During the 2012 presidential campaign, somehow each and every Republican presidential contender had a sink thrown at him (or her) via what reporters call "investigative journalism." Every time a Republican rose in the polls, the media tried to knock him or her down, like a game of Whac-A-Mole.
The very last man standing was Mitt Romney, who didn't receive the official "Gotcha!" from The Washington Post until May, with a 5,000-word opus on "Teenage Haircutgate." That's why it's so strange the national media would decide so early it was time for journalistic carpet bombing of the Great Squishy Northeastern Hope of 2016, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
It was just weeks ago that NBC's Matt Lauer was swooning over Christie and lining him up to denounce House Republicans as cruel and miserly on Superstorm Sandy subsidies. After he won, CBS reporter/former Biden aide Chip Reid was announcing that Christie "wanted a big re-election victory, in part, to show that Republicans who favor consensus over ideological purity can win -- even in blue states like New Jersey." CBS claimed wins by Christie in New Jersey and liberal Terry McAuliffe in Virginia showed America was engaged in a "move to the middle."
Christie can forget all that hugging and mugging with President Barack Obama in 2012, as if that were going to inoculate him forever. Democrats have been harping for weeks -- especially on their propaganda channel MSNBC -- that a "Bridgegate" scandal was going to be Christie's undoing.
On Jan. 8, the scandal exploded. The (Bergen, N.J.) Record revealed Christie's deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly declaring in an email in September, "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee." The Democratic mayor of Fort Lee wouldn't endorse Christie for re-election, so Christie aides decided to punish the public on the George Washington Bridge that goes from Fort Lee into New York City. There goes the image of Christie "favoring consensus."
The same national press that conducted a blackout of the trial of Philadelphia murderer Kermit Gosnell as lawyers exposed his horrific late-term abortion mill -- that was dismissed as a "local story" -- decided a few autumn days of traffic jams in Bergen County to be the hottest outrage for everyone from Jacksonville, Fla., to Boise, Idaho. In fact, their burst of reporting indicates that they believed this was the most important story in the world -- by far.