Fox’s Murdoch lobbied Christie to help Romney days before election

Say what you will about MSNBC, but we never hear stories like this about the the guy(s) who run them.

Rupert Murdoch, the man who owns Fox, was working his magic to get Mitt Romney elected in the final days of the election.  Not that this surprises everyone.  But what is surprising is that we’re getting the gory details.

From the NYT:

On Nov. 3, Mr. Christie called Rupert Murdoch, the influential News Corporation chief and would-be kingmaker, who had warned in a biting post on Twitter that the governor might be responsible for Mr. Obama’s re-election.

Mr. Christie told Mr. Murdoch that amid the devastation, New Jersey needed friends, no matter their political party, according to people briefed on the discussion. But Mr. Murdoch was blunt: Mr. Christie risked looking like a spoiler unless he publicly affirmed his support for Mitt Romney, something the governor did the next day.

The godfather has spoken.

The other interesting bombshell in this story is the fact that the Romney people think Christie and Hurricane Sandy are what sunk them:

During a lengthy autopsy of their campaign, Mr. Romney’s political advisers pored over data showing that an unusually large number of voters who remained undecided until the end of the campaign backed Mr. Obama. Many of them cited the storm as a major factor in their decision, according to a person involved in the discussion.

“Christie,” a Romney adviser said, “allowed Obama to be president, not a politician.”

Right.  So the Romney campaign is arguing that their polling was correct, and all the other polling was wrong, but that Hurricane Sandy, and particularly Governor Christie, swung the election to President Obama at the last moment.

You know what, good for Romney.  We Democrats would like nothing better than a Republican party that keeps talking about legitimate rape, forcible rape, rape-babies, self-extinguishing rape, and the technological obsolescence of the life of the mother exception to anti-abortion legislation.  Because none of that affected the women’s vote.  Nah.

And the GOP’s neanderthal approach to Latinos, and immigration generally generally, had nothing to do with why Latinos flocked to President Obama.

If only Romney had used a bit more skin bronzer before that pivotal Univision appearance.

The list goes on.

Romney was a lousy candidate trying to win election in a party that’s moved too far out of the American mainstream.  Chris Christie, while perhaps less a liar than Romney, is in the same pickle Romney was.  He’s a non-nut running in a party of nuts.  And hey can either tell the truth and lose the nomination, or lie and lose the general.

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