Never mind the war on poverty event held in D.C. yesterday where Paul Ryan said: “We've got to stop quarantining the poor.” Forget that a vote on unemployment insurance renewal fell apart. And please, don’t worry about Speaker John Boehner’s remarks on immigration -- or a new classified DoD report saying Ed Snowden disclosures could “gravely impact” national security.
#NotChristieTweets just don’t rate.
For the second day, Chris Christie’s #Bridgegate (why is every scandal a “gate”?) dominated most of the media and political Twitter feeds.
When scandal-related press conferences are broadcast, the new water cooler is live tweeting, where everyone talks at the same time trying to outdo each other with witty sayings or agenda-pushing declamations. And, it can be (yawn) repetitive, simultaneous transcriptions of good quotes.
#Bridgegate brought positive performance analysis by fellow Republican lawmakers:
Gov. Christie's response was much different than how the current White House occupant deals with responsibility.— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) January 9, 2014
I think @GovChristie handled himself quite well today in a very difficult situation— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 10, 2014
Rep Grimm (R-NY) stmt: "Gov Christie demonstrated true leadership and accountability during today’s press conference."— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) January 9, 2014
Comparisons of Obama and Christie’s styles:
I hope Hillary and the President are watching Chris Christie.— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) January 9, 2014
in good times and bad, Chris Christie is able to come out as more human than just about any other living US politician— Rick Klein (@rickklein) January 9, 2014
Will Obama return the favor and give Christie a rescue? pic.twitter.com/qAc39sW5PJ— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) January 9, 2014
And the typical who-can-be-funniest tweets:
Thinking about taking a few hours off tomorrow, and telling the boss that I'm doing a "traffic study."— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) January 10, 2014
The real victim of this sad situation: All the New Jersey traffic that will now remain tragically unstudied.— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) January 9, 2014
Really enjoying this TEDxTrenton talk on management and leadership— Michael Roston (@michaelroston) January 9, 2014
Look out, he's gonna blooooowwww!— John Aravosis (@aravosis) January 9, 2014
And one reference to the top-rated ABC drama, “Scandal,” featuring DC fixer Olivia Pope.
Chris Christie needs to hire Pope & Associates— Nisha Chittal (@NishaChittal) January 9, 2014
The general Twitter consensus on needing a real-life Pope? The National Review’s Jonah Goldberg nails it.
Been listening to Christie on radio. My hunch: If he's telling total truth, he'll be ok. If he's lying about any of it, he's toast.— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) January 9, 2014
Meanwhile Greta fights back against the Huffington Post’s claim that Fox News downplayed the Christie scandal. Her blog shows exact times and content of her reporting.
My Message to Huffington Post: “GIVE IT A REST!” http://t.co/hULhgi3qG3— Greta Van Susteren (@gretawire) January 9, 2014
And Fox’s Brit Hume fought back against Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty, who insinuated Fox downplayed the presser coverage.
Split-screen politics: MSNBC and CNN on Christie; Fox News talking about Gates book.— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) January 9, 2014
@ktumulty Um, Karen. Fox News had just carried a full hour of Christie. Surely not unreasonable to move on to something else.— Brit Hume (@brithume) January 9, 2014
Brit is on to something. I’d like my Twitter feed back.
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