…and the meme is “bully.”
Which I think is an interesting word to use for a politician. “Bully” conjures up all the current anti-bullying campaigns that have to do with school and the playground, but politics is not the schoolyard nor are we children (we just act like them sometimes). “Bully” also plays on Christie’s bulk: the picture is of a big hulking nasty guy punching out the little kids.
But again, this is politics. Doesn’t the word also convey the idea that he’s not a wimp, that he’s a fighter? I’m talking about metaphors here, not reality; no one thinks Christie throws any literal punches. And of course, as a fat guy, Christie is actually the one who’s the more natural target of bullies—including his opponent in his first New Jersey governor’s race, Jon Corzine, whose bullying of Christie for being fat failed to win Corzine the election.
Daniel Henninger points out the contrast between the treatment of Christie for Bridegate and the winking at the far more serious bullying (although he doesn’t use that word) perpetrated by the Obama administration, Obama, and his underlings, as well as the left in general:
The Christie bonfire has burned for a week. In that same week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI found nothing in the IRS’s targeting of conservative political groups that warrants criminal charges…
Thus, two of the most powerful public institutions in the U.S.—the FBI and the IRS—have concluded no harm, no foul, and the memory hole swallows the Obama administration’s successful kneecapping of the GOP’s most active members just as they prepared to participate in the 2012 presidential campaign. Many—ruined or terrified by the IRS probes—shut down. Mr. Obama won.
One may be thankful that corners of the U.S. judiciary remain intact and unintimidated. Late last week, a judge in Wisconsin slowed down what was essentially a Democratic prosecutor’s star-chamber investigation of conservative groups that supported Republican Gov. Scott Walker. A special prosecutor armed with subpoena power had been poring over the groups’ finances, while a gag order stopped the groups from saying they were his targets.
On Friday, a court quashed some of the subpoenas for lack of probable cause. That’s good, but don’t expect to see Friends of Scott Walker going on offense any time soon. Legal pistol-whippings by state prosecutors can have that effect, win or lose.
As Henninger writes earlier in the piece, this sort of thing makes Chris Christie (and/or his aides) look like Little Bo Beep.
Note also how important the legal system and the courts are to the other stories Henninger points out. People often ignore the vast effect that judicial appointments have on the way things go, but they are vital. The more the left takes over that system, the more deeply entrenched leftist thought becomes. That is one of the main reasons that the Senate recently established simple majority approval for presidential appointments; they know how overwhelmingly important this is for their agenda. The left wrote the book on “bullying”—only that’s way too mild a word for it.