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  •  I disagree with the people (18+ / 0-)

    who say his press conference was convincing.  I saw right through it - his sugary sweet naivete was absolutely sickening, and very transparent.

    It reminded me of an abusive husband telling the police that everything's alright, while holding a baseball bat behind his back and his trembling wife standing next to him nodding.

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 01:12:19 PM PST

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    •  That's right (7+ / 0-)

      And on a factual level, his explanations were filled with more holes than a leaky colander.  The problem was, although they had unprecedented time and opportunity to ask whatever they pleased, the press corps present missed some golden opportunities to expose the obvious contradictions.

      "No one else could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now going to shut it."- Franz Kafka, "Before the Law"

      by normal family on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 01:24:14 PM PST

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      •  You don't say. (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm shocked -- shocked, I tell you -- that our vigorous, hard-hitting corps of Real Journalists would have missed such an opportunity to ask the hard questions of a politician.  Especially a Republican.  Why, I'll bet David Gregory can't wait to get him on his Sunday blab show and really sock it to 'im.

        "A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home." - James Madison

        by gharlane on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 07:57:18 PM PST

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    •  I was the wife and I'll tell you I thought my (6+ / 0-)

      violent spouse was going to sprout wings and a halo when the policeman arrived to talk to him.  The "sweet" was put on but it was amazing.  Sociopaths can be very convincing for a short period of time.

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        Sorry about you being the wife....  Glad you got out though.

        But that was my point; they are usually good liars, or at least they think they are.  But they can't hold a candle to someone who is sincerely good and telling the truth.

        Put his presser up against Mayor Zimmer's interview and the difference is night and day.

        "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

        by La Gitane on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 03:27:46 PM PST

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      •  Psychopathic, convincing liars are eerie (1+ / 0-)
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        When you can see through their lies, and you see that other people are naively convinced, it contorts not only things involving the liar (with whom there is no point in talking because words mean nothing to them) but also the people one degree of separation from him/her.

        There's a lot to be said for veritas.

        •  I think you have captured the essence of the (1+ / 0-)
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          problem with people who have no conscience.  "Words mean nothing to them", "there is no point".

          Trying to evaluate Christie and his henchmen  based on their statements is futile.  They will have no problem bobbing and weaving.  I think to their credit humans seek to trust.  That's a part of the situation.  Liars know how to manipulate the best as well as the worst inclinations.  Even when presented with a perfectly reasonable person asking for help against corruption and bullying, we tend to want to believe the denials and turn on the one asking for help.

          Until the evidence sufficiently overrides our tendency to trust the pathological liars among us we are stuck with our own rationalizations on their behalf.  Overlay true confirmation bias related to partisanship or prejudice and its really hard for people to embrace the truth sometimes.

          •  Well said. (1+ / 0-)
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            Reminds me of a quote from the Song of Ice and Fire series (aka Game of Thrones):  "Words are just wind."  Question is, which is the good wind and which the ill?  Christie's press conference would seem to be the ill, 2 hours of obvious hot air.

    •  Exactly... (0+ / 0-)

      "She just fell down the stairs, officer, she's so clumsy, ha ha..." "Y-Yes, officer, I'm s-so cl-clumsy, ha ha..."

      You know, I liked him for a moment around the time of Hurricane Sandy.  He got to work doing the right thing for his state (or so it appeared, at least) and didn't have anything bad to say about the President for once.  Oh well...

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