My Chris Christie Hypocrisy
If Obama wins, when all the exit polling gets sorted through, it’s those images of the Democratic president touring the hurricane damage arm in arm with the Republican governor that may turn out to have given him his advantage. If that happens, then the election will have been determined by two things I find it uncomfortable to grapple with as historical forces: by canada goose outlet seattle luck bad luck in this case, as in Sandy and by the awkward upside of hypocrisy.
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If Mitt Romney had flip flopped on Christie the way I did, I’d have called him a hypocrite, an Etch a Sketcher, a revisionist and no doubt, somehow, a liar. But because it confirms the narrative I’m invested in, I have no difficulty in suddenly discovering the virtues of Christie’s blunt outspokenness, and his ability to put partisanship aside for the good of country.
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