January 8th, 2014
Inspired by 3 Stages of Chris Christie’s Crisis Management (Matt Katz, WNYC.org 1/08/14), Chris Christie’s bridge collapse (Jonathan Capehart, WashingtonPost.com 1/08/1413:00), and Chris Christie’s “working the cones” comment, which in retrospect takes on a whole new meaning.
“I worked the cones, actually. Unbeknownst to everybody, I was actually the guy out there. I was in overalls and a hat, but I was actually the guy working the cones out there. You really are not serious with that question?… I’ve heard more about this than I wanted to hear.” – Gov. Chris Christie last month, explaining that the then-developing GW Bridge revenge closure scandal was just absurd media puffery
Like Chris Christie said
The other day,
When you work the cones,
You try to guide people away.
If they linger where you don’t want them to linger,
Rubberknecking at things you don’t want them to see,
Then what you hoped would be a minor incident
Can spiral out of control for you and the GOP.
Your presidential ambitions
Come to a grinding halt,
And nobody believes when you claim
“It wasn’t my fault.”
That’s what happens
When you hire bullying clones
And then try to cover up what they did
By working the cones.
Here’s Gov. Christie’s now infamous “I worked the cones” press conference. Christie tried to mockingly dismiss any suggestion that there were dirty politics behind the GeorgeWashingtonBridge lane closure. But he who laughs last, laughs best, and if evidence is found that Gov. Christie instructed his underlings to make the hit, or even if he knew about it and covered it up, then he won’t be laughing at all. And here’s something else that makes me think Christie was behind (or at least knew of) the revenge plot which nobody else has commented on: Did anyone notice that while mocking the idea that he or his staff were responsible for the closure, Christie actually doubled down, blamed the lane closures on Fort Lee for selfishly having those “dedicated lanes” in the first place, and threatened to make the lane closures permanent? I.e., back off, or you’ll get more of the same.