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Chris Christie takes questions in CA: The duck starts here

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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.

Next:

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)...

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And who can forget this familiar refrain?

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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."

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Paul Ryan ducks protesters at Wisconsin fundraiser

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When Rep. Paul Ryan arrived at a fundraiser for 21st Congressional District candidate Elise M. Stefanik the other day, he was met by protesters. Maybe that's because his Kill Medicare budget was another ill-considered attempt at forcing austerity on the rest of us. Austerity has not worked. See: Fail, GOP.

Budget cuts have made a speedy economic recovery impossible. In fact, budget cuts have created a nation of poorer poor, hungrier hungry, and sicker sick. And don't get me started on what's happened to our public schools, something I know about first hand after working in them for well over a decade.

So here's what happened when Paul Ryan got to the campaign event, according to the Waterstown Daily Times:

Protesters marching on Washington Street and asking motorists to honk their horns claim the budget proposal cuts too many public benefits, including Medicare and Social Security.

Stefanik was was his director of debate prep during the 2012 elections. Maybe she should have taught Paul Ryan how to debate with himself about attending a fundraiser for his former coach. And how to face protesters who deserve to be acknowledged. Instead, the coward did decide to show up, where, per the Waterstown Daily Times video, this happened:

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There you go, GOP, he's all yours, the guy who ducks the press and voters who disagree with him. A born leader.

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Chris Christie, you got some 'splainin' to do!

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Chris Christie lied to us? Naaah. Via a New York Times email alert. Enjoy!

Emails Link Top Christie Aide to Bridge Lane Closures

A series of newly released emails shows that Gov. Chris Christie’s office was closely involved with the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September and that officials closed the lanes as retribution against the mayor whose town was gridlocked as a result.

Mr. Christie has insisted that his staff and his campaign had nothing to do with the lane closures, and said that they were done as part of a traffic study.

But the emails show that Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, gave a signal to the Port Authority to close the lanes about two weeks before they occurred.

Of course, he'll plead innocent and blame his staff. But we all know that this was orchestrated, and that there's no way he wasn't behind this or at least known what was going on. He may try to slither and slime his way out of a smoking gun moment, and he may even succeed, but on the Official Scale of Trustworthiness, he just sank to -1000.

For more on why nobody should ever support this phony baloney bully, see this post.

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Governor Christie's deputy chief of staff told one of his top Port Authority executives that it was "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" several weeks before controversial lane closures took place at the George Washington Bridge, according to sources.

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Don't believe the Chris Christie hype. He has a "crappy economic record..."

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Back in October, I wrote about the wonderful Dean Obeidallah: Let's annoy the hell out of right wing haters. "You've never laughed this hard at a Muslim."

That very same wonderful Dean Obeidallah has a wonderful post about Chris Christie in the Daily Beast that he shared with me, one that I feel compelled to share with you in a huge way (no pun).

New Jerseyans should be ashamed of themselves for re-electing self-serving, narcissistic Gov. Photo Op. I'm talking to you, New Jersey Democrats. What in the world were you thinking?

All that, and still the guy won by a landslide. That was one of the biggest WTF Moments in recent memory.

Dean reminds us that Gov. MeMeMe ran and won against an unknown, underfunded opponent. He was so excited about a completely expected win against someone who deserved more but didn't stand a chance, that he felt an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone how dedicated to New Jersey he is on four Sunday talk shows.

He's so dedicated, in fact, that he may cut his second term short to run for president in 2016. How Palin the Quitter of him.

Chris Christie’s greatest obstacle to becoming president of the United States is neither his weight nor his conservative credentials. It’s his crappy economic record as governor of New Jersey. [...]

But Christie won big for two reasons, neither of which is his record. First, as a proud New Jersey native, I can tell you Christie connects with New Jersey voters on a visceral level. [...]

To make matters worse for Buono and better for Christie, a number of Democratic elected officials and political bosses broke ranks and either publicly supported Christie or sat out the election. [...]

When governors run for president, their record is their résumé. [...]

Their political opponents, meanwhile, will sift through their record like a CSI lab technician, looking for any hint of failure... It won’t take a person in a white lab coat to uncover Christie’s failings, however. They’re easy to spot. [...]

A lot can happen to the state’s economy between now and then. But unless the economic numbers improve greatly, Christie will be wishing people were still just talking about his weight and not what matters most: his record.

Dean goes on to list Christie's economic record’s lowlights. Please hop over to The Daily Beast for details.

Did I mention that Christie Now Refuses To Say Whether He Supports A Pathway To Citizenship?

And there's this: A Chris Christie Presidency Would Be a Disaster for Liberals. But Democrats vote for him anyway. His treating the president as legitimate apparently makes him a "moderate," and he still got Democratic votes.

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New Jerseyan: "We all know what a disaster Gov. Chris Christie has been... What were Dems thinking?"

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My Twitter friend @marieann66 gets a big hat tip for sending me this link:

Here are excerpts from that must-read letter to the editor at NJ.com:

We have fought and died in the civil rights movement, we have fought for unions and a living wage, we have fought for the rights of women and choice, and we have fought for equal opportunity regardless of gender, sexual orientation, color and religion. Democrats have just re-elected to the governorship of this state someone who is anti-choice, against public education, against raising the minimum wage, against gay marriage and is dedicated to enriching his wealthy friends and patrons.

Real estate taxes are up, unemployment is among the worst in the nation and federal funds for Superstorm Sandy relief have thus far benefited mainly business (as homeowners twist slowly in the wind). This is a giant administrative mess.

I could go on, but we all know what a disaster this governor has been for the state. And let’s not forget that he is trying to pack the state Supreme Court with conservative Republicans.

She started the letter by reminding Democrats that they inexplicably voted against their own interests. She ended the letter, in part, with, "What were Democrats thinking?" What indeed? I have asked the same question over and over and over again:

This is the person who New Jerseyans should have elected to be their governor:

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VIDEO: Hurricane #Sandy "could be Chris Christie's Bain Capital."

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I've been describing Chris Christie as "Noun, verb, Sandy" as a snarky but accurate riff on Vice President Biden's 2007 description of Rudy Giuliani as "A noun, a verb, and 9/11, there's nothing else":

Chris Hayes did America a huge favor last night by explaining what a self-serving, abusive (photo) opportunist Chris Christie really is. Now let's hope people listen, because the New Jersey governor did a great job of pulling the wool over many eyes on election day last Tuesday.

It's shameful how many people admire manufactured optics, cosmetics, and style over policy, character, and substance.

Chris Hayes:

Chris Christie spent the day basking in the glow of his resounding victory last night. But before we get caught up in what he called "the spirit of Sandy" it is worth actually taking a look at the man's record....

The spirit of Sandy that Christie evoked so many times last night is one thing. But the facts of the recovery are something else entirely.

New Jersey received billions of dollars in federal aid to rebuild, and 1.8 billion of that came from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to get people back in their homes. To get that money, Christie promised that 60% of the funds would be reserved for low to moderate income households. Right now, it appears that Chris Christie is breaking that promise...

The Christie administration has released no information on how the federal money is being spent. What we do know came out of a lawsuit that alleged the Christie administration was "improperly withholding data on the funds."

In response to that suit, Christie's government released information on where just a fraction of it all went. Of that money, only 36.9% went to the people Christie promised he would give it to.

The whereabouts of the rest of the billion of dollars remains a total mystery.

We do, however, know where an additional $25 million in Sandy aid went: to a very well produced ad campaign. In fact, a whopping $7.4 million federal dollars paid for this one commercial.

Turns out the firm hired to run the campaign had been chosen over an advertising firm that had bid 40% less, but did not propose using the governor's family in the spot...

Right now, there are thousands of people still out of their homes a year after the storm hit....  Mortgage defaults are up over the past year in the Sandy-hit areas. 75% of New Jersey residents affected by the storm say people like them have been largely forgotten in recovery efforts.

For many people in New Jersey, Sandy was the worst thing that ever happened to them. For Chris Christie, it could be the best....

Chris Christie is not just benefiting politically from a natural disaster, he is benefiting politically from a natural disaster made more disastrous by his own administration's failure to prepare.

During his first term, Christie de-funded the state's Office of Climate Change and Energy. After Sandy, when reporters filed public records requests to New York and New Jersey, they found that New York City's transit plans for severe storms is detailed in five binders, each three inches thick. New Jersey's transit plan? Three and a half pages with everything blacked out.

chris christie sandy victims forgottenJoy Ann Reid:

Chris Christie has perfected this performance of being sort of the great man of the people. That entrances reporters, it enraptures and almost hypnotizes reporters, because it's so "gosh darned everyman," but his actual performance as governor doesn't marry up with the image. Last night he talked about almost as if he was a Marine, not leaving people on the beaches of Normandy. He talked about his big, substantive achievement.

Well, darn it, he hugged people, and people hugged him. It is a minimum standard for a governor to accept federal aid. He didn't do that. And he didn't hate Barack Obama in the process. He gets credit for being able to do that in a Republican party that punishes you for not hating Barack Obama.

Chris Hayes:

That is a low bar....

He is stoking it in his sort of narcissistic fashion. I think Sandy has a potential as a political issue to be his Bain Capital. Because at of end of the day, did you do your job?

More about who Christie really is here.

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Koch bros. go-to guy lost groups millions in GOP "dark money"; cowardly wealthy donors scared of unions

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Recently I posted CA fines secretive donor groups, including one linked to Koch brothers. Anonymous political donors are being fined by my home state of California, but sadly, Citizens United is still alive and well, and huge amounts of money are still influencing elections. But at least California officials are targeting on "dark money" groups like those linked to the Koch brothers.

It gets pretty convoluted, but the short version is this: A Republican guy gets millions and shuttles it through a Republican non-profit group that sends the millions to another Republican guy who knows yet another Republican guy who sends it to yet another Republican guy (or something) who eventually funnels it to a California anti-union, anti-tax campaign until uh-oh! Someone noticed. Bam! Busted.

So now those Republicans have multimillion-dollar problems.

Politically active nonprofits have way too much influence on our elections, but finally, some of them are being fined, costing the the GOP millions. A drop in the bucket, sure, but it's a start.

The Los Angeles Times takes it from there, starting with what "dark money" is:

They provide donors a way to influence elections by piping major money around the country until it resurfaces — without their fingerprints — in a campaign. [...]

Many donors did not want to "put their name on … this fight because they didn't want to face the retribution of the unions," Miller told state investigators. Deep-pocketed labor groups were planning major campaign efforts in 2012, and some conservatives were wary of crossing them. [...]

[Republican strategist and Koch brothers consultant Sean Noble] wanted the Virginia group, Americans for Job Security, to transfer the millions he had raised with [GOP consultant Jeff Miller, lead fundraiser for former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and for Texas Gov. Rick Perry's 2012 presidential campaign] to Noble's center, and he wanted Noble to relay the money to California campaign committees, obscuring the money trail. [...]

A month before the November election, the whole operation came crashing down....  Miller believed Noble hoped to prevent California authorities "from opening up his books," giving them the keys to an entire network of nonprofits that were distributing money around the country.

The money was improperly reported, and when Republican consultant Tony Russo asked Noble to transfer money, Noble balked. "He couldn't spend it in the final two months of the campaign without jeopardizing the anonymity he had promised his rich donors." Russo handed over $25 million, but only about $15 million ended up back in California, and that sparked an investigation. Hence, the fine.

Follow the L.A. Times link for the whole story. It gets complicated. I know I'm confused, but then again, I usually am.

By the way, wealthy GOP donors: If you're not afraid to "redistribute your wealth" in order to get your way, if you're not afraid to bully your way to a win, if you're not afraid to huff and puff and buy election outcomes, then why are you a-skeered of unions who have way less to spend than you do?

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