The “Bridge-gate” story currently haunting Chris Christie is not funny. Bridge tie-ups, aside from being inconvenient and schedule-mauling, are dangerous and sometimes life-threatening. It is possible that one elderly woman died because of the traffic snarls that apparently originated with administration staffers. It is absolutely fair and appropriate that the mainstream press inquire and investigate into what NJ Governor Christie know, and when he knew it, re the whole affair.
If Christie did know about it, he ought to resign, not least because we already have too many petty-minded politicians in office who are willing to
use err, joke about using their positions to punish their political enemies.
One element of the story, however, has been deeply entertaining: the reaction of the mainstream press. On social media, we can see them talking to each other as they try to piece things together, or encourage crowd sourcing. They’re just so doggone happy to have something to report on — a real scandal, requiring the asking of genuine, challenging questions and actual digging for clues, facts. A story where there are things to be pieced together!
The press hasn’t had an opportunity like this before them is five years, and they’re as giddy as babies holding all-day-suckers.
I don’t blame them. Five years is a really, really long time to go without a single story of government malfeasance to report, or of political covering-up, or partisan-targeted abuses of power. The press has been forced, these last few years, to just bide their time, socializing and marrying within the sphere of power, and there has been nothing to report. Except for that blip in the road about James Rosen maybe being charged with espionage for being an investigative journalist (which was an uncomfy bruise that soon disappeared) the
press err, Praetorian Guard has had almost nothing to report on, no story that could sustain a news cycle.
Over at the NY Post John Podhoretz analyzes why it is that Chris Christie’s “Bridge-gate” story has managed to hold the press’ attention 17 times longer and more deeply than an election-year, opposition-targeting scandal the IRS actually admitted to, and why almost nothing touching on Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton ever seems to become a “real” story for them.
It’s about which politicians are smart enough to sign up for a D-EZPass, and which aren’t. If you are a politician, and you haven’t signed up for a D-Class EZPass, you’re going to get ensnarled in every jam that comes along on your journey. Listen to these testimonials!
There is, by the way an R-Class pass, but… it is sometimes inadvertently creates its own jams, for the very people it’s trying to help though:
And sometimes, pass or no pass, a sudden curve will happen:
Bridge-gates are serious, but meme generators are fun.