He Won’t Grow Up,|He Won’t Grow Up …

     Too bad about Chris Christie. I was hoping he’d run. He’s the only Republican I’ve liked since Eisenhower.
     Hillary would have beat his brains out after the tea party put up a third-party candidate to suck votes away from him – the same way Ross Perot helped Hillary’s husband beat George H.W. Bush.
     I’ve liked Christie ever since I saw him call out a schoolteacher at a Raritan, N.J. town meeting, in an incident that drew national attention.
     Now, don’t get me wrong. I like schoolteachers. I taught high school for nine years. I think schoolteachers are underpaid, underappreciated, and worst of all, treated like children by arrogant administrators and legislators.
     But schoolteachers can be whiners. Trust me on this. Teaching is a great job. No one else in this country, except politicians, gets 12 weeks vacation a year at a decently paid full-time job. Good benefits too.
     I thought the teacher Christie took on in this clip was whining, and I didn’t mind a bit when Christie told her that if she kept giggling he had no interest in answering her question. Christie had guts to call her out on it instead of pandering to her.
     But Christie is a bully, and I don’t want a bully for president. Bush II is a bully, and that’s one reason he was such a wretched president.
     I’m almost sorry Christie will never make it to the presidential race because he got caught bullying his own state on the George Washington Bridge.
     Oh, he hasn’t been nailed yet, but it’s only a matter of time.
     Character is destiny, Heraclitus said. Heraclitus also said you can’t step into the same river twice. Both statements are true of Christie. He’s a bully who will never step into that presidential river again – not at the same place before the bridge fiasco, anyway.
     Again, I like Christie. I think he would have made a better president than anyone else the Republicans will throw at us, and probably a better president than a lot of Democrats, including Barack Obama. But Christie is not going to be our president, for two reasons: He’ll never get the nomination now, and if he does get it, the tea party will kick him in the knees, just because.
     And the wonderful thing, to me – not for political reasons, but just because I like a good story – is that the guy who will nail Christie’s coffin shut is an old high school pal Christie bullied in public.
     This man, David Wildstein, Christie’s own appointee to the Port Authority, which runs the George Washington Bridge, is the man Christie dissed at the governor’s last-diss press conference by saying: “David and I were not friends in high school. We were not even acquaintances in high school. You know, I was the class president and athlete. I don’t know what David was doing during that period of time.”
     There it is: the high school bully. We all know them. Some of us even voted for them for class president, because they were the cool guys, who got away with things.
     For a while.
     Until we grew up.

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