BRET BAIER: Charles, this comes also the same week that Bob Gates has a book out in which Hillary Clinton is characterized as having had this conversation, quote, "Hillary told the president that her opposition to the 2007 surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions and in front of me was as surprising as it was dismaying."
Now, that was covered, it was mentioned, but it is gone.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Well, and it's one of the reasons why I think it's really hard to spin this as somehow a positive in regard to Christie. This hurts him. The only question is how much and how lasting will the damage be. Part of the damage is that the story today would have been the utter ruthlessness and soullessness of a politician who would either approve or deny or object to a surge of the troops in a war that was in real difficulty purely as a reason to advance one's political career, that is a pretty serious charge. And it comes from a serious man; it's not a partisan here. And that's why I think this sort of stepped on the Hillary story, she was lucky about that; however, the book is now going to be in print. It will be around.
This story about the bridge will fade. But this charge by the former Secretary of Defense, who has been regarded as a straight shooter for all of his career, is going to stick to her. The worst element isn't that she opposed -- at least as he tells it --opposed the surge because of her political leanings. It was that she and Obama as Senators denied the efficacy of the surge when it was already in train and everybody can see it was working and kept trying to shut it down, that was even worse.
BAIER: Quickly, does he bounce back from this?
KRAUTHAMMER: Yes, he does, if he told the whole truth.