I've been watching the wags and the wonks this week hold
forth on the Chris Christie "political vendetta" which has now
(predictably) been dubbed "bridgegate". Many questions,
law suits and righteous outrages will continue, but who's
thinking about our first president? Few live up to his
Enlightenment values of monitoring/controlling character
qualities from within, and yet many rush to name buildings,
schools, airports AND BRIDGES after him...nevermind
what actually occurs on those sites once constructed.
Governor Christie (R-NJ) may/may not have had a ham-
fisted hand in this dangerously presumptous chicanery,
but that it could happen at all is beyond all reason and
(1) Did criminally clueless Ms. Kelly think she'd make
points with the gov her boss by staging this dirty
trick? She overestimated her cleverness AND
underestimated his intelligence/instincts for survival.
(2) How could anyone actually demand support from
an official (the democratic mayor of Fort Lee) from the
other side of the aisle? Subtlety, objectivity and
cooperation win bipartisanship more often than
primitively dangerous retribution on any day, anyway.
(3) What sort of civil servant or elected official could
wage political vendettas on the backs of innocent
citizens, endangering emergency vehicle occupants,
delaying doctors on the way in to offices and hospitals,
(4) Kelly and the Toll authority honcho stalled
traffic over the George Washington Bridge in the
guise of a traffic study (never necessary to stop
vehicles for such, when TV stations' helicopters happen
to hover over expressways and streets monitoring
traffic flow EVERY DAY).
(5) And by no means lastly: they thought they
could get away with this? The scandal erupted
in September 2013, but it has long legs and will
dog Christie for foreseeable future months/years.
Surely such willful stupidity demands jail time for
Kelly and her partner in crime at the minimum.
I can blame the gov for two things he IS responsible
for: (a) not insisting, firmly, the day after he assembled
his inner circle, that there would be stiff penalities for
anything not aboveboard; (b) not vetting very minutely
persons of importance coming into his administration.
For golly sakes, public health and safety are at stake.
I hear a faint voice calling out in protest, "Not in my name,
not in my name!" Is that you, President Washington?
Please don't roll over in your grave again.