Girls Talk

Brit Hume tells the truth the rest of Washington will only whisper. Chris Christie is in trouble because he’s a real man:

“In this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist today, guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct, kind of old-fashioned tough guys, run some risks,” Hume said on Sunday’s Media Buzz. […]
“Atmosphere,” Hume specified. “Men today have learned the lesson the hard way that if you act like kind of an old-fashioned guy’s guy, you’re in constant danger of slipping out and saying something that’s going to get you in trouble and make you look like a sexist or make you look like you seem thuggish or whatever. That’s the atmosphere in which he operates. This guy is very much an old-fashioned masculine, muscular guy, and there are political risks associated with that. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but that’s how it is.”

It’s fascinating to contrast the giant Christie man-crush of conservatives like Hume and Brooks with the hate he’s getting from the real base. Just look at the Newsmax headlines, for example. They’re not rushing to explain that a man can’t be talking like a lady.

Thanks to reader J for sending this in.

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130 replies
  1. 1
    Raven says:

    And Obama is a Chicago thug.

  2. 2
    jayboat says:

    My noisemax feed is showing 5-for-5 at the top for jerzeebigboy. impressive.

  3. 3
    Belafon says:

    Yep, if only Christie would be allowed to talk and act like a man and be able to tell off those ni-clang, wetbacks, bitches, towel heads, fags, and jewboys. In other words, white male Christians are once again not in charge and they don’t like it.

  4. 4
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Was Brit Hume casually fondling his man meat while he said this, occasionally and surreptitiously trying to slip a wet thumb into his needy ass?

  5. 5
    John PM says:

    I don’t think I would use the term muscular to describe Christie.

  6. 6
    dmsilev says:

    Via one of those NewsMax headlines, this National Review article is great fun to read. Looks like Christie has been declared yesterday’s news, and the search will soon commence for the next Great Conservative Hope.

    Comments are also a hoot. “But, what about the IRSgate scandal?” is of course an obvious one. However, there’s also a claim that Al Gore deliberately engineered a traffic jam in New Hampshire during the 2000 primary and that some Democratic governor of Florida deliberately held up hurricane aid to make President Bush (senior) look bad.

  7. 7
    dmsilev says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I think I speak for many when I say that I’d really prefer not to know the answer to that question.

  8. 8
    MattF says:

    It’s so tough being an asshole these days.

  9. 9
    El Cid says:

    Wait — Chris Christie is “masculine” & “muscular”? Wait what?

    For a Brit Hume all you have to do to be masculine & muscular is yell belligerently at less powerful women?

    How else does Mr ‘Why Won’t Bruce Springsteen Smile At Me’ rate as ‘masculine’?

  10. 10
    Fuzzy says:

    Hume is just wrong. I have always considered myself a guy type and let me assure you that a bigmouth, fat punk like Christie was quickly taken care of when he was caught hustling lunch money. He and Hume were the guys who thought they were cool while the rest laughed at them. I still would rather be honest and upstanding over buying success and lying about it like these two slicksters.

  11. 11
    Cassidy says:

    @Belafon: Not sure why you went with the “clang”. Seems a little pointless considering the others. Lol

  12. 12
    JPL says:

    Christie made it apparent that he would not chum around with someone like Wildstein, when he was in high school.
    He’s a macho man in fact, he was Rambo before Rambo was famous.

  13. 13
    C.V. Danes says:

    Hume is an idiot.

    Christie is not a “guy’s guy.” He’s an a-hole and a jerk who likes to play power games, and is not “man” enough to stick by his people when things get tense.

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    Nutella says:

    Cutting off traffic lanes just to show who’s boss and giggling about it in emails sounds more like Mean Girls to me.

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  17. 17
    PurpleGirl says:

    @John PM: You are being way too polite… Christie is morbidly obese and most of the fat is on his trunk, which is the unhealthliest place to carry the weight.

  18. 18
    Gene108 says:

    I feel better about the Dems chances in 2016, now that Christie is self-destructing.

    I do not think there is another Republican with any shot at having the needed cross-over appeal needed to win the Predidency for the GOP.

  19. 19
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Christie as the picture of “masculinity”?

    BWAAAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAAHAAHAHAAHAHAAHHAHAHAHA….

    Gasp…. wheeze…..

    HAHAHAAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAA….

    No wonder they love their guns so much.

  20. 20
    Carnacki says:

    @John PM: Yes, even though I dislike the fat jokes about Christie (though I slip occasionally too) it’s weird anyone could possibly call him “muscular” with a straight face.

  21. 21
    Carnacki says:

    @C.V. Danes: I suspect Hume has some father issues he should address.

  22. 22
    Skippy-san says:

    Brit Hume works for Satan himself. That does not exactly burnish his manhood credentials.

  23. 23
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Raven: You mean I have to monitor another website for my Thug Lessons now?

  24. 24
    Belafon says:

    @Cassidy: Actually, I debated, because I typed the full word first.

  25. 25
    Slugger says:

    Masculinity is not threatened. It is not negated by acting decently; in fact, I’d say a real man stands for justice and fairness. A real man is a good sport.
    The Brit Humes of this world are worried about macho because they do not understand being a man.

  26. 26
    elmo says:

    “Real men” are lying sociopathic bullies who like nothing better than inflicting pain on the less powerful.

    And people say that lesbians and feminists hate men?

  27. 27
    kwAwk says:

    Some of this I agree with, some of it I don’t. I don’t find admonishing a reporter who has veered off topic in spite of repeated requests to stay on topic to be bullying. Though you don’t have to call them stupid.

    I, I think along with a lot of other people, find Christie’s willingness to speak somewhat honestly and directly a bit refreshing in today’s modern politcal environment. Speaking honestly and directly is not bullying.

    Though, I agree calling people stupid or what not is.

  28. 28
    Cacti says:

    Chris Christie was a creation of the east coast media. Not surprising that they’d be the last to turn on him.

  29. 29
    Cassidy says:

    @kwAwk: Did you catch the press conference? There was nothing honest and direct about it.

  30. 30
    Amir Khalid says:

    @El Cid:
    Speaking of which, it must sting Christie that it was Obama’s generosity that finally got him face-to-face with Bruce.

  31. 31
    El Cid says:

    @kwAwk: I think a lot of people hear loud, dumb braying & think it’s a sign that someone’s speaking honestly, instead of it merely being proof that someone’s talking loudly & boldly.

  32. 32
    Belafon says:

    @kwAwk: Yep, cause yelling at a teacher is being honest and direct.

  33. 33
    gogol's wife says:

    @C.V. Danes:

    Well said. How disgusting he is in that press conference, which I finally had the stomach to watch a few seconds of. The way he treated his associates is disgusting. Can you imagine Obama ever doing something like that?

  34. 34
    Aji says:

    @Carnacki: Ya think?

    It’s no longer possible to be a Republican (or a Villager) without having daddy issues. Also mommy issues. If ever therapy were a good investment, it’s for this bunch. Might cut down on a few world wars, for one.

  35. 35
    Cassidy says:

    @Belafon: I wasn’t being critical. I think it’s funny how segments of society have made one denigrating remark more or less acceptable than others.

  36. 36
    Aji says:

    @El Cid: This. Except:

    instead of it merely being proof that someone’s talking loudly & boldly obnoxiously.

    There. FTFY.

  37. 37
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Aji: That’s covered under Obamacare.

  38. 38
    Aji says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Another reason for them to hate it. They like their delusions.

  39. 39
    ThresherK says:

    @John PM: He doesn’t even have that ex-football lineman style of “tubby now but was more muscular in his playing days” fitness.

    Little Brittle (TM) needed to connect dots between blustery bully and manly muscularity, I guess.

  40. 40
    Mr. Longform says:

    Britt Hume’s idea of real men are about as relevant as my idea of credit default swaps – i.e., in neither case do we what we’re talking about. I don’t have any particular insight on what constitutes a “real man”, except that it sounds like Hume is focusing on “macho” when the focus should be on “mensch.” And by that standard, Christie is clearly not a mensch, and his macho is the kind exercised by bullies everywhere: posturing from a position of power over the powerless. Very manly.

  41. 41
    Gene108 says:

    @Cacti:

    Bull. Christie beat an (unpopular) Democratic incumbent and for all his mistakes, bad policies and lack of meaningful accomplishments in his first term, he crushed his Democratic opponent.

    He has been hugely popular with lot of Arlen Specter type voters in the Phily suburbs, who now vote Democratic because of how they are put off by the Southern evangelical take over of the GOP.

    If his subordinates did not document the bridge closure via electronic media, this would not have stuck to him either.

  42. 42
    MobiusKlein says:

    Why is C.C. more macho than, say, California Governor Jerry Brown?
    At what point does effectiveness without bullying become more potent?

  43. 43
    Cacti says:

    @Mr. Longform:

    I don’t have any particular insight on what constitutes a “real man”, except that it sounds like Hume is focusing on “macho” when the focus should be on “mensch.”

    I always thought it conjured up images of the “strong, silent type” who rolls his own cigarettes, and could carry a bale of hay over each shoulder, shirtless in January.

    None of which really applies to Christie. He’s the guy who had the state limo drive him the remaining 800 feet to the bleachers of his son’s baseball game, after taking the state helicopter there.

  44. 44
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Mr. Longform:

    I don’t have any particular insight on what constitutes a “real man”

    Oh, I’ll bet you do. I suspect you call them “friends.”

  45. 45
    RaflW says:

    @El Cid: So, I’m confused. Is Brit Hume masculine? He seems more Droopy D than big dog. Or is it just that weak, twaddle-bargeling men like him want a masculine man to project onto?

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    Cacti says:

    @Gene108:

    Christie beat an (unpopular) Democratic incumbent and for all his mistakes, bad policies and lack of meaningful accomplishments in his first term, he crushed his Democratic opponent.

    You more or less made my point for me.

    He beat a corrupt and compromised Dem incumbent, then beat a complete lightweight for re-election. What a juggernaut.

  47. 47
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Cacti: You forgot his State Trooper body guards who always around to see to it that he never has to “put up or shut up.”

  48. 48
    Suffern ACE says:

    I believe Chris Christie is in trouble because his staff purposefully caused a major traffic jam and someone may have died because of it. I don’t believe voters of New Jersey would have “aw shucks, that’s just how it goes” that in a pre-feminist environment. I’m fairly certain that in 1930s, a governor would have been facing pissed off constituents in New Jersey. People will put up with all sorts of corruption and incompetence, but this isn’t the south where it is expected that the government is supposed to purposefully hurt people.

  49. 49
    danielx says:

    Brit Hume, along with David Fucking Brooks, is a first rank Villager and by definition a Very Serious Person. You must realize that for denizens of the rarified air which they inhabit, it’s not what you say, it’s how you look and sound while saying it. As long as you look Earnest and say things with which other members agree, it doesn’t matter whether it makes sense to the proles or not. Who gives a fuck what Those People out there in flyover country think anyway?

  50. 50
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Cacti: After spending millions of NJ taxpayer dollars to make sure that the Dem candidate for US Senate would not be on the same ballot.

  51. 51
    WereBear says:

    A real man is an actual grown up person. And they are delightful.

    But neither Hume nor Christie qualify, which is why they have to substitute “rampant testosterone” for everything else.

  52. 52

    Like others, I can’t get past the adjective “muscular.” The guy is a comically doughy loudmouth.

  53. 53
    scav says:

    Yet another plaintive chorus of When girls were girls and men were men, ‘people’ knew their places then!

    poor dears.

  54. 54
    Gene108 says:

    @Cacti:

    Corzine was not corrupt. He had the bad luck of running for re-election in 2009, when everybody felt they might get laid off next.

    Corzine’s problem was as a relative political outsider to NJ, he managed to piss off a lot of the Democratic base, so people voted for him, in 2009, holding their noses.

    Christie did more to damage, what should be the Democratic base, but played the politics of this state like a champ, so dozens of Democrats were lining up to endorse him over his challenger.

    He was what Republicans lament they lack at the national level, someone who could sell their snake oil to suburbia. He did it at the state level in NJ and the people loved him for it.

  55. 55
    Belafon says:

    @Cassidy: I knew you were being funny. When I wrote the sentence, though, I did spell out the word, and really considered leaving it completely spelled out. And, most of the time, like writing a story, if I thought the person meant to say it, I would generally write it out (it would look weird to write ni-clang in a story).

    You’re right though, why write ni-clang if I’m not going to clang every other word? In the context of my statement, there was no reason to censor that one if I’m not going to censor them all:

    ni-clang, wet-clang, bit-clang, towel-clang, f-clang, and jew-clang

  56. 56
    Nutella says:

    More attention to Christie’s record:

    The Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has opened a federal investigation into whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) improperly used Hurricane Sandy relief funds to produce commercials starring himself and his family ahead of his re-election campaign. Auditors will examine how the Christie administration used $25 million set aside for “a marketing campaign to promote the Jersey Shore and encourage tourism,” focusing on the bidding process to award a $4.7 million to a politically connected firm that cast Christie and his family in the Sandy ads, while “a comparable firm proposed billing the state $2.5 million for similar work” but did not include Christie in the commercials.

    link

    Villagers will probably admire his skimming abilities for this one.

  57. 57
    RaflW says:

    @scav: How epically absurd that they’re nostalgic for a sit-com.

    Didn’t need no welfare state
    Everybody pulled his weight…
    Those were the days

    And those are the days our ‘modern’ GOP wants back. Fun times.

  58. 58

    It says a lot about conservatives that they equate manliness with being an asshole.

    It also explains why their Jesus is not much like the one in the Bible.

  59. 59
    Cassidy says:

    @Nutella: That’s how a real manly man steals money.

  60. 60
    Bobby Thomson says:

    I don’t think the Governor is in trouble over anything he SAID. At least that’s not the primary problem.

    Just sayin’.

  61. 61
    C.V. Danes says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    The way he treated his associates is disgusting. Can you imagine Obama ever doing something like that?

    Certainly not a good way to build trust. But, then, “manly men” don’t really need trust to get the job done. They just need a bullwhip.

  62. 62
    gnomedad says:

    @John PM:

    I don’t think I would use the term muscular to describe Christie.

    Being an asshole is often an acceptable proxy in wingnut circles.

  63. 63
    Cervantes says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    The way he treated his associates is disgusting.

    How so?

  64. 64
    Mike in NC says:

    It’s fascinating to contrast the giant Christie man-crush of conservatives like Hume and Brooks with the hate he’s getting from the real base.

    They love authoritarians. Christie would be even dreamier if he wore a pair of hobnailed jackboots and kicked people with them.

  65. 65
    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @RaflW:

    How epically absurd that they’re nostalgic for a sit-com.

    Most of the people I knew when that sit-com was on had lived through those days and knew that they weren’t such good days.

  66. 66
    maya says:

    Biff Hume just has a thing for Sumo wrestlers

  67. 67
    Roger Moore says:

    @Skippy-san:

    That does not exactly burnish his manhood credentials.

    I think Brit Hume spends enough time “burnishing his manhood” over the latest Republican daddy figure that having anyone else do it would be beside the point.

  68. 68
    Cervantes says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism: Yes, except for one thing: it’s absolutely true that “our old LaSalle ran great.”

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    kindness says:

    I want to make a joke about Brit Hume and his knowledge of ‘real’ men. I can not however because I don’t think there is anything wrong with homosexuality so joking about it would only make me appear stupider than I am. No, I can’t joke about it because I can’t top what Brit Hume already says. He might as well be writing for The Onion.

    (see you can write about Christi without mentioning his weight….wait, what? Oh, damn. Failed again.)

  70. 70
    gogol's wife says:

    @Cervantes:

    He pretended they thought it all up by themselves, and he was totally surprised. This cannot be true. He pretended he never really knew the guy he gave a cushy job in the PA to. He lay most of the blame on a woman who was his close associate. She didn’t do it on her own. I think all of these issues have been rehashed here over and over.

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    The Other Chuck says:

    “Feminized” as an object of scorn, eh? Really reaching out to women voters are we?

  72. 72
    Cervantes says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    I think all of these issues have been rehashed here over and over.

    Perhaps — but I asked because I was not sure what you meant. Thanks for explaining.

  73. 73
    Gex says:

    @elmo: This. I have so many male friends who will caveat something they say by saying, “I’m not a MANLY man, but…” And I always stop them because basically they consider being civilized the thing that knocks them from the ranks of manly men. The guys they are thinking of are loud, mean, argumentative, make gay/racist/misogynistic jokes, and are just generally assholes. I tell them I refuse to let “being a complete asshole” be the definition of being a man.

  74. 74
    AxelFoley says:

    @Cassidy:

    @kwAwk: Did you catch the press conference? There was nothing honest and direct about it.

    Cawk slams Obama on the regular. Not surprised he loves Christie.

  75. 75
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    Had I known how easy it is to be a real man I would have skipped combat in Vietnam and raising an autistic child to self-sufficiency.

  76. 76
    aimai says:

    @dmsilev: Hell, everyone knows that Obama literally ordered up Hurricane Sandy in order to make Romney look bad.

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    muricafukyea says:

    Don’t forget to include wr0ng way Cole in any man crush discussion about fat bastard Christie. Despite what he seems to think about himself, Cole still has that same fuked up conservative thought process that he had before. That does not change no matter how you claim to now vote.

  78. 78
    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Gex: I don’t always live up to this, but I have never found being polite and civilized to put me at a disadvantage.

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    Cassidy says:

    @AxelFoley: Hell, that describes half the commenters here.

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    Petorado says:

    What needs to be asked of Britt Hume is why the muscular real men he champions are such whiners? For being such paragons of masculinity and masters of their own destiny, they sure spend a whole lot of time curled up in a fetal position and complaining about every perceived slight to any TV camera they can find, and blaming everyone but themselves for their misfortunes.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @muricafukyea:
    You just copy/paste names into the same comment over and over again, don’t you? I do admire your efficiency.

  82. 82
    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Good for you. Which one was harder?

  83. 83
    SFAW says:

    @gnomedad:

    Being an asshole is often an acceptable proxy de rigueur in wingnut circles.

    Fixed.

  84. 84
    Gravie says:

    When I used to work in downtown DC, I’d occasionally see Brit Hume outside the ABC studios on LaSalle Street, smoking a cigarette. He is shriveled, scrawny little twerp. Maybe that explains part of his bro-crush.

  85. 85
    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Raven: Yeah, by Hume’s “logic” shouldn’t conservatives LOVE President Obama, who they claim has engaged in endless scandals and thuggery? What is different between Obama and Christie? (Except that Bridgegate is a real scandal).

  86. 86
    SFAW says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Speaking of which, it must sting Christie that it was Obama’s generosity that finally got him face-to-face with Bruuuuuuuuce.

    Excellent point, just needed to correct your spelling to be more Jersey-like. (Or as the locals might say, “Joisy-loik.”)

  87. 87
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Bully and asshole =/= masculine. Bully and asshole = bully and asshole.

  88. 88
    AnonPhenom says:

    Shorter douche Hume: “Now Genghis Khan, there was a man’s man.”

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    SFAW says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    What is different between Obama and Christie?

    They’re in a different weight class? Or might that not be what you meant?

    Actually, Christie’s not overweight, he’s just under-tall. If he were as tall as Robert Pershing Wadlow, he’d be skinny as a rail.

    (OK, I won’t do any more fat jokes, owing to my own girth. Plus, it’s just mean.)

  90. 90
    Citizen_X says:

    So says the guy who got beat up daily in school for being named “Brit Hume.”

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @SFAW: I wasn’t referring to his weight at all. I’m not thin enough to laugh about other people’s weight. I was actually referring to his race. I find it interesting that the Rightwing is okay wtih Christie’s apparent thuggery and nastiness but always want to attack President Obama for allegedly being a Chicago thug. I assume race plays a role in why they judge them differently — and also of course that Christie is on their team.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Cervantes:

    it’s absolutely true that “our old LaSalle ran great.”

    Wouldn’t know. Waaay too expensive for my family.

  93. 93
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Citizen_X: Alexander Britton Hume.

  94. 94
    SFAW says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    Patricia –
    Yes, I know. I thought it was kind of obvious (i.e., what you were saying).

    My response was along the lines of “Wait – John McCain was a POW?”

  95. 95
    NorthLeft12 says:

    Greatest thread of comments I have read on here in a long time. I really have nothing new to add, except to say it is refreshing to hear that so many people are offended by the stereo type that you have to be an asshole to be a real man.

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    Chris says:

    Men today have learned the lesson the hard way that if you act like kind of an old-fashioned guy’s guy, you’re in constant danger of slipping out and saying something that’s going to get you in trouble and make you look like a sexist or make you look like you seem thuggish or whatever.

    Possibly because “the old days” were days when sexism was considered normal and thuggishness something to be praised, making this a textbook case of Exactly What It Looks Like.

    See also “nowadays people think I’m racist if I say things that wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow back when George Wallace was governor!”

  97. 97
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Chris: I disagree with the idea that thuggishness was a previously praiseworthy social trait in civilized society.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Bobby Thomson:

    Which one was harder?

    Vietnam was an outdoor picnic with fatal entertainment compared to raising an autistic child born in the mid-Eighties.

  99. 99
    PIGL says:

    @muricafukyea: that was lame… I mean lamer than usual.

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    Violet says:

    @Patricia Kayden: Republicans are pretty easy to figure out once you realize that everything with them is projection. They attack Obama as a thug–they’re thugs and like thugs.

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    Ash Can says:

    Brit Hume needs to be fired for his misogynistic bullshit. Immediately.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @NorthLeft12:

    it is refreshing to hear that so many people are offended by the stereo type that you have to be an asshole to be a real man

    I think it’s possible to be both.

  103. 103
    SFAW says:

    @Ash Can:

    Brit Hume needs to be fired for his misogynistic bullshit. Immediately.

    Why ever would Fox do that? They see it as a feature, not a bug.

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    Interrobang says:

    I love how this issue is really showing up the differences between liberals and conservatives. They’re all getting themselves twisted up into knots about masculinity (of all things), and over here on the liberal side, we’re all kind of like “Yeah, call me back when ‘masculinity’ becomes important in a politician,” and some of us basically think “masculinity” and “femininity” as concepts are kinda bullshit.

    No wonder we can’t communicate — our mental maps don’t show anything like the same terrain.

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    Jay says:

    Dear Mr. Hume,

    You’re a grown-ass man who calls yourself “Brit,” which means you shouldn’t be talking about masculinity on my teevee,

    /snark, kinda.

  106. 106

    Christie’s troubles just beginning. Let the pile-on begin:

    According to CNN, federal investigators “will examine New Jersey’s use of $25 million in Sandy relief funds for a marketing campaign to promote tourism at the Jersey Shore after Sandy decimated the state’s coastline in late 2012.” It seems that, of that $25 million, $4.7 million went to the marketing firm that produced commercials starring Chris Christie; his wife Christine Christie; his kids Chris Christie Jr., Christina Christie, Christy Christie, Chrysanthemum Christie, Christoph Christie; and his Mexican hairless dog, Crisp Christie.

    The firm in question, MWW, was awarded the campaign despite the fact that a different firm, Sigma, pitched a marketing strategy that would have only cost the state $2.5 million. To be fair, MWW’s plan provided the Christie family with breakout roles in a regional television commercial; Sigma’s plan provided the Christie family with zero breakout roles in a regional television commercial. Sure, the Sigma plan was cheaper, but it would not star the Family Christie. You tell us which number is larger: one starring role, or zero starring roles? One or zero? Exactly. Everyone pack it in, nothing to see here.

    Yeah I know those are not the names of the Christie family. But the TV ad thing is real. This was basically a campaign ad for Christie. And after everyone — Dems and NY Republicans alike — shamed the Red State hypocrites for denying New Jersey and New York FEMA aid until they were publicly humiliated, he goes and does this.

    What a douchebag.

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    flukebucket says:

    @Ash Can:

    Brit Hume needs to be fired for his misogynistic bullshit. Immediately.

    He would just say that being fired proves his point.

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @Interrobang: freaking out about masculinity or femininity is a particularly infantile species of status anxiety. We all experience it, but FOX beats a drumbeat of it to keep their audience’s amygdalas overstimulated, because it’s how they motivate GOP voters to the polls.

    Children begin asking questions about gender at about age two.

    When I was 15, 16 and in an incomplete stage of development myself I thought “arrested development” was Freudian nonsense but now that I’m in my 30s and know people my age with severe problems in that area all I can do is shake my head.

    Gender/sexual orientation were two of the most important, salient, obsessive topics in my life until I was about 23, 24 and I sort of grew out of that shit. Brit Hume is a grown-ass man.

    He also says a lot of vile things. I used to say vile things on the internet (dba usenet in those days) in my salad days, too.

    I wonder if he’s the result of mainlining lead-laced car exhaust and dioxins.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    Well, at the risk of stating the obvious, Hume is one of those supposedly objective news(wo)men whose politics are glaringly obvious. Add Mara Liasson to that list, Stossel, almost everyone on Fox… They purport to be true journalistss but are fooling only fools. Hume is perhaps the most humorlous, dull, arrogant guy on television. Would a change of expression shatter his face?

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    Mike G says:

    you’re in constant danger of slipping out and saying something that’s going to get you in trouble and make you look like a sexist or make you look like you seem thuggish or whatever.

    Yeah, we can all recall getting flustered in a tense situation and ordering the blockading of bridge traffic out of spite. It’s the kind of misstep that could happen to anybody.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Amir Khalid: Durfs gotta Durf after all. He’s losing his edge though.

    @PIGL: Saddest part is he’s your fellow countryman.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    @Violet: Somehow, I’ve never thought about this! You may really be onto something here, Violet. Now I am going to pay attention, and I be I WILL see Republicans attacking everything that is inherently their own make-up. They sure hate welfare, for instance, but aren’t red states the vast majority of the states that receive far more federal funding than they pay in taxes? Oh, but they sure hate them some damn welfare!

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    Ruckus says:

    @Gex:
    For a great part of my life it seemed like being a gigantic and complete asshole was the definition of being a man. The guy in the movies who got the girl, the money, the whatever, that guy was a macho man. We even had a pop song about it. It didn’t make sense to me but that was a huge message. Don’t let someone kick sand in your face, build up your puny body and kick their ass. Girls seemed to like the asshole. Of course all of this is false to a major degree but that’s the delivered message.

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    Joey Maloney says:

    @Knight of Nothing: Chris Christie, the Doughy Rantload?

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    Violet says:

    @West of the Rockies: Republicans’ homophobia is another example. Their hating women and elevating “strong, masculine men” is indicative of their mommy and daddy issues. You’re right about the welfare issue. Really, they’re all about fear. They project that fear outwards as a general rule. It’s the tell.

    @Ruckus: Boils down to the classic “Nice guys finish last.”

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Ruckus: Look at the movies though. There were tough guys but the heroes generally weren’t the one’s starting the fight. The fight starters were the assholes and bullies. Off the top of my head: Shane, First Blood, High Noon, the Mad Max series, Pale Rider…. The heroes were tough and could fight, but they didn’t need to do it to be men. Oh, yeah, add in Atticus Finch being the best shot in the county.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I thought I got stickiness from Hume’s manlove! Yick.

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    Redhand says:

    What a crock of shit. I guess his former female deputy chief of staff gets “manly man” points for giving the go-ahead, what?

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    Paul in KY says:

    @kindness: You’re a better man than I am, Gunga-Kindness ;-)

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    Paul in KY says:

    @AnonPhenom: I would say that Ghenghis Khan probably had alot more honour than Mr. Christie. He would also probably have had Mr. Christie executed in some novel manner.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Paul in KY:
    A real mafia don has more honor than cc.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    Yes some movies. But so many of the heroes always seemed to get involved in situations where they were forced to kill someone/everyone. They may not have looked for trouble but they always seemed to find it and had no qualms about being tougher and deadlier first, ask questions later. Of course they are all movies and we all know that isn’t real life. Don’t we?
    Of course my point was, to be a man, you had to be a tough guy. Conservatives still see that and only that. Cristie is “good” because he takes no shit off anyone. Not that his policies are good, not that he is good, only that he is “tough”, a bully. Doesn’t even have to have substance, just an attitude, a willingness to be an asshole.

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    So it’s all the fault of the feminazi’s now? Hume is cribbing notes from Limpballs apparently….idiots.

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    Linda says:

    Why is it that nobody thinks that a man’s not a real man unless he’s…an asshole? And not for doing something that only a male asshole could do, but by using power for petty vengence, which has a long history of co-ed assholery?

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    Cervantes says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Here’s Julian Barnes:

    In my terms, I settled for the realities of life, and submitted to its necessities: if this, then that, and so the years passed. In Adrian’s terms, I gave up on life, gave up on examining it, took it as it came. And so, for the first time, I began to feel a more general remorse — a feeling somewhere between self-pity and self-hatred — about my whole life. All of it. I had lost the friends of my youth. I had lost the love of my wife. I had abandoned the ambitions I had entertained. I had wanted life not to bother me too much, and had succeeded — and how pitiful that was.

    It’s from The Sense of An Ending (2011).

    Incidentally, his wife died three years before the book came out.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @gnomedad: An asshole is technically a muscle

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    Matt says:

    Damn feminists – it’s getting so a “he-man” can’t even go around deliberately sabotaging the goddamn traffic system just to prove what a stupendous penis he’s got without somebody calling it “abuse of power” and convening a grand jury.

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    Tehanu says:

    @John PM:
    Masculine? Muscular? This is Governor Creosote we’re talking about, innit?

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    The Very Reverend Crimson Fire of Compassion says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Damn, son. That’s very, um, . . . visceral.

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