Today, a Google Alert pulled me into a right-wing North Carolina website complaining that Chris Matthews used his considerable main stream media clout to make a fat joke about the Governor of New Jersey.
Only a little slice of video was posted (it’s after the jump); just a few seconds long. I didn’t see the whole show, and so their take on the context – that Matthews insulted Christie’s size just after lauding the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan for never doing that kind of thing – might be incomplete. I don’t know if Matthews does this a lot; other talk show hosts do.
And I think our conservative North Carolina friends have a point.
It’s not my job to be the good taste cop – okay it is my job to do that here, but I like to tread lightly. But I’m not a big fan of too-easy cracks about nonessential characteristics of politicians. Christie isn’t a dangerous governor because of his size. Reagan wasn’t a disastrous president because of his age. Lewinsky jokes don’t define Bill Clinton’s presidency. I think George W. Bush was the worst president ever, but I can’t call him the smirking chimp because he was much worse than that and smirking chimp makes me feel almost sorry for him. And I do not want to.
There are so many things wrong with Gov. Christie – hypocrisy (as we see this week), disregard for science (ditto), contempt for teachers and irresponsibility towards NJ public education, budget cuts that reflect his own social agendas. The list is damned long. On the merits, there’s so much to object to with this guy. Why the hell do we want to give any Christie supporter a reason our objections shouldn’t be taken seriously?
Or am I just a big, fat #%*ing @#/$ for saying this?