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.
And the rally ends, inevitably, with Christie arguing with a teacher pic.twitter.com/YyLsoJVTWQ
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) November 2, 2013
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.