Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Republican strategist Karl Rove said that he doesn’t think the Bridge-Gate scandal has hurt Chris Chrisitie’s chances for a Presidential race. To the contrary, he thinks that his handling of the scandal has given him “street creds” with Tea Party Republicans.
Host John Roberts observed that Christie was being praised by many Republicans for acting so quickly to fire people as soon as the scandal came to light, noting that the President had fired no one over the roll out of Obamacare.
“I think he did himself a lot of good,” Rove said. “I think he did himself some good by contrasting with the normal, routine way of handing these things, which is to be evasive, to sort of trim on the edges.”
“There are reasons why conservatives had disagreements with Chris Christie, I don’t think that the tea party is going to seize upon Fort Lee and the George Washington Bridge as their defining difference with Christie,” he continued. “In fact, I think his handling of this, being straightforward, taking action — saying, ‘I’m responsible’ — firing the people probably gives him some street cred with some tea party Republicans, who say that’s what we want in a leader, somebody who steps up and takes responsibility.”
Bob Woodward of the Washington Post pointed out that it was important to cover the mindset of the people on the governor’s staff because the order for the retribution “came out of that office.”
“So did Benghazi, and so did IRS… come out of appointees of President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton!” Rove testily replied. “The amount of attention paid this week to Chris Christie makes the coverage of Benghazi at the same time and the coverage of the IRS pale in significance.”
Watch the conversation in the video below.
h/t: Raw Story