican ranges from adulation to uncertainty to deep anxiety, even a touch of paranoia. Several people say they fear Francis is going department by department looking for heads to roll. Others whisper about six mysterious Jesuit spies who act as the pope’s eyes and ears on the Vatican grounds. Mostly, once-powerful officials feel out of the loop.

  6. votermom says:

    Bill BOB Gates is on Fox & Friends in a neck brace.
    Victim of Hillary’s hitlist or ValJar’s enforcers?

  7. driguana says:

    The other thing I’m trying to give a rat’s ass about and figure out this morning is some background on Debo Adegbile, Obama’s appointee for the Justice Department Civil Rights Division. Really hard to get some good bio info. Adegbile is definitely a Nigerian name, whether he is actually Nigerian, or chose that name as an African-American or is Nigerian-American. Why would Obama choose a person of Nigerian ethnicity at this time? And interestingly when Nigeria just this week passed an anti-gay law like Uganda did.

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  9. votermom says:

    Heh. Ted Cruz continues to be awesome

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) likely angered some House GOP leaders on Monday when he hired an operative they fired last month for allegedly leaking information to conservative groups to undermine the establishment Republican agenda.

    On Monday morning, Cruz welcomed Paul Teller as his new deputy chief of staff. Teller, who is expected to begin work on Thursday, is the former executive director of the Republican Study Committee.

    Teller was fired after he was accused of leaking internal information to conservative groups in an effort to derail the “bipartisan” budget deal struck by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). Many conservatives have expressed frustration over the deal.

  10. The Klown says:
    • r u reddy says:

      Let’s hope it continues from year to year. Let’s hope the shrunken glaciers regain their former size.

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  13. votermom says:

    I though this was an interesting post on the Crusades
    What Is Your Middle Schooler Being Taught About the Crusades? http://shar.es/UmStG

  14. DeniseVB says:

    I made the mistake commenting on a local NYC news story on FB headlined “Impeach Christie” and playing with vm’s fine line: Too bad we can’t hold our President to the same standard……something like that.

    The replies were brutal….get off the internet, this is a local story go away(guess they checked I was in Va even though I also list my hometown as Brooklyn), here comes an Obama hater, why do you hater Republicans hate Obama you hater, this is none of your business. You have no brain….that one was right 😀 Touched a nerve, priceless. I did get 4 likes though.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I just used it again on the NYT and changing my tactic of only replying to comments I agree with, with yeah, if they only held our President to the same standard. 😀

        • driguana says:

          Must be that kind of day….put up a comment on Daily Caller this morning about Benghazi and how I thought both Dems and Repubs sucked on the issue and got more “dislikes” than I have ever accumulated…and nasty comments as well….oh well….I’ll just go fix my leaky roof…

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    • DeniseVB says:

      Didn’t the Girl Scouts endorse her or something? I had to gasp at that. Planned Parenthool gave Terry McAuliffe a cool million, I bet they’re donated to Davis too.

      • votermom says:

        The Girl Scouts donated to Davis? Ugh ugh ugh.
        Maybe they’ll be coming out with aborted baby cookies next.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Only if the Girl Scouts have a political PAC like PP 🙂 GSA tweeted an endorsement of Huffpo’s list of Women of Year which had many pro-late term abortion feminists (including Davis) on it and the Rightys went wild.

        • Mt.Laurel says:

          You would be surprised, or maybe not, perhaps aghast, at the horrid people they hire at the national level of GSA. I have had to work with three different women, who finagled high paying jobs in the NYC office via government connections. Think to the left of Lady of the Tampon Earrings with even poorer social skills. And of course, no real job history other than “community organizer”.

    • The Klown says:

      These people do realize that Abortion Barbie doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning a statewide election in Texas, don’t they?

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  19. votermom says:

    Janie tweeted a link to this Japanese blog post.
    I couldn’t figure out why until I got to the last paragraph


  20. fif says:

    It’s true – their narcissism just beats the life out of everything.

    • DandyTIger says:

      I think it’s enough for them to make it clear to the progressive tribe that The Five is forbidden fruit. The message has been given, albeit very strangely. But it’s puzzling because it’s already been made clear that everything on FoxNews is forbidden. They must be afraid it might attract some of their zombies.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I never watched Fox when I was a vile prog. I think I checked them out while Keith Olbermann was suggesting Hillary be put in a closest and beaten while Chris Matthews was getting “tingles” up his leg. I figured Fox just couldn’t be that bad…….haven’t switched back since. 😉

    • The Klown says:

      I tried watching it but it was like a bad acid trip.

    • 1539days says:

      Red Eye (Gutfeld’s other show) had a lot of fun with how hacky the Colbert writers are. They tried to make fun of the “Obama put his feet on the Resolute Desk” outrage, but couldn’t find much out there. So, they used a clip of “Red Eye” which was so obviously sarcastic, the writers could have only used it based on the assumption their viewers would never watch Red Eye.


      • DandyTIger says:

        If Colbert hadn’t already jumped the shark, this would have been the moment. Comedy on the side of the powerful, making fun of less powerful just doesn’t work. Stewart and Colbert should know that, but pushing propaganda is more important I guess.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Fox needs to put Red Eye in O’reilly’s 11pm re-run time slot. As one former liberal wrote, Red Eye is the gateway drug to conservatism. Nor is Gutfeld as mean spirited as the so-called liberal comedians. He can honestly use the real facts of a story and it’s funny. (I’m still looking for that article, it was spot on)

        • 1539days says:

          They started airing it at 10pm on Saturdays. Friday’s show is a rerun. I imagine that most of the Red Eye audience is like me, recording it for later viewing anyway. O’Reilly would probably hit the roof if they tok away his 11pm replay.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Found the article ! Via Ace, but the link to the entire letter is broken. From 2011:


        It certainly hits the highlights though 🙂

  21. Somebody says:

    This is just lovely. I wonder if he came here on an H1B visa? Matters not WTH is wrong with defense contractors to hire someone with dual citizenship to a country that is not only our enemy but a major sponsor of terror?

  22. foxyladi14 says:

    All part of the plot. 🙂

  23. votermom says:

    Joan Walsh

  24. helenk3 says:


    very interesting and informative series of videos on
    downsizing the federal government

  25. The Klown says:

    The cat woke me up scratching at my bedroom door to get in. So I whacked the door with a shoe to make her stop.

    I still haven’t found the cat.

  26. The Klown says:

    Either somebody broke Twitter or I’ve been suspended again.

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  29. The Klown says:

    I’m moving to Denver:

  30. The Klown says:

    Some people just don’t appreciate wit:

  31. Constance says:

    I also don’t give a rats ass about Christie and I don’t care about NJ traffic jams. I really don’t appreciate when Obama comes to Seattle for fund raising and causes a traffic jam. I did enjoy watching Christie blab on for two hours the other day on every channel. I had the TV on Mute for all but the first 10 mins though. Still it was an impressive load of BS.

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