It's true: Political media often focus on process and
personality over policy, treating substantive and complicated issues as though they were political theater. So when a New Jersey reporter asked Republican
Governor Chris Christie about his "confrontational tone," Christie
unleashed a tirade on behalf of an entire nation tired of those media
habits. The bipartisan consensus is that Christie's blunt response was,
to put it simply, awesome. Here's the press conference:
|Gov Christie calls S-L columnist thin-skinned for inquiring about his 'confrontational tone'|
- Obama Should Do This Liberal blogger John Cole makes the case. "Let’s not get bogged down in an argument over the value of Christie’s policies and agree that it would be really nice if there were any Democrats who would be that blunt," he writes. "I’ve spent the last year reading about Obama’s choice in mustard and what he put on the Queen’s Ipod and whether or not he is smoking or plays enough basketball with women or whether he will seem 'soft' on terror, and sweet Jeebus I would love it if he ripped into Dana Milbank or someone like him and did what Christie did right there."
- President Christie? Conservative blogger Allahpundit considers the possibilities. "Dude, I’m starting to think this might be the guy. A solid first term, then reelection in 2014, and suddenly the wide-open 2016 primaries are right around the corner."
- Tomorrow's 'Major Political Force' The Hill's A.B. Stoddard calls Christie "the fearless leader willing to be honest with voters, to part with what cannot be paid for, is actually not dashing, nor is he eloquent. He is an overweight Bruce Springsteen devotee, a former prosecutor with a remaining trace of a Turnpike accent who is intent on rescuing New Jersey. If he succeeds, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) could become a major political force in the years to come, whether he likes it or not."