A quick Google search of Chris Christie Confrontation Video generates 974,000 results. He’s good at it and he knows it. Christie telegraphed his verbal assault on Marco Rubio last night. He successfully baited Rubio into repeating himself three times with a talking point – all pols have them by the way – and may have been successful in permanently damaging Rubio’s presidential campaign.
Even after a bad moment with a notorious verbal bully, this writer is still a Rubio supporter after last night . He should have been better prepared and, well, used a better talking point. And only once.
Still, the episode tells voters as much if not more about Christie than it does Rubio. The later wants to debate in a civil, gentlemanly manner. The former like it’s a telecast of the Jerry Springer Show . In many ways, last night’s Christie-Rubio exchange mirrors those between Jeb Bush and another notorious verbal bully in Donald Trump. Like Rubio, Bush seeks professional discourse, and like Christie, Trump knows he’s good at confrontation.
Most adults have had encountered people who are confrontational and nasty like both Christie and Trump. With time, we hopefully come to realize that its more about them than us.
So what is it about Christie and Trump, this need to confront, belittle and taunt their opponents?