You might have noticed that I haven't been posting anything about the Chris Christie bridge scandal (well, OK, this cartoon, maybe - but that's more about the Republican Party in general).
The thing is, I felt it was more a local matter in New Jersey, despite Christie's presidential aspirations, which was also getting plenty of attention already. Plus, it's more about old-fashioned corruption than right-wing lunacy (not that that's any better, but it's not my usual focus).
Then the Christie people released this email, defending the governor and blasting David Wildstein, his latest accuser and a Christie insider, as follows:
He was publicly accused by his high school social studies teacher of deceptive behavior.
OK, now this has moved into lunacy, don't you think?
Here's how TPM puts it:
It's genuinely shocking that a sitting governor and presidential aspirant finds himself or his key defenders writing a sentence like this: "He was publicly accused by his high school social studies teacher of deceptive behavior."
I mean, is that a joke? Or, he's someone who "made moves that were not productive"?
Seriously, who wrote this?
What's funny is that many people who know the guy have no trouble saying Wildstein in a brilliantly sleazy guy, someone with a taste for dirty politics and would, as the letter finally says, do and say anything to save David Wildstein. So even as a scorched earth attack it's a pretty hapless effort. It shouldn't be hard to find damning things to say about this guy.
In the cited articles, you see some of the inherent difficulties of the situation. Sleazy liar is Gov's "eyes, ears inside The Port Authority"!
I don't know anything about this scandal, except for what I read online. I wouldn't trust any of these people any farther than I could throw them, so I'm not going to prejudge the outcome of the investigation.
But just the fact that Chris Christie has surrounded himself with people like this really says a lot about him, whether he knew about the bridge closure or not. If these are his supporters - no, not just his supporters, but his trusted lieutenants - what does that say about him?
And now, when fighting back against one of them, Christie accuses the guy of being criticized by his high school social studies teacher? Did he not play well with others in kindergarten, either?
This is turning into a complete farce, isn't it?