Chris Christie is no more. The randy Bill Clinton could survive that sort of above-titled denial, and even the criminal Dick Nixon, who insisted he wasn't "a crook," could last a bit longer. The public had already accepted both of those men as politically sleazy and ethically bereft, hence their over-the-top denials of wrongdoing were but clear confirmations of their character.
Christie, however, made the unforgivable mistake of prematurely declaring himself an innocent pup in a profession inescapably riddled with skulduggery. In doing so, the New Jersey governor shut down his own lanes to the White House. A great fall was destined in the face of such blustering pride.
Just as evident is Christie's monumental incompetence in scandal control. It took him six hours to come up with this?
What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable, and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.
My dear Mr. Christie, it was acceptable, because there it is; it was tolerated, and quite obviously it was representative of you and your administration, because, again, there it is. Your statement provides nothing in the way of any coherent defense.
Christie added that the unacceptable was committed without his knowledge. Politically, how far did that get the president in countering Republican attacks on Obamacare's wretched rollout? Just far enough--in the wrong direction--to tell the White House to cease using ignorance as an excuse, and just fess up. President Obama should have known that mistakes were being made. Once he conceded that, GOP attacks began hitting air. Yet even in the light of this very recent education in scandal control, the governor went with ignorance.
But Christie needn't take this so hard. Iowa and South Carolina were already problematic for his non-whacko-bird take-off; it has always been less his conduct and beliefs orange-coning his WH path than the GOP's deranged primary base. Perhaps this grief is only sparing a far greater one down the road.
That said, for us there is nothing but joy in Republicans' Mudville today. My God, just look at their reordered lineup for 2016: Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Jeb Bush and ... Rick Perry.
Sort of leaves you joyfully speechless, does it not?