A multiple choice question: Select the scandal(s) that affects the most people and has long-term implications for the country in a time of war, a country with a struggling economy that last month produced the weakest job growth in decades. (According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 92 million Americans are no longer in the labor force.)
A) The closing of traffic lanes in Ft. Lee, N.J., allegedly in retaliation for the refusal of a Democratic mayor to endorse New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie for a second term.
B) The role of the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked on September 11, 2012, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans and the lies and possible cover-up about al-Qaida's involvement.
C) The IRS' refusal to grant nonprofit status to numerous conservative groups during the 2012 election campaign for, allegedly, political reasons.
D) President Obama's repeated statements assuring Americans that if they like their insurance plans and doctors they may keep them under the new ACA.
If you are honest you would have to select B, C and D, but who among the media are honest enough to do that?
Governor Christie held a 107-minute news conference last Thursday, during which he repeatedly denied knowing anything about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. He fired Bridget Anne Kelly, his deputy chief of staff, and blocked the appointment of another close associate to a state GOP chairmanship.
Left-leaning Democrats and the establishment media see an opening to keep Christie from winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 and are salivating because they think the Fort Lee controversy might harm his chances against Hillary Clinton.
One wishes the media would grill President Obama over far more important matters with the same zeal they have applied to Governor Christie.
In light of A, B, C and D above, closing two lanes leading to a bridge is nothing. It does, however, again expose the media's agenda and their intention to bring down anyone who is a potential threat to a Hillary Clinton presidency.
On Monday, CNN reported that Christie is now the subject of a federal investigation into whether he misused $25 million in Superstorm Sandy relief money to fund a marketing campaign to promote tourism at the Jersey Shore. Convenient timing? If wasted federal money is an indictable offense, most of Congress should be behind bars.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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