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January 22, 2014

ROOT: Politics on TV: Reality series or serial drama?

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The thing that I find funny is the Republican Party’s reaction to all the headlines. When the George Washington Bridge scandal first broke, the GOP was suspiciously quiet and awaiting the fallout. But when the mayor of Hoboken came out and said that Christie purposely withheld Sandy relief funds, because he wanted Hoboken to approve a project for one of his buddies, then everything went nuts.

The Republicans had spent the last six years doing their best to discredit President Obama and get the White House back. The 2012 Presidential Election was one of the dirtiest campaigns I have ever seen, and much of the dirt was being slung by the Republicans. They would try to associate President Obama with programs that Obama had nothing to do with just to bring down the President’s name.

But all of that mud just rolled right off the President and he beat Mitt Romney pretty soundly. Even after Romney had conceded the election and disappeared into the sunset, the Republicans were still trying to ruin Obama’s name. To wit, one radical sect of the party held the entire country hostage in an attempt to stop funding of the Affordable Care Act. claiming despite all evidence to the contrary that they were fighting for the people.

Now, when one Democratic mayor from Hoboken decides to take down the only viable Republican candidate for president in 2016, the Republicans are going nuts. Accusing the Democrats of dirty pool, insisting nothing the Democrats are saying is true.

True or not, the damage has been done. How does that feel, GOP? Maybe federal workers who were furloughed last year while the Republicans played their little budget games feel a small measure of vindication with the destruction of Chris Christie.

Politics is a dirty game that I shall never play. But just because I don’t play doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy watching it on TV.

George N. Root III is a Lockport resident and not a political pundit. His column is published every Wednesday. He can be reached at georgeroot@verizon.net.

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