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Tue Mar 1, 2016, 10:42 AM

145. Fighting for absolute political power while fighting off obscurity

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Chris Christie: Wannabe Celebrity

I have to admit being a bit surprised by Chris Christie’s decision to support Donald Trump. I’ve always liked Christie’s shtick -- the blustery, straight-shooting Jersey bro willing to speak truth to constituents -- so it came as a shock when he so publicly backed a guy he had previously referred to as a “carnival barker” and said lacked the experience to serve as commander in chief...Donald Trump dismiss(ed) Christie...telling him to get on the private jet and fly home...

The thing to remember about Christie -- the reason his idol Bruce Springsteen’s repeated rejection hurt so much, I think -- is that the New Jersey governor considers himself a celebrity and, as a result, feels entitled to the celebrity’s lifestyle...Matt Katz’s book on Christie contains the following rather revealing quote: "Now that I’m a celebrity, celebrities are no different than anyone else."

...Christie almost certainly thinks to himself...“Donald Trump is a celebrity -- just like me!...Who is this Rubio punk? Why are his donors backing him and not me?...Has Rubio ever taken a phone call from Bono? Slept on (Bon Jovi guitarist) Richie Sambora’s couch? High-fived an NFL owner in that owner’s box?”

...(A) few friendly phone calls from a second-rate reality TV star are enough to convince the supposed straight-talker to flipflop on his pledge to never support the David Duke-backed Donald Trump. It’s sad. But then, the life of the C-list celebrity often is.

Christie doesn't speak truth, he shouts propaganda -- in hopes you'll be too intimidated to notice that they're lies. And actually, Chris (as well as Duh Donald) are on the celebrity V-list -- for vulgarian. Unlike prostitutes, who stay in business by knowing and keeping their place in the social/moral structure, vulgarians prostitute themselves by equating fame and fortune to social and moral superiority.

Why Bruce has always shunned Christie should be a matter of common sense: either Christie isn't at all familar with Bruce's lyrics, or he is incapable of comprehending them. How can Christie call himself a fan when he fist-pumps to Bruce's music with one hand while signing anti-working and middle-class policies with the other? It turns out that such inconsistentcies don't matter to him: Christie now lives in a world where it doesn't matter what Bruce (or anybody else) does as long as they are famous -- because he's famous himself.

That's why he doesn't worry about how it looks to use Bon Jovi's music -- and accept a campaign contribution from Jon Bon Jovi -- while Jon is raising money for Hillary. That's why he defended the honor of a NFL football coach by describing a reporter who dared to ask a tough question as an "idiot." And that's why he has accepted the position of Trump campaign enforcer less than two weeks after declaring Trump unfit for presidential office. No doubt "payment" for Christie's services has been arranged in the form of a spot in the Trump administration -- look out, Rubio and Hillary!

The point is, there is nothing the inhabitants of Christie's world can do that is either illegal, immoral, irrational or unethical -- they're too rich and famous to be held accountable by us mere "little people"!


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