As many of you know, Hurricane Sandy ripped through the northeast of the US this past week. One of the hardest hit areas after NYC was the state of New Jersey, who saw widespread structural damage. New Jersey’s governor is Chris Christie, a Republican, who has in the hours and days after the strike worked with and praised the Democrat President Obama for swiftly mobilizing and cooperating to halt the secondary destruction (sickness, starvation, etc). Christie, a very vocal Romney supporter, even took to twitter, announcing:
Lovely, right? Bipartisanship gets the job done.
Not quite. Look at the responses to the tweet itself.
They are angry that Christie put the lives of his constituents over his political affiliation.
In their world, it’s better to have a high body count, but still with your cronies, than actually co-operate with someone who’s ideas are different than yours.
And it’s not just a couple of idiots on twitter. Oh, I wish it were! The spiritual leader of the right, Rush Limbaugh called the governor “fat and a fool,” saying Christie “doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” (We’ll avoid the obvious pot/kettle reference on the Jabba sized Rush). The Daily Caller assumes that Christie and Romney are no longer buds, and that “So what’s up? Is Christie angry he was passed over for vice president? Has he resigned himself to Romney’s defeat? Or is something else afoot?” (Ominous, something may be afoot! Nothing like a possible conspiracy for the tinfoil crowd to gnaw on). The right is absolutely apoplectic that a Governor would, you know, govern his state through crisis, over play politics and watch people die.
And this is why the US will see civil war in the next 20 years. When you let the inmates run the asylum, when you feed yourself a steady diet of myopic, hubris-stuffed jingoism and pooh-pooh science, fact, reasoning, or even basic humanity, and when you firmly believe that human lives aren’t as important as a photo op for your candidate, something will give.
This election will be an interesting one, no doubt about it. I’m just glad I’m safely here, frankly. I have nightmares where I have to fly my nieces over here to get them away from the ridiculousness, and I wake, so sad and angry. “In the age of information, ignorance is a choice”, I always say. These twitterers, devotees of the larger idiots who spew this garbage from their radio stations and morning news couches, are single-handedly dumbing down our nation to the point that it will collapse in on itself. And honest to God, I just wish they’d get it over and done with already, so I wouldn’t have to watch them teeter on the edge for so long.
For what it’s worth, while I don’t like Christie’s politics, he’s been class act throughout this entire ordeal, and for that I thank him. He put people over politics, and that is never a bad thing. I still wouldn’t vote for him, but I respect him for this.
You’re doing a heckuva job, Christie. Keep up the good work.