The most important aspect of Chris Christie’s Traffic-Gate scandal is that a human life may have been lost because power hungry lowlifes played New Jersey thug politics. This is disgusting and heartbreaking. Nevertheless, this scandal, as everything else that happens, is being reported and viewed only in terms of the politics of its nature. Because of this fact Christie’s, White House dream is over. For the Democrats, this scandal is a serious blow. They had so hoped that Christie would be the Republicans nominee in 2016; but alas, that is over now.
In a reflexive response, The Atlantic’s David Graham is reassuring everyone who will listen that “rumors of Chris Christie’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.” Really? How interesting. The Atlantic is wrong, and here’s why.
The scandal is real. It might include the death of an innocent victim. Christie’s scandal takes place immediately adjacent to New York City, the media capitol of the world. Reporters don’t have to get out a map and a GPS to find a place to interview “victims”; even these lazy lumps can get this job done. People in Fort Lee don’t like Republicans to begin with. There is a strong hatred of Christie among elected Democrats in New Jersey (please don’t be fooled the number who endorsed him – they did it out of fear); they will therefore not let this go. Christie’s presidential fundraising machine is now shut down, even before it got rolling. High-rolling Chamber of Commerce quislings will place their bets on different people.
Christie will get no help from grassroots Republicans, and support from people like John Boehner will only underline why Christie is not acceptable to Republican rank-and-file.
The media desperately wants to latch onto anything they can talk about besides Barack Obama’s real scandals. Traffic-Gate gives them a way to change the subject.
The media will rip up Christie because they know they can find another Republican loser to support and promote right up until the day he clinches the nomination.
The whipping Christie gave Barbara Bouno last year was as fake as a wooden nickel. The Democrats in New Jersey put up that clown, knowing they couldn’t beat him no matter what they did. They put Bouno up so Christie could run up the score and give the New York Times something to write about to fool Republicans into nominating him. Honest observers know Christie wouldn’t even carry New Jersey. Anyone who knows anything about New Jersey politics knows this is true. They also know there is very little reason to believe Christie didn’t know about the deadly stunt; and even if he didn’t know, Obama has carried the “I didn’t know” excuse way past its “use by” date.
If an innocent person died because of Christie’s Traffic Gate, I’m deeply sorry . That life can never be replaced, but time will prove Chris Christie’s political life ended that day as well. His road to Washington is closed.
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