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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.

what's the matter with new jersey

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VIDEO- Rachel Maddow: "This speech not only... was a bad speech... one of the most remarkable acts of political selfishness I have ever seen..."

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I watched Rachel Maddow's kapowie! reaction to Chris Christie's speech live last night and hoped NBC would post the video. They did. Enjoy!

"[T]his speech not only I think was a bad speech, I think that this was one of the most remarkable acts of political selfishness I have ever seen on a stage this big. This was a 2600-word speech in which he used nearly 1800 of those words before he first said the name "Mitt Romney," and as soon as he said Mitt Romney, he went back to talking about himself for hundreds more words.

"This was Chris Christie accepting the nomination of the Republican party for 2016, because Mitt Romney wasn't even interesting enough to talk about in the keynote address that is supposed to be more Mitt Romney's nomination. I find this speech to have been totally shocking, completely opposite to what I expected."

"...What the Republican party most did tonight was make the case for their bench, if not for the team on the field at least, the team that might be on the field in four years."

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VIDEO: Rachel Maddow in heated debate with a very condescending Alex Castellanos on Meet the Press

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As promised, here is the infuriating clip of conservative political consultant (and top media adviser to George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign as well as Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign) Alex Castellanos interrupting and condescending to MSNBC’s not-conservative Rachel Maddow. 

How generous of NBC to use 13 minutes of roundtable combat as a lead-in to two self-serving promotions for other NBC shows. After all, what could the brilliant Rachel Maddow possibly have to offer after her very few moments of squeezing in spurts of reason and factual comebacks to combat the offensive-- and intrusive-- torrents of demeaning Castellanos's verbal flatulence?

Why would any voters care about the issues when they could be watching previews of Brian Williams and Saturday Night Live shows? What possible reason would NBC have to allow communication of thought and opinion when they can pump us up for programs that have yet to air?

And why let substance get in the way of provocative timing decisions when you can cut off a political debate midstream and create a cliffhanger of sorts, but then leave no opportunity for real resolution or meaningful follow-up discussion?

Rachel pretty much summed up the tone of her "conversation" with these two responses to Castellanos:

"It's weird that you're interrupting me and not letting me make my point since we get along so well, so let me make my point."

"That's really condescending... My passion on this issue is actually me making factual arguments."

It would also be refreshing if David Gregory, in his exasperating opening interviews (which I will not post, but you can find at the MSNBC video site here) would challenge the lies and misinformation coming from his GOP guests instead of letting them slide without a peep.

Last night I was snark-tweeting about the live shots of attendees schmoozing each other up at the White House Correspondents Dinner, aka NerdProm, and one of my tweets was, "There's David Gregory chatting it up... but no way is he asking any follow-up questions."

Needless to say, that one got a lot of agreement.

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Memo to self-serving Meet the Press: Promoting NBC shows is not news, nor is fake, "More from the roundtable"

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I will post the infuriating clip of conservative political consultant (and top media adviser to George W. Bush's 2004 presidential campaign as well as Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign) Alex Castellanos interrupting and condescending to MSNBC's not-conservative Rachel Maddow in my next post, but first, let's cut in with David Gregory's own infuriating and self-serving interruptions and teases.

He relentlessly promoted other NBC shows at the expense of a much more relevant-- and important-- segment on the differences between President Obama and Willard M. Romney on policy issues.

After a heated debate between Castellanos and Maddow, as well as Hillary Rosen and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), David Gregory actually had the chutzpah to say, "We'll be back to the roundtable..." when what he really meant was "Screw that, here are two segments that NBC hopes will bring in more ratings."

So instead of continuing the discussion with his guests, he prioritized mini-infomercials for future network shows and finally got "back to the roundtable" just long enough to thank them for what little time he gave them on air.

Mr. Laffy and I both screamed "WTF?!" at the Tee Vee machine in unison when we realized there would be no more discussion of information that matters to voters, but instead, we'd be force-fed this:

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Really, NBC? This is what Meet the Press has become?

The commercialization of the news is depressing enough, but to turn one of the mainstays of Sunday talk (or as I like to call it, Media Bias Sunday... scroll) into a diet of teases, infotainment, and promos for other network programs is insulting and downright appalling.

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VIDEO: Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump's new hit: Mini-Apprenti! Put those kids to work!

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Thank you John Dean for alerting me to this piece at Politico:

I'm here to offer my services, and I don't even charge.

As you can see in the video, somehow, some way, Donald Trump always manages to plug his show and tell us how wealthy he is.

After a nearly hour-long meeting at Trump Tower, Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich emerged for a joint news conference, during which the former House speaker defended The Donald from slams from Ron Paul that Trump moderating a debate would create a "circus" atmosphere.

Here's what Mr. Wealth had to say, in part:

"...In very, very poor schools ... We're gonna be picking ten young, wonderful children and we're gonna make them apprenti. We're gonna have a little fun with it... It was Newt's idea..."

What a guy. Those child labor laws are silly, superfluous little annoyances, so let's get those kiddies to work, because, hey, it's fun! Why not profit off of them while they're at it? Genius! Leave it to Newtered to come up with brilliance like "Mini Apprenti."

And Donald is such a cool guy, who wouldn't want his endorsement? He's the pro's pro, a "genuine American icon," the godfather of GOP candidates, a real family man. "Who wouldn't want to hang out with him?"

Uh, me.

"We have to get a certain sense of humor in politics..." Well then, I gotta hand it to the Republicans, because their candidates are a joke.

Team Paul agrees:

"We are sure two average Americans like Speaker Gingrich and Donald Trump will have a wonderful time picking out gifts for their wives. We suggest a place called Tiffany's, we her it is quite nice this time of year and given their celebrity status they can probably get special deals and $500,000 lines of credit."

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VIDEO: Newt Gingrich's "SHAMpaign"

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Required viewing for anyone who buys into Newtered's self-promotion and "new success".

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