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What Christie's BridgeGate Reveals about the GOP Culture of Hate

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At least it was up until the point that Christie decided for once, not to be DICK to the President of the United States when he came to offer his help to New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  And then Convertives started saying his was a RINO, a "Closet Liberal" simply because he couldn't let his own state suffer in the process of Sticking it too Obama.

So of course, Christie had to later find some other way to stick it too Obama because how could he be a real Republican or Conservative without doing that? Everybody knows what happened to Charlie Crist, yes? And Lincoln Chaffe. And Arlen Specter.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie of getting too cozy with President Barack Obama after Superstorm Sandy.

But during a visit Friday to a Republican stronghold for one of his regular town hall meetings, the governor went out of his way to put some distance between himself and the Democratic president.

Before taking questions from the public, Christie spoke about the problems in Washington, appearing to place most of the blame on Obama.

"We look at Washington, D.C., and we shake our heads in wonder at a president who can't figure out how to lead, at a Congress that only 11 percent of the people in the last poll I saw approve of the job they're doing," he said.

Referring further to those low approval ratings, Christie said "that's what happens when you don't have a leader at the top."

This guy is and has always been a Partisan Bully.

How could members of his staff think it wouldn't be alright to pull this three-day traffic prank on the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee? HOW COULD THEY NOT?.

How could they not behave this way when even Jeb Bush - the supposed moderate - has to wonder aloud on twitter if the President closed the Vatican Embassy just to get Pay Back at the anti-Obamacare Nuns?  Because that's the level of behavior they project on to Democrats when they aren't in position to twist things to their political advantage the way that Karl Rove's office manipulated the firing of Bush U.S. Attorney's who weren't sufficiently Partisan, and Lorita Doan at the GSA to help manipulate government resources to help Republican Political Operatives in violation of the Hatch Act.

They can't imagine that Obama doesn't operate on this kind of petty level, it's beyond comprehension that he' snot as partisanly bigoted as they are, which explains their obsessions with Nontroversies like "Fast and Furious", "IRS-Gate" and "Benghazi" which have no connection to the White House, let alone the President. If he behaved like a Republican [Bush, Bob McDonnel, John Ensign], there would be some meat on those bones of government abuse and corruption, but he's not and there isn't.

I mean seriously, haven't we seen years of deliberate and obvious Republican Obstruction and Sabotage coming from the Hill?  Don't we currently have dozens of Republican Governors who refuse to accept a fully paid for Medicaid Expansion that would give 5 Million People Heath Care?

How many of them, have had the fortitude of character to show even the momentarily lapse into comity or good grace that Christie demands of anyone who would questions him, but only himself displayed briefly after Hurricane Sandy devastated his State?

The idea that Christie would defy this stand, and allow for the Medicaid expansion in NJ, annoys conservatives.

Governor Christie is taking action to expand health care coverage for New Jersey's most vulnerable citizens through Medicaid. New Jersey already has one of the most expansive and generous Medicaid programs in the nation, including the second highest eligibility rate for children. Expanding Medicaid will mean that more New Jerseyans at or near the poverty line will have access to critical health services, while saving New Jersey taxpayers approximately $227 million in fiscal year 2014 alone.

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In fact when the Democratic Legislature moved to make this expansion permanent, Christie threatened to Veto it, a veto which the Democrats overrode - leaving us exactly where they were Christie started after all the dust cleared. Christie gets to Veto Healthcare and bolster his conservative bona fides, but Medicaid gets expanded anyway.  So goes the Kabuki Theater.

But in the midst of all this posturing and jockeying and fulminating, a tone gets set.  A tone of "No Holds Barred", "Take No Prisoners", and there is NO LEGITIMACY to the Oppositions Position.

As we see here:

"They believe in bigger government, higher taxes, and more spending."
This is a classic conservative fallacy.  The ultimate straw-man, that the Democratic and even the Liberal Position is to grow Government, just to have bigger Government.  That the goal from those who wish to implement and expand various government programs is to Foster and Spread Dependency on those programs and hence a perpetual stream of votes from those who benefit from them.

But That's. Just. Crazy.  It's only natural to expect that in exchange for our trust and our tax dollars, we get a government that can get sh*t that needs doing done, as opposed to one that can't, or simply won't.  We all should want good government, not fucked up dysfunctional government.  Yet Republicans seem to prefer the latter, because being the Chief Engineer on a Rolling Train Wreck seems to give them a big, giant, Happy for some reason.

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