, New Jersey strongmanChris Christie
re-election (and then some
).Thanks to his hard-fought reputation
as a straight-shooter
, he was feared
(if not loved
) by most Garden Staters.
Real New Jerseyans know what’s good for them, unlike “this little Serbian” inFort Lee—he needed to be schooled.
So, (presumably) incited by YouTube videos, Christie loyalists devised alesson plan (and subsequent cover-up).
He would soon learn that when you mess with the bully, you get the horns.
It was all pretty brilliant, really; and they would’ve gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for those meddling investigators.
This week, in the face of mounting evidence of wrongdoing, Christie held a nearly two hour press conference, which ultimately raised more questions than it answered.
When all was said and done, 19,734 words had been spoken—and not a one of them was “terrorism.”
Meet The Press: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; “Bridgegate” Roundtable: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), Kim Strassel (Wall Street Journal), Mark Halperin (TIME) and Chuck Todd (NBC News); Foreign Policy Roundtable: Former Rep.Jane Harman (D-CA), Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Jeffrey Goldberg(Bloomberg News) and Chris Matthews (MSNBC).Face The Nation: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD); New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D); “Miracle on the Hudson” Pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger; Roundtable: Rana Foroohar (TIME), Michael Gerson (Washington Post),John Harris (Politico) and Gerald Seib (Wall Street Journal).
This Week: Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (9/11); Crisis Management Expert Judy Smith; Political Roundtable: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL); Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd and Former Obama White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe; “Women in the Workplace” Roundtable: Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, U.S. Air Force Col. Jeannie Leavitt, Author Liza Mundy and AuthorReshma Saujani.
Fox News Sunday: Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL); Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK); Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD); Roundtable: George Will(Washington Post), Bob Woodward (Washington Post), Republican Strategist Karl Roveand Juan Williams (Fox News).
State of the Union: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D); Sen. John McCain (R-AZ);Roundtable: RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer, DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee and Karen Tumulty (Washington Post).
60 Minutes will feature: a report on the MLB’s doping case against Alex Rodriguez (preview); and, a story about people with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (preview).
Meet The Press: Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling; Jim Cramer (CNBC); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Judy Woodruff (PBS) andChuck Todd (NBC News).
Face The Nation: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); Roundtable: Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), David Sanger (New York Times), David Ignatius(Washington Post) and John Dickerson (CBS News).
This Week: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Roundtable: Cokie Roberts (ABC News), Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Republican Strategist Ana Navarro, Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) and Ben Smith (BuzzFeed).
Fox News Sunday: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R); Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report), George Will (Washington Post) and Charles Lane (Washington Post).
State of the Union: Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).
This was the week the Tea Party finally secured its place in American history books (pending approval from the Texas Board of Education).
Whereas, until now, teabaggers had been content with nominating fringe lunatics like Rand Paul and Sharron Angle for Senate seats, this time around they chose someone well within the mainstream of lunacy.
What Christine O’Donnell lacks in experience, she more than makes up for with her vast knowledge of crime scene forensics, suntan lotion marketing, satanic rituals, dorm room living, STD prevention, radiocarbon dating, human-animal hybridisation, and the collected works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
She truly epitomizes outside the box thinking.
Meet the Press: Former President Bill Clinton; Former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Face the Nation: Former President Bill Clinton;
US Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell (R-DE); Republican Strategist Ed Rollins; Michael Gerson (Washington Post).
This Week: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; : Delaware State Republican Chairman Tom Ross, George Will (Washington Post), David Sanger (New York Times) and Peter Beinart (Daily Beast).
Fox News Sunday:
US Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell (R-DE); US Senate Candidate Joe Miller (R-AK); Republican Operative Karl Rove; : Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Nina Easton (Fortune), Sociopath Liz Cheney and Juan Williams (NPR/FNC).
State of the Union: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC); DNC Chairman Tim Kaine; Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA); Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn; : John Avion (CNN); Craig Crawford (Congressional Quarterly); Debra Sanders (San Francisco Chronicle); Tina Brown (Daily Beast).
The Chris Matthews Show: Gloria Borger (CNN); Chuck Todd (NBC News); Clarence Page (Chicago Tribune); Kelly O’Donnell (NBC News).
Fareed Zakaria GPS: Former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group Leader Noman Benotman; Chrystia Freeland (Reuters); Author Bernard-Henri Lévy; Kathleen Parker (Washington Post); Dan Senor(Council on Foreign Relations).
On the Sunday shows: THE WAR – The U.S. isn’t in Afghanistan for nation building, says Gates. Kerry sees common U.S.-Iranian interests in Afghanistan, while Graham warns on an ‘unholy’ left-right domestic alliance to end the war, and he praises Obama on Pakistan. And Levin sees an Afghanistan nightmare in the making — for the Taliban.
WIKILEAKS FALLOUT — Info trumps secrecy, says Gates. Mullen rips the leakers. Kerry shrugs off Pentagon Papers parallels. And Graham asks: who the hell is watching?
THE SPEAKER – Pelosi and Gates offer very different expectations for next year’s drawdown. Plus: The speaker signals her unhappiness with the Afghan war, says she’s “sad” about Rangel, and dismisses the prediction of “that gentleman” Gibbs, but doesn’t deign to name him. THE REST Boehner: GOP agenda coming in August. will offer its agenda this month. Kyl says it’s time for Congress to step up on immigration. Greenspan sounds glum. Levin says Obama’s still in demand on the trail. Rangel’s situation is “not good for New York,” says Bloomberg, who again rules out a 2010 presidential run. Palin blames the press for her low numbers, calls the Obama plan to roll back the Bush tax cuts “idiotic.” And Amanpour’s Sunday morning debut.