One of Robert Crumb’s underground comicbook characters was The Ruff Tuff Creampuff. He was a stand-in for bully politicians who always broke down and cried like a baby whenever they are called out on their bullshit. There are lots of politicians who could be walking doppelgangers for the Ruff Tuff Creampuff, but of our current crop of wankers I think that Chris Christie should get the nod. He is a bombastic asshole who struts his stuff without a thought to the impact of his mindless dick swinging.
Take his latest action as an example. New Jersey, like many other states, is in the process of ending state sponsored discrimination when it comes to marriage. So-called Gay Marriage laws are being proposed in state after state. New Jersey is one of them and that has Christie looking for a cowards way out. He doesn’t want the Bill to pass, but he also doesn’t want his fingerprints on the delay. In an attempt to kill the legislation he is threatening a veto in the hopes that he’ll never have to actually use his pen. And to muddy the waters he is calling on a referendum to let voters decide if a minority among them should have the right to marry the person they love. Not content to delay the inevitable by a few more months or years, Christie decided that the way to sell his standing on the steps to block the Marriage Chapel doorway was to compare his call for obstruction to the 1960’s Civil Rights movement:
…he said, there’s nothing “so special about this particular issue that it must be handled by a legislature.”
“The fact of the matter is, I think people would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South,” he said.
In his effort to avoid having to veto Marriage Equality legislation Christie calls for a referendum. Sure it’s a straight up chicken shit move, but it is also not unusual for your typical wingnut. And feeling a little over sensitive about his cowardliness, he decided that he had to go for a little swagger and dick swinging to mask his weakness with bluster. This led him to claim that if white folks in the Jim Crow South could have voted on whether or not blacks folks had Civil Rights the world would have been a better place. The stupid of his statement just burns.
When Christie is strutting his stuff and swinging his dick, he is all bluster and no thinking. And then he is shocked and hurt when folks call him out on his bullshit:
The comment outraged many African-American leaders in the state, who pointed out that such a referendum never would have passed in the south during the 60s — and that many black people were also disenfranchised at the time.
“People were fighting and dying in the streets of the South for a reason,” Oliver said. “They were fighting and dying in the streets of the South because the majority refused to grant minorities equal rights by any method. It look legislative action to bring justice to all Americans, just as legislative action is the right way to bring marriage equality to all New Jerseyans.”
“The governor’s comment is an insult to those who had no choice but to fight and die in the streets for equal rights,” she added.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) had a similar take. “Dear God, we should not be putting civil rights issues to a popular vote, to be subject to the sentiments, the passions of the day. No minority should have their rights subject to the passions and the sentiments of the majority. This is the fundamental bedrock of what our nation stands for.”
And all of this has given Christie a big case of the sads:
“My point is, they’re trying to say the only way to deal with a civil rights issue is through legislation, and my point is that in a state like this, the fact of the matter is their own polling belies that position.”
He is entering the weeping self-pity phase of his cycle. Chris Christie is a cartoon. He is The Ruff Tuff Creampuff and a major league asshole.