WASHINGTON, January 17, 2014 — There are two scenes from “Tombstone,” one of the best westerns in the last thirty years, where Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) comes to terms with just how much irony and hypocrisy he can bear in his life. In the first, he is offered a badge by Wyatt Earp when the Earp/Clanton War begins. He rejects the badge, saying, “My hypocrisy only goes so far.” He rejects the badge because as an outlaw, and a man of ragged honor, it would not be right for him to put it on.
In the second scene, he is dying in his bed. A priest is giving him his last rights, and he says “Apparently, there is no limit to my hypocrisy”; he has led the life of a sinner, a gambler and a killer, yet he will leave life as a saint.
Until recently, we might have believed that there were places where the liberal media would not go. There were things that they were very well aware were hypocritical and ironic. Let’s put about two weeks ago as their “My hypocrisy only goes so far” moment.
Well, after this latest “scandal” to break, it would seem that the liberal media has arrived at the “there is no limit to my hypocrisy” moment.
This newest scandal involves the alleged creation by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of an executive position for his friend David Wildstein at the New Jersey Port Authority. According to CNN, it was as easy as “Give him a position at the top of the agency; he’s a good friend of the governor.” This new allegation, if it can be called that, comes on the heels of two scandals, and in connection with the first. Apparently, Mr. Wildstein was a key player in the lane closure debacle on the George Washington Bridge. However, what the liberal media are focusing on is how the governor of New Jersey used his political connections to create a position for his friend in the Port Authority.
This is one of the most blatantly hypocritical stories to be smothered and covered by the liberal media in recent memory.
Chris Christie is a big government loving, Establishment Republican. Many — most — Conservatives believe he is the wrong choice for the 2016 run. If the allegations of bullying and misusing public funds are true, he is not fit to serve in public office and should be prosecuted for his actions.
However, this scandal is manufactured and hypocritical. From the dawn of the American republic, presidents, governors, mayors, and every other executive you can think of have brought their own people in to positions of responsibility as a reward for loyalty. President Andrew Jackson was the king of this; he created positions for his friends and threw out lifelong politicians simply for being lifelong politicians. JFK created several positions around him and staffed them with his closest advisers, and made his brother his attorney general. President Obama has liberally created “czar” positions during the course of his administration. Half of America’s ambassadors come not from the ranks of the Foreign Service, but from the ranks of the presidents donors.
While the move to put Wildstein in a top position at the Port Authority is not meritocratic, you have to be naïve to think that it is not an everyday occurrence in politics. Why wouldn’t a newly elected governor want to put his own man in one of the top seats at one of the most important agencies in the state? There is no position open? Then let’s make one.
Anyone who believes that Christie is the only politician who places his friends in top agency positions is what is wrong with the voting populace in America. To paraphrase George RR Martin, if you believe that only Republican politicians are corrupt, you have not been paying attention. Pay attention and open your eyes. This is not a scandal; this is simply cronyism at play.
Are you wondering where the hypocrisy is yet?
The Welters family was responsible for raising and donating up to $500,000 to the Obama election campaigns. As it happens, Mr. Welters’ company was hired to do the Healthcare.gov fixes after the rollout was a Pompeian disaster. By the way, Mrs. Welters became ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago.
Warren Buffet and his company BNSF Railroad donated nearly $500,000 to the Obama Campaigns. BNSF railroad happens to shift an awful lot of crude oil around the country. It just so happens that if the Keystone Pipeline were constructed, Buffet and his railroad would stand to lose a lot of money.
Should we look into how the President appointed a campaign donor to look into the IRS scandal? Probably not, it’s probably not relevant.
Should we look into how two top military commanders were fired after the Benghazi incident, allegedly for attempting to aid Ambassador Stevens? Not interested?
Do you remember Healthcare.gov? Did you know that it was awarded to Canadian based firm CGI on a no-bid, $93 million contract despite the fact that the company was under investigation in Canada and several American states? Did you know that the final price tag is now at over $650 million? Did you know there is no investigation into this?
How it is possible that there is an investigation already underway into Chris Christie’s possible misuse of $2 million of hurricane relief funds to make a state tourism commercial, but there is no investigation being opened up on why we were half-a-billion dollars over budget on a website? By the way, one of the board members of CGI and Michelle Obama went to Princeton together, but that probably doesn’t have to do with anything in particular.
The Progressives in office, and their counterparts in the media, have silenced some of the most fraudulent and gross abuse of power scandals our nation has ever seen. Yet when a Republican governor who seems to be tied with Hillary Clinton in several polls flies too close to the sun, the Liberal media will do their best to melt his wings and cast him down. CNN, NBC and ABC are all jumping over this story as if it were something like, well, the president ordering the IRS to audit conservative groups before the 2012 election.
It would seem that the fact that these stories are developing side by side is irrelevant to them, they are unaware of their surroundings. To them it is more plausible that the Governor of New Jersey did not know about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, than it is that the President of the United States was unaware that guns were walking to Mexico, the IRS was targeting conservatives, that the NSA was spying on American citizens, or that the Benghazi attack was carried out by al-Qaeda.
Their hypocrisy knows no bounds. The Liberals in the media are so eager to knock off Republican opponents to Biden and Clinton that they compare lane closures and the governor getting the starring role in a commercial to disregarding the Fourth Amendment and using the IRS as a political tool.
The good news is that we now know the standard exchange rate for a Republican scandal vs. a Democratic scandal in the media.
It goes something like, one Republican traffic jam equals two years of IRS auditing by the Democrats. And oh, $2 million worth of an embezzlement scandal by a Republican apparently does not even scratch the surface of a half a billion spent by Democrats on a $93 million project scandal.
Perhaps President Obama will create a position to investigate all of these scandals, a lot of people out of work out there.