Remind Me Again How “Liberal” Chris Christie Is?

He’s a bully:


But here’s what I saw. After the rally, Christie made his way back to his campaign bus, flanked by low-key security guards. Tomlinson, who had been carrying a sign and handing out fliers from her Badass Teachers Association, asked Christie why he’d called New Jersey schools “failure factories.” Christie rounded on her, blurting out that he was sick of “you people.”

And check out the smug grin on his wife’s face. Of that, Weigel writes:

Mary Pat Christie smiled through the entire talk-off. Why? Because a local NBC News camera was facing her, capturing the scene. Two days later, I don’t see any trace of the video online. Is that a statement on how ordinary the confrontation was? Possibly.

Honestly, “you people”? Really? Let’s remember, this isn’t the first time Christie has blown his stack when confronted by citizens who oppose his anti-teacher agenda.

I don’t get these people who keep telling me that Christie is “really” a Democrat. No, he’s not. He’s another anti-choice, anti-union, privatize-everything asshole. And he’s a bully and a blowhard.

We’ve talked a lot about how right-wingers like a “tough guy.” I’ve mentioned before my Wingnut Friend™ who bemoaned before the 2008 presidential primaries that he “just wanted someone who can kick some ass!” That’s of course all they want: someone filled with a lot of hot air and bluster, who can give voice to their inchoate rage and dissatisfaction. Christie fits that bill nicely, which is why the murmurs of disappointment over Christie’s dropping his anti-gay lawsuit and making nice time with President Obama after Hurricane Sandy won’t amount to squat. As long as someone reflects the right’s anger, it doesn’t matter.

But for God’s sake, liberals. Stop giving Christie a pass. Christie, as Salon has pointed out, is playing on the oligarch’s team. It amazes me how readily people will label someone a “populist” just because they talk like one.

I don’t see anything “populist” in wagging your finger in a public school teacher’s face and yelling, “I’m sick of you people.”


Filed under Chris Christie, education

14 responses to “Remind Me Again How “Liberal” Chris Christie Is?

  1. GregH

    Please, please, Chris Christie, run for President! I want to see how conservative Republicans in South Carolina feel about a “moderate” Yankee candidate! I would love to see the Teabaggers going ballistic in every primary at the prospect of Christie being the Republican candidate. Remember – these folks are CONVINCED they lost the last two Presidential elections because the Republican candidate wasn’t conservative ENOUGH!

  2. Kosh III

    Whoa re these “liberals?”
    Admittedly, I don’t pay a lot of attention, the only “liberal” talking heads I listen to on a regular basis are Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow. Blogwise, Huffpost, Knox Views and a few others; none of which like fatso.

    • Oh heck I hear all the time from people that Christie is “really” a liberal. My neighbor, a transplanted New Yorker, told me what a “good guy” Christie is and how he’s “really a Democrat, at heart.” Bullshit.

      • Kosh III

        Then they really aren’t paying attention to what he says and does or don’t understand the difference between a D, R and C (corporatist).

  3. Kosh III

    Of course the “liberal media” is usually parroting the corporatist viewpoint of their conservative masters. The Tennessean reporters just take at face value what Haslam and others say without bothering to investigate the truth since it might get them fired. Most “reporters” are afraid to criticize a politician since it would lose them access t the politican/official.

  4. Due to Governor Christie’s consistently high approval ratings among New Jersey voters, observers predict that New Jersey may in the very near future be turning blue,

  5. OzarkHillbilly

    Please oh please let him run for President and please oh please oh please let his campaign last long enough to reach MO so that I can engineer a confrontation with this asshole where can I egg him into even greater heights of stupidity?

  6. Al Sharpton is not a liberal, he’s a demagogue who wears his color like a badge of authority. Both he and his Christie are, regardless their political party identifier, complete assholes who want whatever is good for them. Sharpton, were he white would be a reptilican grifter in a heartbeat.

    There are virtually no genuine liberals in most legislatures these days. Being a genuine liberal means taking positions based on nothing more than whether they are actually the correct ethical and moral thing to do. Not happ’nin in real life with damned few exceptions (statistically). True conservatism is likewise rara avis.

  7. Said it before;
    Someone needs to punch him square in the nose, since it seems that no one did it for him in grade school…

  8. So in the metagame does this issue suggest that the “Radical Right” has succeeded in moving the center? Ergo while Christie becomes “liberal” Obama becomes “Socialist”?

    • It’s not a suggestion, Randy. That ship sailed in mid-2008.

      • Bros,

        You’re depressing me. We needed a good solid conservative like Barack Obama to put the nation back on course. Pull yourselves together. Buck up Mateys. The game isn’t over. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re winning. Demo, you should know better than anyone about the conservative revival in New York and New Jersey. It’s all white people! I like what you said about true liberalism being equated with moral and ethical decisions. Wonderful truth in that.

  9. Flying Junior:

    I live in the Alabamistan part of New York state. A visitor from Somerville, MA was here for his daughter’s hockey tournament at SUNY Oswego (Go Lakers!) this past weekend. He looked around the room and said, “There’s no black people in this town?”. I think he was bit envious.

    I was very happy to see that asshole Cuccinelli get beaten by Terry McAuliffe (and I’m no fan of McAuliffe).

  10. This:

    Should be required reading for anyone who thinks Christie is anything other than a run-of-the-mill ReiKKKwing demagogue.