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.

Comments

  1. Me says

    “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.

  2. aj says

    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”!

  3. seattle_2013 says

    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.

  4. jjose712 says

    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

  5. james st. james says

    “….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.

  6. Princely says

    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?

  7. Paul R says

    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.

  8. Mark says

    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!

  9. ratbastard says

    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).

  10. stanhope says

    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.

  11. Ted says

    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!

  12. Chris says

    24Play: He might have left out Christine Quinn because she didn’t cause a massive transportation failure as political retribution. I’m no fan of Quinn but to put her in the same category as Christie is insane.

    BTW check out Rachel Maddow’s alternative explanation of why the lane closures happened.

  13. ThomT says

    Did Christie know? I haven’t a clue but I would sure be willing to bet that it didn’t matter if he knew because he didn’t care. At least he didn’t care until his minions got caught. He even joked about the bridge closing even after learning of the inconvenience and disruption that it caused.

    Christ is, regardless of his denial, a text book example of a bully. He was always the ‘fat kid’, laughed at and made fun of and now, with some power, he is going to get even with everyone, even people who have never done anything against him.

    Bridget Anne Kelly was in awe of Christie’s power and she was only emulating what she saw as acceptable behavior for a government employee. Kelly was no political novice – she a degree in political science and had worked for Christie since 2002 (11 years) yet she was so arrogant to think that she could mandate a bridge closure and not get caught.

    How anyone, especially an educated 41 year old with years of government employment, could be so naive (and just plain stupid) as to use a government email account to sanction something that was obviously as volatile as this shutdown and not know that she could be found out is beyond belief.

    The plans had been drawn up in advance and it was obvious by the generic reply she got from Wildstein when she suggested it was time for some action – no questions about what should be done, when it should happen, who authorized it … just “got it” was Wildstein’s email reply. This is the kind of behavior Kelly (and Wildstein) witnessed daily in the governors office so it is no wonder that they believed it was not only acceptable but nothing would come of it because thing like this always seem to go away without acknowledgement or, when caught, without discipline.

    Christie set the tone. Karma is a terrific thing and to watch Christie dance for 2+ hours was certainly entertaining. His apology and acceptance of blame looked more like an apology for getting caught than an apology for the actions of a staff run.

  14. ThomT says

    Did Christie know? I haven’t a clue but I would sure be willing to bet that it didn’t matter if he knew because he didn’t care. At least he didn’t care until his minions got caught. He even joked about the bridge closing even after learning of the inconvenience and disruption that it caused.

    Christ is, regardless of his denial, a text book example of a bully. He was always the ‘fat kid’, laughed at and made fun of and now, with some power, he is going to get even with everyone, even people who have never done anything against him.

    Bridget Anne Kelly was in awe of Christie’s power and she was only emulating what she saw as acceptable behavior for a government employee. Kelly was no political novice – she a degree in political science and had worked for Christie since 2002 (11 years) yet she was so arrogant to think that she could mandate a bridge closure and not get caught.

    How anyone, especially an educated 41 year old with years of government employment, could be so naive (and just plain stupid) as to use a government email account to sanction something that was obviously as volatile as this shutdown and not know that she could be found out is beyond belief.

    The plans had been drawn up in advance and it was obvious by the generic reply she got from Wildstein when she suggested it was time for some action – no questions about what should be done, when it should happen, who authorized it … just “got it” was Wildstein’s email reply. This is the kind of behavior Kelly (and Wildstein) witnessed daily in the governors office so it is no wonder that they believed it was not only acceptable but nothing would come of it because thing like this always seem to go away without acknowledgement or, when caught, without discipline.

    Christie set the tone. Karma is a terrific thing and to watch Christie dance for 2+ hours was certainly entertaining. His apology and acceptance of blame looked more like an apology for getting caught than an apology for the actions of a staff run.

  15. Opinionated says

    I really don’t think Christie is done for at all here and that everyone is making a mountain out of a mole hill because they really really want something on Christie to bring him down. Welcome to the site David Mixner but your article really isn’t well reasoned or threshed out at all.

  16. Bill says

    @ThomT: the problem with the “analysis” based on an email saying “got it” is that people are assuming a context. One possibility, the one being played up by various individuals, is that it was political retribution. Apparently there were some documents generated at the end of the closure that a UC Berkeley expert on transportation (quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle) claimed was typical of the internal studies typically done by people managing bridges and highways. “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” might have meant political retribution, but it might also have simply meant that pilot programs or other tests can fail, and that the person sending that was suggesting that Murphy’s Law would come into play and make a mess of things.

    If it was a legitimate test that simply worked far worse than expected, Christie should have apologized for the inconvenience and then should have provided an explanation of what went on and that you can’t make progress without occasionally making mistakes. If it was for retribution, let’s figuratively turn Christie over to the Romans, who had ways of making examples of people who got them really, really mad. Ask Jesus for guidance on that one! Christie could even look at the bright side of life – he might lose a few pounds.

  17. Jim says

    So what if he’s a bully? He’s a criminal–that’s more important. He broke state and federal law. Soon he’ll be indicted. Then tried. Then convicted. Then sentenced to prison. His antics aren’t the issue; his lawbreaking is.

  18. jerriblank says

    @STANHOPE: “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.”

    lol.

  19. T. Rees says

    Very happy to see David here at Towleroad too!
    Regarding Christi, as of 6:00 PM, today, I am completely sick and tired of the media coverage of him! Enough already! Is New Jersey now the center of the universe?

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