WASHINGTON, JANUARY 18, 2014 – Baseball Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees, Yogi Berra, once said in his inimitable style, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Journalists have come to the fork, the battle lines have been drawn and one controversy dominates liberal media while another is the focus of conservatives.
Typically the press fights its wars of words over a single issue with the fierce passion of opposing viewpoints. For the moment however, there is a two front confrontation taking place where political preferences dominate the scandal du jour. While liberals see New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s George Washington Bridge traffic jams as a heinous abuse of power, conservatives are focusing on getting to the truth of the deaths of four Americans in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
A massive investigation is underway by the left to locate any possible link that would incriminate Christie over any personal knowledge of the GW Bridge incident. Speculation, which is likely wishful thinking, is that Christie is lying about his involvement. Could that be because democrats are so accustomed to listening to boldface lies from their own high administration officials that there can be no other possibility?
Christie is a savvy politician. He has been called a bully. He is certainly outspoken and blunt. That makes him a lightning rod. It does not make him a prevaricator. IF there is any evidence that eventually incriminates Chris Christie, it is a given his political career is over. He is a republican. His defiance and his words will come back to haunt him. Most all, he is currently regarded as the mist viable contender to challenge Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign
Was the retaliation by Christie’s staff despicable? Absolutely. Was it expensive? Certainly. Was it stupid? Unquestionably.
On the other hand, the governor acted quickly and decisively by firing those who caused the problem as well as taking personal responsibility for the actions of his team.
Contrast that with recent senate revelations about the attack in Benghazi which left four Americans dead and the president and his secretary of state blaming the incident on a YouTube video in order to provide cover during the heat of the 2012 presidential campaign.
The lies were obvious from the outset, but since there was no actual proof, any accusations could only be considered speculation.
Ms. Clinton had the gall not only to blame Benghazi on a video, but to describe it as “disgusting” while standing at a podium speaking to the families of the dead with their flag draped coffins behind her. THAT performance was disgusting. Not only because it was not true, but also because it was purely political without compassion for those who had lost their lives and their loved ones.
By itself, that event would normally be enough, but Barack Obama and his minions have more than their share of scandal to contend with including the IRS, the NSA and Obamacare, not to mention the obvious revelation that al-Qaeda is not as dead as he claimed it was.
So the battle intensifies. Liberal networks ignore Benghazi. Conservatives pretend the Christie fiasco was just a “cone in the road” to paraphrase Barack Obama.
Neither incident is a ringing endorsement for the government and statesmanship for which Americans once believed. On the other hand, let’s look beyond the spin. Let’s stop using talking points for a moment. Let’s analyze the way each side handled their own particular crisis.
If Christie is lying, he is toast. He is keenly aware of that, which means he is probably telling the truth. Then look at the Obama/Clinton strategy. Both are devious master politicians who own dictionaries which do not contain the word “truth.”
Christie may not be likable. He may be gruff and less than charming. He is not infallible or perfect, but he did one thing in the past couple of weeks that this country has not witnessed in five years under Barack Obama by demonstrating leadership and accepting responsibility.
Give us a president who is flawed but willing to admit such imperfections, over the current occupant of the White House or his potential female counterpart who suffer from their self-serving Mary Poppins syndrome of being “practically perfect in every way.”
It is true enough that Hillary Clinton has more experience than Barack Obama ever had. That still does not make her qualified to be the president. It only means she has more experience.
The job Mrs. Clinton is best qualified for is President of the Balderdash Club.
The media has, indeed, arrived at the fork and like Yogi Berra said, “They took it.”
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
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