Barbara Buono is far more direct and honest than Chris Christie could ever hope to be – she has no problem calling an ass an ass, even when he’s a powerful “journalist”:
The rest of the interview doesn’t go much better: Matthews interrupts Buono mid-sentence 14 times, spends a hefty chunk of the five-minute segment on a nasty political ad that then-governor Jon Corzine ran against Christie in 2009 (“Didja like that ad?”), and when it comes time for a commercial break – Matthews extends a hand across the anchor desk. “You’re very nice, senator.”
Off the air, the host makes a sort of peace offering: “Oh, I was tough on you.”
Buono disagreed. “I wasn’t gonna give him the satisfaction,” she later recalled, two weeks after the April interview. “I said, ‘No you weren’t.’ And he said, ‘But don’t worry, people will all just be talking about how you were on Hardball.'”
“That’s what this ass said,” Buono added, standing outside a campaign event in Bayonne, N.J., just about six months out from Election Day. “It’s early in the campaign. I’ll remember that. But it’s hard to know how to handle it, particularly as a woman. It’s just hard. I keep thinking how I would have done it differently.”
You’ll never see Chris Christie call out a national media personality the way Buono just did for this kind of crass, boorish behavior. He’s too afraid of the ramifications for his career.
Buono, on the other hand, has no such wimpy streak. Which is why she is going to wind up surprising the hell out of Matthews and the rest of the punditocracy this year – count on it, Tweety.