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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Scandal double standard

- - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in the news again ("Most New Jersey voters say Gov. Chris Christie lied," Web, Jan. 10). I'd rather see Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker or Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, become president before Mr. Christie, but I feel the need to put things in perspective.

Watergate was a scandal about a third-rate burglary of a hotel room, yet it brought down a presidency. The mainstream media hammered on it every day for weeks. Now we have the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, the IRS targeting scandal, the NSA spying scandal, the Benghazi killings cover-up and Mr. Christie's traffic-cone scandal. The last should be much further down the list in terms of importance. Mr. Christie addressed it in a nearly two-hour press briefing and fired those responsible. It's time to move on.

Democrats and the mainstream media are giving the orange-cone scandal the Watergate treatment. Have the other scandals been minimized because they involve President Obama, whom the media don't want to taint? No one died at Watergate, unlike the Fast and Furious scandal and the Benghazi cover-up. We have three more years of Mr. Obama. How many more scandals will garner minimum attention and then be tossed aside?

KEITH BEST
Waukesha, Wis.