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“Tame By Christie’s Volcanic Standards”

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This David Farenhold piece in the Washington Post is clearly an early entry in the “define the candidates” sweepstakes getting underway as the race to succeed President Obama gets underway, and it makes no mention whatsoever of the screened-off insularity of electeds like the president which is a much more objectionable problem in a democratic republic than a governor who engages often with voters and lets his feelings show when actually answering unscripted questions from the public. Farenhold counts “at least 14 raised-voice confrontations with regular people” over the 5-plus years of Christie’s tenure as governor, which includes “127 town-hall meetings across the state,” and who knows how many political events open to a curious public and provocateurs alike like the event with Meg Whitman recounted in the story.

“Trackers” are ubiquitous, recording every moment of every public figure so if there are other Christie “confrontations,” Farenhold would know about them, just as he knows about the Whitman event.   As ubiquitous as trackers are “narratives,” and “volcanic” is a narrative MSM has already tattooed on the New Jersey governor just as “no drama” got attached to the president when “detached, disinterested, clueless and out-of-touch” could have easily served with the president and “passionate and engaged with an occasional direct, even head-on confrontational style” would work with Christie.

The MSM loves its power to shape campaigns past and present. 2016 is underway and so is the caging of Christie behind the bars marked “volcanic and confrontational.” Every other GOPer will get short-handed in some way shape or form. Mrs. Clinton? Look for “steady,” “experienced,” “unflappable if somewhat predictable, even dull” instead of “isolated, thin-skinned and glass-jawed.”  Nothing to be done about it except developing an eye for the editorial comment wrapped inside of a description.

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