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Chris Christie takes questions in CA: The duck starts here


chris christie make me answer questions

Chris Christie appeared with California's guaranteed loser GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari and decided to duck take questions. I haven't seen this much dodging since Mitt Romney was grilled about his tax returns.

The Los Angeles Times stressed Christie's rebuttal of Governor Rick Perry's (Ignoramus- TX) idiotic comparison of gays to alcoholics. They should have emphasized how many questions he decided to sidestep instead.

Why, here's one now!

As Kashkari stood smiling by his side, before a flower-covered arch and a table full of houseplants, Christie was asked about another statement Perry made Wednesday night, hailing Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton as a "great secretary of State."

"I have to tell you the truth, I haven't spent a lot of time analyzing Secretary Clinton's time at the State Department," Christie said. "If there comes a time I need to, then I'll give you my analysis then, but I don't have one now."

As they insist on saying on MSNBC, let's "unpack" that.

1. "I have to tell you the truth..." Since when?

2. "I haven't spent a lot of time analyzing Secretary Clinton's time at the State Department." Of course you haven't, dear. Probably the same teeny tiny amount of time you've set aside to ponder your upcoming swearing in at a Bridgegate hearing/trial. In other words, you've devoted more prep time to those issues than you have to your own shills family.

3. "I'll give you my analysis the, but I don't have one now." Meaning, his "people" haven't parsed his very, very prepared responses enough yet knowing he'd likely say the wrong thing lie again.


Christie, famous in New Jersey for his brusque manner and dismissive treatment of reporters, sarcastically brushed aside a question asking him to lay out his position on immigration and the possibility of legislation passing a starkly divided Congress. "I'm sure you'd love me to do that and, in fact, what I want to do in a flower warehouse, I want to give you a very complex answer behind a set of microphones on a contentious issue that's driving debate all across the country," he said to laughter from an audience of several dozen Kashkari supporters. "No, thank you."

His expertise is clearly dancing around (watch at your own risk)...

chris christie dancing

And who can forget this familiar refrain?

chris christie bridge is closed

He was even more abrupt when asked about new revelations that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency at the center of a scandal involving his administration's lane closings last year at the George Washington Bridge, is facing an inquiry by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "Any other questions?" Christie asked, turning away from the reporter.

Not even a nasty comeback a la "You're an idiot," Gov. Who Moi? Maybe he was on good behavior because he was surrounded by blue state Californians. Nah, it was likely due to a short legal leash. His lawyers probably warned him to keep his big, arrogant mouth shut. And the fact that he's a coward.

Moving on to the grand finale in which he finally chose to answer a direct question:

"Is there a way to impeach yourself?" one asked. "Unfortunately for you," Christie responded, "no."

The blog headline could very well have been "The dick starts here."


BREAKING: Mitt Romney paid a lower tax rate in 2011 than most Americans at 14.1%. Oh, and he's really rich.


Some bullet points were posted at Mitt Romney's website blog, but at 3 pm Eastern, Romney's complete 2011 tax return, with full schedules, statements, and attachments, will be made available with all other previously-disclosed information at

Seems like a Friday dump to moi, but what do I know? I'm just one of the 47%.

The blind trust will release a 20-year "summary", see... so he's still not telling us what we need to know. What is he hiding?

From Romney's blog:

Also posted will be a notarized letter from the Romneys’ tax preparer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PWC), giving a summary of tax rates from the Romneys’ tax returns for the 20-year period of 1990-2009. [...]

Regarding the newly-filed 2011 Tax Return:

  • In 2011, the Romneys paid $1,935,708 in taxes on $13,696,951 in mostly investment income.
  • The Romneys’ effective tax rate for 2011 was 14.1%.
  • The Romneys donated $4,020,772 to charity in 2011, amounting to nearly 30% of their income.
  • The Romneys claimed a deduction for $2.25 million of those charitable contributions.
  • The Romneys’ generous charitable donations in 2011 would have significantly reduced their tax obligation for the year. The Romneys thus limited their deduction of charitable contributions to conform to the Governor's statement in August, based upon the January estimate of income, that he paid at least 13% in income taxes in each of the last 10 years.

 And this:

Regarding the PWC letter covering the Romneys’ tax filings over 20 years, from 1990 – 2009:

  • In each year during the entire 20-year period, the Romneys owed both state and federal income taxes.
  • Over the entire 20-year period, the average annual effective federal tax rate was 20.20%.
  • Over the entire 20-year period, the lowest annual effective federal personal tax rate was 13.66%.
  • Over the entire 20-year period, the Romneys gave to charity an average of 13.45% of their adjusted gross income.
  • Over the entire 20-year period, the total federal and state taxes owed plus the total charitable donations deducted represented 38.49% of total AGI.

The Romney campaign has set up a special email address just for questions here:

The campaign asks that you direct them to an e-mail account set up for that purpose. That e-mail address is returns @

More at the link.


Comedy headline o' the day: Ryan vouches for Romney's character in speech to conservatives


So did you hear the joke about vouching for Willard Romney's character? By a guy with no character? It's hilarious. A real knee-slapper. Stop me if you've heard this one before:

Washington (CNN) – Beneath his stiff and sometimes impersonable exterior, Mitt Romney has a heart of gold. [...]

"I'm not the only one who has told Mitt that maybe he needs to talk more about himself and his life," Ryan said, acknowledging a recurring complaint among Republicans that Romney does a poor job of highlighting his personal side. "It wouldn't hurt if voters knew more of those little things that reveal a man's heart and his character.... He's a modest man with a charitable heart, a doer and a promise-keeper."

Oh man, I'm doubled over... whew! Let me stop to catch my breath. Wow.

Hey Mr. Stand-up Comedian, did your running mate have a heart of gold when he:

  • failed to empathize with the poor, the elderly and the disabled who can’t afford proper medical care, a home of their own, or a quality education?
  • failed to empathize with ailing dogs stuck in cages tied to the roof of his car?
  • failed to empathize with women who have been raped, “legitimately” or otherwise, and choose not to have their rapist’s baby? Or does his heart of gold empathize more with Todd Akin and your comedian self?
  • failed to empathize with women who are forced to have vaginal probes inserted inside of them because your fellow Republicans insist that their government knows more about their bodies and choices than the women and their own doctors do?

As for being a "promise-keeper", that's the biggest joke of all. The only promise Romney has kept is this:


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