Monday, January 13, 2014

Oh, Christ(ie)!

(Cartoon by Kevin Siers and published in the Charlotte Observer 1/10/14.)

Unless I'm missing something, Mr. Siers seems to be implying that the recent brouhaha over the lane closure on the George Washington Bridge will harm any chance Christie has for the presidency in 2016.  I would respectfully disagree.

First, the American electorate has a notoriously short memory.  It did, for example, re-elect George W. Bush to a second term, even with all the discontent over two wars being fought "off-budget."

Second, most of the American public is so disgusted with the current crop of politicians that the bluntness of Mr. Christie is refreshing, even if what he is saying is utter nonsense.  I must admit I have a smidgen of appreciation for the fact that Christie apparently doesn't have a filter between what he is thinking and what is says.

Third, Mr. Christie is operating the way all more traditional politicians operate.  Like Hollywood press agents, politicians believe that any news about them is good news because it gets their name in front of the public.

Although it might be too early to make any hard predictions, I think Mr. Christie still has a damned good shot at the GOP nomination, and, given the current crop of potential candidates, he has an even shot at the presidency.

It's going be an interesting 2014.



Blogger Gummo said...

Welcome back, Diane!

I dsagree. We are in the very beginning stages of this scandal. Already, this morning, it's spreading to other members of Christie's administration.

Also, there's the question of whether he misused federal Sandy rebuilding funds, a separate investigation which is heating up.

Christie's a corrupt little oligarch in the classic New Jersey tradition, and his fiefdom seems to be unraveling -- also in the classic New Jersey tradition.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Shared Humanity said...

I disagree if it is proven that he lied about what he knew and when he knew it.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

You both have a much higher view of the intelligence and integrity of the American electorate than I have right now. :-)

10:56 AM  

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