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This is the first of a very irregular series of political commentary by me.  I usually do not get into politics, because many others have much better insights than do I in this area.  Do not look for these very often, but when Muse whispers into my ear I must listen.

Chris Cristie is one of the most foul partisans that exists.  He is also pugnacious, nasty tempered, and all around just not a very nice person.  But like the proverbial broken clock, he was right twice today and yesterday.  I am not even trying to defend his entirety, but he was quite pragmatic for the previous 48 hours.

This is an attempt to try to unscrew his behavior, bizarre for him.  Please comment freely, for good or ill, about my words.

Please note that late in this piece I have modified my thoughts a bit.  Please read all before you comment.

Christie is an opportunist of the worst sort.  He rails against federal involvement in almost everything, but today is so, so happy that the current administration wants to help the people of New Jersey to get through one of the worst storms in history for that area, let alone in the memory of anyone living.

Christie is a bully.  He even called out his own citizens for being brave and staying home.  However, I have a bit more to say about that later.

Christie is generally obnoxious, and today was no different.  It was the the way that he did it, not the way that he said it, that was different.

So, how was he correct?

As much as it pains me, he was correct thusly:

-  He scolded the people who did not evacuate for putting the lives not only of themselves, but the safety of responders who might have to find them in jeopardy.

-  He informed them that they were sort of last on the list for assistance, since they had been warned to leave.

Look, I am not defending him, but it IS important to recognize proper criticism when it appears.  But this is a bit more convoluted.

If Christie were more credible, it is quite possible that many more folks would have evacuated when the order came.  But because so many people consider him to be a buffoon, they sort of thumbed their noses at him.  I might have done the same thing when I lived in Arkansas if the bandit Huckabee had made a similar request in similar circumstances, because I always knew that the Huckster was mostly a liar.

The bottom line is that Christie is such a horrible public official that instead of leading his people to safety, he blustered them into staying put.  If I had been in such a situation when Bill Clinton was my governor in Arkansas, I would have followed his counsel, because he was both trustworthy and caring.  Christie is neither.

Back again to what he did right.  He did criticize the folks who would not leave, and they should have.  Even more correct, he would not commit the safety of the responders (who he would love to see in private hands) to assist the ones who did not evacuate.  So few right things, so many wrong ones.

Even better is how he postures himself to be a "good public servant" and be in "constant contact" with FEMA and even the President.  Christie was so complimentary of our president that I thought that his tongue would ignite when he said that President Obama was very helpful, caring, and proactive.  As Moon Unit Zappa once said, "Gag me with a spoon!"

In summary, Christie is a feces filled little man who, even when trying to be magnanimous, fails horribly.  Actually, I doubt that he even has heard that word, let alone the meaning of it.  He stumbled trying to put our responders at the forefront (and those folks are truly heroic) by denigrating the citizens of his state.  I must agree, though, that the folks who stayed should have left.

So there you have it.

Postnote:  I tried to publish this last night, and our site was not available.  That might be a good thing, because I have modified my view of Christie just a bit in the past 24 hours, viz.,

He seems to be a bit more pragmatic and less political that I first thought.  Of course, he is a partisan Republican, but with his statements lately he seems to be more comfortable with his true beliefs that Romney is with what his, whatever they are, is.  Christie is sort of a "tell you like I think" person; Romney is a "tell me what you want me to tell you" person.

I shall take the broken clock every time, even if I do not agree with it, over a clock that keeps changing hours and minutes to be popular.  Do I like Christie or vote for him?  Likely not, but I now have a grudging respect for him.  That is LOTS more than I can say about the Republican nominee for POTUS.

So here is my Rx:  take the pugnacious Christie at his word, even though I agree with few of what he says, but at least sort of now find him honest.  Take Romney at none, because his word is not any kind of a bond and he is a fundamentally dishonest person.

The bottom line is that both our president and the governor of New Jersey acted with honor, helping their people.  Romney did not, just using his Ohio rally to give unneeded things the the Red Cross (and I have LOTS of problems with the Red Cross, but that is for another Rx).

Warmest regards,

Doc, aka Dr. David W. Smith

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  •  Tips and recs for (8+ / 0-)

    being sort of ambiguous?

    Warmest regards,

    Doc

    I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

    by Translator on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 08:58:26 PM PDT

    •  Thanks, all! I very much (1+ / 0-)
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      appreciate the Rec List.  This is experimental.  Should I continue my political views or just confine my views to science, culture, and distant memories?

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 11:33:38 PM PDT

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      •  Go ahead Doc (1+ / 0-)
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        I feel much like you do about The Jabba from Jersey.

        The tunnel thing pissed me off, however, he seems to be doing the right thing for his people.

        This time.
        History will tell.

        "People who see a contradiction between science and the bible don't really understand either." PvtJarHead

        by Tinfoil Hat on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:28:03 AM PDT

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        •  Grace under pressure is (1+ / 0-)
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          often the mark of a good person.  He has showed grace.  My final take on him is reserved for later.

          Warmest regards,

          Doc

          I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

          by Translator on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:18:08 PM PDT

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  •  Mother Nature is the great equalizer (4+ / 0-)
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    it can change the way people look at life and what is important in a whole different way.

    Even worms can have a "come to Jesus" moment. Life, death and feeling very very small and helpless in the face of the massive display of power this earth can exibit has a way of making almost everything we worry about on a daily basis seem realy petty.

    The interviews I saw with him today seemed like he had reached that point. It probably wont last but I will say I loved the look on his face when someone on fox news suggested he should meet with Mitt Romney. Sort of like he just realized he had steped in a big pile of dog poo.

    It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

    by PSWaterspirit on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 09:27:20 PM PDT

    •  Well said! (3+ / 0-)
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      Remember, he had to get reelected in a blue state just next year.  I know that lots of what he does is political, but I must say that to me he sounded sort of sincere today.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 09:29:39 PM PDT

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  •  Pleae be well, all! (0+ / 0-)

    I am quite alone, but I can live with that until another day.  Having an empty heart DOES hurt a lot.

    Warmest regards,

    Doc

    I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

    by Translator on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 11:52:03 PM PDT

  •  I agreed with him about those citizens, (1+ / 0-)
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    and I can't call them brave, as you did, I call them asshats.  Some, I'm sure, didn't think they would get hit like this, but the lives of the responders were put further at risk because of their ignorance.

    I agree with you about everything personal you've said about him.  He's a role model for those asshats who refused to evacuate.

    The difference between the two is that Christie has nothing to lose.  No matter how he plays the cards he's been dealt, he wins.


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 12:28:02 AM PDT

    •  I have found him to be (0+ / 0-)

      an excellent politician.  That is neither a compliment nor an insult.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:20:06 PM PDT

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  •  Christie is one of the most dangerous Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    out there today, and I firmly expect him to be a presidential candidate at some point within the next two presidential elections.

    He's as horrid a person as you point out, but intelligent enough to actually not automatically be dismissive of Democrats under the rare circumstances that he doesn't see how it can hurt him to do so, a lesson most Republicans never seemed to learn.  Praising the President can only help him at this point, since he will never face the President in a race, and makes him look 'bipartisan' to the politically superficial voters who compromise most of the electorate.  (And by that I mean they really don't pay much attention to politics, and really only remember whatever soundbites catch their attention thanks to the MSM.)

    Just as they bought into the demonization of 'liberals', and consider themselves 'conservative' despite most of them actually agreeing with many 'liberal' positions when polled individually, they've bought into the false equivalencies of 'bipartisan gridlock' and desire 'bipartisanship', blaming both parties for nothing getting done.  Thus, despite his ideological extremism and hatred for workers and those who represent them, Christie will be seen as 'bipartisan', and statements like these will be faithully trotted out as 'proof' when he does run for President.

    •  I read this twice, (1+ / 0-)
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      and can not find any point of argument.

      He is smart, opportunistic, and wants more and more power.  Of course he is acting nice here!  When Obama is reelected this year, Christie looks awfully good for moderates in 2016.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:23:12 PM PDT

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