Political dirty tricks
January 15th, 2014
01:11 PM ET
7 months ago

Borger: Is Chris Christie too petty for the White House?

(CNN) – It's a cliche of American presidential politics - the president we elect is always a reaction to what came before. As in: Nixonian shenanigans eventually gave rise to Jimmy Carter's self-righteousness. Clintonesque parsing gave way to George W. Bush's plain speaking. Bush's plain speaking begat Barack Obama's lofty speechifying.

Oversimplified? Yes. But true nonetheless.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Do you mean "petty" as in 'small-minded, myopic and self-centered" or "petty" as in Mayor Filner's busy hands?

    January 15, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    ANSWER. YES and in the wrong party with the wrong idilogy!!!!!!

    January 15, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Gov. Chris Christie may have a Bruce Springsteen problem.

    Chris Christie is toast without jam, done , stick a fork in him , he's done !

    January 15, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Gloria, he's a bully plain and simple. If he has temper tantrums because he can't get things his way, which is likely, what's he gonna do? Launch a nuke at someone?

    January 15, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Is Chris Christie too pretty for the White House?
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    "Too pretty?" That's what I thought at first glance. Google "Christie new helicopter picture" and see how "pretty" for yourself.

    January 15, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. smith

    By far, Obama`s dumb one liners were the best. "Yes we can" and "Change", Christie and Hil-dogg are gonna have to be real creative to top those..lol. The sad part is that so many people bought into that load of fodder and so many are in denial to this day. I would like to find the people on the news after the 2008 election who were dancing, cheering, and saying this was the greatest day in their life and ask them how they feel now.

    January 15, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    ".... gave way to George W. Bush's plain speaking."

    Now there's an oxymoron I've not heard for awhile.

    What am I missing here? Ah, yes. Election results 2016.

    Breaking News: CNN calls it early for Chris Christie.

    January 15, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Petty? I can think of so many other adjectives and petty is low on the list.
    Why us it that every story needs a comment from the right wing nutsos about our President? The story is about the NJ bully NOT Obama.
    Get over it. He won twice and we, the country, did too!

    January 15, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Jules

    Anyone who is petty, vengeful and hot tempered should not have access to nuclear weapons, IMO.

    January 15, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Hey!! Don't call Chris "I'm not a bully" Christie petty. He might beat you up and steal your lunch money...

    January 15, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    Self assessment of the fluff article: "Oversimplified? Yes."
    This has so little news content it is sucking content out of the surrounding stories.

    January 15, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    smith wrote:

    "... I would like to find the people on the news after the 2008 election who were dancing, cheering, and saying this was the greatest day in their life and ask them how they feel now."
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    You would? I think the people in the media after the 2008 election who were prancing, jeering, and saying this will mean the end of the world would provide more interesting answer to "how do you feel now." They had thought that they were all gonna die, and President Obama has kept all of them alive, safe, and sound.

    January 15, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Tom

    Is there any Republican in the current pool of potential 2016 Presidential candidates that couldn't be described as petty? The almost religious obstructionism of Republicans is the epitome of pettiness.

    January 15, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "".... gave way to George W. Bush's plain speaking."

    Now there's an oxymoron I've not heard for awhile. "

    Haha, seriously. In this context "plain speaking" means "rudimentary grasp of the English language." Our CNNs is euphemizing.

    January 15, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Peace

    Christie is too petty, a bully, no diplomacy, a bit ignorant, selfish. These are not qualities one should have even to be invited to the White House for few hours, let alone occupying it.

    January 15, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. bobo

    "The committee determined the attack was “preventable” and the administration failed to respond to “ample” warnings that security was deteriorating before Sept. 11, 2012."

    January 15, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    Bully...

    January 15, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. just saying

    more left wing character assassination by the leftist controlled media. what proof does borger have that christie was involved with it or even knew about it? none, zero, nada. yet she pens this total crap.

    January 15, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. smith

    @Rudy- Not gonna argue that the right had some dummies say that kind of fodder. However, there was far far less looney righties than the crazy Obamaholics.

    January 15, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. IA

    "lofty speechifying" I never would have called it that...LOL.

    January 15, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    Do we really want a bully to take the hot line call on the red phone in the middle of the night? Do we really want a bully with one finger on the nuclear trigger? Only two other names on the Republican Tea Party presidential candidates list would be more scary than the bully, Palin and Bachmann.

    January 15, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "This has so little news content it is sucking content out of the surrounding stories."

    To be fair, that's Borger's specialty.

    January 15, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "more left wing character assassination by the leftist controlled media."

    Says the Teatroll who has fawned over Borger's articles when they've been critical of Obama and she was saying what he wanted to hear.

    January 15, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    ""The committee determined the attack was “preventable” and the administration failed to respond to “ample” warnings that security was deteriorating before Sept. 11, 2012.""

    Yes, we know, Faux is desperately trying to change the subject by misrepresenting things about Obama's "scandals" and making them the top story on their site. It was expected and predictable, which really sort of takes the credibility out of it all.

    January 15, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    more left wing character assassination by the leftist controlled media. what proof does borger have that christie was involved with it or even knew about it? none, zero, nada. yet she pens this total crap.
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    Uh. He overheard Kelly talking about it with his press secretary in the back seat of the governor's SUV.

    January 15, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |