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Our Most Understandable, Indefensible Scandal Strips Christie Bare

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Third, Christie presumed to fill in the establishment GOP spot, replacing that winning, ex-governor and friend to Wall Street who first appointed this ex-federal prosecutor. Yes, that Dubya, whose immortal fakery Christie embraces, "I'm a uniter, not a divider." Just as this pledge rests among Bush's greatest lies, so Christie's entitlement withers, lucky to finish his term. How fitting that our disgraced uniter executes the real Dubya philosophy: "you're either with us or against us."

Tainted Goods, If He Survives

Yet enough Christie bluster, with enough crony billions, would have like Romney overcome TP revulsion. Christie's earthy charisma had turned obesity into a virtue, as if packing a room of donors anticipated fully filling up the White House. Perfect replacement for that skinny, Harvard egghead, refusing to hobnob with mere lawmakers: here's the new, pugnacious "rogue maverick" who revels in rough and tumble scrums. Christie would have been the oligarch's dream: the ruthless, socially conservative crossover who charms Democrats, despite dumping on teachers, nurses, the jobless, and any "losers" dumb enough to cross him.

One knowledgeable friend fears Christie's sleazy hustle isn't done for, morphing now into the comeback kid outlasting staff treason. Doesn't that explain why Christie now praises Dubya (weirdly and illogically) as "grossly underappreciated," mainly for being handed two dubious wins? Winning is everything. Isn't that what Christie's latest bipartisan schtick comes to, attacking Obama for lacking "respect for the other party"? Like his praise for Dubya, Christie's ludicrous inversion mocks the truth: Obama's compromised caving is legendary, defaulting to Republican thinking on war, spying, banksters, the Pentagon, even Romneycare.

Finally, the tin-ear Christie perverts the great issue of our age, inequality of assets and income, into a straw man he calls "income equality." With astonishing demagoguery, Christie whines everyone having the same salary is "antithetical to the country's abiding belief" that rewards hard work and merit. "You want income equality?," he bellows, "That is mediocrity. Everybody can have an equal, mediocre salary." Say what? 

Governor, no one breathing today endorses your absurd phantom of "income equality." LOL. Thus, Christie goes from jaw-dropping Dubya admirer to Dubya-clone, leaping into the rightwing alternative universe where oligarchic blinders remake reality. I expected Christie to lay low but, if his strategy of changing the subject is incredible rightwing nonsense, that GOP primary pitch will offend his core target: moderates and independents. Apparently, Ted Cruz is not the only attention-desperate demagogue on the right who doesn't know when to shut up and sit tight. 

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