“Wall Street & the security apparatus want a real SOB… Chris Christie”

The Chris Christie story is becoming clearer and clearer.

I don’t mean the George Washington Bridge story, though thanks to people like Steve Kornacki and his MSNBC associates, that’s becoming clear as well.

I mean the story behind the story. Who’s sabotaging Chris Christie to force him out of office and off the national stage? And who’s supporting him in his bid for the power of the presidency?

About the latter — who’s supporting Christie’s White House ambitions — we have the invaluable Chris Hedges. Your bottom line — every mean SOB billionaire, from Wall Street to the Koch Bros, wants Christie in office. And every element of the “security and surveillance apparatus” — the NSA, the Pentagon, presumably the CIA- and FBI-aligned forces as well — also want him in power, at least as Hedges sees it.

I’ll give Hedges’ key point first, then a broader sampling of this interesting and readable article. Hedges, writing in Truthdig (my emphasis and paragraphing):

Christie is the caricature of a Third World despot. He has a vicious temper, a propensity to bully and belittle those weaker than himself, an insatiable thirst for revenge against real or perceived enemies, and little respect for the law and, as recent events have made clear, for the truth.

He is gripped by a bottomless hedonism that includes a demand for private jets, huge entourages, exclusive hotels and lavish meals.

Wall Street and the security and surveillance apparatus want a real son of a bitch in power, someone with the moral compass of Al Capone, in order to ruthlessly silence and crush those of us who are working to overthrow the corporate state. They have had enough of what they perceive to be Barack Obama’s softness. Christie fits the profile and he is drooling for the opportunity.

Activists, Democratic and Republican rivals for power, liberals, reformers and environmentalists will, if Christie becomes president, see the vast forces of the security state surge into overdrive to stymie and reverse reform, gut our tepid financial and environmental regulations, further enrich the corporate elite who are pillaging the country, and savagely shut down all dissent. The corporate state’s repression, now on the brink of totalitarianism, would with the help of Christie, his corporate backers and his tea party loyalists become a full-blown corporate fascism.

Several things to note here. First, working from the bottom of the quote up, reread the list of those who will feel the club if Christie wins big power. The vulnerability of “Republican rivals” makes Republican opposition to Christie make perfect sense. For other Republicans, a Christie win won’t be a Republican win — it will be a Christie win. And only that. And New Jersey Republicans especially have first-hand knowledge of the kind of vindictive threat he poses.

Second, notice the comment about Christie having the “moral compass of Al Capone,” and how lack of conscience makes him a perfect candidate for the conscienceless national spook state (my phrasing), Wall Street billionaires, and the industrial and corporate billionaire-elites like David Koch. They would unite their fists in one man — Chris Christie — and he would act crushingly in their behalf, at least according to Hedges. This is a stark portrait indeed. Ancient kings were like this man; bad ancient kings.

Finally, in the very first paragraph in the quote, Hedges mentions something I didn’t know but could have inferred — that Christie is “gripped by a bottomless hedonism that includes a demand for private jets, huge entourages, exclusive hotels and lavish meals.” Bottomless hedonism? We’re way past fat jokes and into ancient kings territory again. Emperor Nero comes to mind. If true, this is a whole different beast, this Christie.

About that “bottomless hedonism”

In case you think that Hedges’ hedonism comment is just a guess, here’s a little more from the article:

The Romney campaign, which reluctantly agreed to Christie’s incessant demands for private jets, ungainly entourages and expensive hotel rooms in return for campaign appearances by the governor in behalf of the GOP nominee, decided against selecting him as running mate because, as the authors write, Romney’s vetters were “stunned by the garish controversies lurking in the shadows of his record.”

And:

A 2010 U.S. Department of Justice inspector general’s investigation of Christie’s spending patterns in the federal job he held before he became governor, the book [“Double Down: Game Change 2012”] notes, called Christie “the U.S. attorney who most often exceeded the government [travel expense] rate without adequate justification” and someone who offered “insufficient, inaccurate, or no justification” for stays at exclusive hotels such as the Four Seasons.

And:

In addition, the inspector general’s report raised questions among Romney’s vetters about “Christie’s relationship with a top female deputy who accompanied him on many trips,” the book [“Double Down: Game Change 2012”] said.

I dare you to think Emperor Nero when reading these three quotes. Remember, Hedges was a first-rate mainstream reporter before he exited the mainstream. He’s still a first-rate reporter. Do you think this depiction is wrong?

Who wants Christie in the White House?

I won’t quote too much more of the article — but you can see I think it’s a must-read. I will give you a list, however, gleaned from the article. These people are named by Hedges as backing Gov. Christie’s 2016 bid strongly and promising “massive financial backing”:

The Koch brothers

Stanley Druckenmiller
Kenneth C. Griffin
Daniel S. Loeb
Paul E. Singer
Paul Tudor Jones II
David Tepper, all hedge fund kings

Charles Schwab
Stephen A. Schwarzman
Mort Zuckerman
Richard Grasso (ex-NYSE)
Maurice “Hank” Greenberg (ex-AIG)
John J. Mack (ex-Morgan Stanley)

Jack Welch (ex-GE)
Kenneth Langone (Home Depot)

I’m sure the list doesn’t end there. Your take-away: Everyone with big money loves this big man. It seems none of the billionaires can resist what he offers. He’s a perfect front man for the people to whom people are things.

Wall Street, revenge, retribution & a fawning entourage

For more on Christie’s relationship with Wall Street, usually a Democratic Party source of funding, read the paragraph that starts “There was the fact that Christie worked as a lobbyist on behalf of the Securities Industry Association”. As Hedges said at the start of the piece, they want him bad.

For more on Christie’s love of revenge and retribution, start reading at “Christie’s large public entourage always includes a videographer”. It’s an ugly couple of paragraphs. Really, governor? 600 YouTubes of Christie squeezing the smalls, uploaded by Team Christie itself?

On that last note, Hedges points us to a video hosted at TMZ of Christie getting in-your-face with a teacher-friendly heckler on a warm Sunday in Jersey. From the transcript:

Gov. Christie (R-NJ) was hangin’ with his family in Seaside Heights … and had just ordered an ice cream cone when a passerby fired off some snide comments about Christie’s policy on education.

Christie got PISSED — and while clutching his cone, shouted back at the guy, “You’re a real big shot … you’re a real big shot shootin’ your mouth off.”

The man shouted back, “Nah, just take care of the teachers!”

The comment only inflamed Christie … who aggressively marched towards the guy and warned, “Keep walkin’ away … really good … keep walkin’.”

Just a Chris Chistie Sunday with the family.

Christie may be the most dangerous man in politics today

I normally rail against the MSNBC evening hosts and their policy of “Eww Republicans, All The Time” pattern of reporting, especially when Obama’s evil deeds hang in the air like fruit. But in this case, if Hedges is right — if Christie indeed has “the moral compass of Al Capone” — they may be doing god’s work in helping take this man down.

If they succeed, I say, Amen to that. (And then want to ask, What made MSNBC’s owners decide not to join the Christie love feast? All of their friends are in it.)

GP

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  • ronbo

    Greed has no limits. Why stop stabbing the American public in the back 23 times, when it can be 60?

  • lilyannerose

    I do wonder if they have and what Plan B may be.

  • Evangeline

    Shit, he went from being a kind of uncomfortable threat if he ran for President & if he won. It’s always in the back of my mind that he was the only republican who could beat Hillary. The rest are crackpot passengers in a rotating fleet of clown cars.

  • Bill_Perdue

    MSNBC/NBC is a homophobic organization. It’s also clearly a front for the Republicans cousins, the Democrats.

    Democrats and Republicans and their shills are the same people in different gangs. They’re the Montagues and Capulets of Ameriea – rich, ruling class, mean, and more often that not killers. A woman died because of that bridge closure. Christie is a killer.

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-new-jersey-bridge-death-20140108,0,2864014.story#axzz2r0oM6jvz

  • Bill_Perdue

    Obama’s penchant for political opportunism (Hope and Change) aside the rich are well pleased with him. As are those who have little or no regard for the interests of working people.

    The rich should be pleased. He’s a mad dog union buster who’s done nothing real to end unemployment and everything he can to gut Social Security and Medicare while insuring that working peoples standard of living declines with scams like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement and Obama/Romney care, which caused the stocks of insurance and pharmaceutical companies to rise. http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2013/10/biggest-winners-in-obamacare-the-health-insurance-companies-very-progressive/

    Those are criminal practices.

    Socialists will put a stop to the criminality of Democrats and Republicans.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Political analysis is always more informative that scatological analysis. Always.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Political analysis is more helpful, in all cases, to scatological analysis.

  • JayRandal

    Christie is a fat slob on steroids. Anybody who votes for him has to be overweight and stupid too.

  • AnthonyLook

    Lies are sabotaging Christie. Lets start a grassroots movement, let’s begin a ground swell that grows louder. Tweet, email, call, text, blog; encourage as many people that you can, to begin the call for two “LIE DETECTOR TESTS”. One for Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the other for Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Let’s see who blinks, lets see who comes up with an excuse as to not taking it. By the way, Hoboken should proud of the modern day David bravery that Mayor Zimmer has demonstrated; that state is hard press for others to be that committed to their constituents that they would fend off a giant. DEMAND LIE DETECTOR TESTS !!!!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Ain’t that the truth!

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    I’m not old enough to remember the various New Nixons; I had to learn about them from old Art Buchwald columns.

  • RyansTake

    Wall St. didn’t get everything from Obama. You see, it’s not enough for Obama to do everything in his power to avoid harming them. It’s not enough to bail them out when Wall St. fails.

    Wall St. wants people in power to kiss their ring and couldn’t handle the fact that Obama said some mean things about Wall St., even if saying those mean things were a way to buy him the public cred needed to pass legislation favorable to Wall St. or help avoid blowback for bailing Wall St. out.

    Obama didn’t kiss their ring. He didn’t whisper sweet somethings in their ear.

    He was publicly mean to them from time to time.

    They couldn’t handle that… since they’re megalomaniacs..

  • RyansTake

    Ratings are king. If the Christie story wasn’t getting strong ratings, it wouldn’t have lingered this long.

    I’m not complaining, mind you. I hope for Chris Christie stories to linger until he faces the music and is held accountable for his actions and the actions of his office.

  • RyansTake

    Don’t forget Sheldon Adelson. I’m sure he’s a huge fan of Chris Christie…especially given Christie’s support of NJ casinos, and Adelson pretty much outspent everyone last election cycle.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    I don’t understand the appeal. Do those people who support him not understand that he will happily turn on them too, if they slight him in any way? Everyone’s a valid target for his kind of politics, and you can’t stay on the good side of such an obnoxious troll forever. You’re only useful to him right up until you’re not.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Not to mention, Christie has prided himself for years in being a micro-manager, often bragging publicly about knowing everything that is going on with anything he has control over. Right up until he has to accept real responsibility for something, and then it’s “I had no idea what was going on in my own office, with my own staff and friends.”

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    That works!

  • Sechumanist

    How about Steve Kornacki’s knowledge of NJ politics.
    Christie’s national prominence and potential run for president.
    His rejection by Romney.

    And, the FACTS.

    They aren’t gunning for him – it’s a great story of a hypocrite, bully, liar and punk. The opposite of Christie’s image.

    There may be incidental reasons. And, yes, good ratings. It’s about time reality got good ratings not just superficial BS.

  • RepubAnon

    More like Bluto from the Popeye cartoons…

  • usagi

    You missed the key point. They don’t just want everything. They want to be praised for the work they’re doing. They want the plebs to shout, “Thank you, sir! May I have another?” when they hit them. The Wall Street criticism of Obama comes down to, “He’s mean to us.” Being completely subservient to their whims isn’t sufficient. You have to prop up their ego as well.

  • apostasyusa

    Who’s sabotaging Chris Christie to force him out of office and off the national stage?

    Oh that wouldn’t be Christie himself? Oh no!! Please! Republicans want credit for everything but take responsibility for nothing. So Christie would have us believe that he didn’t know anything about what his best friends, some that he’s known since high school, were doing working for him? The stories are starting to add up that Christie is in fact a bully who has regularly abused his power to punish political foes.

    Oh well. This is why Chris Christie will never become president: He’s a punk. It turns out though, not only is Christie and his governors office full of hateful and loudmouth punks, they are racist and corrupt to boot! Republican will probably still support him because they have no ethics as voters, and they like mean bully types. Republican are all Rush Limba ba types; full of unsubstantiated anger and tragedian rhetoric.

    It’s so strange the way Republicans see the world. They commit wholeheartedly to half baked characterizations of reality. They cling to them in order to justify the disdain they have been taught to feel by right wing media sources. They endlessly repeat slogans and terms of conspiracies derived to demagogue the President, but hand them actual evidence of corrupt behavior of one of their own cherished Republicans and all the tinfoil hats get put on.

    Go figure eh?

  • http://michaelhawthorneonline.com/ MikeinSanJose

    “bottomless hedonism”

    LOL. Nothing about Christie screams ‘Bottomless’. In fact, there’s 2 things that Christie is FULL of… One is ‘Bottom’, the other is what comes out of his bottom…

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “”tough” in that Christie way.” A thug that would make Putin smile.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Cristi—the new Nixon, but on steroids!

  • Clevelandchick

    I agree for the most part, they’ve been left alone. But Christie will be worse. Those billionaires want to own us all, they want every fiber of democracy shred to oblivion, they know Christie will do that for them happily.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    In short: Chris Christie = Mussolini.

    A wannabe Fascist not so much in the military adventurist sense, but in the political, corporate, and state security sense. A man who can be counted upon to crush any opposition to his rule and policies, while simultaneously corrupt to the core.

    As for Christie’s hedonism — heck, who doesn’t remember the story of him taking a helicopter to a Little League game, then a limo for the couple hundred yards from the heli over to the stands, all billed to the NJ taxpayers? — I’m sure the Plutocratic Oligarchs see it as (1) nothing they don’t expect for themselves and (2) useful levers to ensure Christie keeps scratching their backs. After all, a man without ambitions, desires, or attachments to worldly things can be difficult to control or manipulate.

    Regarding MSNBC… I don’t know. Back during the Hurricane Sandy disaster, they fawned all over Christie as much as every other network. And judging from their minimal coverage of the LGBT pogrom in Russia and the upcoming Sochi games, I think they’re capable of putting corporate sponsor money ahead of journalism. Maybe it’s just that they were the first rats to recognize the sinking ship that is Chris Christie’s political career.

  • cole3244

    the only thing bigger than christie’s overindulgence is his waistline.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    I’ll endorse that sentiment. What would they be getting from the abrasive, self-important Christie that they wouldn’t be getting from the genteel laissez-faire attitude of someone like Obama?
    Maybe it’s all about surface? Part of Obama’s act is that he says vaguely populist things from time to time and maybe even that is too much for the financiers to take even if the words are empty and just for show. Let me suggest also that Christie’s act is more in line with the Wall Street code of behavior since it’s all bluster and being a loud and obnoxious git. Obama’s smoother hypocrisy might be more effective in the long run but it doesn’t look “tough” in that Christie way.

  • http://liberawheeler.blogspot.com/ Elijah Jacob Shalis

    Yeah they really want Hillary Clinton, a former corporate lawyer and Wal-Mart board member.

  • Kalil

    Re: why MSNBC decided to gun for Christie, I’d say it was three things:

    Rachel Maddow’s persistance,

    The massive ratings surge they have received,

    And third, this is speculative, but we’ve learned that Muroch’s Wall Street Journal editors sicced Mann on Christie after they got stuck in the Fort Lee pileup themselves. It is quite possible that the same thing happened to important people in the MSNBC executive hierarchy. Personal affronts can trump political ideology.

    (link: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/wsj-bridge-scandal )

  • http://musephotos.wordpress.com/ GarySFBCN

    I’m surprised by this. “Wall Street” has gotten everything it wanted from Obama and they could rightly assume the same from Hillary Clinton.

  • Buford2k11

    Yes…On the money, so to speak, GP…one quick thought…now that the Federal Judge gave the internet to the very same corporations that have a strangle hold on the “media”…What next? I just wonder, ya know, sitting basking in the after glow of a Bronco’s win…

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