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Karl Rove: Christie’s handling of this Bridgegate thing could give him “street cred” with tea party
Hotair ^ | 01/13/2014 | AllahPundit

Posted on 01/13/2014 11:24:55 AM PST by SeekAndFind

“Mr. Rove has grown so controversial among some conservatives,” the NYT wrote recently, citing GOP sources, “that candidates worry that donors will not contribute to a super PAC if it is connected to [Rove's group American] Crossroads.” You trust a guy in that position, whose personal brand is now sufficiently toxic among righties that it can alter fundraising battle plans, to have a sharp read into the thinking of tea partiers, don’t you?

On the other hand, he’s not totally wrong. I noticed over the weekend how conservative media, including columnists, are starting to pay attention to the amount of coverage Bridgegate got in its first flush versus the coverage Obama’s IRS scandal received initially. No less a tea partier than Palin, while noting that what Christie’s team did is “atrocious,” was quick to add that his sins pale next to O’s. That’s the key to damage control for him on the right: Play up every available contrast with Obama, from the gravity of Obama’s misdeeds to the partisan skew in media coverage to the quick action he took to punish the guilty staffers versus Obama’s reluctance to fire anyone. He’s past the point of earning any “street cred” with conservatives but pointing out their common enemies on the left will naturally make some people on the right more reluctant to use Bridgegate against him.

Problem is, he can’t follow that strategy yet. It’s still too early, and the scandal too shady, for Christie to shift into victim mode now. Case in point:

New documents related to a traffic jam planned by a member of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) staff show for the first time how furiously Christie’s lieutenants inside the Port Authority worked to orchestrate a coverup after traffic mayhem engulfed Fort Lee last year.

Inside the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Christie’s top appointees neglected furious complaints from Fort Lee’s police chief as well as from angry rush-hour commuters. One woman called asking why the agency was “playing God with people’s jobs.”

The Republican governor’s appointees instructed subordinates to stonewall reporters who were asking questions. They even ordered up an actual “traffic study” to chronicle the impact and examine whether closing the lanes permanently might improve traffic flow. The study’s conclusion: “TBD.”

Jersey Democrats are threatening to subpoena Bridget Kelly, the Christie staffer fired for sending the “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” e-mail. Christie’s own timeline of when he first heard about those traffic problems has changed, although whether that’s an incriminating inconsistency or just a memory lapse remains to be seen. And now, as Ed noted earlier, the feds are sniffing around whether he misused funds appropriated for Sandy relief by giving the tourism ad bid to a contractor that featured him and his family in their spots. Maybe all of that will evaporate, leaving Christie free to argue that he was the target of a media witch hunt that President Bambi never had to endure. But even if it does, most tea partiers would, I think, react by making the point Mollie Hemingway made the other day: Namely, however trivial Christie’s scandal is vis-a-vis O’s, it reflects the same tendency by underlings to damage a political opponent by hurting his constituents that we saw from O with the IRS scandal and the national park closures during the shutdown. The scale of the scandals is different and media partisanship is what it is, but if you want something new and fresh in 2016, why choose a guy whose administration proved that it’s not above Chicago-style hardball retaliation and whose 2016 platform will be less about limiting the reach of government than about making it work “better”?

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: bridgegate; chrischristie; karlrove; rinodementia; teaparty
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1 posted on 01/13/2014 11:24:56 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha


2 posted on 01/13/2014 11:25:34 AM PST by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Only a fool would believe that..................


3 posted on 01/13/2014 11:25:58 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh funny Karl.


4 posted on 01/13/2014 11:26:01 AM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

They really hoped conservatives and TEA partiers would come out and rally around Christie.

Not going to happen


5 posted on 01/13/2014 11:27:01 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Steely Tom

Sorry Karl.


6 posted on 01/13/2014 11:27:25 AM PST by scooby321
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To: SeekAndFind

Christie is a business as usual New Jersey politician, a liberal Republican-RINO, cut from the Rockefeller and Dewey cloth of GOP politics.


7 posted on 01/13/2014 11:27:57 AM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: SeekAndFind

bwahahahahahahaha! oh my words...hahahahahaha! Is he daft?!


8 posted on 01/13/2014 11:28:14 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: SeekAndFind

9 posted on 01/13/2014 11:28:24 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: SeekAndFind
We already went through this "info".

Rove is ignorant.

Christie is a statist, islamic loving, Bammy kiss-up GOPer.

That his administration would attack its own peeps is illustrative of just why Christie is NEVER going to be a heart-throb for the TEA PArty.

10 posted on 01/13/2014 11:29:00 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: scooby321; GeronL

Oh look. Karl Rove has read Alinsky too. How clever.


11 posted on 01/13/2014 11:29:24 AM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Street cred with Tea Party?

The evil genius is too smart by half. This shows still what Rove thinks of the Tea Party Supporters.


12 posted on 01/13/2014 11:29:31 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (Liberals can afford for things to go well, to work, for folks to be happy. They'd be out of work.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Be quiet Karl.


13 posted on 01/13/2014 11:30:07 AM PST by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: GeronL
Not going to happen

This whole scandal seems fishy to me. Obama chose Chrissy for the republican candidate to run against hillary. I find it hard to support any of the eastern republican/democrats. Sarah for me.

14 posted on 01/13/2014 11:30:27 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rove! You M*********** Bastard!


15 posted on 01/13/2014 11:30:38 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: rockabyebaby

What a maroon.


16 posted on 01/13/2014 11:30:39 AM PST by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

Rove’s an idiot.
Columnists were just pointing out the hypocrisy of the Left. Not giving Christie any extra points.


17 posted on 01/13/2014 11:30:40 AM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: SeekAndFind

Street cred/shmeet cred.

Not with this fat fart RINO.


18 posted on 01/13/2014 11:30:41 AM PST by Flintlock ( islam is a LIE, mohammed was a CRIMINAL, shira is POISON.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, yeah bull. It could help the GOP if thye were smart enough to use it, but it won’t help Christie. He’s damaged goods.

Watch Rove start shilliing for Bush III - Jeb in a few days.


19 posted on 01/13/2014 11:30:57 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rove sez: crispy bad, jeb good for gop-e business. I wonder how much obama and the dems are paying rove to be their sock puppet, and how far they have their hand up the gop’s ass?


20 posted on 01/13/2014 11:31:02 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, we see where he wants to go with that...


21 posted on 01/13/2014 11:31:15 AM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: GeronL

They really hoped conservatives and TEA partiers would come out and rally around Christie.


Hopefully McCain is next.


22 posted on 01/13/2014 11:31:44 AM PST by cuban leaf
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To: SeekAndFind
This award is SO well deserved.....


23 posted on 01/13/2014 11:31:51 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Grand Ole Poseur is at it again.

GOlden child .. Tarnished by TEA.


24 posted on 01/13/2014 11:31:59 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why ever quote the NYT? They are anti American SCUM.


25 posted on 01/13/2014 11:32:06 AM PST by Lumper20
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To: SeekAndFind
Carl Rove, you magnificent ahole!!!!!

I betcha he reads this entire thread sometime today, so do your best FReepers.

26 posted on 01/13/2014 11:33:26 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: SeekAndFind

Proving that Rove knows as much about TEA Party members as a pig knows about algebra.


27 posted on 01/13/2014 11:34:34 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Tenacious 1

I got publicly slammed on Twiiter for knocking Rove( all I said was that I never wanted to hear from him again) A couple of people said that after I had 2 winning presidential campaigns on my résumé, I could talk. (Meaning since I didnt I should shut up.)

But I don’t care—Rove,your free pass has expired. Shut up and go away. And stop raising money to fight conservatives.


28 posted on 01/13/2014 11:35:22 AM PST by crazycatlady
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29 posted on 01/13/2014 11:35:52 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Red Badger

If he wants “street cred” with conservatives HE SHOULD ACT LIKE ONE!


30 posted on 01/13/2014 11:38:11 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: SeekAndFind; GeronL

I think GeronL nailed it...
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Dems and RINO’s wanted to try and make conservatives rally around Christie, it’s not happening

5 posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 11:15:05 PM by GeronL
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31 posted on 01/13/2014 11:39:39 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: factoryrat

“I wonder how much obama and the dems are paying rove to be their sock puppet, and how far they have their hand up the gop’s ass?”

The dims have hand-picked every pubby candidate since GHW Bush.

It’s not really too hard. They just sling mud at every good candidate, then declare that they are too controversial, and therefore unelectable.

Rinse and repeat, until they narrow the field down to the worst possible candidate. Republicans let them get away with this, time and again.

Last time it was Romney, finally “selected” by the pubbies from a field of better candidates. The dims are already maneuvering to get either Christy or Jeb Bush nominated, because they know they can beat either one.


32 posted on 01/13/2014 11:40:03 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Karl can move in with 0bummer and Reggie.


33 posted on 01/13/2014 11:41:52 AM PST by CincyRichieRich (Pajama-boy-in-chief's beatings continue until morale improves.)
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To: GeronL

They really hoped conservatives and TEA partiers would come out and rally around Christie.


Tough to get enough TEA Partiers to get even half way around Christie.


34 posted on 01/13/2014 11:43:09 AM PST by o-n-money
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To: SeekAndFind

Rove, you make me laugh long time!!


35 posted on 01/13/2014 11:49:10 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: o-n-money

lol


36 posted on 01/13/2014 11:49:47 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: SeekAndFind

Karl is poking the bear and he knows it.


37 posted on 01/13/2014 11:50:49 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: SeekAndFind

Karl you don’t know $hit about the TEA party so shut yer cake-hole


38 posted on 01/13/2014 11:51:11 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Statements like this are proof positive that Rove is a clueless moron.


39 posted on 01/13/2014 11:51:55 AM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: SeekAndFind
LOL
40 posted on 01/13/2014 11:54:29 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Steely Tom

Karl is a toxic scumbag. Later, I will try to insult him.


41 posted on 01/13/2014 11:58:57 AM PST by glorgau
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To: SeekAndFind

What the hell does Karl Rove know about the Tea Party?


42 posted on 01/13/2014 12:01:18 PM PST by oldbill
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To: mojito
.....Rove is a clueless moron.

You have RINO Rove rong. He is a brilliant sales genius. His only "triumph:" what shoulkda been the slam dunk election and relection of GWB into suspense-filled cliff-hangers. With this track record of '0' results, he still is able to get clients to pay him exhorbitant fees time and time again. He is capable of spending huge, truly astronomical amounts of campaign cash without any appreciable result ... and then getting re-hired. Rove campaigns would shame a Detroit Buy-Here, Pay-Here Used Car Lot, yet the Republicans (et al) hire him again and again!

Now however, exactly as in a steaming road apple, there is a teentsie grain of truth in Rove's latest expostulation.
If Big Pussy Christy had the cojones of a chipmunk, he could turn the tables on his gay buddy from DC, who has a box'o'scandals that truly dwarf anything Christie's opponbents could find.

But, the question remains. WTF does it take to get a 400-lb RINO to charge?

43 posted on 01/13/2014 12:05:44 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (This GOP is dead. What do we do now?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Apparently Rove judges Tea Party conservatives by his own ever-moving, elastic principles-if the miscreant has an “”R” next to his name, no matter how he’s cosied up to the left, the right should rally round him. Rove, you and your cohorts living in the DC bubble have absolutely no idea of the principles real American patriots live by, integrity is a foreign word to you, and so is betrayal. Rove obviously thinks that it’s a “betrayal” if we don’t stand by a man who, for his own political ambitions, betrayed conservatives at the first chance he got when he thought it would advance his own ambitions. We’re apparently rubes and hicks for actually believing that the principles for which we stand on the conservative platform matter more than which avenue-D or R-a given politician uses to get ahead. He mistook our patience with George W in his second term, for either weakness or his own brand of cynicism.


44 posted on 01/13/2014 12:05:45 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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45 posted on 01/13/2014 12:07:15 PM PST by McGruff (I stand with Phil.)
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To: SeekAndFind
WTF!!!!!!!! Is he smoking???....Business marketing thinking in politics leads to being totally clueless
46 posted on 01/13/2014 12:09:20 PM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: McGruff

And Rove has a nerve anyway, considering his insulting dismissal of the Tea Party when it interfered with his plans. One wonders why he thinks it would be a good thing now, to have the support of the Tea Party, after what he’s said about it.


47 posted on 01/13/2014 12:09:40 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: SeekAndFind

Karl doesn’t speak for me!


48 posted on 01/13/2014 12:10:53 PM PST by SFC Chromey (We are at war with Islamofascists and their useful idiots, now ACT LIKE IT!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Only in your dreams Karl...

Not sure who’s signing this guys paychecks recently, but he appears to be severely out of touch.


49 posted on 01/13/2014 12:11:47 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Steely Tom

I think he just graduated from the McLame (d) Arizona school of Repulicanism.


50 posted on 01/13/2014 12:12:04 PM PST by spawn44 ( moo)
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