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  •  Here's what I need to understand.... (0+ / 0-)

    How the h*ll is Christie likable?  I don't get it.  Not denying what you say as I have two friends, one a center left dem and one a centrist republican who both "like" Christie.   When they said it to me, I could not hide my shock.  I just do not get it.

    I find him to be an obnoxious bully.   He demeans and denigrates anyone, male or female, who challenges him on anything he says.   He used terms like "take a baseball bat to her" when speaking of a seventy something female state representative.  He has been rude and obnoxious to reporters, constituents in public.  Since when is that admirable, let alone likable?   All I see is a media pushing the likability BS and creating an urban myth about this jolly big guy .  Why would dems buy this?

    How the hell is the playground bully personality likable???

    Can someone explain that to me??  Anyone?

    “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

    by Jjc2006 on Sun Oct 27, 2013 at 05:32:36 AM PDT

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    •  If he was a liberal democrat (0+ / 0-)

      If Christie was an obnoxious bully of a liberal democrat you and a lot of other people here would like him.

      •  No I wouldn't... (0+ / 0-)

        I do not like bullies period   Now there is a difference between being a bully like Christie (who is obnoxious to constituents, nasty about opposing party state congress members;  rude to the press) and an LBJ who was a bully about bills and policies and getting his own party's members to vote the right way...in other words doing the job of the whip.    That's pressuring and peer/equal to do their job.

        I don't know why you think you know how I would feel anyway.

        “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

        by Jjc2006 on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 06:09:04 PM PDT

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    •  His candor is likeable (0+ / 0-)

      I think the thing people like about him is the fact that he says what he thinks, he doesn't resort to using carefully crafted talking points.  When he is asked a question, he gives an unscripted answer.  We rarely see that.  That's refreshing!

      That being said, his candor unfortunately reveals him to be a testy, rude, obnoxious bully.

      •  Yes, I guess (0+ / 0-)

        I don't see calling a constiuent "stupid".   Or wishing he could take a baseball bat to a seventy something female (or anyone, for that matter) because she, as a state congress person stood up to him, as candor.

        He may not have the "censor" mechanism that most of us understand is important in a civil society, but that does not make him likable to me.

        Now, if he had decent fair policies for the blue state of NJ, I could see them overlooking his obnoxious behavior because he was working to make things better for NJ.  Clearly his policies have hurt NJ.  So I repeat, I do not get it.

        “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

        by Jjc2006 on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 06:13:15 PM PDT

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