My twelve-year-old goes back to school in our Jersey town in a few days and he's facing a diminished school system thanks to the new Republican governor, Chris Christie.
One of the first things Christie did was cut education funding (one of the other first things was push for tax cuts for the wealthy, sound familiar?).
And though he objects to Obama and the Democrats policies and thinks the federal government should stay out of the state eduction system, he was savvy enough to know he had to follow through on Jersey's attempt to be one of the recipients of Obama's Education Secretary's "Race to the Top" funding for the top ten states to qualify.
Turns out, Jersey qualified. But Christie's Republican appointed Republican members of the committee in charge of applying for that money messed up. And then Christie blamed Obama!
Here's Rachel Maddow's take on the events that followed. You have to watch it to the end to see the extent of Republican hypocrisy and how the "big lie" technique is always the political weapon of choice. And after watching it all the way through, think about how many rightwingers and those they influence will never see this tape but will hear about Christie's lie and believe it. The beat goes on.