If you haven't seen the new video of Chris Christie angrily telling a sign-holding New Jerseyan to "sit down and shut up"....you need to.......go here.
Jim Keady stood right in front of the lectern that Governor Chris Christie had his stage managers place in the middle of a street for photo-op reasons. Keady held a sign right in front of Christie which read...."Get Sandy victims back in their homes. Finish the job."
Immediately, Chris "Tony" Christie's hair trigger, authoritarian anger switch went off.....
"....somebody like you doesn’t know a damn thing about what you're talking about except to stand up and show off when the cameras are here,” Christie said. “I've been here when the cameras aren't here, buddy, and done the work. Get I'm glad you had your day to show off, but we're the ones who are here to actually do the work,” Christie said. "So listen, you want to have the conversation later, I’m happy to have it, buddy. But until that time, sit down and shut up.”Turn around, get your fifteen minutes of fame, and then, maybe, take your jacket off, roll up your sleeves, and do something for the people of this state."
" ... and there's been 23 months since then, when all you've been doing is flapping your mouth and not doing anything. So listen, you want to have the conversation later? I'm happy to have it, buddy. But until that time, sit down and shut up."
Methinks the rather rotund GOP New Jersey governor has a self-loathing problem, perhaps a gargantuan guilty conscience,.....which, from the accusations Christie hurled at Keady, manifested itself in accusations of projection. The guy may be brash, but he is deeply disturbed.
The sign-holding protestor, Keady, DID know what he was talking about....as became apparent from his interview later with Chris Hayes. Keady explained to Hayes that two years after Storm Sandy, Christie has yet to distribute even half of the federal dollars designated for...getting New Jerseyans back in their homes.
Further, Keady told Hayes that after Sandy, he had...yes...volunteered to help citizens get back in their homes. Keady had...um...rolled up his sleeves and "did the work." And Keady, unlike Christie, has stayed actively engaged these past two years in pursuit of the goal of "finishing the job"....or as Christie mocked, Keady has been working these past two years to do "something for the people of this state."
The fact of the matter is that Christie is the person who has done little more than "flap his mouth" and seek out photo-opportunities exploiting the tragic storm damage for presidential, political-capital building purposes. If Christie "rolled up his sleeves", it wasn't to work feverishly to get New Jersey commoners back in their homes, instead, it was to figure out the best way to exploit the crisis for his own political purposes. And I have no doubt that Christie and his team of troglodytes "worked hard" to do so.
Take the time to see the video clip of Christie losing his shite. The big guy is a seething powder keg of rage set to go off any time anyone even looks crosseyed in his direction.
That's where the double standard comes in. Ask yourself.....could ANY Democratic candidate get away with regular bouts of public rage without corporate media immediately...umm..."disqualifying" that Democrat as unfit for office? Of course not. If ANY Democrat seeking a major office acted the way Christie regularly acts, he/she would be instantly classified as unstable and unfit to hold public office. If ANY Democrat with presidential aspirations behaved the way Christie did publicly with Jim Keady....there would be multiple calls for psychological evaluations and/or mandatory anger management sessions.
Try to envision Barack Obama losing his temper and openly mocking a heckler in similar fashion as Governor Christie. Then, try to imagine the screeching headlines and "breaking news" segments that would dog Obama for years had the first black president shouted loudly in mockery of a constituent.
But not with Christie.
Here's what I think is at work here. And it ain't pretty.
Chris Christie has been seeking to sell himself as the Last Great White Hope for the GOP. As you know, the rabid branch of the GOP has been trying to take their country back ever since Obama beat McCain like a tough piece of meat in 2008. To the desperate conservative base, taking the country back means putting the "unreal Americans" that conservatives have disdain for...in their places. That is why Ben Carson, for example, is such a Tea Party darling.
Conservatives and Republicans fall instantly in love with any GOP candidate who behaves in the correct assholian manner. Why? Because THEY are rabidly angry over the future political prospects of their borderline-fascist conservative movement. And so, what that angry, angry base wants in a candidate is a person who can channel their own rage, directing it at the RIGHT "other" people who are seen by conservatives as kind of sub-American.
Corrupt media plays along because.....you know....both sides are equally at fault. Corporate media has been pretending that Christie's public bouts of anger and rage are just part of the normal political game, oftentimes celebrating Christie's ugly and hateful attacks.
But not one Democrat could ever get away with acting like Christie.
Consider.....Christie is STILL a GOP favorite for 2016. Consider....Christie currently heads the Republican Governor's Association.
Republicans not only celebrate brutish behavior in their candidates.....they find brutish behavior, like Christie's, impossible to resist.
Our nation is in a lot of trouble.