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Karma Bites Christie In The Ass!

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BY DAVID MIXNER

Over my personal history I have seen overconfident politicians known for being tough, bullies or just plain mean. Initially those tough guy qualities endeared them to the voters. Ironically, the very machismo that made them popular, without fail, ended up being their downfall.

President Nixon, who instructed Vice President Agnew to blistered anti-war dissenters with name after name ('effete crops of impudent snobs') and created the 'silent majority' to run rampant over the rights of Americans, ended up being a criminal who had to proclaim "I am not a crook.". The President had to resign.

President George W. Bush made his career after 9/11 of being literally the only one who could protect Americans. Out of fear of another horrific event Americans embraced his strong tactics against terrorism, domestic spying and the Iraq War. That is until Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. No one can forget the President putting his arm around his FEMA Director and saying "Brownie, you are doing a heck of a job" . Bush's popularity plummeted after Americans realized that not only could he not protect us from terrorism,  he couldn't even get bottled water into New Orleans.

Now one more politician is finding that karma is a bitch.

Governor Chris Christie has proclaimed for the entire world, "I am not a bully'.

Really, Governor, really?

Joining those in history who have created personas that endear them to the voters, no matter how inappropriate, Christie is feeling the inevitable backlash of his bullying, anger management issues. It was only a matter of time before his 'hot under the collar' approach to governing came back to haunt him.

Allow me to borrow a line from Nixon. "Make no mistake about it," the only issue here is Governor Chris Christie. It is not the horrific toll it took on the lives of Fort Lee citizens nor the lower officials who stepped over the line. They were simply following the style, the leadership, and political parameters established by their own Governor.

The public is not just now discovering Christie is a bully.

We have seen him with ice cream cone in hand chasing a teacher down a boardwalk bellowing at him for daring to question his judgement. New Jersey citizens have witnessed people publicly being banished for daring to challenge the tough Governor. His own staff has filled YouTube space with his bullying and seething anger.

In this year's must read election book Double Down you will see example after example of Christie raging against one person or another. The Governor literally threatened Romney staff that they would 'never work in this town' again.

The Week Reports on 'Double Down' and Christie:

In Double Down, the best-selling behind-the-scenes tome of the 2012 campaign, the authors delve into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's interaction with the top of the Republican ticket. The portrait wasn't very flattering. Double Down's Christie was megalomaniacal, self-possessed, and obsessed with reciprocity: You do well by him, and he'll do well by you. You fundraise without his permission in New Jersey, and he'll cut the donors off. Loyalty trumped all. If Christie perceived you as disloyal, you were out of his inner circle. That's in passive voice because Christie would leave it to his lieutenants to enforce this code of honor.

What does this all mean?

Simply that Governor Christie's bullying, anger issues and personal style makes him unfit to be the President of the United States.

Instead of studying the Constitution of the United States, the Governor needs to be attending anger management classes with other hot-headed people whose tempers and bullying have hurt so many others.

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  1. I hope karma has a big mouth.

    Posted by: Seansie | Jan 11, 2014 3:33:13 PM


  2. The only mouth big enough to bite Christie's ass is his own.

    Posted by: atomic | Jan 11, 2014 3:54:02 PM


  3. "What does this all mean?

    Simply that Governor Christie's bullying, anger issues and personal style makes him unfit to be the President of the United States."


    Ugh...aren't you putting the cart before the horse?
    Sounds to me like you are in some kind of panic mode over Christie being a shoe-in for POTUS and now are trying to kill that notion.

    Posted by: Me | Jan 11, 2014 4:08:12 PM


  4. Anyone who has ever worked in politics or has worked with politicians knows that HE knew everything about this and ordered it BUT HE DID IT ORALLY so that there was no paper Trail and the only way he will be caught is when the two people who were fired get immunity from prosecution and turn "States Evidence" on christie, but then he will be like "it's their word against mine"!

    Posted by: aj | Jan 11, 2014 4:09:57 PM


  5. Nice to see the esteemed David Mixner in this space: a genuine hero of our community writing for my #1 favorite LGBT news site.

    Posted by: Hank Plante | Jan 11, 2014 4:22:43 PM


  6. Jon Stewart took him down brilliantly the other night. Required viewing.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Jan 11, 2014 4:26:00 PM


  7. Christie is a disgusting pig.

    Posted by: Stephen | Jan 11, 2014 4:29:15 PM


  8. Putting aside what Christie did, how do you folks get away with calling Christie and others fat, pigs, etc because you disagree with them? Can you even imagine the insane outcry if people called Hillary the same name? Or if late night talk shows made fun of her weight?

    It's petty and childish to call someone by such names. Let's attack politicians for policy and not for how they look. As a historically bullied group, us gays should know this best but all too often we bully just as much.

    Posted by: seattle_2013 | Jan 11, 2014 4:50:27 PM


  9. I've always been mystified why the voters of NJ were so captivated with Christy?

    Posted by: Howard B | Jan 11, 2014 4:52:09 PM


  10. Me: Christie will never be the Republicans choice, for some reason they seem to think he is not conservative enough.

    aj: Legally you are right, but Christie has a lot more to lose here. It doesn't matter if he can be charged for this or not if he loses his credibility and his chances (i think they are very remote) of being a presidential candidate

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 11, 2014 5:24:52 PM


  11. "....panic mode over Christie being a shoe-in for POTUS and now are trying to kill that notion." Yeah, right.

    There's no shoe horn big enough. His political career is over. He could not even carry New Jersey. No one has ever made it to the White House without winning their home state.

    Posted by: james st. james | Jan 11, 2014 5:27:17 PM


  12. Seattle_2013 makes sense. The Gov is plenty vulnerable on policy and behavior without us to taking the low road and attacking his weight and looks. Lets not be predictable, OK?

    Posted by: Princely | Jan 11, 2014 5:31:26 PM


  13. It doesn't have to be stated as an insult, but not in the past 100 years have Americans elected an extremely overweight president. And in recent years the standards have gotten even harsher. It's the same in most countries, especially wealthy ones.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 11, 2014 6:12:24 PM


  14. So happy to have David Mixner on this blog.

    Posted by: dwarka | Jan 11, 2014 6:42:50 PM


  15. Welcome to Towleroad David! LOVE your intelligent, passionate and accurate perspective. It often takes time but what comes around goes around... make no doubt about it!

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 11, 2014 6:54:46 PM


  16. David, I would rather have Christie than Rand Paul or Ted Cruz.

    Posted by: Matt Munson | Jan 11, 2014 8:17:24 PM


  17. Matt, my feeling is that the more wackadoodle the Right goes, the more likely the undecided moderates will be to vote in the opposite direction. YMMV.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jan 11, 2014 9:08:47 PM


  18. Karma must be able to unhinge its jaw then.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 11, 2014 9:35:36 PM


  19. Caliban lmfao. Way funny!

    Posted by: mickey | Jan 11, 2014 9:55:14 PM


  20. Somehow you managed to leave out Christine Quinn, David. Can't imagine why.

    Posted by: 24play | Jan 11, 2014 11:49:42 PM


  21. Is it wrong that I'm smiling.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 12, 2014 12:05:14 AM


  22. Jerry, I am more likely to support Gary Johnson. Sadly Republicans lack sane candidates in their bench.

    Posted by: Matt Munson | Jan 12, 2014 1:53:53 AM


  23. Politics as usual. Yes, he's a narcissistic (censored swear word) but so aren't many other politicians, regardless of their party affiliation or ideology. I worked with a certain ex-governor of Massachusetts (not Romney) who'll remain unnamed; this guy still has a reputation for being a nice guy, but take my word, he's anything but. A holy terror would be far closer to the mark. Very nasty man in private, opposite of his public persona.

    The Republican Party at the national level is inordinately controlled by FAR right evangelicals from mostly the south and Texas. These people will make any non-evangelical Republican from especially out aside the south jump through hoops. No way Christy would get past the primaries. He's considered far too middle of the road, even the L-word (sorry, progressive).

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 12, 2014 7:16:27 AM


  24. This won't be politically correct but then I don't care. Christie is a lying, fat ass who probably has this acerbic personality because he was not popular in school. People like him literally hated the popular kids and stewed in acid for years. I was in the popular group and we would watch these type kids just resent us completely. We did nothing except exclude them from our activities. Why would we want them around with those personalities? Impeach is ass.

    Posted by: stanhope | Jan 12, 2014 8:48:08 AM


  25. David, along with the others, welcome to Towleroad!

    The fish rots from the head downn, and this is a great example. Even in the unlikely case where Christie didn't know the specifics, he sets the tone for his administration. People should be going to jail for this! Let's bring back Gov. Cody one more time!

    Posted by: Ted | Jan 12, 2014 10:27:21 AM


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