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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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DoJ repeatedly warned Darrell Issa that he could "seriously jeopardize any criminal prosecution of the terrorists"

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Here is the Republican default talking point in one easy visual:

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No matter what else is going on in the world, in our own country, schools, hospitals, disaster areas, civil rights arenas, you can always count on the GOP to shout "BENGHAZI!!!!" from their multi-million dollar vacation home rooftops.

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, has made a career out of witch hunting. He looks for scandals where there are none in the hope that one day... one dreamy, gauze-filtered, sunlit blue-skied day... he'll find something to pin on President Obama and fulfill all his impeachment wishes.

But oops, awhile back, Darrell Issa’s Benghazi document dump damaged U.S. efforts, putting Libyans working with U.S. in danger. While hyperventilating investigating the attacks on the consulate, he disclosed the identities of Libyans who were helping United States officials.

But that didn't stop Darrell the Witch Hunter, nosireeBob! The Los Angeles Times is reporting that he's determined to keep pushing his luck b.s. hysteria, lies, and redundantly false accusations come hell or hot water. And no, that was no typo, he may be in more hot water.

Two of the Justice Department's key witnesses were subpoenaed to appear on Capitol Hill for hours of grilling about "BENGHAZI!!!!" They gave separate legal depositions about any security lapses and how the Obama administration responded.

Now comes the part about how Witch Hunter Darrell might have, once again, blown it big time:

Weeks before the interviews, top Justice Department officials repeatedly warned Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) against doing so, saying it would seriously jeopardize any criminal prosecution of the terrorists. They wrote three times to the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, strongly urging him not to insist on interviewing the agents.

The interviews have not been released. But the Justice Department expressed concern that Issa might reveal some details from the interviews, or that defense lawyers could subpoena them if suspects are apprehended, according to the sources, who did not have permission to speak publicly, citing the ongoing investigation. At least one person has been named in a sealed indictment in the Benghazi attacks.

The interviews "would prematurely alert individuals who may be charged about details of the government's case against them," and would give defense lawyers a golden opportunity to review the depositions and impeach the agents if they testified as prosecution witnesses, the Justice Department warned in one of the letters, according to sources.

Oh that wacky, zany Issa. He's such a super-patriot.

More at the link.

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"Two of the most wrongheaded statements in the history of column writing"

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Today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "GOP: Grand old potshots," Opinion, Oct. 22

Jonah Goldberg makes two of the most wrongheaded statements in the history of column writing:

He writes: "We've seen the influence of big business decline in the GOP as new populist PACs have declared war on … K Street." The billionaire Koch brothers, the Heritage Foundation and the Scaife Foundations are populist?

Goldberg writes: "The public has grown more conservative during the Obama presidency." Did he forget who won the last election?

Alan Segal

San Diego

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VIDEO-- Irony alert: Dick Cheney claims Sen. Mike Enzi lied

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To save you the torture (no pun) of having to wade through the steaming pile of The Dick's bulls**t on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos", start watching at about 9:50.

I couldn't tolerate listening to him either, so I skimmed as quickly as I could through the video until I found the segment covering the Dickette (Daughter Liz) and her U.S. Senate primary challenger, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). Daddy Dearest called out Enzi for suggesting that they're friends.

"Mike also said he and I are fishing buddies, which is simply not true. Never happened."

Given Daddy Dearest's own record of incessant lies, there is absolutely no reason we should give him any credibility on this either.

On the other hand, maybe he's right just this once. After all, who in their right mind would ever want to be friends, or admit to being friends, with Dick Cheney?

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VIDEO: Creepy Uncle Sam Anti- #ObamacareGuy is ba-ack

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Okay, first things first. "Chad"? Chad?? Really? They're trying to appeal to young consumers by naming the star of their totes adorbs little cinematic effort after... a TV star from the 1970s?

chad everett tv guideHow relatable. How hep. How groovy.

And then they torture us with two minutes of amateur mini-horror flickitude intended to convince us that we're in mortal danger because of-- dun dun dun-n!-- the Affordable Care Act! The very same health care law that saves money and, oh yeah, lives.

And they say irony is dead.

Well, at least they didn't cast the U.S. as a rapey gynie again.

So let's recap: They say we are being worked up into a panicked frenzy by Grotesque Paper Mache-Masked Uncle Sam McBigGovernment bursting into our homes apparently scaring us into buying Obamacare...

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... while trying their best to work us into a panicked frenzy by scaring us out of buying Obamacare.

Nothing hypocritical about that.

Yes, this is just one more in a series of laughably desperate attempts to scare us away from the Affordable Care Act.

More here.

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Flashback to GOP 2005: Don't pre-judge! Give Bush time to fix Medicare Part D glitches!

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The same old Republican frauds are at it again, going after the Affordable Care Act-- indefinitely-- milking the website issues as long as they can... because that's all they've got. They have nothing of substance to offer. They're desperate, and they're losing.

They have no jobs bills, no viable alternative to Obamacare, no nothin'. Actually, a whole lot of nothin'.

Meanwhile, the new health care plan's popularity is rising as the Republicans' poll numbers are tanking. Did I mention insurance giant WellPoint, a key player in  the Obamacare rollout, is upbeat about the exchanges?

But that doesn't faze those on the right. I called them frauds earlier, but I could have easily said "hypocrites." Think Progress elaborates:

Millions of Americans try to enroll in health care benefits during the first days of a new government health care program. They rely on indispensable government website that had been “pitched as a high-tech way” to sort through available coverage options. They’re encountering countless glitches and technical errors: the website freezes, displays incorrect plan information and sends insurers erroneous reports.

Administration officials — clearly caught off guard by the surge of technical difficulties — respond to “tens of thousands of complaints” from angry beneficiaries and promise to “fix every problem as quickly possible.”

Oh noes! What a mess, right? President Obama should be impeached and his idiotic health care reform plan should be scrapped NOW!

Except for one thing.

That all happened in 2005 and 2006 when the Bush administration tried to implement the Medicare prescription drug benefit.

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And some of the same hypocrites who are pointing fingers and screaming for repeal today "gave the Bush administration a pass and urged Americans not to pre-judge such a complicated process." Reps. Joe Barton, Tim Murphy, Michael Burgess, and Phil Gingrey for example.

Maybe they should substitute the name "Obama" for "Bush" in the sentence below and rethink their painfully obvious duplicity:

Ultimately, the Bush administration fixed the law’s technical glitches, but more than half of the beneficiaries who ended up signing up for insurance didn’t do so until after the first of the year. Significantly, they signed up for coverage despite the Bush administration’s well-publicized initial glitches in extending coverage to low-income beneficiaries.

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GOP myth-information debunked... again: #Obamacare and part-time jobs

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Michael Hiltzik has been on a roll lately. I may post two of his Los Angeles Times columns today, because he keeps hitting on points that seem to get very little coverage elsewhere, except as you can see above, on "All In with Chris Hayes":

Obamacare also provides a convenient scapegoat to blame for all sorts of economic ills that either pre-existed or have nothing to do with the health care law. Thanks to a new jobs report today delayed by the government shutdown, tonight we have facts. And one bit of data in particular that might put one of its most insidious lies out of its misery: That Obamacare is a job killer.

...Luckily, we don't have to rely on politicians, pundits and anecdotes to tell us what's going on in the economy, we also have data. Today we learned that full-time employment is up. And the number of people working part-time involuntarily is down since June, and down even more since last year when Obamacare wasn't a factor.

In other words, the trend is moving in the opposite direction of the talking points. And when you zoom out a couple of years since the start of the financial crisis, you see the rise in part-time work starts after the crash and has since gone down. in part, while Obamacare has been the law of the land.

Hiltzik takes it from there:

The report's most notable nugget is the change in part-time work. Over the last month the number of workers in part-time jobs for economic reasons--slack demand, cutbacks in hours--has remained stable. Over the last year, however, it has fallen by 681,000. ...

That puts the lie to the popular conservative meme that Obamacare has transformed America's workforce into part-timers. ...The shorthand about this provided by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), that one-stop shop for Obamacare disinformation, was "single parents who have been forced into part-time work."

Previous employment reports have shown no evidence for that, and the new report undermines the myth further. Moreover, the monthly report defines "part-time" more loosely than the Affordable Care Act -- 35 hours a week or less, compared to the ACA's 30 hours--which means there's even less evidence for the Obamacare/part-time meme.

More at the link.

The GOP can continue to deceive us, but facts are facts, and they only make themselves look dishonest and downright stupid. They repeat their lies often enough to make some of the less informed and more gullible believe they are facts, but eventually it comes down to the same 30-or-so percent who blindly follow anything they put out there.

The rest of us are wising up, as you can see by the latest poll numbers.

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