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Chris Christie Scares Far Left and Far Right

Posted on January 15, 2014

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It’s not often that Ed Schultz and Mark Levin agree on something.

But when it comes to Chris Christie, they both agree that he is a terrible human being.

Levin, the conservative radical firebrand, compared Christie to Barack Obama and Eric Holder on his radio show the other day.

Since the scandal erupted, Schultz has pounded the voluble governor day after day, night after night.

Schultz once called Christie a cold-hearted fat slob.  If you have ever seen Ed Schultz in person, you wouldn’t exactly call him svelte.

A couple of years ago, another talking head who is not exactly a modern day Charles Atlas, Rush Limbaugh called Christie a “fat” fool.

So, why exactly does the far right and far left hate Chris Christie so much?

The answer is pretty obvious.  They are scared of him.

Christie built an impressive center-right coalition to win reelection last November.  He used threats, clout and bluster to get some endorsements from Democratic politicians, but he also used personal diplomacy and retail politics to get Hispanics and African Americans to vote for him in unusually high numbers.

In most polls, he is very competitive with Hillary Clinton, despite the fact that Clinton has enjoyed almost unprecedented adoration from the media since she lost the election to Obama in 2008.

That scares Democrats to no end, and they want to stop him before he gets any more national traction.

For talk radio hosts, Christie is a threat because he couldn’t give a damn about what they say about him.  Christie is not the kind of leader to back down from a fight, and he is not the kind of politician who is going to kiss the ring of Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levin.

And they know it.   And it scares them.

If Christie gets the White House and builds the same kind center-right coalition that he has in New Jersey, talk radio will be irrelevant.

Christie will lead the Republican Party, not some blowhards who talk into a microphone in a solitary radio booth.

Christie did the right thing when he fired those idiots who pulled the prank on the GW Bridge.

And hopefully he has learned his lesson.  Don’t spend your time collecting endorsements from fickle Democrats.  Instead govern in such a way that the people will support you and your policies, no matter what their political affiliation.

I didn’t like it when Christie said in his press conference, “I am not a bully.”

Of course, that is all in the eye of a beholder.  Very few bullies on the playground think of themselves as a bully.

What Christie should have said is: “If at times I come off as a bully, I am sorry.  But when it comes to broken government and bureaucrats who don’t do their job, I might be seen as a bully, because I want government to work and I want the bureaucrats to do their job. “

I don’t know if this scandal is the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning for Chris Christie.  But I do know that there are plenty of people who are worried that the New Jersey governor might actually make it to the White House, and they are the ones who are making the most of Bridge-gate today.