In not one but two diaries yesterday, a reader took issue with our posting Chris Christie’s disapproving remarks about Justice-elect Sonia Sotomayor. Twice, the reader linked to the same quote from Christie, as evidence he supported Sotomayor:
After watching and listening to Judge Sotomayor’s performance at the confirmation hearings this week, I am confident that she is qualified for the position of Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
But here’s the thing; his link to the Christie quote above is from this Daily Record editorial. And – Holy unintended irony, Batman! – what this editorial’s about is how Christie’s kind words on Sotomayor are a decision “rooted in politics” … “showing he can read the political winds.” What does The Daily Record suggest is really behind Christie’s new warmth to the judge? Fear, that strident opposition to Sotomayor risks losing support from a growing voting block: Hispanics.
I agree. That’s what I think too.
And this is a problem. Christie’s very hip to the politics of self-preservation, of couching his answers so that he says very little.
Avoiding uncomfortable topics …
Dodging reporters’ questions…
Controlling his perimeter …
Getting prickly when called to explain his actions as US Attorney.
And with Sotomayor, revising stuff not because he reconsiders– which I’d respect – but because he’s figured out he aint got the winning strategy. Christie seems unwilling, or unable, to make decisions based on the merits.
Christie’s laudatory words came after he dismissed Sotomayor with a gentlemanly “Not my kind of judge”. And after realizing- along with the rest of the right-wing fake outrage machine – that scare tactics mocking Sotomayor as some kind of crusading, white guy-hating racist wasn’t going to fly.
I know he never said those words. Listen up: He did not have to. That’s what the right-wing fake outrage machine is for. They bleet the on Fox, and anywhere near a radio microphone. Then the candidate comes along behind with much, much more modulated language, and scoops up all the people riled up by the bull.
That’s how it works. And we all know that.