After enduring more than a year of snide answers and unveiled contempt by the White House’s First Responder at his daily “pressers”, I tend to avoid video material that entails journalists asking questions of politicians or their representatives. Mr. Gibbs has degraded the genre.
I can’t remember a more unpleasant Press Secretary than Gibbs. Boring ones? Of course. Inept? Sure. And a whole bunch of evaders and pontificators. But not this chronic contempt. No doubt the administration finds him eminently suitable for the task assigned. However, I wonder if they realize that his condescension is a reflection on his boss? Probably not.
To change my mind about the genre this little gem showed up today via intrepid Gates of Vienna reader, REP. He says upon watching this he knows who he’s going to vote for to replace the current resident of the White House:
Evidently this video was linked on Drudge (or so it says in the comment section on You Tube), so if you have trouble loading it try later when the traffic dies down. It’s worth the two and a half minutes of your time it takes to view his response.
Pundits have debated the national significance of Republican Chris Christie’s gubernatorial victory in heavily Democratic New Jersey last November. If the past is any guide, though, the importance of the win will depend on how the new governor actually governs…
“Hope in Jersey“ by Jacob Laskin.
Partway down the essay, Mr. Laskin says:
Several studies have documented that New Jersey’s tax burden is driving wealth-as well as the jobs, job opportunities, and revenues it creates-from the state. The most recent is a February study conducted by the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College, which found that New Jersey lost more than $70 billion in wealth between 2004 and 2008 as wealthy households departed for lower-tax states like Pennsylvania and Florida.
Things sure are changing under Christie’s leadership. A town hall meeting in Hoboken??
I agree with REP: Christie bears watching. A refreshing change from what’s on offer from the national Republican Party at the moment.
And given the novel, straightforward delivery by Christie, he will no doubt appear on You Tube again. For those of you who are interested in keeping up with or ahead of this particular curve, The Njmusicman has a place to sign up. I look forward to seeing more of his videos.
It’s a sad sign of the times that both REP and I are clutching at straws so early in the game. However, the current leadership has us both dispirited. Christie is a ray of hope.