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Month: January, 2014

The Right Wing Avoiding Gov. Christie’s Scandal

Since the media began to talk about Gov. Christie’s scandal, the right wing has called it a distraction. According to Media Matters for America, CNN has mentioned Gov. Christie 38 times, MSNBC 44 times and Fox News only 3 times. Instead of talking about Gov. Christie, they have been attacking President Obama and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton with the Benghazi attacks. The reason why they are attacking President Obama and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is because they want to blame them for not avoiding the Benghazi attacks and they want to give Hilary Clinton a bad image before the Primary and Presidential Elections. Also, the right wing has other excuses to attack President Obama, for example, Senator Rand Paul said on Fox News that “The danger of majority rule to him sort of think, well the majority vote for me, now I’m the majority and I can do whatever I want and that there are no rules that restrain me, that would give us Jim Crow.” Jim Crow, seriously? So, according to Sen. Rand Paul, the President’s idea of governing gave us Jim Crow. It seems that Sen. Rand Paul doesn’t remember when in 2010 he told Rachel Maddow that he wanted to modify the discrimination laws. But, that’s not it, Rush Limbaugh said on his radio talk show that “President Obama ignores the Constitution and that makes him a dictator.” What Rush Limbaugh is talking about, is President Obama’s Executive Orders during his first term but here are the Executive Orders from the last three former GOP Presidents during their first term. Ronald Reagan 213, George H. W. Bush 166, George W. Bush 173; President Obama had only 147 (Source: The American Presidency Project). In 2013, the New York Times wrote an article saying that President Obama has had the fewest Executive Orders in over 100 years. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/01/obama-executive-orders-guns.html. So, if President Obama is a dictator because he had 147 Executive Orders during his first term, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan are dictators as well? No matter for how long the media keeps talking about Gov. Christie’s scandal, the right wing will find a way to avoid talking about Gov. Christie and to find all the excuses they can to attack President Obama.

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Can Gov. Chris Christie be the GOP Presidential Candidate in 2016?

After the George Washington Bridge scandal was released to the American people especially to the residents of the State of New Jersey, there has been questions about Gov. Christie’s future as the GOP Presidential nominee in 2016. If Gov. Christie survives the GWB scandal and runs for President in 2016, will he survive the GOP Primary debates? During the debates, Gov. Christie will be attacked by the other GOP candidates and he will need to find a way to counterattack them and to answer each question. He will be asked about how come he was not aware what his staffers were doing and saying throughout their emails, how he allows his staffers to “delegate enormous authority” but one of the most important things that the opposing candidates will argue is that Gov. Christie lacks of LEADERSHIP and what a President needs is leadership.

Now, Gov. Christie is facing another issue, he won’t receive full support from all conservatives because those who are at the far right of the political spectrum are going to see Gov. Christie as too moderate. Also, many of Romney supporters are still upset with Gov. Christie because when President Obama went to New Jersey to meet with Gov. Christie and see the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy weeks before the Presidential Elections, Gov. Christie thanked President Obama for going to New Jersey. During those days Mitt Romney and President Obama were tied in some polls and after President Obama meet Gov. Christie, he was ahead of the polls so Romney supporters blame Gov. Christie for Romney’s defeat in the Presidential Elections. The bottom line is that Gov. Christie has a long and difficult road to become the GOP Presidential nominee for the 2016 Elections.