Jon Stewart basically put the end to Christie tonight on the Daily Show opening segment, and I have to say, I have been loving this controversy. For a long time now I’ve been concerned that Democrats were under-valuing the appeal he has to the Morning Joe/Chris Matthews/Politico crowd, because they love belligerent people who give them good interviews and hence good ratings and lots of links. I also still think the establishment GOP is going to one day end the tea party madness, but who knows.
I viewed him as a real threat to Democrats in 2016 (although some of you thought I had some sort of mancrush on him, which was weird, because I did think he had some refreshingly honest moments, such as Hurricane Sandy or his lashing out at the teahadists over the appointment of a Muslim judge, but I would never vote for the damned guy), but it looks like he’s going to drown in his own vindictiveness and hubris before the fluffers in the media can administer life support to the last “reasonable” and “moderate” Republican.
The other thing about this whole Christie saga that I found weird was that a lot of commenters find it more appealing to attack me as being a Christie fanbois than realizing they live in a country where a lot of people like belligerent, over-the-top bully boys. We’re only a few years removed from Bush/Cheney, and it seems like a lot of people on my side of the aisle seem to confuse the appeal of the swagger to the media types (do I need to link to another DougJ post describing the press/David Brooks ho-yay regarding John Thune?) and the uninformed voters, whether it comes with a big Soprano’s style Jersey gut or a carpet-bagging shit-grinning know-nothing in a cowboy hat but with no cattle, and oh, a nice pair of Lucchese’s and a blue-blood daddy who happened to be VP and head of the CIA.
And I know what I am talking about, because I have spent since 2005-2006 wondering what the fuck I was thinking the previous 18 years since I started voting, because I clearly had my head up my ass.