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Bridgegate Seduces Hannity, Says Christie has “Moral Courage” [Video]

Bridgegate seduces Sean Hannity to Gov. Chris Christie's side, a miracle that could make a real difference looking to 2016 if nothing more is uncovered that implicates Christie.

Bridgegate seduces Sean Hannity to Gov. Chris Christie’s side, a miracle that could make a real difference, if Christie survives the onslaught of scrutiny coming his way.

The daughter of a 91-year-old woman from Fort Lee, N.J., who died on the day of a major traffic jam precipitated by top aides to Gov. Chris Christie said on Thursday that she did not believe the inability of an ambulance to reach her mother’s house was a factor in her death. [New York Times]

THE HEADLINE put Hillary Clinton up against Chris Christie: Christie vs. Clinton: Which scandal is more damning? It was the beginning of what could be the turning of the political worm, as some big hitters on the right circle around embattled Gov. Chris Christie.

Maybe bridgegate will teach Chris Christie a lesson, Sean Hannity mused late Thursday night on Fox News Channel, and he will learn you cannot embrace Democrats, because they’re not coming to his aid right now. That came after Hannity lauded Gov. Christie, after months of railing against him on radio in fear of a 2016 run for the presidency that the right-wing radio star does not support. Well, he didn’t support it until bridgegate.

Then came Gov. Christie’s 108 minute tour de force performance, putting Sean Hannity in a swoon.

“… Governor Christie had the moral courage in this situation to actually let heads roll. … I’ve been very critical, both on radio and TV, of Gov. Christie. He fired people here… He went out and held nearly a two hour press conference today. … He left himself no wiggle room. I thought it was a pretty ballsy move and… really refreshing to see a politician take responsibility. Isn’t that what defines the difference here?”Sean Hannity

Hannity also made a point of coming to Christie’s side, saying the daughter didn’t blame her mother’s death on the traffic snarl on the George Washington Bridge.

Rush Limbaugh thawed a little too on Gov. Christie after his press conference, not only to say that Christie’s bipartisan wrap isn’t helping him right now, but neither are Republicans.

A lot depends on what else is revealed in the weeks ahead and whether Gov. Christie’s performance on Thursday holds. We just don’t know if it will right now.

Hannity was all about comparing scandals, playing the Benghazi card and mentioning Hillary Clinton on his radio show as well.

The media loves a scandal, much less a scandal involving a Republican. The fact that this is a Republican who will likely be running for the presidency in 2016 makes it all the sweeter. The media will obsess over this scandal, perhaps doing more “investigating” than it seemed eager to do for the various scandals involving the Obama administration. But that’s just par for the course. You can rest-assured that if Christie does go on to run for president, this issue will be mentioned by the liberal media in virtually every conversation or analysis. If Hillary Clinton runs for president, will Benghazi or the host of other scandals similarly coincide with their analysis? Highly doubtful. I’m not saying that the actions of Christie’s staff were in the right, but I am pointing to how the media will treat this differently than it would if it were a liberal.

One thing that did happen is that two of the most powerful people on the right, who lead Republican base voters, just took another look at Gov. Chris Christie, as a result of bridgegate. What’s incontrovertible is that before bridgegate, the right-wing hosts and the base that listens to them were not fans of Chris Christie, and he cannot win the nomination without them.

Chris Christie is going to need a lot of support going forward, and because of bridgegate he just might have gotten two of the most important allies of his career, men who lead the GOP primary voting base.

Talk about irony.

Now all Gov. Chris Christie has to do is survive this fiasco.

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13 Responses to Bridgegate Seduces Hannity, Says Christie has “Moral Courage” [Video]

  1. secularhumanizinevoluter January 10, 2014 at 5:14 am #

    Christie said he was “blind sided” last night….I thought the resignations happened like a week ago? And the e mails were many MONTHS ago?
    Jabba the Christie has some splainin ta do…………

  2. lynnette January 10, 2014 at 6:03 am #

    There’s pieces to the puzzle still missing and Christie wasn’t asked or didn’t address them in the press conference. I was mesmerized but not impressed with his performance. Yes, maybe he took up the time gushing and being emotional but he really didn’t come clean. Why didn’t he speak with his deputy c.o.s. when he read the emails? Wouldn’t you think that would be his first inclination – seeing he stayed up all night wondering how this all happened (as he says)? He couldn’t respond affirmatively when asked if he’d cooperate if called to testify. He really didn’t explain the resignations of his two port authority appointees in a plausible way. A lot is still unanswered and there needs to be testimony under oath, maybe immunity for some in exchange. I just don’t believe the guy – things don’t add up. There’s a lot more to come.

    • Taylor Marsh January 10, 2014 at 10:49 am #

      New Jersey Dems will work to get testimony, especially when the Transportation Committee gets longer legs next week.

      When you talk about “immunity,” however, that only applies to criminal charges, which haven’t been filed. There’s a class action lawsuit from some New Jersey residents, but unless criminal charges are filed, “immunity” isn’t an issue.

      A lot of people “don’t believe the guy — things don’t add up.”

      The only thing that will finish Christie is if the fired aides come forward with something that proves he lied in his press conference.

  3. mjsmith January 10, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    He is a lawyer and he also listened to his own lawyer. I am sure he did not know or help plan what happened. He is still responsible for what happened, the bridge lanes being closed for four days for what appears to be political revenge.

    It does look like this is the beggining of the Christie 2016 campaign.

    It does seem that these talk radio hosts are very critical of moderates like Governor Christie.

    • Taylor Marsh January 10, 2014 at 10:51 am #

      I don’t think this is the “beginning of the Christie 2016 campaign,” not at all. He’s got to get through the Will Another Shoe Drop faze first, which has only just begun.

      • mjsmith January 10, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

        I have a feeling that we are not going to stop hearing about Chris Christie in the news for the rest of this year. I say this because the liberal media outlets want to trash him as viciously as possible as do some conservative media outlets.

        If he is our next President we may not stop hearing about Chris Christie until 2025.

        The important thing for Christie right now politically is not to have his image of who he is and what he is about to the voting Public be defined by his enemies.

        • secularhumanizinevoluter January 11, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

          ” I say this because the liberal media outlets want to trash him as viciously as possible as do some conservative media outlets.”

          BWAHAHAHAHA! You are so predictably and dishonestly funny!!

          ” I say this because the liberal media outlets want to trash him as viciously as possible as do some conservative media outlets.”

          And if pigs had wings they could fly….about the same chance as Jaba becoming President!

          “The important thing for Christie right now politically is not to have his image of who he is and what he is about to the voting Public be defined by his enemies.”

          Actually I think the most important thing for Jaba to do is make sure an ACCURATE image of just how vile and thugish he is get out to the public…OhOh…to late!!

    • secularhumanizinevoluter January 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

      “I am sure he did not know or help plan what happened.”

      Gosh…isn’t this funny….kinda like jaba the Christie’s Mitt da Twit moment…..the NewYorkPost…as rightwingnut a rag as trees ever died to print has a poll….SIXTY % of the NJ electorate thinks he did/was a part of it and should RESIGN if it’s proven!!!
      Amd Mitt lost by getting 47%. To sweet for words.

  4. lynnette January 10, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    Lawrence O’Donnell (who I know is partisan) had a great analysis on his show last night of Christie’s presser. He said the reporters, for the most part, asked softball questions centered around how Christie felt rather than asking questions that a prosecutor would ask, focusing on the facts of how this all happened and unfolded. He also said the presser focused on Christie’s feelings rather than what happened to the citizens of New Jersey for 4 days. When asked about the culture in his office, Christie was more concerned with loyalty of his staff than the political retribution causing havoc for innocent citizens. I agree with his analysis. Christie thinks he can talk his way out of this without finding out what really happened. The man wouldn’t even say he would cooperate if called to testify and the reporters didn’t follow up with a why not? I still think he’s in trouble but we’ll see.

  5. Taylor Marsh January 10, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    Christie’s big problem remains no support among Republicans.

    If the US attorney doesn’t make the jump, this remains a political problem, but it will follow Christie forever & Dems will be relentless, as they should.

  6. Ga6thDem January 10, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    This by itself is not that big of a deal as far as we know right now. The bigger problem is the story the NYT had a few years ago of his behavior while an US Attorney a job I understand he was not qualified for but given to by George W. Bush (but most people George W. Bush hired weren’t qualified anyway).

    Can you imagine the bully going up against Clinton? He would come off as a woman hating idiot bar none. The bully combination with the belief that the GOP hates the majority of women would come off as a disaster for the GOP.

    But like you said above Taylor that Christie really has no constiuency within the GOP. They might be defending him now but when it comes time to vote and there are other choices, they’ll be pulling the lever for somebody else.

    • Taylor Marsh January 10, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      Christie hasn’t cultivated relationships, because he hasn’t needed them. One reason he likely wanted the job of head of the Republicans Governor’s Association. I’m also wondering if some part of the silence isn’t also due to the Tea Party base’s dictates for Chris Christie, with lawmakers afraid of an electoral backlash or challenge if they come forward.

      Mostly I think that everyone is waiting to see what the US attorney does, if the FBI backs off. No criminal charges & this remains an ongoing, percolating, useful Democrat cudgel, but not much else.

      It’s a wait to see moment.

  7. lynnette January 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Well, I’ll predict it one last time – Chris Christie will be resigning as governor. He won’t be running for President, that’s for sure. After following the story closely on Rachel Maddow (who has done a brilliant job) , Chris Hayes, and Al Sharpton, I can conclude the story has growing legs and is not going away. Actually, a bigger picture, (including a growing number of people from Christie’s inner circle) is emerging – and it’s not pretty. More documents and emails are coming out showing that this was a planned vengeance operation involving an increasing number of key players. For Christie to deny he basically had no knowledge of it defies logic. I don’t think he can get away with saying that. According to new emails, Christie actually had a meeting with Sampson, an appointee of his to the Port Authority Board of Commissioners, who was trying to reverse what Patrick Foye (from the Port Authority’s New York side) had done – opening up the closed lanes. So Christie can now be placed in a meeting with Sampson. We don’t know what the meeting was about but a timeline is emerging that paints a scenario that is the opposite of what Christie said in his presser. Foye actually sent an email to Christie’s c.o.s. warning of the consequences of the GWB lane closings. There may not be a smoking gun (yet) but a bigger picture is emerging that is going to be too important to ignore – and it defies what Christie said in his presser. More and more details are emerging about the actual GWB lane closings, their consequences over those 4 days, and additional instances of Christie’s political retributions. I think this story started out as a little flap over traffic but is going to turn out to be a lot bigger than anyone ever imagined and really be Christie’s downfall. Just my opinion and the last of what I’ll say for now.

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