Chris Christie’s Brain Freeze
Chris Christie has been hailed for his directness, his willingness to confront issues (and people), and for his political acumen. The flip side is he has been mocked for his girth, an issue of no import as it regards politics (except perhaps cosmetically).
However, now Christie is (and will rightfully continue to be) mocked for his idiotic decision to lower the flags at state buildings for the late Whitney Houston, a state-endorsed period of mourning and respect.
Christie can try and spin this anyway he wants: it won’t work. It’s unspinnable.
I thought Christie was one of the few adults in New Jersey government but based on this one foolish directive, I’m less sure than I was. And while we’re at it, is there no one left on the staff left to tell the
emperor governor he has no clothes on decisions like these? It isn’t like they need to get a Clinton-era focus group and test the initiative; it’s intuitive and doesn’t pass the good judgment test.
Still, there is a bit of good new in all this for the people of New Jersey: Christie is still no Jon Corzine.
How about some background on past-practices with regard to flag lowering?
Christie has ordered the flags lowered at state buildings 30 times for servicemen killed in action, including once for a Army soldier killed in Korea in 1951 whose remains were identified and returned last year.
Christie has also ordered flags lowered for six New Jersey political figures, three law-enforcement officers killed on duty, two anniversaries of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, E Street Band saxophone player Clarence Clemons and the all-time winningest high-school baseball coach in New Jersey history.
I’m hopeful none of the above had a history of drug problems and further, I’m confident that none of the above died of causes directly related back to said drug abuse.
So what’s at work with the Whitney Houston decision? I suppose it’s basically because Christie was a fan, or far worse, a reflection of the self-esteem movement; the basic idea that we’re all special.