Christie’s False Equivalency

Today, Governor Christie excoriated Congress for their inaction on relief to Hurricane Sandy victims. He equated both parties as “bad guys” for putting ideology above results. This is a false equivalency that has been perpetuated by the mainstream media.

Clearly, the Republicans are the masters of not getting things done. Contrast them with the Democrats of a few years ago. Remember the debate about the Affordable Care Act? It was far from a slam dunk for its proponents. Congressman Bart Stupak and other anti-choice zealots threatened to sink the bill to further their ideologies. The reason we passed Obamacare is due in large part to then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She got things done, while the current Speaker can’t even find his way out of a paper bag.

Equating the Democrats and Republicans when it comes to gridlock is a false premise and should be called out as such.

Comments (5)

  1. Hopeful

    watching it live was he blamed Republicans and Speaker Boehner quite explicitly. The media (CNN, for example) immediately summarized it into generic Congress, both parties stuff.


  2. mmgth

    I think to blame Congress implies blaming the Republican obstructionists.

  3. carolh

    answer session afterwards. If we want to be better than the Republicans, we have to admit when Christie gets it right. He was brutal to the House Republicans today and they fully deserved it.  I was proud of Christie today.  He was spot on.  We need to praise him when he gets it right.  I do not think Christie used false equivalency today.  At all.  His called his own party out. Bluejersey shouldn’t just be the bash Christie blog. We need to be honest. He was standing up for all of us today – even us true blue Progressives.

  4. deciminyan (Post author)

    I agree that Christie deserves credit when he gets it right, and his tiff with the GOP may cost him some political points in the short term. But he still makes the false equivalency – for example here, where he concludes “that’s why people hate Washington DC” lumping the Ds and Rs together as part of the problem. While he continues to fight for the Sandy aid that New Jersey deserves, he’s also pandering to those on both sides of the political spectrum with the false equivalency.

  5. Jersey Shore John

    He specifically said, “This time it’s my party.” I yelled at the TV: “No! For the last four years it’s been your party! For the entire Obama Presidency it’s been your party!”

    The polls don’t say America hates Washington. They say America hates the GOP House.


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