It might be interesting to live in the fantasy world inhabited by columnist Kevin Foley. Based on the content of his Friday fable in the Jan. 17 MDJ, he does not reside in the same world inhabited by most of your readers.
His opening sentence betrays an abnormal ignorance of history. Nixon’s resignation was prompted by urgings of Republican leaders, because he lost his following among members of his own party. To say the GOP is seeking revenge for that is so totally absurd as to be laughable.
Though he tries through careful wording to plant the seed that Clinton’s impeachment fell apart, the fact is that Clinton was impeached and was convicted on two offenses. Unfortunately, he lacked the character of Nixon and did not resign.
Foley’s attempt to connect the impeachment of Clinton and the resignation of Speaker Newt Gingrich also falls flat. The fact is that while Gingrich was guilty of an adulterous affair, he did not step down as speaker or resign because of it. His resignation was occasioned by the erosion of backing within the GOP due to losses during the previous election. Gingrich had enough character to resign when he could no longer do the job effectively. Unlike Clinton, when asked about his affair, he admitted it and shouldered the responsibility. Clinton tried to lie his way out of it.
Foley tries to paint Chris Christie as the darling of the GOP and the only hope it has of regaining the White House. Nothing could be further from the truth. Christie will have his day in the court of public opinion. For now one thing is certain. He had the integrity to fire those responsible for the bridge closures. In spite of Foley’s claim, nobody is giving him a free pass. He may or may not be GOP candidate. However, let me assure you that if he sinks it will not be the end of the GOP or the tea party.
Obama, on the other hand has managed to evade the Fast and Furious scandal, the Benghazi scandal, the NSA spying scandal, the IRS persecution of the tea party scandal, and the disaster known as Obamacare, which becomes more of a joke very day. Unlike Christie, he has not had the integrity to fire anybody.
He has thrown his people under the bus, so to speak, claiming no knowledge of any of these incidents. One has to wonder why and how they hid all these actions which were going on right under his nose. One has to wonder if he really knows anything.
So, the gist of his column, “that the GOP is in trouble because of Christie, and that we should cut Obama the same slack we are cutting Christie” is so much hogwash. Christie is getting no slack from the GOP or the tea party. The liberal media is persecuting him like he was a mass murderer, all the while ignoring the continual screw ups by the pretender in the White House.