Kathleen Parker: Take a step back from alleged Christie scandal

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  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 6:25 p.m.

    "What ever the outcome, Christie's presidential aspirations are toast,"

    Which is what this whole 'story' is about, a smear by democrats on the republican candidate they fear most.

    I am not distressed. Christie is an eastern moderate. I want a real conservative. I don't think he would have been the nominee anyway.

    So let's just keep the democrats guessing. Let's see how many republicans they smear, hoping to get people to forget the ACA mess. There are so many talented conservatives. Republicans need to find an unknown, like Obama was unknown. Driving all the 'known' candidates out will pave the way for that great obscure republican candidate.

    On top of that, all the smearing will help those in the middle see the democrat party, and their partner in crime, MSNBC, for what they are.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 3:18 p.m.

    Yes, he is the only viable candidate left. Maybe Senator Lee can rehabilitate his image and go super Fox.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 7:57 a.m.

    Ms Parker did you ever once suggest the "step back" approach to columnists and the Fox News
    pundits when they went with Benghazi misinformation. Also the announcement that "Impeachment is on the Table" was talked by, of all people, a congressman member of the Benghazi Congressional Hearing. Such hype has lead to nothing but embarrassment. There was no conspiracy after all.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Feb. 7, 2014 7:52 p.m.


    Agreed. But I don't think it will be the Bridge problems that will ultimately get the Governor in trouble, its the misuse of Sandy relief funds. The evidence is far more direct and the consequences far more grave.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 6:27 p.m.

    This is amateurish by New Jersey corruption standards. If this is the best he can do, it's time to vote for the democrat.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    Given Christie's reputation for hardball politics (including running a campaign ad in a 1990s city office race containing falsehoods about his opponent for which he later had to publish a quarter-page newspaper apology in a legal settlement), his generally pushy personality, and my disagreement with most of his policies, I'm predisposed to accept the bridge closure as an act political retaliation. However, I'm willing to accept Ms. Parker's advice and calm down. The lane closures seem to like an extremely clumsy form of retaliation. The whole point of retaliation is that the target knows who the perpetrator is so they know not to repeat the offending action. Here it is not the case. The ones feeling the pain are the commuters who were stuck for hours. Their ire is not going to be directed at the local mayor (or the Democratic legislative leadership-- if the theory that the alleged retaliation was about judicial appointees has any credence). The drivers are going to direct their anger at the operators of the bridge-- the Port Authority and DOT, i.e. the state, and by extension, Christie himself. That's not well-executed retaliation.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 5:52 p.m.

    @Ernest T. Bass "Benghazi."

    Now that you bring it up, Benghazi probably is something we should pay more attention to. We still don't have a clear account of how Obama and Hillary spent the evening on Sept 11, 2012. We do know that Gregory Hicks called Hillary at 8:00 PM EST and told her in no uncertain terms that the embassy was under attack by terrorists. At 10:00 PM, Obama and Hillary talked by phone. By 10:30 PM, Hillary released a statement blaming "inflammatory material posted on the Internet."

    It seems as though some good investigative reporting could track down a few more details about what Obama and Hillary did that evening. From the known events, it appears they spent their time making up a story.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    Agreed. Let's step back from this so-called "scandal" so we can focus on Benghazi!
    Please focus more on Benghazi. We need to get to the bottom of Benghazi.

  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 6:16 a.m.

    This is a lot of talk because of a lane closure. If this is a real issue then explain what my actions should be here in Utah when I come upon a road construction project and everything is present like signs and cones and lane closures and slow down but there is absolutely nothing going on. There are no people, there is no equipment, there is nothing but a lane closure.
    Question, on a Sunday when there is no construction activity at all and the road is in normal condition, why do we have to adhere to lower speed limits? We slow down to protect workers but there aren't any. Someone needs to explain.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 7, 2014 5:56 a.m.

    "Calm down." "People need to step back,"

    This advice applies to so many things in politics. And it is very applicable to the Bridge Gate issue.

    Scandal? Not yet. At least not with Christie.

    And, while I don't think that we have all the facts we should "step back" and allow the investigations to proceed.

    I have not seen evidence that Christie KNEW. Not yet anyway.

    I will give him a pass unless something implicates him personally.
    (And I have not ruled out voting for him)

    And, for the record, I will accept whatever comes out of the investigations.

    You on the left - Give Christie the same benefit of the doubt you give Obama
    You on the Right - Apply your same principles to both

    And to both. Please don't go to illogical lengths to make this vastly different.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Feb. 7, 2014 5:40 a.m.

    The micro-managing Christie is in the classic dilemma, either he can claim ignorance and appear incompetent, or he can be seen as someone who is lying about a bogus "traffic study" on the busiest bridge in the world.

    What ever the outcome, Christie's presidential aspirations are toast, and the leading Republican is ...........you guessed it, Mitt Romney!

  • Bob K portland, OR
    Feb. 7, 2014 3:11 a.m.

    Step back? OK.

    Why does the writer not ask the obvious question:
    "Who is Christie and what is his character, if he would hire such people?"