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Christie and the IRS - Contrast the Governor's contrition with Obama's lack thereof
Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 9, 2014

Posted on 01/09/2014 7:29:42 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum

Now that we have your attention, allow us to explain. Governor Chris Christie apologized to New Jersey on Thursday for aides who closed traffic lanes in order to punish a Democratic mayor, and he fired a deputy chief of staff. We mention the IRS because Mr. Christie's contrition contrasts so sharply with President Obama's handling of the tax agency's abuse of political opponents and his reluctance to fire anyone other than a military general for anything.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bridgegate

1 posted on 01/09/2014 7:29:42 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I find the comparison to be irrelevant. Christie’s running for office. He can’t deny the political motivation because it’s right there in the email. So he has no choice. His ignorance of the entire closure is suspect.

Christie has shown me that he lacks character and integrity regardless of the fact that he knows how to work a crowd. Some people would call this talent, “blow hard”.


2 posted on 01/09/2014 7:41:29 PM PST by This Just In
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Many thanks to the Wall Street Journal.


3 posted on 01/09/2014 7:43:30 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

his contrition?

He mocked reporters who brought it up. This happened months ago.


4 posted on 01/09/2014 7:43:37 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: This Just In



5 posted on 01/09/2014 7:46:06 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( a Safe..and Sane....2014 To All!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Obama has the entire news media covering up the IRS scandal

if a Republican were president the news media would have drummed him from office just with the IRS scandal.The news wouldn’t be george zimmerman, trayvon,adam lanza but IRS scandal 24/7 if it were a Republican president


6 posted on 01/09/2014 7:46:21 PM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I believe history will show Obama was instrumental in and working with the agency in the fraud by the IRS against conservative groups trying to get their message out. It was a total corruption of the 2012 elections. INDICTMENTS!


7 posted on 01/09/2014 7:47:06 PM PST by high info voter
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To: This Just In
I find the comparison to be irrelevant.

Ditto. I think it's absurd to believe that his closest aides did this on their own. They are his tools. Maybe the result is small potatoes compared to manipulating the IRS, but I find it quite shocking, maybe just because it was so petty and purely vindictive. President? I think he should be thrown out of office now.

8 posted on 01/09/2014 7:52:43 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
If Mr. Christie really didn't know about this cheap exercise in political payback...

...THEN, his top aide would NOT have taken the fifth over a dozen times!

C'mon WSJ.

WSJ. Have you figured out why Christie (apparently and tacitly) endorsed Obama in the late stages of the '12 election? One suspects that it was to defeat Romney in order to have the nomination wide open for him in 16. (Suspicion, not a provable fact, unless of course an aide blabs something.)

Mister Christie, quite simply, is NOT a person that we want as bearer of the GOP standard.

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9 posted on 01/09/2014 7:53:20 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The WSJ has made the obvious argument, the right argument and the easy one. This story is much worse for Obama than Christie.

The entire event and the reaction and the long press conference MAKE OBAMA LOOK BAD, by the stark contrast, alone.

(Providing nothing surfaces to contradict Christie, or implicate him directly.)


10 posted on 01/09/2014 8:00:11 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I disagree with Christie on the issues, but I believe that he didn’t know what was going on and has held those who transgressed accountable.

He has provided an admirable contrast to Obama, who never holds anyone accountable for even the most egregious misdeeds.

But this does call into question Christie’s lack of judgement and oversight in dealing with his staff. He’s the one who hired those hacks.


11 posted on 01/09/2014 8:07:23 PM PST by randita
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; BillyBoy; Impy; SeekAndFind; NFHale
The long knives are out for fat boy. MSNBC been on this story 24 hours per day and even FNC was forced to do segments on it.

Neal Cavuto did the best (least boring) segment on it where he says :
Not only the LEFT is using this to get Chris Christie but so is the EXTREME right”

Then he immediately plays a clip of Rush, and then one of Mark Levin both attacking Chrispy.

Rush and Levin 'the extreme right'....LOLO,

And Levin's a semi regular on the show and Cavuto always introduces him as ‘The Great One’ made up by Hannity I think. He even has had Rush on more than once.

Neil is such a character. (I DVR his show)

12 posted on 01/09/2014 8:07:44 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: This Just In
I find the comparison to be irrelevant. Christie’s running for office.

Obama was running for office when the IRS deliberately delayed for months the approval of applications from conservative groups for tax-exempt status. This was a gross abuse of power, much more sinister than blocking traffic on a bridge. There is actually no comparison between the two in order of magnitude of the offense.

13 posted on 01/09/2014 8:19:18 PM PST by Rocky (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell)
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To: Rocky

To suggest that Christie is contrite compared to Obama’s absence of any contrition is irrelevant. I don’t believe Christie is contrite at all. His public display of “contrition” is disingenuous. Christie’s running for office. What else is he going to do, act as if he could give a care? Obama is in his second term. There will be no more presidential election cycles for him, unlike Christie.


14 posted on 01/09/2014 8:28:37 PM PST by This Just In
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Well, let’s see - Christie came out and at least voiced personal responsibility; Obama vaguely blamed some obscure others and never said a word about his own possible culpability - Christie dug right in and interviewed all his close staff members to try to get to the bottom of what happened; Obama feigned outrage and never mentioned the issue again - Christie removed two close advisers within a matter of hours when he learned the details of the matter; Lois Lerner and the political-appointee IRS counsel who’ve been implicated in the IRS affair are still on the federal payroll - Christie is standing aside to let the ‘rat-controlled legislature and the ‘rat state attorney investigate; Obama has appointed a long-time supporter and big donor to his campaign to investigate the IRS accusations - both Bridgegate and the IRS scandal involve the misuse of government power against those seen as opposing those in office - so far Christie has acted forthrightly and effectively; Obama has followed the standard Democrat SOP and lied, obfuscated, dodged, and generally as usual kept his head buried up his a$$......


15 posted on 01/09/2014 9:07:28 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Intolerant in NJ

I’m with you on everything you said. Christie is not my BFF. Freepers are doing the bidding of the left and they don’t even realize it. SUCKERS! Reactionary and blinded by the realities at hand. What a coup for the Obama/Clinton/nsa/rino crime syndicates. What has happened to my beloved Free Republic? Group think! Boo!


16 posted on 01/09/2014 9:19:49 PM PST by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Christie didn’t blame whitey.


17 posted on 01/09/2014 9:24:13 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: sickoflibs
The long knives are out for fat boy

The way is now clear for Jeb. They want another Bush vs Clinton matchup. Got to keep the dynasty in place.

18 posted on 01/09/2014 9:29:49 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
RE :”The way is now clear for Jeb. They want another Bush vs Clinton matchup. Got to keep the dynasty in place.”

LOL, 2016 is a ways off.

It will be dead by then.
Unlike Hillary he fired people and ‘apologized’ for dramatic effect;.

Chrispie Cream will be back. We just don't know what he will do with it.

19 posted on 01/09/2014 9:39:31 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: dfwgator

Jeb?

good lord no


20 posted on 01/09/2014 9:41:44 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: sickoflibs; E. Pluribus Unum; BillyBoy; Impy; SeekAndFind

Of course... he’s a threat, in their minds.

That being said, he fails the 2nd Amendment litmus test for me, so whatever happens to his fat ass is no concern of mine.

And his people conveniently handed the dimwits a nice, packaged set of talking points to divert attention from the debacle of Obamacare...


21 posted on 01/10/2014 5:17:39 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: This Just In

Contrition is not my point. Obama abused his power by using the IRS to help him get reelected in 2012. That is a much more serious offense that blocking a bridge out of some petty resentment after an election. I don’t condone either act, and I am not a Christie fan, but let’s get some perspective here.

If Christie committed a sin, Obama committed the unforgivable sin. The IRS is one of the most intrusive government agencies that we have, and has tremendous power over our lives. To use that agency to further his own political goals was a very serious crime. And yet, Obama skates and Christie gets fried.


22 posted on 01/10/2014 7:36:43 AM PST by Rocky (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell)
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To: freepersup
Freepers are doing the bidding of the left and they don’t even realize it...it is dismaying - I'm not a Christie fan - I voted against him in the last primary and for a third-party candidate last fall - but to continually reject and attack those who show at least some conservative leanings, even though those leanings sometimes may be sporadic and not always on the preferred issues, instead of taking their part against clearly more left-leaning alternatives is to continue to miss the opportunity to help ratchet the country back toward more conservative ground, at least marginally, and to let it drift further and faster toward perpetuate liberal H*ll......
23 posted on 01/10/2014 9:19:51 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Rocky

Rocky, I understand you point. Blatant media bias is nothing new. Both issues are quite serious. As I stated, I understand your sentiments.


24 posted on 01/10/2014 11:11:17 PM PST by This Just In
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To: Seaplaner
THEN, his top aide would NOT have taken the fifth over a dozen times!

His top aide has his own ass to save.

Any lawyer worth more than a nickle would tell his client to take the fifth in his position.

25 posted on 01/10/2014 11:13:57 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Intolerant in NJ
All the conservatives gleefully piling dirt on Christie don't realize that they're standing in the hole next to him.

The left doesn't want to just bury Christie, they want to use this scandal to tar all Republicans, the Tea Party, etc.

The media and the moronic pigs who feed at their trough don't distinguish between conservatives and Republicans. In their mind, we're all one big happy family, and we'll all go down together.

It's not about Christie. He's absolutely finished as a candidate for any future office. But it's time for Republicans and conservatives to circle the wagons and start shooting at the other guys for a change.

26 posted on 01/10/2014 11:21:04 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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