Will leftist national media help save Chris Christie?

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greene I started out to write this commentary about how the national media was succeeding in eliminating the Republican front-runner in the 2016 presidential sweepstakes from the race.

It was my intention to call them out for blatant, irresponsible and transparent determination to see that Hillary Clinton had no real challenger in her quest to re-enter the White House as its principal resident.

By the end of the week, it began to seem that something else might be happening. The unguarded exuberance from major left-leaning newspapers and national television network liberals posing as journalists might just backfire on them.

Let me establish that I’m no great fan of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. It’s not just because I question his conservative credentials. My biggest problem with him is that his image as a bully is one that he seems to have deliberately crafted.

He wields his power by suffering no fools and evaluates everyone on the basis of being either for him or against him.

His senior staff obviously reflects his intimidating style. That’s why they did what they did in a mindless act of retaliation against a Democratic mayor who wouldn’t endorse their boss’ re-election.

It was a plainly stupid thing to do, since the governor was going to easily win his second term with or without the support of any mayor.

A big margin of victory would result in the growth of his profile as the Republican Party’s best hope of denying Hillary.

The liberal media is scared of him, so it is no surprise whatsoever that they seized upon the opportunity to make a scandal out of the governor’s staff causing a traffic jam.

As measured by the Media Research Center, in less than 24 hours the big three networks devoted 17 times more coverage to the story than they’ve granted in six months on President Obama’s Internal Revenue Service’s abuse of power.

In Benghazi, four Americans, including one of our ambassadors, were slaughtered and the circumstances remain secret. We still don’t know whether the president and the secretary of state might have done something to save lives.

There are scant demands for them to accept responsibility for their acts, or lack thereof, and no declaration of them being unqualified to hold office.

The pattern is well-established. The president says these are “phony scandals” and the media lets him get away with it.

Christie’s team interferes with traffic flow on a bridge in New Jersey and we witness unprecedented, breathless reports of the end of the governor’s viability as a yet-undeclared presidential candidate.

But maybe the saturation of media coverage is not shaping public opinion the way they wanted.

There are signs that Christie’s popularity around the country is actually growing. People who never heard of him have now and are impressed.

Maybe people are becoming more skeptical about what they see and read from the mainstream news outlets dedicated to the dominance of the Democratic Party and their big government agenda.

Sensing the right may be gaining traction as this plays out, media on the left now are attempting to deflect conservative commentary such as this one by saying we are wasting our time.

It’s what they do and they aren’t going to quit. Well, here’s a news flash for them: Neither will we.

Next time I’ll take a look at the ascending campaign sponsored by the national television networks to make Wendy Davis the next governor of Texas.

Richard Greene is a former Arlington mayor and served as an appointee of President George W. Bush as regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. mayorgreene@mayorgreene.com

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