Rachel Maddow’s theory

I just watched the 17-minute opening of last night’s Rachel Maddow show.

It’s her job to stretch out a simple idea into 17 minutes, but it’s painful to watch.

Let me save you some time…


  • The crazy shutdown of the GWB had nothing to do with the endorsement of the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey.
  • It was about the NJ State Supreme Court and the State Senate and Christie of course.
  • In 2010, Christie refused to re-appoint a judge.
  • The NY Times ran an editorial.
  • The NJ State Senate was livid.
  • They refused to approve of Christie’s appointments to replace him.
  • He refuses to re-appoint a Republican member of the court, the wife of a member of his administration, not wanting to put her through the approval process by “animals.”
  • The Democratic leader of the Senate represents (drumroll please) Fort Lee.
  • All this came to a head on August 12, the day before of the famous email saying it was time for Fort Lee to have “some traffic problems.”


  • Fort Lee was a punchline in a standard SNL skit in the early years.
  • Roseanne Rosannadanna, played by Gilda Radner, would always respond to letters from “Richard Feder of Fort Lee, New Jersey.”
  • I’m pretty sure this has nothing to do with the Christie scandal. 😉

About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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