With Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie both fighting off scandal allegations ranging from Benghazi to bridge closures, is this an omen of what’s to come in 2016 with a media that never tires of tearing down elected officials?

Report from Liberty Voice:

Christie and Clinton are beset by scandal as 2016 nears. Both Democrat and Republican Party advisers try to paint a rosy picture on their respective candidates as scandal and controversy rain down around them. New Jersey governor Chris Christie has been tearing up the scandal sheets with his confrontational encounters and bridge closures, while Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, has been at the center of the Benghazi controversy. Both are expected to run for the 2016 Presidential Election.

Governor Christie held a press conference today to address accusations that political vengeance caused the lane closures of the George Washington Bridge, which snarled traffic and hindered paramedics from reaching a 91-year-old woman suffering from chest pain. She later died. Christie’s staff has been questioned about actions taken against Fort Lee mayor Democratic Mark Sokolich. Sokolich endorsed Christie’s opponent for New Jersey governor.

Christie appeared humble and sincere when making his statement. He apologized to the people of Fort Lee and to the members of the New Jersey legislature and expressed concern over the unacceptable conduct of some of the people on his team. Christie went on to state he failed to understand the nature of the problems and was told the lane closures was a traffic study, nothing more.

Speculation of a 2016 presidential run has placed Clinton in the spotlight, and has brought Benghazi to the forefront. Republicans claim al Qaeda played a significant part in last year’s deadly attack of diplomatic offices in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton faces ongoing allegations that her future presidential run determined her vote against the surge of Iraqi troops in 2007. Last year’s Benghazi attack continues to plague her as polls show Americans believe they were misled. A YouGov poll showed 44% of those polled believe Obama and his administration deliberately misled the country.

When questioned by Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin during a tense Senate inquiry session about the terrorist attack, Clinton explored, “With all due respect…What difference at this point does it make?”

Even though next presidential election is still two years away, candidates need to concentrate on cleaning up their act and stroking public opinion. It seems this advice has missed the top two contenders for the next election as Christie and Clinton are beset with scandal as 2016 nears.

Some unnamed commenters on this site have speculated that Hillary Clinton is “old news” in the Democratic Party and that some other unforeseen candidate will rise to the mantle and push her aside, again. For Chris Christie, other than establishment Republican support, many grassroots conservatives and Tea Party activists have never been inclined to support him due to policy differences. If Christie loses establishment support, he’ll have a tough road fighting off the base in the primaries.

With coverage of 2016 starting so early, is it possible voters will be fatigued of hearing about the “front runners” that, come election year, they’ll be clamoring for new faces?

11 COMMENTS

  1. Below is an article insinuating that because of how Gov. Christie handled the scandal(?) thus far he would get the backing of the right that as Nate pointed out he lacks. Gov.Christie lost all credibility with the right but “Tokyo Rove” believes he can manufacture synthetic support for his currently leading establishment republican by spinning the circumstances. What it all comes down to is as the article states “If you want something new and fresh why chose a candidate that proved he’s not above Chicago style hardball retaliation and whose 2016 platform is less about limiting the reach of government than making it work better.”

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/01/13/karl-rove-christies-handling-of-this-bridgegate-thing-could-give-him-street-cred-with-tea-partiers/

  2. Like so many non-Republicans, I had a hidden admiration for Chris Christie. He blustered forth in the old Teddy Roosevelt style charging up San Juan Hill. He is now faced with a very similar situation that brought President Nixon down. Did he know or didn’t he know that political revenge was being carried out. Regardless of guilt, this will follow him to the grave. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are investigating the use of $4.7 million of federal Sandy aid funds used on a a ‘Stronger than the Storm’ advertising campaign that featured Governor Chris Christie and his family.as politically inappropriate. All taxpayer-funded dollars are critical to New Jersey’s recovery from this natural disaster. This will be his “Jonah” tribulation because he will have to wait several months for the final investigation report.

    Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi affair depends on who you read or listen to. No matter how many times you regurgitate an old scandal, it loses a lot of it’s punch. The Washington Times (Sunday, December 29, 2013) reports al Qaeda did not infiltrate Benghazi and backed up the initial White House claim that the event largely was spontaneous, and wasn’t planned by al Qaeda. Regardless of guilt, this will follow her to the grave. I don’t think the Gates book will do serious damage as he used the knife on all the people he wrote about. As about Joe Biden, he wrote “he is a man of integrity but…..”. And went on to crucify him. All in the political game.

    I hope all parties put up fresh new faces.

  3. It is an interesting phenomenon. With today’s funding needs, candidates need to start early, also to build up on-the-ground teams. So even without “declaring” as a candidate, the media read the signs and start reporting on every little thing.

    The downside is that anything from not liking brussels sprouts to picking the wrong brand of beer could begin a flap that goes on and on, because there are no other candidates to pick apart.

    Starting this early, Christie could be the “establishment” candidate long enough to be as boring as Hillary, leaving the GOP establishment with no one to turn to.

    And, of course, the bigger they come, the harder they fall. . . .

  4. Most accurate description in 3 words:

    Christie is scum.

    Clinton is worse.

    Obama is dictator.

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    Best 3 words we can hope for:

    Jail them all!

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