I have mixed emotions about the Christie incident. I listened to much of the press conference and was impressed with his blunt directness and willingness to take the barbs thrown at him from the press.
Indeed there were many barbs, barbs that Christie deserved but that he handled.
Hoosierman may be right in that Christie knew of the mess caused by the bridge barrier; as he himself said, it's his responsibility.
As I wrote yesterday, this political corruption that directly affects the lives of taxpayers is inexcusable, both in the Obama and Christie administrations.
What I did not note yesterday was something Rush said early in his program; how do the administrations of powerful individuals set the tone that their employees feel comfortable treating people like this, whether at the knowledge of their boss or not?
Christie explained that 65,000 employees work under him and he cannot know what each is doing; is this not the greatest rationale for smaller government?
And the two who were dismissed by Christie were not just any employees but members of Christie's inner circle.
Today the right leaning media is lamenting that the other media like CBS et al have already devoted 17 times more coverage to "Bridgegate" than the IRS scandal in 6 months.
This is the point. The behavior of the media--actually doing its job as they did yesterday--is so blatantly obvious that even the casual observer can see they view themselves as an extension of the government.
But beyond that thought, does not the media's behavior also reveal how empty and vacuous this administration is?
Imagine if the media did the same job with the Obama administration as they did yesterday with Christie's.
Imagine. That's what we're missing.
No, to my mind the Christie story isn't about Christie. I don't want him to be the nominee; he isn't conservative and his administration now has the same rank whiff of the Obama administration. ("Don't you know who I am?")
The Christie story underscores what an utterly bad leader Obama is, the Obama we know who refuses to answer questions directly, who makes excuses for anything that goes wrong, who is rarely queried by any media and when he is he responds with petty spitefulness, whose advisors include the likes of Al Sharpton, and who refuses to take responsibility for his or his administration's actions.
To my mind, the Christie scandal isn't about Christie.
It's about big government.
It's about abuse of power.
And it draws quite a contrast between a selfish man who hides from the public while abusing them and a man who--right or wrong-- actually participates in the process of leadership.