Gov. Christie, Please Cut the Condescension and Answer a Few Questions
It’s been a tough few days in the press for Chris Christie, as the controversy continues to build around allegations that his political appointee closed lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge for political retribution. (See background below.)
Equally as concerning is the way he’s responding (or not).
From TheRun.com:When Chris Christie was asked about his involvement in the closure of two lanes of the nation’s busiest bridge on the first day of school, he swiped away the insinuation with his customary swaggering condescension: ”I moved the cones, actually unbeknownst to everybody.”
Democratic National Committee Communications Director Mo Elleithee released the following statement today:
“Governor Christie’s condescension and swagger might be amusing to the late night talk show crowd, but now that he’s looking to play on the national stage, he needs to realize that the rest of us don’t find it as charming. These are serious questions about the Christie Administration’s actions and conduct - insulting those asking questions won’t make them go away. He needs to drop the schtick and simply deliver some answers to the people of New Jersey.”
Here are some questions Christie owes the people of New Jersey on the bridge closing:
· Was the lane closure political retribution for Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich declining to endorse you?
· Press accounts refer to the existence of an “enemies list,” containing the names of political leaders that refused to endorse you. Is there such a list and was Mayor Sokolich’s name on it?
· Your appointee and friend, David Wildstein, closed the lanes citing a traffic study that has never been made public and that authorities have never seen. Does the report exist? Will you release it?
· Why did Wildstein resign last Friday? What contact did you or anyone on your staff have with Wildstein about the lane closures before, during and after the decision was made?
· Why were no police and emergency officials made aware of the closure before it happened?
· The lanes were closed for four days, causing traffic back ups miles long - why was the response to a manufactured crisis so slow at such a vital location?
· You have refused to take responsibility for this debacle that happened under your watch. Why?
Governor, we look forward to your answers.
This year on the first day of school in Fort Lee, New Jersey a Christie appointee inexplicably and with no warning shut most of the toll lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge - the busiest bridge in the world. As a direct result, traffic backed up for miles, bringing the surrounding communities to a standstill.
For the four days the lanes were closed, many commute times from New Jersey to New York City quadrupled - taking over 2 hours to go just a few miles - parents had problems getting their kids to school, and commerce was stalled. What’s worse, according to local news accounts, the Christie Administration’s manufactured traffic jam “diverted police, fire and ambulance corps personnel away from local emergencies.”
And what was the response of Christie and his Administration?
Well, to start they did nothing to solve the problem, inexplicably keeping the lanes shut for days.
The Christie-ally who made the decision hasn’t been able to justify and back up his decision with any credibility. That appointee resigned last Friday evening.
1:24 pm • 10 December 2013
If the GOP unveils a rebrand strategy and a year later nothing has changed, is it really a rebrand?
Almost a year after the GOP unveiled their autopsy not only are they not rebranding, they are moving in the opposite direction – towards more extremism and divisiveness.
Instead, all they have to show for 2013 are high profile loses and 12 more months on the books of alienating broad swaths of the electorate.
In just the last few days, we saw even more condescending and offensive comments about women from the GOP and the outlets they enable - hateful accusations towards gay Americans, and a GOP state Chairman saying the President is “close to death.” It’s clear that today’s GOP is more extreme and out of touch than ever.
Rush Limbaugh suggested that men walk up to women and say, "Will you please ask your breasts to stop staring at my eyes?"
While The Daily Caller published an entire piece defending sexual harassment and stating that it is “kind of fun.”
And in just the latest example of Republican condescension towards women, a Republican senatorial candidate in Iowa suggested that the best way to talk to women is on an “emotional level.”
In Virginia, the GOP state party Chairman decided to attack President Obama by saying he is “close to death.”
An RNC Committee member attacked gay Americans, accusing them of manipulating health benefits in another desperate attempt to discredit the Affordable Care Act.
12 months, and countless examples later its clear the brand isn’t the problem, the party is.
12:13 pm • 10 December 2013
At some point…
You’d think Republicans would learn enabling people like Limbaugh doesn’t help their cause.
SHOT: Rush Limbaugh on how men should deal with accusations of sexual harassment: “You find yourself staring, looking at, casually glancing at a woman, but you know that it’s now socially taboo. You shouldn’t be doing it. And you think everybody is noticing you doing it and condemning you in their minds. You shouldn’t — so you walk up to the woman and say, ‘Will you please ask your breasts to stop staring at my eyes?’”
3:08 pm • 9 December 2013
Rand Paul: It’s a ‘Disservice’ to Unemployed to Extend Benefits
I wanted to make sure you had seen Senator Rand Paul on Fox News Sunday today coming out against extending unemployment benefits, claiming an extension is a ‘disservice’ to workers.
Chris Wallace: Senator, let me ask you a direct question. Do you, personally, do you support extending unemployment benefits or would you let 1.3 million Americans lose those benefits before the end of the year?
Senator Paul: I do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks that they’re paid for. If you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers.
Senator Paul’s is out-of-touch with the needs of Americans who are hurting and need help while the economy continues to recover. Paul’s position stands in stark contrast to President Obama’s who is committed to helping those who need it most while the economy gets back on its feet.
Here’s some of what the President had to say about extending unemployment insurance in his weekly address this week:
“If Congress refuses to act, it won’t just hurt families already struggling – it will actually harm our economy. Unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways there is to boost our economy. When people have money to spend on basic necessities, that means more customers for our businesses and, ultimately, more jobs. And the evidence shows that unemployment insurance doesn’t stop people from trying hard to find work.
"So extending unemployment insurance isn’t just the right thing to do for our families – it’s the smart thing to do for our economy. And it shouldn’t be a partisan issue. For decades, Congress has voted to offer relief to job-seekers – including when the unemployment rate was lower than it is today.
"But now that economic lifeline is in jeopardy. All because Republicans in this Congress – which is on track to be the most unproductive in history – have so far refused to extend it."
10:59 am • 8 December 2013
Who’s helping rebrand the Virginia GOP?
Virginia Republicans are gathering in Hot Springs this weekend to regroup after Democrats swept all three statewide offices for the first time in nearly 25 years. And who are they bringing in to help them set their 2014 agenda? Texas Governor Rick Perry. They’re hoping that Perry has some answers for how they can get back on track, but here’s the problem:
Rick Perry is exactly the type of Republican that Virginia just rejected.
How so? Let’s take a look:
Restricting women’s health care, ideological politics that shut down the government, and making it harder to vote…sounds familiar, right? Republicans ran and lost on this platform in 2012. They ran and lost on this platform in 2013. And with Rick Perry guiding them heading into 2014, it’s clear they have no desire to learn from their mistakes and change their ways.
10:15 am • 7 December 2013
This is Obamacare: California
While Republicans continue their crusade against the Affordable Care Act and work to implement their “plan” – to repeal the law and its benefits for millions of Americans – the law is working for people all across the country and more Americans continue to sign up for health care coverage.
Contrary to the GOP talking point - a new California poll shows that young, healthy Americans are more likely to seek health insurance.
“The poll showed that 72 percent of uninsured residents ages 18 to 44 say they are more likely to seek health insurance.”
3:54 pm • 5 December 2013
Response to Boehner on GOP Women’s “Outreach”
Today Speaker Boehner was asked about the new effort from the NRCC to tutor GOP men in how to talk to women and run against female candidates. In response he said many in the GOP just need to “be a little more sensitive.”
In response, DNC Deputy Communications Director Lily Adams issued the following statement:
“Speaker Boehner thinks women continue to reject Republicans at the ballot box because of a lack of sensitivity? Think again. Women don’t need Republicans to patronize, condescend or be delicate about their feelings, they need them to represent the values important to them and their families. No softer language learned in media training will convince women that the party that opposes equal pay, pledges to defund Planned Parenthood and proposes bans on their health care choices is the one looking out for their best interests.“
Watch Boehner’s statement HERE
12:34 pm • 5 December 2013
What could go wrong?
It’s been almost a year since the GOP announced their rebrand plan to reach out to women – and it’s gone great! Just look at all this outreach here, here, here and here. So we’re excited for this new effort from the NRCC to teach Republican candidates how to speak to women and how to message campaigns against female candidates. Forget TED talks, the NRCC has their folks covered.
We can’t wait to hear just how they’ll…
- Explain to women how they want to ban access to some of their health care options – but remind them some of your best friends are women!
- Lay out the right messaging on how to explain why they don’t support equal pay legislation – but do it with a smile!
- Tell mothers about their commitment to cut spots in Head Start – but do it with empathy.
- Give guidance on the best venue to reiterate they support mandatory ultrasounds before women can exercise their constitutional rights – but make sure they know they have the freedom to close their eyes!
- Outline the correct verbiage to use when asked why they stalled the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act – but insist it was really important to them.
Why change your substance when you can just change your style? With an air-tight strategy like this, really what could go wrong?
10:31 am • 5 December 2013
As of today, Obamacare has provided 105 million Americans with at least one preventive care service at no out of pocket cost. That is 105 million fathers, mothers, daughters, and sons who have received things like life-saving cancer and diabetes screenings, wellness exams and immunizations, helping to save lives and save families money in the long run.
And the Republicans’ healthcare plan?
Repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Republicans in Congress are so determined to see the Affordable Care Act fail that they are willing to go back to the broken health care system that allowed insurance companies to deny coverage based on preexisting conditions and take away preventive care. The American people have a clear choice between Democrats who are committed to making the law work and Republicans whose plan is to bring back the failed health care system that put insurers in the driver’s seat.
12:19 pm • 4 December 2013 • 88 notes
This is Obamacare: California
While Republicans continue their crusade against the Affordable Care Act and work to implement their “plan” – to repeal the law and its benefits for millions of Americans – the law is working for people all across the country.
See the clip below on how the Affordable Care Act helped a couple in California get healthcare for a fraction of the cost. “Previous insurance would have cost them about $1500 a month. So they logged onto the Covered California site and in about 30 minutes they were able to sign up for what cost them less than $500.”
10:56 am • 4 December 2013