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Finished With Chris Christie, Media Turns to Scott Walker
Absolute Rights ^ | February 21, 2014 | Dave Blount

Posted on 02/22/2014 2:04:12 PM PST by onyx

Imagine watching the man marching in front of you taken out by snipers. Scott Walker must know the feeling, having seen what the media did to Chris Christie.

Bridgegate did its work. Last December we read this:

"Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are in a dead heat in a hypothetical 2016 presidential matchup with the recently reelected governor leading by 1 point in a new poll."

"Christie leads Clinton 42 percent to 41 percent in a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. Christie’s 1-point lead is the same as Quinnipiac’s poll in November, but a far cry from the 13-point lead Clinton held in October"

"Clinton leads other potential Republican challengers…"

Momentum was in Christie’s favor. Clearly, something had to be done to secure Hillary’s position as heir apparent. Thus Bridgegate. Subordinates of Christie were accused of causing a traffic mess by closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge to punish the Mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey for not supporting the Governor.

The media hyped the story relentlessly. Within 24 hours, there had been 17 times as much coverage of Bridgegate as there had been in the past 6 months of the vastly more serious scandal of Obama using the IRS to silence political opponents. Let’s check in on how the Christie–Clinton matchup looks now:

"Dragged down by controversy, Chris Christie is falling far, far behind Hillary Clinton in a potential matchup for the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll."

According to the poll, Hillary would clobber Christie 58% to 37%.

The power to select, spin, and hype the news is the power to destroy.

Christie is crippled now. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are probably considered to be too easy to characterize as extremists in the general election to be a threat.

But Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has a proven record of taking the worst the Left can throw at him and walking away all the stronger.

After he stared down public-sector unions in Wisconsin, they came at him with everything they had, drawing on massive funds raised at the national level. However, when they tried to drive him out of office, he became the first governor ever to win a recall election. He even won by a wider margin than in his original election.

There is no denying Walker’s success. In a time of runaway government spending that has led to a potentially catastrophic national debt, he has managed to turn a $3.6 billion state debt into a surplus.

From Thursday’s Washington Post:

"Although Walker was never the chief candidate in the minds of political prognosticators, when frontrunner Chris Christie took a fall, Walker was always among the first to be mentioned as a possible substitute."

He is already taking Christie’s place in the liberal establishment’s crosshairs. From The Raw Story::

"MSNBC host Chris Hayes said on Wednesday that the revelation of tens of thousands of emails from a former staffer puts Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in much the same boat as a fellow prospective GOP presidential candidate — his New Jersey counterpart, Chris Christie (R)."

“It turns out that Scott Walker has more or less the exact same baggage that Chris Christie has,” Hayes said. “In fact, when it comes to misdeeds and abuses of power in your inner circle, the Wisconsin governor may already have Chris Christie beat.”

What is this shocking scandal that tops even Christie’s subordinates’ misuse of some traffic cones?

"Wednesday saw the release of more than 28,000 emails from former deputy chief of staff Kelly Rindfleisch. The messages suggested Walker, a former executive for Milwaukee County, was part of a secret email system using hidden wireless routers, which he and his staff used to coordinate his 2010 gubernatorial bid during office hours."

Walker denies being connected to the sinister email ring. They had an investigation, and he was cleared:

"The Washington Post reported that the emails were gathered as part of an investigation that did not find any wrongdoing on Walker’s part, but still led to convictions for six former staff members."

But Hayes is hoping that a second state probe could dig up evidence that Walker’s office worked with conservative organizations to win his 2012 recall election. There were even rumors at the time that conservative activists planned to engage in petition improprieties, not that it is likely Walker had anything to do with it.

You’re not impressed? Let’s try this:

"Emails released Wednesday reveal that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker might have been behind the firing of a woman because she was a former thong model."

Walker’s chief of staff at the time, Thomas Nardelli, informed him of a doctor at the Milwaukee County Behavior Health Division who had a “checkered past” and had worked as a model, according to the Wisconsin State Journal."

Nardelli wrote in an email that the doctor “apparently models thongs and wasn’t forthright in sharing that with staff prior to her hire as an hourly paid MD at [Behavioral Health Division]."

The smoking gun:

“Get rid of the MD asap,” Walker replied.

Okay, that wasn’t such a big deal either. But the media and Clinton’s people (excuse the redundancy) have 27,000 emails to dig through. They are bound to find something they can hype into a scandal.

Walker doesn’t even need to be proven guilty of wrongdoing. All they have to do is ruin his name in the minds of low-information voters who barely pay attention to politics, yet who vote anyway, often with disastrous results.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State when repeated requests for added security at the US consulate in Benghazi were ignored, and the lack of security led to four Americans including an ambassador being killed while American leadership sat by passively (including Hillary) rather than intervene.

She then brazenly lied to the mother of one of the Americans killed by blaming the event on an obscure video from California rather than the al Qaeda–affiliated terrorists responsible. She resumed her irresponsibly passive stance as Susan Rice went on the Sunday news show circuit to feed this preposterous lie to the whole country.

Hillary also lied to Congress:

"A congressional report shows security cuts before the Benghazi attack were approved by the secretary of state and that White House talking points describing the events were edited to protect the State Department."

Despite then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's denials that pleadings from Ambassador Chris Stevens, killed in the terrorist attack, never reached her desk, the interim Benghazi report concludes that:

"Reductions of security levels prior to the attacks in Benghazi were approved at the highest levels of the State Department, up to and including Secretary Clinton. This fact contradicts her testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on January 23, 2013."

Here I was thinking it was a felony to lie to Congress. But that couldn’t be true, or Hillary would be in prison, along with Eric Holder, since we are all equal before the law in this country.

When pressed by Ron Johnson (R-WI) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the way she should have been pressed by the media on why she and the rest of the Administration lied about Benghazi, Hillary infamously exploded, "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

Apparently none, as far as her political career is concerned.

Other Hillary scandals go all the way back to her days as a staffer on the Watergate committee, from which she was fired for fraud and ethics violations.

The famous scandals that collectively characterize her career include Whitewater, her cattle futures coup, her Rose Law Firm billing records, the mishandling of documents relevant to Vince Foster’s death, Travelgate, illicit use of FBI files, et cetera.

But never mind all that. The media is going to find something it can pin on Scott Walker. When it does, you will hear of nothing else until his national electoral prospects have been destroyed. Then it will be on to the next threat to the establishment’s chosen candidate, as genuine scandals are forgotten.

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1 posted on 02/22/2014 2:04:12 PM PST by onyx
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Jean S; Diana in Wisconsin
"Finished with Christie, Barack Obama's Praetorian Guard media turns it's attention to Governor Scott Walker."


2 posted on 02/22/2014 2:08:03 PM 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: onyx
The mainstream media is looking for diversions like this to keep off how bad Hillary looks and Obama is doing.

Hillary has been called Ruthless and Obama has Obamacare, IRSgate, and the NSA spying woes.

Rather than report on this, the try to slime Palin and the Romneys for taking care of the less fortunate

3 posted on 02/22/2014 2:10:18 PM PST by sr4402
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To: onyx

I am still responding to Scott Walker’s appeals for financial support. Given sufficiently wide grass-roots, and a little restrained support from those who sympathize with the aims of the T.E.A. party members, there is still the possibility of a groundswell that Chris Christie could not capitalize upon.

And which Herself, Madame Benghazi, the Cold & Joyless, dreads.


4 posted on 02/22/2014 2:15:33 PM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: sr4402

America has become an Idiocracy.

Ironically that movie was made in 2006.


5 posted on 02/22/2014 2:18:05 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS)
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To: onyx

The unions are gonna blow a lot of money with little gain here in Michigan.

They already blew some $8 million losing Mark Schauer’s 1 term congressional seat and now Schauer is trailing Rick Snyder by somewhere between 8 and 15 points in polls.

Now they have a problem with Gary Peters.

#DemWarOnWomen : Vulnerable Dem In MI Using Lawfare To Silence Cancer Stricken ObamaCare Critic

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/02/22/DemWarOnWomen-Vulnerable-Dem-In-MI-Using-Lawfare-To-Silence-Cancer-Stricken-ObamaCare-Critic


6 posted on 02/22/2014 2:31:03 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: onyx

Right. I noticed this today while listening to MSNBC in the background. (Yes, I occasionally turn on MSNBC to hear what the other side is saying.)

Anyhow, they are launching a preemptive strike again Scott Walker. They want to “dirty him up” before the general election. They will do this to anyone who they think is a viable candidate against Hildebeast Clinton.

It is quite nauseating to listen to liberal propaganda (they just got done talking about why Stand Your Ground Laws are Racist and why these laws should be overturned), but I force myself to do it so that I can stay informed. Know yourself and know your enemy and you will be victorious in battle all the time....paraphrase Sun Tzu


7 posted on 02/22/2014 2:37:48 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: onyx
Okay, that wasn’t such a big deal either. But the media and Clinton’s people (excuse the redundancy) have 27,000 emails to dig through. They are bound to find something they can hype into a scandal.

[ . . . ]

The media is going to find something it can pin on Scott Walker. When it does, you will hear of nothing else until his national electoral prospects have been destroyed. Then it will be on to the next threat to the establishment’s chosen candidate, as genuine scandals are forgotten.


Anyone who isn't at least within broadcast distance of Wisconsin should refrain from making these kinds of pronouncements. There is nothing there. And the Unionistas and Birkenstock crown at Madison writing for Isthmus etc. tried to gin up something off of the investigation. There's NOTHING there. Whatever you think of Christie, there was something there. In Walker's case, a staffer used her own router and service in the Milwaukee county office to work on behalf of a Lt. Gov. candidate when Walker wasn't even on the ballot. Part of the investigation started because Walker himself noticed $40K missing from a military pension fund, which had been embezzled.

The unending press releases, demonstrations, vandalisms, assaults, phony investigations have made Scott Walker the most vetted candidate since Palin. It hasn't stuck, and all but the true believers have tuned out. The national resources of the unions were all poured into little Wisconsin. End result, he won his recall by MORE this time around. A bunch of incumbents are retiring because it is no longer a clubby atmosphere where the Doyle acolytes win, a number of Dems are signing onto tax cuts to have a seat for how they are allocated (property tax vs. income tax), and Mary Burke is pretty much the only name willing to get involved to run against Walker, and SHE won't commit to repealing ACT 10, which started this pandemonium. She can self-fund, however, so the Dems said they'd take it.

I am not normally an optimist, and Walker isn't perfect, but he is happy to get the job done without seeking headlines. His enemies make them for him.
8 posted on 02/22/2014 2:38:19 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: onyx

Walker is Amnesty Liberal...so let the Liberal media go after another PhonyCon


9 posted on 02/22/2014 2:46:45 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Diversity is just racism against white folks)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I am sure that I would find things to not like about Scott Walker. However, as I look a the field of possible candidates out there, he is starting to look very good by comparison. He has a proven track record, can express himself clearly (does not suffer a speech impediment like GW Bush or foot in mouth syndrome like Rick Perry), and he is more conservative than then other GOP-E offerings.


10 posted on 02/22/2014 2:51:25 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: SeminoleCounty

So is Snyder but there is no one else running but the full on Marxist.


11 posted on 02/22/2014 2:51:34 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeminoleCounty

This is the one issue I have with Walker that I am aware of. It is a big issue that, unless his position is sufficiently modified, could prevent me for voting for him.


12 posted on 02/22/2014 2:53:18 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: 3Fingas

Its why I would never support my governor for president. Its one thing for a governor with limited control to support amnesty, its another to have an amnesty supporter in the white house.


13 posted on 02/22/2014 3:11:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: onyx

Yeah, um, everything is right about his article, except that Governor Eclair Face should blame himself — not the media.

He signed off on inflicting financial and emotional distress on residents of his own state for sheer spite. It was venal, vicious, and endangered public safety.

He’s also a liar. Of course he knew about it. Not only is he unfit for the presidency, he’s unfit to be governor, and should have resigned already.

Why aren’t New Jersey residents recalling him?


14 posted on 02/22/2014 4:15:25 PM PST by Blue Ink
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To: onyx; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

In depth study of assault on Scott WAlker. Thanks for the ping, onyx.

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this wisconsin interest ping list.


15 posted on 02/22/2014 9:03:59 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: 3Fingas

and he’s not from texas no offense. Adam west should run for some governorship aka fla. I trust his commander chops but he’s not running for me. these guys need to prep themselves on national and international stuff. not just on fox news. sorry Sarah Palin, and i love her and knew and listened to Kudlow interview her long before she got the nomination, just doesn’t handle anything on a non domestic scale. yet she is not learning and or visiting anyone outside the us.


16 posted on 02/22/2014 9:44:07 PM PST by kvanbrunt2
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To: kvanbrunt2

reply to myself: or all these guys screwing their secretaries and just what to pontificate and make money on Fox. maybe that is the problem.


17 posted on 02/22/2014 9:47:38 PM PST by kvanbrunt2
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I didn’t want you to miss this one, dearest afraidfortherepublic.

The knives are out for Governor Walker.


18 posted on 02/22/2014 10:13:01 PM 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: onyx
"Finished with Christie, Barack Obama's Praetorian Guard media turns it's attention to Governor Scott Walker."

The Wisconsin newspapers have been printing sensational headlines that damn Walker. Of course, the accompanying articles contain now evidence, just breathless claims by the Democrats. Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal has been on an anti-Walker Jihad for years. The goal is not to find Walker guilty.

The goal is to paint Walker is the worst possible light and give the Democrats their talking points for 2014. This is liberal journalism at its worst.

19 posted on 02/23/2014 5:24:20 AM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: kvanbrunt2

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sarah-palin-in-israel-to-meet-netanyahu/


20 posted on 02/23/2014 6:40:35 AM PST by sgtyork (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy)
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To: bicyclerepair
America has become an Idiocracy.
No. Not ruled by idiots, ruled by demagogues who flatter idiots. That is the entire system of the “objective” journalist and the “liberal” Democrat. The difference between the two? The “objective” journalist notionally wears a hat with a PRESS” card in the headband, and the “liberal” Democrat does not. That is all.

21 posted on 02/23/2014 10:26:00 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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