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VIDEO: Still into Chris Christie, Dems? Not so fast.

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chris christie enough about me

In my previous post Dems, what are you thinking? Chris Christie? Really??, I asked why Democrats are so blinded by one or two decent moves (motivated by, among other things, ambition) by a nasty conservative, egocentric blowhard that they'd start referring to themselves as "fans" of his.

In another post, one that I strongly suggest you read, Think for yourself. Ask questions. Do your homework, I Link and Link to his disdainful attitude and his not-Democratic political views. This should not be necessary, but apparently, it is.

Let's not, as a party, contribute to very-Republican Christie's future success, okay, Dems? Can we at least stop fawning over someone who cares very little about us and very much about himself and his very-Republican career?

use your head

Melissa Harris-Perry takes it from here, and for that she has my eternal gratitude:

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To Mr. 73% Approval/62% Dem Approval, from Melissa Harris-Perry:

"Let's hope you do a better job presiding over your state's storm recovery than you've done presiding over New Jersey's economic recovery... 47th in the nation in 2011. And right now the unemployment rate is 9.6%, surpassing the national rate by almost 2%."

"And so much for your reputation for telling the hard truth or telling the truth at all."

"You even went so far as to veto not once, not twice, but three times a tax increase on millionaires."

"Thanks to you, the women of New Jersey now have six fewer family planning clinics."

"That's fewer breast cancer exams, fewer cancer screenings, fewer lives that could be saved with preventive care. So yes, by all means, enjoy your moment, you've earned it! But thanks to your policy record, you've also earned what's coming to you in 2016, and I have a feeling America's voters are gonna give you exactly what you deserve."

Here's more on Chris Christie's political theater:

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Dems, what are you thinking? Chris Christie? Really??

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nono

Someone with a functioning brain please explain what Democrats could possibly be thinking. Via Taegan:

A new Public Policy Polling survey shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Chrisitie (R) is now actually more popular with Democrats nationally than he is with Republicans.

I'm sorry, but ...

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I refer you to my post of a few days ago, which I strongly suggest you read, Think for yourself. Ask questions. Do your homework. Here's an excerpt:

Suddenly, because of one moment of justified outrage by this conservative, egocentric blowhard, I’m hearing how Democrats who couldn’t stand the guy are now saying they’re “fans.” That’s the word I’ve heard today, “fans.” And as I wrote in that very post, Chris Christie is indeed charismatic, even entertaining, and of course, blunt. But let’s not forget that he’s still rude, nasty, and this guy: Link. Link.

That Link. Link part? You may want to check those out. Here's a sample or three from of one of them:

Christie's Political Views

Health Care: Chris Christie is a strong opponent of the health care reform bill...

Education: Christie has been a strong critic of government spending on schools and strong favors the use of school vouchers. ["Dems believe in teacher's unions; we believe in teachers." (Aug 2012)]

Social Issues: On abortion, Christie has described his position as "pro-life, I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. That's my position, take it or leave it." Christie supports civil unions for same-sex couples, but is opposed to gay marriage.

Yay Chris! Right Dems?

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Think for yourself. Ask questions. Do your homework.

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gullible

I've been holding this post back for months, but maybe it's time to say something. It's about mob mentality, conformity, blind allegiance, submission, overreaction, Republican and Democratic, it doesn't really matter.

What triggered this post at this particular time? The hyper-positive reaction from my fellow liberals to this VIDEO- Chris Christie: “There is only one group to blame: the House majority and their Speaker, John Boehner.”

Suddenly, because of one moment of justified outrage by this conservative, egocentric blowhard, I'm hearing how Democrats who couldn't stand the guy are now saying they're "fans." That's the word I've heard today, "fans." And as I wrote in that very post, Chris Christie is indeed charismatic, even entertaining, and of course, blunt. But let’s not forget that he’s still rude, nasty, and this guy: Link. Link.

It seems, at least on Twitter, that every time some political figure does something applause-worthy, the comments go right to, "[Hero of the Moment] for president!" (This includes even calls for me to run. Serious calls. No kidding. That's absurd.)

One good deed, one positive news cycle, one moment of clarity or leadership does not warrant unconditional praise or represent a 180 turnaround. Approval, yes. But being that easily impressed and elevating someone so undeserving to hero status is mystifying. Qualifying such a leap in adoration would be helpful.

But the Christie example was simply a catalyst for this writing. Something else, something loosely related has been eating at me for awhile now, and it's time to discuss it.

For the past 3 or 4 years, I've been relentlessly smeared, lied about, bullied, and harassed by someone on Twitter (yes, I've done what I can about it, that's not what this is about), an Obama supporter of all things. It still goes on, but it's calmed down some since the bully is now, sadly, targeting someone else. He has a long history of doing this, a pattern that has been tracked for years, in fact.

Many, many of his former followers (true and obedient followers in every sense) have come forward to apologize to me for their part in piling on. And boy, did they pile on. And boy, did they apologize with sincere, heartfelt, regretful apologies. We've all reconciled, except for the very few who still hang on to this very disturbed individual (medical professionals describe him that way, as do casual/not-so-casual observers, ex-friends and lovers, journalists, politicos, celebrities, and his former allies).

There is no way to convey how complicated, painful, and destructive this years-long episode has been, and only those involved really get it.

That's the VERY short version of what happened. That was traumatic enough, but here's what continues to bother me. I've asked nearly every one of the people who came forward why in the world they so willingly joined him in spreading his bizarre, concocted stories about me (one was a 14,000 word blog post, among other public posts, out of context tales, and tweets). I repeatedly questioned why they would blindly take the word of someone they've never met, someone who wouldn't so much as post his own photo online, without ever coming to me to fact check.

I've wondered what would cause anyone to turn on a former Twitter pal and political ally, a fellow Democrat, and spread vicious rumors, post insulting tweets and blogs of their own, and hurtful fabrications via private message, emails, chats, etc. without ever taking the time to ask me my side of things, whether there was any truth to it, and if any of it were true, what my point of view and reaction might have been.

Every (non) response I got was essentially the same: "He was so charismatic, so believable, seemed to have such credibility, had political connections, provided a huge quantity of 'evidence,' sounded like he knew what he was talking about... and I was needy, I need acceptance, he gave me that, I'm a weak person, I'm gullible, how could I have done that? Now I see others falling for his b.s., and I think to myself, 'That was me!'"

Yet not one person, not one, took the time or even thought to come to me and hear me out. Not. One.

Now. What do the champion of the moment stories and the bully story have in common? Some of you may have figured it out. Those I've spoken to privately about this saw the connection immediately:

Fellow Democrats fell for a strong, authoritarian personality hook, line, and in this case, stinker. No questions asked. They did as they were told (They literally did what they were ordered to do. They'd tweet malicious, stinging messages to me daily, worded the way he dictated to them. They told me this.)

Otherwise thoughtful, intelligent, analytical people willingly aided and abetted a nasty, sick individual without blinking. They supported an obvious narcissist who attacked me, my work, my reputation when they should have known better, should have recognized very obvious signs of hostility and desperate need for attention and power.

Sound familiar?

What if this were taken a step further, as one very insightful, talented political writer and another professional political commentator I talked to suggested, in light of the Newtown tragedy... what if this mentality extended to outward aggression, violence, including gun violence? If people can be so easily driven by someone they don't know to verbally assault someone they don't know, then what next?

And don't get me started on how upsetting it was to see how easily my fellow Progressives could be convinced to turn on one of their own because they mistook an emotionally ill man to be normal. They were that easily led astray by a "strong" leader.

Would an equally engaging, believable political figure pull the wool over their eyes and cause them to harm themselves and other simply because their words were just attractive enough, just credible enough to charm them into action?

Vetting is important, even in the Twitterverse, but in the "real" world it's mandatory. We must not forgo critical thinking, compassion, reason, and sound judgment for short term and very tempting emotional, political, or financial rewards. Too much is at stake. 

Having witnessed just that first hand, you see why I have reason to be concerned. I might add that everyone who has severed their relationship with the man in question, or has watched these very public incidents unfold, has expressed similar concerns. That is why I thought it was time to share mine.

Moral of this very long post: Think for yourself. Ask questions. Do your homework.

Thank you for listening.

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Organizers Take Steps to Keep Tea Party Rally Clean

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By GottaLaff

If the Tea Tantrumers are trying to avoid images like these, these and these, fine and dandy. Personally, I have my doubts about how effective their "steps" will be (Roll Call is subscription only, so the excerpt below is all that was available to us).

From the Department of Too Little Too Late:

Thousands of people are expected to travel to Washington, D.C., next week to attend the April 15 rally against the policies of the Obama administration, and organizers are implementing new steps to ensure the crowd remains civil and its message is not diluted by personal attacks.

Maybe they should have thought of implementing New Rules when it was a New "Movement". Just think of all the spitting, shouting slurs and threats to Congress members they have been prevented.

I guess the blowback is finally catching up to them. Kudos to us for keeping up the pressure, shame on them for their despicable displays, and here's to a genuine effort to rein in the vile hostility.

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