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Of Motes & Beams: Bridgegate Edition

February 2nd, 2014 - 7:22 am

Chris Christie turns a blind eye (maybe) to a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. Barack Obama: what’s he done?  Andrew McCarthy has done the world a service by providing a little primer of presidential pejoration.

 If you’re on the team, “amnesty” does not begin to describe the immunity windfall. Sic the IRS on American citizens in order to frustrate their participation in election campaigns? No worries . . . and no prosecutions, not even for officials who take the Fifth in congressional testimony because they believe answering questions will confirm their criminality. Case closed: No need even to interview the victims, innocent people who were nonetheless intimidated by the prospect of audits, fines, civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution, and, above all, prohibitive legal fees — the wages of both compliance and resistance. After all, the victims opposed Obama. As they say at Alinsky, Inc.: “We won, get over it.”

Benghazi? Remember: The serial derelictions of the president’s duty to protect Americans under siege? Obama’s instigation of an unauthorized war with no vital American interests at stake — a war that empowered anti-American jihadists? The NATO campaign that abetted the Qaddafi murder — notwithstanding the ban on assassinations of heads of state and our government’s prior representation that Qaddafi was an important U.S. counterterrorism ally? Oh well . . . as so memorably put between chuckles by Secretary “What Difference” herself: “We came, we saw, he died!” On to the minimum wage.

Then there’s the gargantuan Obamacare con job: the sedulous administration lying, the willfully false lulling, the law’s unconstitutional enactment, the lawlessly imperial “waivers,” the shameful subsidies to buy off members of Congress and their staffs, the unlawful IRS enforcement in states that declined to participate, the transparent campaign to usher in a single-payer government takeover by breaking the health-care insurance system. It is the most massive fraud in American history, and there will be no investigations or prosecutions. . . .

We could go on about faithful execution of the laws, Obama-style: the non-recess recess appointments; the Justice Department’s racially discriminatory civil-rights enforcement; the Solyndra “green-energy” boondoggle, featuring Obama’s blatant misrepresentations of a publicly traded company’s financial health and his subsequent override of a federal law meant to protect taxpayers — the better to shield his cronies from losses when the company inevitably collapsed. (Now that’s Obamacare!) But such offenses are not the half of it. What is most breathtaking is the Obama administration’s vindictiveness.

Hey, but wasn’t it vindictiveness, when you come right down to it, that has Chris Christie twisting in the wind? Isn’t it because he has been a big bad meany that the Star-Ledger is calling on him to resign or be impeached?  Well, how about the Obama administration’s performance in the vindictiveness sweepstakes? Consider the fate of Nakoula Nakoula, the shady chap who was behind Innocence of Muslims, the internet video trailer that was supposedly responsible for the “spontaneous” but orchestrated attack against our consulate in Bengahzi. No traffic jam there, only Americans dead. McCarthy explains:

After the Benghazi terrorist attack, it emerged that Nakoula had produced the scapegoat video. In theory, that activity was completely protected by constitutional free-speech principles; in practice, however, the administration was hell-bent on blaming the video and its maker for both the massacre and the violent proclivities of Islamic radicalism. Agents were thus dispatched to arrest Nakoula in the dead of night. He was grilled about making the film — meaning: He was interrogated about exercising his First Amendment rights. He was prosecuted for a “supervised-release violation” culled, in part, out of false statements about the production of the video. After being held without bail as a purported “danger to the community,” Nakoula was sentenced to another year in prison — as much time as he’d served for the underlying bank fraud.

Understand, in normal law enforcement this never happens. Agents and prosecutors are supposed to be too busy with real crimes to probe non-suspects over activity that is palpably not criminal. Furthermore, nonviolent criminals suspected of, at best, petty supervised-release violations are not arrested — they are given summonses to appear in court on their own recognizance. They are not detained without bail but left at liberty until the court date. And rarely, absent commission of a serious new crime, are they sent to jail on a first supervised-release violation. Instead, the judge gives them a tongue-lashing, warns them to honor the supervised-release terms from now on, and sends them on their way. With jails overcrowded, it often takes three or four violations before a court will finally re-incarcerate a convict.

But you don’t get normal law enforcement if you run afoul of Obama and if your torment would have just the right in terrorem effect. Nakoula was too useful to pass up: For Americans, the administration framed him as the villain in its “blame the video” charade; for Muslims, he became Exhibit A of Obama’s plan for people who dare “slander the prophet of Islam.”

So here we have it: a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge vs. a rogue president who selectively enforces the law, who governs by fiat, and who ruthlessly employs the engines of state coercion against those who get in his way.  Mote, meet beam. Where’s St. Matthew when you need him?

Also read: Christie Attacks the New York Times for ‘Sloppy Reporting’

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What is it, exactly, that Christie is accused of?

Of being petty.
Of being no better than the worst of his kind.
Of being venal and vengeful.
Of being a flaming hypocrite.

Look, I'm no lover of Lib-tard Demoncrats. But Christie is no better than them. And that's what he's being vilified for.

Every time one of us defends this mutt by pointing out how much worse the other side has been, I spit up a little in my hand.

Can you hear me, Roger? Really? Can you hear me?

28 weeks ago
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Christie is to Obama what jaywalking is to serial murder.

In Chicago or Cook County, if you got a traffic jam for bucking The Machine... you got off easy. Heck, a traffic jam would be considered the warning...not the punishment.

And...um...what did Obama do again to punish sequestration? Can somebody remind me...because our suddenly "delicate sensibility" media might have "missed" the opportunity to weigh in on retribution politics.

Obama and this cabal are all retribution...all the time.

If their lapdogs are going to get up off the couch to go pee on the carpet, we may want to roll up one of their dead tree newspapers and give it its only remaining use.
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He's accused of abusing the power of his office for his own (political in this case) gain. He's accused of corruption, and it's an offense worthy of being kicked out of office. That's no mote.

I don't care whether he's a Democrat, Republican, or Tea Partier, and I certainly don't care whether "That other politician over there did worse!" That's a reason to ask the press why they aren't turning their high beams on Obama as well, not an excuse for Christie.

Do you really want American's political class to feel that they can screw over the people of a town that "voted the wrong way", at will, without any repercussions? Think about what you're saying and the likely consequences if it's taken seriously.
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Roger, Obama is innocent of the IRS, Benghazi and Obamacare scandals/debacles ... because he said so himself; just ask Bill O'Reilly.
Obama said; believe it or else!!!!
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Nakoula was funded and set up from the start by friends of Obama. There was a plan to use the video against 'Islamophobes' in some form or fashion. He was a political prisoner, that's it.
28 weeks ago
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Roger, everything you say is a commonplace. It's the way things are and have been for a long time. Christie knew all of this going in. Yet, he got to the point where he felt he was different, unique, immune from the reflexive anti-Republicanism by the media. That was his biggest flaw in judgement. Temporarily lulled by shallow media adulation, he forgot who he was and he forgot what the media was. He was a star. He was a celeb. He was above it all. McCain and how many other Republicans have done the same silly thing? Over and over. Sucked in and sucker punched. It should be a cliche by now - except for establishment Republicans doing their Sally Fields impersonation: "They love me. They really do." Right.

Bottom line: If you want to be a successful Republican, you have to be squeaky clean, you have to do what you say, and you have to cultivate the voters rather than the corrupt media and self-interested political elites. Christie did not do that.
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Almost all Prog trolls on here tonight.
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Dear Leader apparently believes that under no circumstances will anyone dare bring criminal charges him while he’s still in office. Given the opposition’s fear of his body armor this is a pretty fair assumption—if only O’s keen intellect could be turned away from criminal practices.

But does O also believe that this will remain the case even after he’s out of office? If not he might go for a UN SG gig in the belief that it would guarantee his immunity for life. Another matter that would guarantee his immunity would be to appoint Holder as his undersecretary—you’ve got to protect the ones that have the goods on you. Both of them would be among friends again.

28 weeks ago
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"Dear Leader apparently believes that under no circumstances will anyone dare bring criminal charges him while he’s still in office."

Hmmm. Maybe that's because he knows that our Constitution forbids it.

A sitting President cannot be charged with a crime. He must first be impeached by the House, AND convicted by the Senate, and removed from office.

Only THEN can he be charged with crimes.

28 weeks ago
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Shame on you Roger, for implying that what Christie did (or MAY have done) can be excused or overlooked because of the wrongs of other politicians.

IF Christie is guilty, he should be out of office and in jail. That has exactly NOTHING to do with what Obama has done.

Yes, I get it, this illustrates the hypocrisy of the left. That's obvious.

But the hypocrisy of the left and the guilt of Obama does not in any way excuse anybody else.

That's a basic lesson I'm trying to teach my children.


You ARE old enough to know better.

28 weeks ago
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It boggles the mind to think a pol as astute as Christie-----a Republican RE-ELECTED governor in NJ for pete's sake!!----would be guilty of such a petty bit of vindictiveness as this. Hello-----you close bridge lanes for ANY reason it's going to be "time for some traffic problems". That's simply a statement of fact, not a threat.
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"Christie is to Obama what jaywalking is to serial murder."

I think so. For five years, my intellectual integrity has been suffering at the hands of a rhetoric spewing liar, almost ridiculously enabled by corrupt media.

Relative to the guy sitting as president, Chris Christie is an angel.
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I must admit I'm a little surprised here. So many of the commentators below "get it", and Roger does not. So much for the intellectual integrity of pundits.
28 weeks ago
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Another example in relation to your opening salvo concerning how Christie has punched back at greedy educators...my favorite was when the principle said he was going to have to go find a new position elsewhere because 200 Thousand was not enough and Christie shot back...Let me help you pack.

All this other stuff, politics, and yes, it doesn't make rhyme or reason a lot of the time, but hey, que sara sara.
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