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The Christie Sense: Already dead? Or what?

Back in July, Maggie Haberman (now at the N Y Times) wrote a piece for Politico in which she likened Chris Christie to the Bruce Willis character in The Sixth Sense – the last man to realize he’s no longer alive. It’s a potent image, but it didn’t really go anywhere. It was too early to call Christie dead.

Then a few days ago, Joe Scarborough raised the concept again, with Haberman’s old Politico boss Jim VandeHei. You probably saw that (if you didn’t, Ive posted that below the fold).

This morning, somebody’s picked the concept up and packaged it less for New Jersey people than for the voters at large who might still be considering Christie as they begin to think 2016.

I’m going to argue that it’s still too early. YES, there are multiple federal investigations going on probing his operation at the highest levels. YES, not just the GWB one most Americans know. YES, Jeb Bush and/or Mitt Romney may poach his contributors. YES, he’s upside down in New Jersey and tanking everywhere else (see fivethirtyeight’s Everybody Hates Chris Christie). YES, YES, YES. But Christie is an enormously clever politician, even if he is a failure as a governor. I’m going to argue it’s too early to call this guy dead. But not everybody sees it that way. What do you think? Sound sampling from Morning Joe, here’s how American Bridge is dogging Chris Christie today:

Morning Joe’s Love of Christie Blinds Him

We all know that “Morning” Joe Scarborough idolizes Chris Christie like a pre-teen girl idolizes Justin Bieber. But this clip is particularly embarrassing:

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First of all, teacher tenure is anything but “done” in New Jersey. When you look at the original proposals of Christie and the NJEA, it’s clear that the teachers union got almost everything it wanted while Christie lost the fight on seniority, mutual consent, and appeals to an outside third party. Scarborough obviously knows little about the particulars of the new law.

Next: what other “tough choice” has Chris Christie made? Pension reform? The primary effect of that was to keep the state from having to make a full payment into the public employee pensions for seven years. If anything, pen-ben delayed the difficult decisions Christie has to make until after the 2013 election (and that’s assuming he runs).

Taxes? Listen to State Senator Barbara Buono:

The bottom line: In terms of property taxes, New Jersey is worse off than under the previous administration.

The average homeowner has seen a net property tax increase of roughly 20 percent over the past two years, up from $6,244 in 2009 to $7,519 in 2011.

The reasons all stem from the same root cause: the governor’s unwillingness to tackle the toughest problem confronting our state.

And yet, despite Christie’s unwillingness to make “tough choices,” national right-wing pundits like Scarborough fawn all over him. It’s probably Christie’s greatest political talent: getting the chattering class to give him credit for things he’s never done. It reminds me of the first term of someone else: someone who put off hard decisions, and we’re still paying the price for it…

ADDING: Don’t tell Joe, but everyone is saying that on the tenure law, Christie was the one who blinked:

Ultimately, it was Gov. Chris Christie stepping back — at least for now — on an issue that was once a no-trespass line: his insistence on ending seniority rights for teachers in the case of layoffs.

“That was very near the end of the process, not a single moment, but suddenly it didn’t appear so much in the conversations any more,” said Vincent Giordano, the executive director of the New Jersey Education Association and one of the regulars at the table.

“When that issue started slowly fading away, without question, that helped smooth out other hurdles in the road,” he said. “That’s what bargaining is all about.”

Do The Booker Backwalk!

Have you heard about the new dance craze sweeping the nation? It’s called the Cory Booker Backwalk, and it goes something like this:

1) Put your foot in your mouth. Do this by calling “nauseating” and “ridiculous” the completely legitimate questions being asked by the Obama campaign about Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital. Bain is a cornerstone of Romney’s message, so what makes the topic unsavory isn’t exactly clear. Maybe, like Steve Kornacki points out, Booker just doesn’t want to anger his many friends (and potential future friends, wink wink) in the finance sector.

2) Take your foot out of your mouth. Do this by frantically publishing a YouTube video intended to squish any notion that Booker would say such a silly thing. Call it a clarification, even if it’s essentially a complete reversal.

Got it? Good, because the Booker Backwalk is all over the news today, and you don’t want to miss out. His pals at Morning Joe think it’s no big deal and are holding out hope for another video of Booker and Christie running hand-in-hand through a meadow.  At CNN they have reported that Booker is “Backtracking Bigtime.” And Talking Points Memo is focusing more on how Booker’s gaffe/possible moment of too much candidness gives Republicans new ammo no matter how you slice it.

It’s interesting that coverage of this debacle casts Booker as a progressive Democrat. Think Progress, for example, calls Booker the “popular and progressive” mayor of Newark, even though Booker’s take on one of  the biggest issues of the day – education reform – is in square alignment with Republican governors like Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Mitch Daniels and Tom Corbett. Journalist Glen Ford has reported on Booker’s direct ties to the right’s agenda of privatization and union-busting. Just two weeks ago, Booker spoke at a pro-school voucher event sponsored by ALEC. Progressive?

Glen Ford doesn’t think so. In fact, Ford calls Booker “a major player in a huge historical saga in which the corporate right successfully bought its way deep into Black American politics.” That saga, argues Ford, is at the root of the current attack on public education in NJ and across the U.S. Watch and think:

5:30-9am: Morning Joe in Fort Lee to talk education with Christie

x_30_mj_fortlee_120301MSNBC’s Morning Joe, which provides the most visible national platform for the Christie sass and bluster that host Joe Scarborough loves so much, will be broadcasting live Friday morning from Fort Lee High School.

Once again, NBC is ignoring teachers. Can’t have people who’ve devoted their lives to children get in the way when the movers and shakers want to get reformy. They might ask too many tough questions.

The focus is ‘education reform’ and the guests are Gov. Christie, fellow governors Jack Markell (Delaware) and Dannel Malloy (Connecticut) and the ubiquitous Michelle Rhee, who pops up ever anew on panels and teevee shows, despite the fact she’s been discredited and called on to explain her inaccuracies many, many times over.

Morning Joe often engages on Twitter:

Show: @Morning_Joe

Joe Scarborough: @JoeNBC

Mika Brzezinski: @morningmika

Chris Christie: @GovChristie

Michelle Rhee: @m_rhee

And are you following @bluejersey?

Romney: Michigan Tree Height Explained, for Anchorman Fans (+ Bonus Christie Morning Joe)

Mitt Romney should be owning the Michigan GOP primary. But unless his decent performance last night in Arizona gives him a bump, it’s close. Close enough that Chris Christie had to be yanked in to manage the expectation game for the Romney campaign this morning.

Romney, a rich guy who made his money by plundering companies and firing workers, grew up rich in the same place I grew up: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Romney’s father George was governor when we moved there; his son Mitt a subject of social chatter in the Detroit papers. Mitt graduated from Cranbrook Schools, the tony, park-like (and architecturally significant) private school campus I lived right near, where he met his wife Ann. He hung out at the Mormon Temple on Woodward Avenue (where his father was President), I hung with the anti-war Unitarians half a mile down the road. He’s older, but he would have bored me anyway.

You’d think Michigan would be easy pickings for Romney. Hometown boy. Son of the father. But Michigan culture, even its Republican culture, is deeply rooted in the working class that built the place, that fell when manufacturing shifted away and is showing life again thanks to Obama’s auto bailout. The one Romney famously opposed and is now struggling to paste over with revisionist suggestions of how the auto industry his father was once a titan of could have been saved. Chris Christie, Romney apologist and saver-of-his-bacon on numerous occasions, tried strenuously to back Mitt on Morning Joe (MSNBC) this morning (that video’s on the jump page).

You could understand why Mitt would be rattled landing in the state where he grew up among future Masters of the Universe, where Daddy ran the show. But his rambling (druggy, if we didn’t know better) breathless chatter about trees …lakes .. and cars is just the weirdest shit I’ve ever seen come out of a politico’s mouth (even with Michael Moore’s defense of Romney).

I didn’t get it. Till I saw this awesometown little AFSCME video cutting Romney in with the slightly slow Brick Tamland from Anchorman. Just naming stuff. I love lamp.

Click below to get to the meat: Chris  Christie’s contentious, revisionist, sputtering interview on Morning Joe this morning (and they like him there).

Romney Michigan Trees Explained, for Anchorman Fans

close enough that Chris Christie had to be yanked in to manage the expectation game for the Romney campaign.

Romney, a rich guy who made his money by plundering companies and firing workers, grew up rich in the same place I grew up: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Romney’s father George was governor when we moved there; his son Mitt a subject of social chatter in the Detroit papers. Romney graduated from Cranbrook Schools, the tony, park-like (and architecturally significant) private school campus I lived right near, and where he met his wife Ann.

You’d think Michigan would be easy pickings for Romney, hometown boy, son of the father. But Michigan culture, even its Republican culture, is deeply rooted in the working class that built the place, that fell when manufacturing shifted away and is showing life again thanks to Obama’s auto bailout. Same auto bailout Romney famously opposed and is now struggling to paste over with revisionist suggestions of how the auto industry his father was once a titan of could have been saved. Chris Christie, Romney apologist and saver-of-his-bacon on numerous occasions, tried strenuously to back Mitt on Morning Joe (MSNBC) this morning (that video’s on the jump page).

You could understand why Mitt would be rattled landing in the state where he grew up among future Masters of the Universe, where Daddy ran the show. But his rambling (druggy, if we didn’t know better) breathless monologue about trees, lakes and cars is just the weirdest shit I’ve ever seen come out of a politico’s mouth (even with Michael Moore’s defense of Romney).

I didn’t get what Romney was even talking about. Till I saw this awesometown little video cutting Romney in with the slightly slow Brick Tamland from Anchorman. Just naming stuff.

Click below to get to the meat: Chris  Christie’s contentious, revisionist, sputtering interview on Morning Joe this morning (and they like him there).

Christie on Morning Joe

Gov. Christie was on Morning Joe today. He got more air time than Mitt Romney, also on, was given. Here’s both videos, and a little of what Christie talked about:

Take a damned breath: (3:55 mark) talking national politics, overtalking co-host Mika Brzezinski (like everybody there does). She gets him back, questioning his certainty on Romney.