To be fair, Chris Christie and half-term governor/ full-term Republican abortion Sarah Palin have never been bosom buddies. Christie (an old-school corporate evangelical) is on record last July as having called the Tea Party “very dangerous.” And indeed, it is to him; not least of which because he’d rather grow the government and use it to make himself rich, rather than to burn it so other people can get rich. And that’s not something Sarah Palin appreciates — for God’s sake, the man didn’t even wish her a happy 50th birthday.
Still, though, Palin hasn’t been particularly hard on the head of the Republican Governor’s Association, of which she was (briefly) a member. She’s been a bit lukewarm on him overall, going so far once as to effectively call him unelectably fat. But with damning evidence surrounding Bridgegate daily rearing its double-chinned head, Palin’s now officially jumped on the Republican bandwagon of disowning the RGA’s lead man.
During an Inside Edition interview on Tuesday, she paused briefly from discussion of Clay Aiken (with whom she shares a date of cultural relevancy) to discuss Chris Christie. Having previously stated that BridgeGate is a scandal whose atrocity pales only in comparisons to Obama’s, she said:
[box type=”shadow”]”It’s hard to be the CEO of an organization and not know what the closest people to you are up to. It’s tough not to know. I know when I was mayor and manager of this city and then governor of the state, certainly you know what your top aides are up to.[/box]
Continuing the disownment of her former RGA leader, quoth the viper:
[box type=”shadow”]”Even if Chris Christie were a Democrat, people would still be very, very outraged to find out that bureaucrats were involved in messing up people’s schedules and lives via power plays.”[/box]
The irony in Sarah’s condemnation runs nearly as thick as the average Alaskan’s back pelt; in 2008, she found herself embroiled in a “gate” scandal of her own, when she tried to get a state trooper Mike Wooten fired. Wooten’s crime? Being Palin’s ex-brother-in-law, and getting into a custody battle with Palin’s sister.
So, Sarah, via TrooperGate, is certainly qualified to opine on abuses of power related to personal spite.
Of course, there’s a little more to her condemnation of Christie than personal spite. The fact that Christie doesn’t support The One (Rand Paul) doesn’t endear him any to Palin or the rest of the Tea Party. The fact that BridgeGate also effectively guarantees that Paul, Great White Hope and Head Pseudointellectual of the Tea Party, will make it onto the Republican presidential ticket in 2016 means that Palin is now free to press the “meanie” button at will.
Now, she just needs to explain how Christie, as evil, fat, stupid, corrupt, unqualified as she’ll inevitably say he is, wound up president of a club she was (briefly) a part of.