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BRUCE: Bombastic arrogance or humble determination? Chris Christie’s choice
The impact of Bridgegate on the 2016 presidential election
Someone better remind the Democrats and their legacy-media allies about the law of unintended consequences.
The so-called “Bridgegate” scandal has already been the subject of many a political column and commentary, but missing in the analysis is how this unexpected debacle has placed Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey in a unique and possibly beneficial position he never could have (or would have) deliberately designed.
It’s a situation that could unexpectedly save him from himself and actually make him a better, more interesting, and dare I say, more mature candidate for 2016.
For years, I’ve been a consistent and harsh critic of Mr. Christie for both his political and personal attitudes.
Speaking as someone outside of New Jersey, as part of that larger, national audience he would have to capture if he’s serious about 2016, Mr. Christie has struck me as an opportunist standing for whatever will get him elected (who can forget the Obama hug?) while leaving the impression of a man who is tremendously impressed with himself, but regarding anyone else, not so much.
Yet his handling of the crisis has made me curious. Could such an unexpected debacle actually save him from a terminal case of Bombastic Hubris Tinged with Arrogant Bully Syndrome?
In fact, a strange thing happened on the way to the George Washington Bridge: Mr. Christie appeared sincerely reflective and humbled by the unfolding disaster, but he wasn’t diminished or paralyzed by it.
He took care of business, fired those responsible and initiated a series of other actions indicating, at least to this rather hostile critic, that he was determined to make things right, and he did so in a personal manner that introduced a focused and respectful Chris Christie.
The even more significant turn of events is the education he’s receiving right now, courtesy of the media, celebrities and the system itself.
Arguably, Mr. Christie’s arrogance has been fueled in part by a press that has given him the star treatment. We conservatives have seen that before — the media chooses a Republican they want to bolster specifically because they think they can tear him down when the time is right.
John McCain was dumbfounded by that very experience in 2008. He pursued and enjoyed a friendly relationship with the media and expected to be treated well by them when he became the Republican presidential nominee in 2008. To his shock, they turned on him.
If Mr. McCain hadn’t been so enamored of the press, he would have had a clearer understanding of the obstacles facing him as the nominee and, ergo, delivered a better campaign.
The mainstream media is more than just biased; abandoning their vital role in this democracy, they’ve thrown their lot in with the liberals and operate as partisans.
Mr. Christie seemed to have been drawn in by media attentiveness, and his attitude showed it. He now has a unique chance to escape that abyss of false praise and manipulation. All he has to do is turn on the television to see what all those supportive liberals are saying about him now.
Even his hero, Bruce Springsteen, has mocked him on national television about the scandal while performing on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”
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