The photo that might just end Chris Christie’s run for the White House

A wild story from Dave Weigel on a picture he took of GOP Gov. of New Jersey, and Republican presidential hopeful, Chris Christie this weekend berating a woman with a good old fashioned finger wag, as his face looked ready to explode.


Not exactly the image you want out there while claiming to be the kinder, gentler iteration of a party known for being a tad too mean.

The woman in question was a teacher, Melissa Tomlinson, who had been protesting Christie’s campaign rally (he’s up for re-election), when she asked Christie why he’d called New Jersey Schools “failure factories.”


Christie erupted at the woman, calling her “you people,” and things went pretty much downhill from there.

Dave has the rest of the story, so you can click through to read all of it on his site, but what I wanted to focus on was Christie’s temperament, and how these kind of gaffes can ruin an election.

As one person wrote on Facebook, the picture doesn’t say 1,000 words, it says just one, “dick.”  So I started looking around YouTube to see if this was an ongoing thing with Christie, the temperament problem, and it is.  And while I’m sure the Republicans will try to play this up as “Christie’s a straight-talking tough guy,” he actually comes across as a bit of a bully.

I’ll go through a best (worst) videos below, but I had to quote this one from Christie speaking a few years back to a questioner he didn’t like:

“And you know what, and you know what, and you know what, let me tell you this, you know what, it’s people who raise their voices and yell and scream like you that are dividing this country.”

Get a mirror, buddy.

In this first video, we have Christie responding snippily to a teacher who is upset about how much teachers get paid:

Rita Wilson: You’re not compensating me for my education, and you’re not compensating me for my experience.

Gov. Christie: Well you know what? Then you don’t have to do it.

That might work in New Jersey, but if Christie pulls that on the national campaign trail, he’s going to lose the women vote, and more.  Watch:

Next, I found a video of Christie responding to a reporter’s question about calling back the legislature. Christie calls the reporter “stupid” and an “idiot.”

Of course, “idiot” might be better than what he called one female protester during a rally: “sweetheart.”  Note to Christie: Try calling Hillary “sweetheart” in 2016 and see how long you keep your jewels.

Then we have Christie responding to a question from a mom who’s concerned that Christie is cutting public school funding while sending his kids to private schools. Christie’s answer: “It’s none of your business.”

You can bet that the Republicans are going to try to claim (spin) Christie’s temper an asset. And while that may work with the Tea Party crowd, I think Christie is going to have a problem with middle of the road Americans who have had just about enough of people who raise their voices and yell and scream and are dividing this country.

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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143 Responses to “The photo that might just end Chris Christie’s run for the White House”

  1. Naja pallida says:

    I was pointing it out, not because it is any kind of an accomplishment, but because Christie vetoed both marriage equality and the minimum wage increase… and the voters disagreed with him and passed them anyway. His own state is progressing without him. No wonder why he wants out so badly.

  2. beduke says:

    Wow. Ugly, mean image. And so true!

  3. beduke says:

    not fair. that is simply specious. Does not address the fact that he held a special election to make sure C. Booker did not directly affect his re-election possibilities.

  4. beduke says:

    oversized and under brained. or maybe that doesn’t give him enough credit. Oversized, and very cynical about what it takes to be a politician in America. The hell with the rest of you, I’m gonna be (fill in the blank . . . multiple choice . . . ) _____________ President; Also Ran; Footnote to History.

    I am going for the latter. With any luck. This guy is a malevolent waste of time.

  5. beduke says:

    Woo Hoo! Looks like NJ minimum wage is up to about 52 percent of what is needed for subsistence existence in the USA. This only looks like an achievement in contrast to the incredible lameness of many other states. But believe me, it is no achievement whatsoever. Those $8.25/hr “wage earners” are nothing more than glorified slaves, and their children will still go hungry; they will not have proper health care; and educational advancement will be something akin to a miracle if one of their offspring lucks into some sort of subsidy. This is a pathetic way to treat the citizens of New Jersey, not to mention the citizens of this world we share. Shame on Christie and his skin-flint brethren. A sheepish wolf in oversize clothing.

  6. beduke says:

    Would ensure Obama’s legacy as a shining genius. Who needs a foul-mouthed, ill-mannered, autocratic Tony Soprano stand-in as a leader? What are you, nuts?

  7. beduke says:

    it just sounds “right wing” and Plutocratic. Just as your masters would have it!

  8. beduke says:

    A gigantic waste of air, space and time. Hopefully will have the decency to fade from prominence before the idiots who call themselves the electorate in this country do something really moronic and elect him to be Supreme Leader. He is ill-fitted for such a role. Maybe head of the Port Authority or something. But not anything higher than that.

  9. beduke says:

    Wow. I wish I had though of that . . . “bloviating douche” indeed!

  10. beduke says:

    Chris Christie is a crude, rude jerk who loves himself and thinks he is God’s answer to our needs. Let’s just see him as the crude, rude jerk he has demonstrated himself to be, over and over again. Any romance about this guy is strictly misplaced. NEXT!

  11. GoBlue says:

    Mrs. Christie is always smiling at inappropriate times. With any luck at all, she’ll be as unlikable as Ann Romney has been. In other words, she’ll hurt Blubber Face more than she’ll help him.

  12. News Nag says:

    Here’s the quote needed to go along with the photo: “POW, teacher, right to the moon!”

  13. 1nancy2 says:

    You got it.

  14. 1nancy2 says:

    His laughing buffoon, wife is as bad as he. I am furious at the way this teacher was taunted and abused by the big man. They are CREEPS and will lose. T. bags won’t let him run…I think it will be T. Cruz against Hill. Should be fun.

  15. FieryLocks says:

    Christie is just another Koch sucking A.L.E.C. bitch.

  16. kevin72132003 says:

    Like: It would be wrong not to elect Christie as President?

  17. kevin72132003 says:

    Life is uncertain.

  18. Viir Exeter says:

    They ain’t too
    smart down thar in them thar New Jersey, is they?

    Chris Christie:

    —Vetoed Healthcare Exchanges twice & fought accepting Medicare expansion.

    —Chris Christie Vetoed Same-Sex Marriage.

    —Chris Christie Is No Friend to Workers.

    —Chris Christie Doesn’t Believe in Universal Pre-K.

    —Chris Christie Misuses State Funds.

    —Chris Christie Supports the Ryan Budget.

    —Chris Christie Vetoed a Hike in the Minimum Wage.

    —Chris Christie Vetoed Equal Pay Legislation.

    —Chris Christie Targeted Poor Families in His Budget.

    —Chris Christie Cut Funding to Family Planning Organizations.

    —Chris Christie Is Proudly Anti-Choice

    New Jersey. See ya. Wouldn’t wanna be ya. Thanks.

  19. fatnfine says:

    now, now . . . you sound exactly like you’re attempting to describe his partner in crime…. Mr. O!!!

  20. daydreamer says:

    just about as right as WRONG sounds!!!

  21. fattyfatty2x4 says:

    not to defend the tubby side, but heck MO wasn’t elected to PATROL no damn body, either… but, SHE IS anyway!!!

  22. chancesare says:

    that’s the POINT . . . we are OVER it, just as we are OVER him!!! Disgusting piece of jackass!!

  23. johnnycomelately says:

    so glad I’m not in that God forsaken STATE!!! Blessings to everyone else who is!!

  24. danutzoidkid says:

    Old lard butt, fat boy Christie may “have” won the governorship in Jersey… so? Look who was voting and more importantly…. WHERE!!! NO WAY he will ever lead ANYWHERE else… he’s full of HOT AIR!!!

  25. dominickJ says:

    Why should I get over it?? OR anyone else. He’s NOT my Governor, Thank Goodness. He’s just a clown pretending to be a Moderate but he’s a Rethug through and through ALWAYS trying to throw his weight around and INTIMIDATE people!!! BUT he just can’t fool everyone enough to get into the White House if that’s his aim!!

  26. kevin72132003 says:

    I look forward to your support.

  27. Chef Kowalski says:

    Who wants a president tubbier than William Howard Taft? Say, do they still have that cattle through of a bathtub installed by Taft in the White House?

  28. karmanot says:

    Count on the Dems to pick Biden and Lose.

  29. karmanot says:

    Maybe with a fire ladder, we just might be able to get over him.

  30. HarpoSnarx says:

    Gawd help the upper floors of the White House.

  31. karmanot says:

    “Thanks for liking us” It comes so easily and is always a joy WW!

  32. karmanot says:

    Yep, but with that body it might end in one stroke.

  33. Naja pallida says:

    No kidding, if we had a President Christie, we could have national marriage equality and raise the national minimum wage to $8.25. Like he’s done for NJ.

  34. kevin72132003 says:

    President Christie, it just sounds right.

  35. Naja pallida says:

    Lucky I’ve done quite a bit of free climbing in my day… but don’t worry, I’m over it. Let him serve out his half-term where the voters disagree with most of what he wants, and then ignore the state for remainder as he pretends to run for President.

  36. BillFromPA says:

    I’m not too concerned about any GOP candidate who can’t pass a vetting by the Romney campaign.

  37. Bill_Perdue says:

    My observation – Democrats are proven union busters just like their Republican sisters and brothers because both parties are owned by the rich and that criticizing one party and not the other is Democrat party partisanship.

    Republicans should be criticized as anti-union thugs and scabs. Are you still in denial about the Democrats role as anti-union scabs and thugs. Here’s more proof.

    Like the Republican governors of Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin Obama and Democrat
    governors and both parties in Congress are scabs and union busters. Those who front for the Democrats in unions correctly point out the crimes of the Republicans but rarely mention those of the Democrats. Pretending that the Democrats are better or even particularly different than the Republicans is a lie. They’re not. Unions get busted by both parties. In point of fact Obama and the Democrats are doing their best to woo the .01% and attack unions, pandering and duplicating their betrayals of the antiwar movement, the Bill of Rights, the fight for socialized medicine and what they did to the LGBT communities for decades.

    Obama and Emanuel tried to bust the Chicago Teachers union. Obama appoints
    another union busters as his chief of staff: In these Times 01 29 12 “ Obama’s Union-Busting New Chief of Staff? Jacob Lew Helped Destroy Grad Students’ Union at NYU When Obama’s new Chief of Staff was NYU executive vice president, school ceased
    recognizing the grad students union”’s_union-busting_new_chief_of_staff_jacob_lew_helped_destroy_grad_students’_union_at_nyu?page=entire

    Obama attacks airline and rail workers: LABORnotes 02 15 12“Two years after President Obama and Democrats abandoned labor’s much-anticipated Employee Free Choice Act, they have refused to block Republicans intent on making life
    miserable for airline and rail workers. A bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, voted up 75-20 in the Senate, changes federal labor law to make organizing more difficult for railroad and airline unions. New rules will make it easier to decertify unions and harder to win elections when employers merge.”

    Obama attacks the UAW HuffPo 09 03 2010 “The White House is forcefully pushing back on former (Obama) car czar Steve Rattner’s upcoming book about his time in Washington, specifically the allegation that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel once blurted “Fuck the UAW” when told that tens of thousands of autoworkers’ jobs were at stake in the restructuring of the auto industry.”

    NY Democrat Cuomo attacks unions AlterNet “On Tuesday, a group of nearly 2,000 union members and their supporters met Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany, New
    York to protest his 2012-2013 budget proposal cutting pensions and benefits for

    California Democrat Brown attacks state workersSacramento Bee 05 16 2012“Questions swirl around Jerry Brown’s plan to cut state workers’ hours… Brown wants to move most of California’s 214,000 workers to four-day workweeks and 9.5-hour shifts starting July 1. The change would reduce state workers’ hours and pay by 5
    percent each month and cut state payroll by about $839 million, $401 million of
    it from the deficit-ridden general fund…”

    Obama attacks federal workers and postal workersLABORNotes 03 06 2012 “During the Obama administration, and especially during its first two years when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, the alliance between unions and their
    political patrons began to wither. The Employee Free Choice Act, the law that
    would have eased union organizing drives, was shelved. When the administration
    bailed out the auto companies, it dictated wage cuts, plant closings, and tens
    of thousands of layoffs, and stripped workers’ right to strike. The health care
    bill attacked union-negotiated plans. A green-job transformation for the
    economy stalled. Then Obama announced in December 2010 that salaries for
    federal workers, already low compared to those of private-sector workers with
    similar education and longevity, would be frozen for years into the future

  38. kevin72132003 says:

    Chris Christie is the governor, get over it.

  39. kevin72132003 says:

    Too Late.

  40. cole3244 says:

    i have everything crossed that can be crossed without breaking.

  41. BeccaM says:

    Aye, only without the charm.

  42. Bill_Perdue says:

    You’re welcome. The usual stalkers and Democrats don’t think so.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Chris is just mad people bully him for being very obviously obese. The true source of his rage

  44. Anonymous says:

    Inferiority complex.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the usual truth, Bill. We allowed this to happen. It sucks.

  46. Anonymous says:

    This picture takes me back to elementary school. The fat guy takes your lunch, puffs out his chest to defend his actions, and you walk away starving.

  47. Anonymous says:

    I hear “shut up and do what I say.” What a blowhard. Probably the same thing he says to his doctor when he’s called morbidly obese.
    Please do not elect this man.

  48. The_Fixer says:

    Oh, I am sure that there are some of both – the complete sociopaths and the others who are convinced that what they are doing is for the good of the world.

    Regardless, they both do evil. I figure that in the end, it’s just a mental exercise to determine who’s who; I just think of them all the way Carlin does – they’re out to get ya. Which is not paranoia because they really are out to get ya.

  49. Whitewitch says:

    I have my fingers crossed for Warren – hoping she can make it.

  50. Whitewitch says:

    It is odd …I personally adore men, I find them fascinating and it is always of interest to me about why they would hate women…we are pretty handy. Thanks for liking us Karmanot!

  51. Naja pallida says:

    Well, the voters of New Jersey have spoken, like a battered spouse, and re-elected the bloviating douche.

  52. angryspittle says:

    I like it. Hungry hungry hippo.

  53. angryspittle says:

    This fat fuck bully boy needs a seriously powerful cockpunch. He is a fucking coward like all bullies. He was so fucking scared of being on the same ballot as Booker he wasted millions of NJ taxpayers dollars on a special election three fucking weeks before the regular election. Chickenshit, he gives the term a whole new meaning.

  54. missceeeeeee says:

    not exactly a face that inspires any trust or confidence. Just a power hungry hungry hippo

  55. Mocas Dad says:

    I think it might once be nice if it weren’t the lone liberal challenging the GOP thug. Voters are sheep and will follow the perceived stronger adversary. I’d have been a lot happier if, in any of these Christie confrontations, there’d been a solid group of libs to have their spokesperson’s back. IMO, that’s why CC continues to get away with this…he overwhelms a sacrificial lamb and all the sheep want to follow the “winner.”

  56. karmanot says:

    Let him run. In a single stroke, it could be all over sooner than we think.

  57. karmanot says:

    I don’t buy it Fixer. The intent is evil to them and they embrace it. That’s been my experience.

  58. karmanot says:

    Trust me my friend. I am old, have experienced evil first hand and have met evil people who do enjoy with full consciousness exercising pain, harm and destruction on others. In the most abstract case, I would maintain that Dick Cheney is one such psychopath.

  59. BeccaM says:

    Hey, that’s fantastic news.

  60. BeccaM says:

    I’m not kidding: There are many, many stories about Christie’s rage explosions and anger management issues.

  61. karmanot says:

    A brilliant and evocative piece that still rings with the power of truth.

  62. karmanot says:

    You got that right Lynchie. I remember asking a nun in Catholic school if the Virgin Mary went into orbit when she ascended into Heaven.

  63. karmanot says:

    I would have used ‘hippo’ they are bad tempered.

  64. cole3244 says:

    i vote for the candidate who is left of the other but in todays politics both are right of center so its really no choice at all for me politically.

  65. karmanot says:

    Among my best teachers, companions, and friends are women, from whom I’ve learned the jist of life. Many men actually hate women on a psychic level and are afraid of them. This one and my male pals don’t feel that way.

  66. twostepcub says:

    I’m In Jersey too (Mercer) and voted for Buono. As for Christie, it’s a combo of tribalism amongst the middle-upper class and apathy from the rest. As for Lonegan, it’s straight-up racism for that. F those counties in particular next time there’s a storm.

  67. cole3244 says:

    warren is swimming against the tide both gop & dem, give her a chance she’s the only hope i see on the horizon as of now.

  68. karmanot says:

    That’s attractive.

  69. karmanot says:

    Christie with his rage face looks like a wild bore. I hear that he is.

  70. FLL says:

    Below is a list of the members of the Illinois House of Representatives. A green square next to their name is a “yes” vote, and a red square is a “no” vote. Of the 61 “yes” votes, 3 are Republican: Tom Cross, Ron Sandack and Ed Sullivan, Jr. Obviously, the Republican Party has a ways to go before it is “just the same” as the Democratic Party (only known as the “Democrat” Party on Fox News).

  71. FLL says:

    Completely, utterly off-topic: Illinois has just become the 15th state to pass marriage equality.
    The Illinois House of Representatives just passed the bill 61-54.

  72. Monoceros Forth says:

    Don’t thank me! Thank a great writer on whose coattails I have ridden. :p

  73. karmanot says:

    Same here FFL.

  74. karmanot says:

    The best thing I noticed about bullies in my childhood is that they underestimated me, didn’t know my Dad taught me Irish street fighting and thus I accumulated a small clot of z-bully slaves.

  75. karmanot says:

    Well done!

  76. Monoceros Forth says:

    Nice to be stalked innit?

  77. FLL says:

    From John’s post:

    “In this first video, we have Christie responding snippily to a teacher who is upset about how much teachers get paid:
    Rita Wilson: You’re not compensating me for my education, and you’re not compensating me for my experience.
    Gov. Christie: Well you know what? Then you don’t have to do it.”

    For the readers at Americablog who are upset that John’s would criticize a Republican governor, we now present the piece de resistance:

    Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Hope To Tack Right-To-Work Law Onto Employment Non-Discrimination Act

    It’s not just Harry Reid, but also the entire American labor union movement that will be less than amused with this new GOP nonsense. Obviously, neither John Aravosis nor the editors at Huffington Post have ever heard of Ronald Reagan’s eleventh commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.” My own observation? Some readers just have no sense of humor.

  78. runfastandwin says:

    You said it. But no, it’s not quite stupid enough for me.

  79. Whitewitch says:

    Save it. I don’t fall for that argument. Actually – it might have been better to have Romney – then the Republicans can complete their mission and take all the blame rather than pointing and staring and acting like idiots and leaving the Dems to fix everything. President Obama is a HUGE disappointment – let me say it even clearer for you….if I could put on glasses that would have let me see into the future and his decisions on the NSA, Patriot Act, Gitmo and siding with Wall Street and DOING NOTHING to help those who lost their homes, jobs and lives…I would be hard pressed to vote for him.

    There – stupid enough for you.

  80. silas1898 says:

    Every state has things that outsiders can never understand :)

    There are lots of them here in NJ. Lots of people in a small place for a long time leads to that. I understand why Christie does as well as he does here. That doesn’t mean I like it. We’ll survive OK.

    Christie won’t get far in 2016 in the national wingnut rodeo. Romney’s reasons not to pick him for VP is only the start of his problems,

  81. FLL says:

    Very insightful, Monoceros Forth. There is definitely a Fox News crowd that goes for bible-based home schooling rather than anything connected to science and non-religious literature. In view of the “down vote” attached to your comment, there is still some secret or not-so-secret support for steering the U.S. in that direction. But I’m sure that they’re an ever shrinking minority.

  82. silas1898 says:

    I don’t get it either and I live in NJ. I voted for Buono this morning. Busier than usual.
    It seems the Democrats really don’t want to win here. Maybe they think a loose Christie is more of a threat for 2016, IDK.

    Buono has run the same exact ad for 10 days. It’s the only one I’ve seen and it’s pretty good, but she needed to step it up a notch. Build some momentum. Something.

    Repetition is important, but this is boring. She barely makes the local news.

    Crazy Lonegan won the counties most damaged by Sandy. Voting for a man for Senator who would have voted against any aid for you. Bootstraps and all. It’s very strange.

  83. runfastandwin says:

    Yeah. McCain or Romney would have been so much better than Obama – oh wait, that just sounds stupid.

  84. Thom Allen says:

    She’s happy hoping that if Big C vents on the poor teacher, he won’t slap Mrs. C around that night.

  85. Thom Allen says:

    It brings back fond memories for her of the day when he proposed to his missus by hitting her over the head with that baseball bat and dragged her off by the hair to his mancave.

  86. Thom Allen says:

    It’s not just NJ. In VA, the majority of white males favor the cooch and he wants to ban oral sex for everyone, straight and gay. Do these guys think that, if caught, cooch’ll give them a pass cause they voted for him? Aren’t they seriously concerned that this man has made the major part of his campaign about what consenting adults do in their bedrooms, rather than major issues like: employment, economy, infrastructure, immigration, civil rights, etc.?

  87. Thom Allen says:

    And when he gets upset, he shows his thug/bully mode.

  88. Thom Allen says:

    Remember, this is the guy who ordered the NJ State Police to helicopter him to his son’s baseball game. Then, when there was a public outcry, his office said that he used the helicopter “judiciously.” The NJ State Police responded that it didn’t cost the NJ taxpayers anything cause the chopper would have been flying a “Homeland Security” patrol. OK, even if the latter were true, then the chopper was busy taking Christie to a ball game, it waited there while he and his wife were chauffeured from the landing site to the stands (a few hundred yards). Chopper waited there till the game ended and then flew him off. So, even if this didn’t cost taxpayers anything else in money, it did make them less safe because the copter’s services, promised to Homeland Security were forfeit. So that’s judiciously using the NJ citizens’ equipment (for a purely personal trip) and defaulting on protecting them and ignoring an agreement with Homeland Security. Why does this sound like, “I was hiking in the mountains and out of touch with the state capitol” (translation from Republiconese: I was screwing my mistress in South America)? Don’t both of these sound like Palin’s, “I can do whatever I want, I’m the mayor” statement? But, you know, It’s OK If You’re a Republicon (IOKIYAR).

  89. Naja pallida says:

    I really get the feeling that on a daily basis Christie is surrounded by yes men, and never gets questioned by his staff or advisors. Maybe out of fear, maybe just because they’re partisan hacks. I don’t know… but the result is when he goes out into the real world, and suddenly finds that his delusions don’t match with reality, he gets upset. It’s classic narcissistic personality disorder. Anyone who doesn’t treat him with the respect he thinks he deserves, is going to face his backlash.

  90. Naja pallida says:

    Working exactly as people like Christie intended.

  91. She’s just hungry.

  92. The_Fixer says:

    But they don’t believe that they’re doing evil. They’re arrogant enough to think that they’re the “smartest ones in the room” and that they are the only ones to be entrusted with running things. And yes, you’re right in that they feel that education is wasted on anyone but them and theirs.

    However, it’s still evil. While they might not be twirling their moustaches saying “Let’s be evil”, they’re thinking is “These rubes don’t know what is good for them, we do. So, let’s get crackin'”. Carlin’s assessment may be simplistic in one way, but the end conclusion is right. These people want to run the show, and people can critically think are an impediment.

    The intent may not be evil to them, but the result is. A rose by any other name….

  93. BeccaM says:

    Slight correction: Americans like watching bullies beat up on victims, as long as that victim isn’t themselves.

    Having known more than my fair share during my peculiar childhood, if there’s one thing a bully loves the most, it’s having an appreciative audience. It’s an ego thing.

  94. runfastandwin says:

    New Jersey is under some kind of collective psychosis with this cretin. I just don’t get what they see in him. He is expected to win every demographic today, and women by a large margin. It makes no sense…

  95. Monoceros Forth says:

    Is it that simple? Perhaps I’m completely wrong here but I tend to disbelieve that anyone deliberately sets out to do evil knowing that it’s evil. I don’t think anyone is sitting around, rubbing their hands and twirling their moustaches and saying to themselves, “Hahaha, how can we keep people stupid?”

    I think evil is more subtle than that. I conjecture that the thinking isn’t, “How can we keep people stupid? Let’s ruin their education!” I conjecture that the thinking rather is, “People are stupid and education is wasted on them.”

  96. BeccaM says:

    I’ve always felt this photo here to be even more of an indictment. It shows a man dangerously unable to control his emotions and especially his rage.

  97. maria says:

    Christie comes off like former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh after visiting too many all-you-can-eat diners. Nobody paid much attention to Walsh when he narrowly upset the incumbent Democrat in 2010. But it was all downhill for him as people used their cellphones to record him violently berating people at citizens’ forums who even mildly disagreed with him. Walsh was not just a bully but a scary one. After getting clobbered in his run for reelection in 2012, Walsh ended up where his “personality” was not a negative… on Chicago’s less listened to right-wing talk radio station WIND. Something Christie should keep in mind should more videos like that surface.

  98. Richard says:

    I wonder if Christie was a bully in school? I can’t for the life of me figure why new jersey voters like this guy….. Then again…it is jersy

  99. The_Fixer says:

    In the words of George Carlin, “The owners of this country, the real owners…. want you just smart enough to run the machines and fill out the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passively accept the increasingly shittier jobs with the longer hours, the lower pay, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it.”

    The way to achieve that goal is to attack and disable the educational system.

  100. lynchie says:

    Yeah she runs a charity for sandy victims that raised $32 million but paid out little.

  101. basenjilover says:

    She looks to be relishing the confrontation, doesn’t she?

  102. lynchie says:

    You are right but I think it goes beyond general knowledge. Education usually requires that the student do some critical thinking. this helps develop a basic curiosity to find out more and that is what the religious zealots, TP and the right are scared shitless of. when people are curious they tend to ask questions and aren’t happy with being told what to think, what to do and especially versions of the truth. religions prefer followers who are content to listen to the preachers version of reality and their brand of the truth.

  103. Monoceros Forth says:

    I found myself thinking much the same thing. “Let’s see how you like it!”

  104. Monoceros Forth says:

    I’m reminded of what H. G. Wells wrote about Napoleon I, whom Wells held (rightly or wrongly) in utter contempt. Wells speculated that the enduring fascination with Napoleon stemmed from a secret admiration of his unscrupulousness and ruthlessness:

    He was unhampered….He was, as few men are or dare to be, a scoundrel, bright and complete….Most men do a little regret and resent their good deeds, and find a secret satisfaction in their unpunished bad ones….Few of us thoroughly enjoy being good citizens. Our moral conflicts, therefore, are intricate and comic; the constant effort to explain to ourselves and others that there is a fine moral purpose in this shirking of our duty or in that self-seeking act….There was none of this robing of greed and crime about Napoleon….What we all want to do secretly, more or less, he did in the daylight.

    So it is with the dishonorable admiration of boorish men like Gov. Christie: fans of his “straight talk” admire a man who has the lack of restraint to do what they would like to do but haven’t quite the courage to do in public.

  105. PeteWa says:

    Christie’s wife has a strange ‘ooooh, he’s going to hit you… instead of me…’ smirk on her face.

  106. Monoceros Forth says:

    In a way I’d love to see what would happen in a country run by people educated according to Free Republic values. Can a society function when its citizens haven’t been taught anything other than a limited range of Bible quotations, “Left Behind” books and hagiographies of Ronald Reagan?

    Joking aside, I suspect that there’s a deeper sickness at work, a pervasive and insidious mistrust of the very notion of a general education. Education, so the thinking goes, should be strictly practical and vocational; general knowledge of language and mathematics and so forth is just a waste of time and money.

  107. Edeiwmurk Nivek says:

    This will only hurt his standing with people who don’t already think our public schools are “failure factories” — a shrinking minority.

  108. Edeiwmurk Nivek says:

    “a lot of men just assume they are right and that everyone should agree with them” – Indeed, that’s true of a lot of men and unfortunately few women. I say “unfortunately” because, right or wrong, that’s how you get things done in the world.

  109. Whitewitch says:

    You know Nicho – I think they actually do like bullies…it is the weirdest thing ever. Perfectly rational people, that I love think Rush is wonderful and all I see is a very very angry man.

  110. Whitewitch says:

    Please please please no Clinton…I guess Biden would be okay – or even Warren – although other than “wagging” her finger at Wall Street she has yet to really change things – I have hope for her though. If Clinton runs – I simply can not vote the Democratic ticket…I just can’t have another “fake democrat” who is really for corporations and not people on my plate.

  111. Whitewitch says:

    No offense to all the men out there…however I want to note one thing. Generally, men don’t like being corrected or questioned, especially not by women (or “you people” either for that matter, but more so if they are women “you people”). I think that a lot of men just assume they are right and that everyone should agree with them and when we/they/us don’t it really makes them angry.

  112. nicho says:

    Americans like bullies. That’s why Limpballs has such a following. When Raygun pulled his “I paid for this microphone” stunt (which, by the way, he hadn’t), people swooned.

  113. seefleur says:

    Well, Maine shouldn’t be the only state with a bullying, thin-skinned, teacher-hating, misogynistic jerk for a Governor…LePlague and Christie – Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

  114. slappymagoo says:

    NJ has known for years he’s a thin skinned jerk, and they’re still voting for him. Hell UNIONS are supporting him and he’s basically written them off as demons on Earth sucking the wallets out of the ass pockets of real Americans.

    Why? Because he did one thing right. After Sandy, he asked for emergency funds. He was seen in public with Obama. And he thanked him. That’s pretty much it. Now he’s a profile in 21st century bipartisan Courage. 20 years ago that would have been a profile in bare bones gubernatorial competency but we now live in stupider times.

  115. UncleBucky says:

    Asset? Christie better set his ass down and think of all the women who should be reminded of what he says about them from his podium.

  116. MyrddinWilt says:

    Pity it didn’t happen a few weeks back, it might have cost him in the governor’s race.

    Chris Christie is the NJ version of Scott Brown who was a phony blue collar guy who actually worked as a low rent attorney doing house closings. Now his pay packet might be on a par with a building worker, but that does not mean he can claim cred as a manual laborer.

    But that pick up truck schtick worked on the press and the sports radio commentators who got a lot of northern rednecks out to vote in a low turnout election. And once elected Scott Brown quickly proved that he was a total jerk.

    I do agree that Chris Christie is the GOP’s best chance to win the Whitehouse but that is only because the rest of the field is terrible. Ted Cruz may well have sunk the whole ticket without even standing. Will voters tell Cruz and Rubio apart? And Ryan was the leader of the shutdown in the House.

    The temper thing is going to hurt him on the national scene, no question. Consider who he is going to be up against: Clinton, Biden or Warren. I think a finger wagging would be very likely at one of the debates. But there is no chance the tea party is going to allow him to be selected.

  117. Bill_Perdue says:

    Democrats and Republicans have been bullying working people for the last 40 years or so. They’ve crushed our unions and our standard of living and were, are, paid handsomely for it.

  118. Bill_Perdue says:

    You’re wrong, of course. Democrats are just as anti-union and bust unions just as gleefully as their Republican accomplices. That applies to industrial unions, federal workers unions and unions in states like New York, Illinois, and California.

    Have Democrats abandoned teacher unions in their pursuit of a corporate-backed education overhaul? From the looks of the Democratic National Convention, it would seem so. At the podium, speakers like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt praised the Obama administration’s willingness to embrace such change, singling out the controversial Race to the Top program for special attention. The program requires states to link teacher evaluations to student standardized test scores and pushes charter schools and ‘turnarounds’—in which at least 50 percent of teachers are fired—to replace struggling public schools.”

    “Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ramping up his war on Chicago’s poor this summer. Not only is he closing 50 public schools—the largest mass school closings in U.S. history—but now, without warning, he is drastically cutting the budgets of most of the remaining schools.

    Some schools are being told they must cut upwards of 25 percent from their already low budgets. At Kelly High School, for example, on the city’s south side, the budget was cut by $4 million—resulting in dozens of layoffs. At Lane Tech High School, 35 positions are being axed. Emanuel announced the record closings this past spring. Hundreds of teachers were laid off, and thousands of low-income students will be displaced—an overwhelming majority of them African-American. Parents have filed lawsuits to halt the closings.”

  119. cole3244 says:

    i love it, christie’s mouth is as big as his appetite, i notice in the picture his wife is being entertained.
    hows the distribution of that donated money for hurricane relief going gov or are you and the misses spending it on food.
    am i being nasty you bet i am because that’s all the gop thugs understand.

  120. Monoceros Forth says:

    *guffaws* Yeah, nothing says toughness like whingeing for five years about being asked a few softball questions on TV.

  121. cleos_mom says:

    LOL, now there’s a memorable campaign slogan in the making: “If You’re Not From New Jersey You Just Don’t Understand”. Echoes of “in your heart, you know he’s right”.

  122. cleos_mom says:

    Apparently, a lot of people will excuse a buttload of misbehavior if the misbehavee isn’t fat.

  123. cleos_mom says:

    If there’s anything the GOP hates more than gays and immigrants, it’s teachers. Teachers are one of the last lines of defense for civilization.

  124. cleos_mom says:

    What a blast from the past.

    Way back early in 1992, Ross Perot appeared on Phil Donahue’s talk show and initially sounded very reasonable. However, when the initial interview was done, the basically friendly audience started asking questions about specifics. None of them were being confrontational in any way, but close-ups of Perot’s face during this segment clearly showed he was not accustomed to having his authority questioned in any way. He was very pissed off and making an effort to keep his temper. I clearly recall thinking ‘if this guy is getting ticked over ordinary questions from an audience on a TV talk show, how is he going to even get through the general election campaign, let alone deal with Congress?” And, at that, this was when the H of R wasn’t being dominated by right-wing whackos and their errand boys and girls.

  125. zorbear says:

    She’s probably still fuming…

  126. FLL says:

    You hear that nonstop BS about “schools as left-wing indoctrination camps” on right-wing radio stations and Fox News commentary.

  127. AnitaMann says:

    Public employees who help others = moochers. Hedge fund managers who destroy lives = producers.

  128. Monoceros Forth says:

    I think it’s about equal parts of hatred for labor unions and right-wing hysteria about how public schools are really liberal indoctrination camps.

  129. heimaey says:

    He’s a bully. I think a lot of people like what they see as “honesty” and “straight-shooting,” but that the rest of us see as bully tactics and arrogance. It will never cease to amaze me why people are attracted to this kind of attitude.

  130. WoodyR says:

    Chris Christie is still a bully. Stripes have not changed on that zebra.

  131. FLL says:

    My comment isn’t specifically about Chris Christie, but refers to the political climate among many Republicans. Since when did teachers become the enemy? Can anyone tell me? I teach at the college level, but I feel a lot of solidarity with others of my tribe, like public school teachers, who often wind up being a political football for Republican politicians.

  132. Sally says:

    Being fat is one thing. being a mean, cruel bully to women in public is something else. How does he act in private? Why is his wife grinning?

  133. Sally says:

    She’s STILL fuming about it. She made some offhand reference to it last week in fact.

  134. Indigo says:

    Oh, good! It’s best when Republicans are openly forthright. That way, the public gets to see the ugly they are for real.

  135. Sally says:

    What is even more telling to me about that top picture is Mrs. Christiie behind him, grinning like a cheshire cat while he is screaming at another woman. It’s funny? I think we have another Ann Romney in the making. Good luck lying your way out of this one, Chris.

  136. Monoceros Forth says:

    Melissa Tomlinson? Must be a distant relative. Anyway…

    You know what? Gov. Christie likes to shout “you know what” a lot.

    I’m reminded a little of Sarah Palin and how tough and bold a straight-talker she was supposed to be. She actually seemed quite thin-skinned to me. Just how many months after screwing up the Katie Couric interview was she still fuming about it?

  137. goulo says:

    Wow. Good finds. That “none of your business” video… sheesh, what an angry privileged jerk. And I like how he plays the religious righteousness card too, sending his kids to private school because he wants them to have a religious education, while cutting funding for public schools. A real charmer, he is!

  138. HereinDC says:

    It may be too soon…..and maybe he should save his “word” for someone else……but sure would like to have Dan Savage give Christie a “name” as he had giving other GOP canidates.

  139. HereinDC says:

    I saw some New Jerseyians being interviewed…..they really like him……BUT…..even THEY said people outside of NJ won’t understand him. It plays well in NJ…but not outside of NJ.

  140. HereinDC says:

    “And while I’m sure the Republicans will try to play this up as “Christie’s a straight-talking tough guy,” he actually comes across as a bit of a bully.”
    Just like that football player being a bully to his teammate.
    He’s an angry man… deep inside….he /KNOWS he can’t be President because he dind’t take care of his weight problem for decades…….decades……. people won’t vote for a fat man.

  141. dommyluc says:

    Yeah, he’s not only a bully, he’s a thin-skinned bully who can’t take the heat. That may work in NJ, where the corrupt Democratic machine is backing him instead of their own candidate. but it will blow up in his face nationally. If Christie were subject to the same media scrutiny Obama or Clinton is -BENGHAZI! WEBSWITE! COURTPACK!- he couldn’t get elected to clean the dogshit off the public sidewalks. I also don’t believe he has the stamina to run a nationwide campaign. Could you imagine Christie going to 4 or 5 states in one day like Obama did? Some can say all they want about how is weight isn’t an issue in a national campaign, but it is – as far as running in a national campaign. Even if Christie loses the excess weight -which is admirable for one’s own personal health, whether running for political office or not- the daily machinations of a hard-fought campaign are going to put more stress on him than he has ever experienced in his life. He is basically living in a safe bubble in NJ. Once against a formidable opponent, such as Clinton, he can’t point his finger at her and scream, “You people!” We’re talking about a former Senator and SOS who was put through the wringer by the opposing party and the press for over 25 years. She has bigger brass balls than he has if he lives to the tricentennial. And I am not even a big Hillary fan. But the Rethugs have thrown just about everything they could at her and she is still standing above any one of them, including Christie. She’ll destroy him. Personally, once in a national campaign against her, I don’t think he can even carry his own state. But what do I know? I’m just a stupid fucking progressive Democrat that loves my country more than my party, which is more than I can say for the current governor of New Jersey.

  142. MichaelG (MikhailXO) says:

    Step back…it’s feeding time.

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