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Henninger: Christie Team's Tactics Amateur Compared to Democrats'

By Courtney Coren   |   Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 03:47 PM

The tactics used by Republican Gov. Chris Christie's aides to punish political opponents by ordering traffic jams looks like child's play when compared to the methods used by the Democratic Party to derail its opponents, Daniel Henninger wrote in The Wall Street Journal.

"The Christie bonfire has burned for a week," Henninger writes. "In that same week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI found nothing in the IRS's targeting of conservative political groups that warrants criminal charges."

According to Henninger, that conclusion means that the Democrats and the Obama administration successfully took out its opponents, which without the probes from the IRS could have been factors in the 2012 presidential campaign. In the end, many of them shut down altogether.

Groups that supported Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin are being put through the wringer right now by a special prosecutor, who is looking for any dirt he can find by going through the groups' finances, while the groups aren't allowed to talk about the investigation because of a gag order, the columnist explained.

"Worth noting is what the IRS's political audits and the attempted takedown of the pro-Walker groups have in common: Both took place essentially out of public view," he wrote.

The American Legislative Exchange Council has also been a target of left-wing groups. ALEC helps create legislative templates that helps streamline the passing of their policy ideas. One of those is the reform of state-public pension plans.

Because of the group's effectiveness, a coalition of the Sierra Club, RootsAction, the Center for Media and Democracy, and others have worked to intimidate its financials supporters, causing dozens to disassociate from ALEC.

"Threatening companies that participate in politics with reputational destruction is the American left's version of Maoist shaming sessions," Henninger concluded. "In this league, a political traffic jam is the work of amateurs."

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