Rachel Maddow, who was on this weeks panel disagreed and was quick to point out that it is indeed a big story and she did a great job of refuting all of Maher’s arguments as well as those of Charles Cooke from the National Review.
Bill said that he still has a great respect for MSNBC but that after two months he thought they were still giving too much air time to what he sees as a mostly local scandal involving a governor who has never himself said that he was interested in the White House, though others have suggested that he was a possible Republican candidate.
Rachel admitted to him that she was “totally obsessed with the story and that she would “continue to be obsessed with it while amazing things in that story continue to happen.”
Maddow goes on to say that she had thought that the Rod Blogojevich scandals were the “gonzo scandal” of her day and that this is just as good, pointing out that, as with Bogojevich, what started with being caught on a wiretap negotiating to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat kept blossoming out into a much more widespread pattern of corruption so too has the Bridge-Gate scandal. One after another Christie associates, appointees and allies are falling and other similar incidents of revenge are surfacing.
Cooke interrupted to say that while this is a scandal Maddow and MSNBC have seized on it and as did ultra conservative Republicans as an opportunity to “get rid” of Christie.
Incredulous, Maddow asked him, “Why would I be excited to clear Chris Christie from whatever race you mean, I mean the Presidential…”
Cooke again interrupts to say, “Why would MSNBC want one of the most popular Republicans in the country to be embroiled in scandal for two months and more?”
Rachel responded with her trademark wit and sarcasm poking fun at the notion that she would be trying to discredit Christie simply to keep him from running for the Republican nomination in 2016. When Cooke admits that there is a scandal but that the coverage is “ridiculous” she points out that it is not ridiculous because we still don’t know all of the facts in the case. Christie announces that he has fired or accepted resignations of those responsible and yet the firings and resignations keep coming, there is much more to be learned here and it should be covered until all of the facts are known.
Watch the segment in the video below.