A good take on Gov. Christie
A comment to a NY Times story:
hoconnor, richmond, va 2 hours ago
As someone who taught anti-bullying programs in elementary schools. I will say that Mr. Christie’s performance yesterday was right out of a “How to Be a Successful Bully” manual.
Bullies like Christie have predictable patterns: intimidate, demean victims through physical, social, or emotional means; then, when exposed, play the victim, feel sorry for yourself, pretend to take responsibility but actually blame others (in Christie’s case, fire people); and finally, pretend to be self-reflective.
Christie and his supporters need to brace themselves for the countless examples that are sure to emerge of Christie bullying people. Every move he makes will now be viewed through the narrative that Chris Christe is a bully. Christie brought this on himself, so only the gullible will feel sorry for Mr. Christie.
And unfortunately for the people around Christie, bullying is very hard to correct. The core of bulling is pathological narcissism, which was on ample display yesterday in Trenton, New Jersey.
A couple of points: It’s not important that Gov. Christie is a Republican: bullying behavior transcends (and crosses) party lines. A Democratic bully (e.g., one-time Mayor Daley of Chicago) is just as bad—unfortunately, he never had the public exposure that Gov. Christie is getting.
The second point: Suppose Gov. Christie and his hand-picked team did achieve the Presidency. Can you imagine how he would use the NSA? (No need to wonder. Look at another well-known bully, J. Edgar Hoover.)