August 20, 2014

TPM says Chris Christie "Blows Up At Woman."

It's interesting that he's talking about Bruce Springsteen and going on about his friendship with the rock star, but I wouldn't call this blowing up:



Here's the author of the article, Tom Kludt. He doesn't look like he grew up in Newark, like Chris Christie. Can Chris Christie get away with talking to women like that? I don't know, generically. But I'm a woman, and I have no problem with that kind of vigor, I don't perceive it as losing his temper. But then I've spent some time in New Jersey.

AND: Kludt is a native of South Dakota, according to his TPM profile.

58 comments:

Ron said...

Frankly, it's good to see people standing up to these smear tactics. Long overdue.

alan markus said...

Of course, the "War on Women" meme needs to be kept top of mind - there is an election coming up.

Curious George said...

Twenty bucks says Tom Kludt is a bed wetter.

Rob said...

Chris Christie FTW. I admire his restraint with that unpleasant woman haranguing him. That must be what it's like for poor President Obama every night in the private quarters.

dreams said...

Just another example of liberal media bias.

alan markus said...

Any clips of black people getting yelled at by Republicans as proof of racism are being held for future use (Democrats/media "keeping their gun powder dry") in the event that ultimately Obama loses his cool and starts flashing "angry black man" face. That would scare the bejeebus out of the white woman demographic. Two years is a long time for that shoe to drop, and everyone knows that will happen, so those clips will be saved to mitigate such damage when it occurs.

madAsHell said...

Christie does well with hecklers. I'm not sure what else he's good for.

EDH said...

TPM says Chris Christie "Blows Up At Woman."

I guess that's better than being caught with an inflatable, blow-up woman.

TosaGuy said...

The "author" went to the East Central South Dakota Institute for the Feeble Minded, which is informally known as the University of South Dakota.

If he had any brains he would have went to South Dakota State University.

traditionalguy said...

That was at the very least a rape. He verbally held a woman down and tongue lashed her until at his climax he spewed out that she was absolutely wrong and then he even refused to acknowledge her response.

It was horrible.

MadisonMan said...

By what stretch of imagination is that 'blowing up'?

Mary Beth said...

Did she think that if she kept asking the same question the "no" would change to a "yes"? I thought "no" means "no".

SteveR said...

If he had any brains he would have went to South Dakota State University.

And if he had brains and balls he would have gone to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

n.n said...

Politics is like whack-a-mole. Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, Ricky Perry, and now Chris Christie, again.

Rocketeer said...

"Bad manners", Bridgegate, fatassed-ness, idiotic 2A stance - all of those I might be able to overlook. But admitting to being a Bruce Springsteen fan is a disqualification from the presidency for me.

The Crack Emcee said...

Who cares? He's done.

Rudy in disguise,...

Anonymous said...

I agree with his point that she should make her points on her own and not cloak herself with Springsteen's perceived authority.

n.n said...

Oh, and Scott Walker. Whack-a-mole.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Not much of a blow up, but you're kidding in tying the obvious exaggeration to where the author is from, right Prof. A? That's just cheekiness I assume. The man's an (R)--at least nominally. Of course the media's gonna make stuff up!

ganderson said...

I see the bariatric surgery doesn't seem to have done much. If that's being blown up.... yikes!

AJ Lynch said...

Looks like a typical librul pussyboy. I did not know they had them in South Dakota.

Tank said...

Watched the video, still waiting for the blow up. I did LOL at the picture of Kludt. That was funny.

Brennan said...

Did I hear her correctly?

"He [Bruce] is my neighbor."

Brennan said...

As for Mr. Kludt...

Interned for Democratic Rep Herseth, Democratic Sen Johnson, Democratic SoS Clinton, oh and was a field organizer for the DFL in Minnesota.

A good little Democrat now operating with a media byline.

Please note, this information comes from the reported profile for Mr. Kludt on LinkedIN which may or may not be authored by one Tom Kludt. In addition, since playing loose with the facts is also a strong possibility, the reported resume may be a tad exaggerated.

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-kludt/2a/26/ba5

April Apple said...

I'm not taking the Tom Kludt is a bed wetter bet.

Anonymous said...

Isn't TPM pretty much an ideological outfit masquerading as news?

Whatever draws people to it probably has as much to do with worldview as it does aspirations to journalism.

There seem to be millions of people in a country as large as ours driven by ideology, mostly, who attach to information, foundation money, activism, academia and politics in order to realize their ideals.

alan markus said...

who attach to information, foundation money, activism, academia and politics in order to realize their ideals.

That reminds me of a former coworker who lived in Madison at one time and worked for various social service programs. She talked about one friend who was passionately committed, dedicated, "all-in", singularly focused to the cause - the cause being whatever cause/agency she happened to be working for at the current time.

harrogate said...

There's a difference between "being a jerk" and "blowing up." Christie here, as often happens, certainly represents the first category. But he's nowhere near the second.

Kirk Parker said...

harrogate,

Jerkiness? I didn't see any of that there, just some wonderful Rumsfeldian firmness and pushback.

FleetUSA said...

More of this whinny woman will help his cause. His camp ought to make sure there is always someone like this in the audience.

Ann Althouse said...

"Not much of a blow up, but you're kidding in tying the obvious exaggeration to where the author is from…?

Nope. I think there are regional styles of speech in America. People adopt a gentler tone in the Midwest and it can sound saccharine or wimpy to someone from northern New Jersey or Brooklyn or the Bronx. And in the reverse direction, the perception may be that someone is crass or rude.

Ann Althouse said...

"I see the bariatric surgery doesn't seem to have done much. If that's being blown up.... yikes!"

I know, and I suspect "blows up" was really chosen to set up comments about how fat he is.

I think it's pretty disgusting to get bariatric surgery. But to get it and then do what is needed to force food through the artificially constricted stomach and stay fat or get even fatter is really gross. And he's in the public eye, we know he got the surgery, and he wants to run for President. I question his sanity.

Lucien said...

It's a little off topic, but there's no cafe handy, and it does have to do with verbal male-female interaction:

I just looked at Doree Lewaks's piece about enjoying catcalls from construction workers.

When you read it, it's obviously tongue-in-cheek.Which makes the responses to it, like Amanda Marcotte's Slate piece yesterday, even more enjoyable.

richard mcenroe said...

"in the event that ultimately Obama loses his cool and starts flashing "angry black man" face."

Which possesses an uncanny resemblance to Steve Urkel trying to pass a pound of cheddar cheese.

Pettifogger said...

I assume that what passes for civil discourse is looser in New Jersey than in Texas. That said, I'm from Texas, and I don't hear Christie losing his temper. In the words of Henry Kissinger, he engaged in a candid exchange of views.

The Godfather said...

I don't support Christie for President, but I do like his style. Maybe he could become Press Secretary for President Walker.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Judging by the comments over there, this Kludt* is preaching to the faithful. Fair reportage is not something TPM readers would recognize if it bit them on the ass.

*sounds like an insult, doesn't it--"That kludt doesn't know his asshole from a teacup!"

Curious George said...

"Ann Althouse said...
Nope. I think there are regional styles of speech in America. People adopt a gentler tone in the Midwest..."

That's because you live in Madison. Which is much different than Chicago...or even Milwaukee, for example.

Doug said...

I agree with Crack. Please strike me dead.

khesanh0802 said...
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khesanh0802 said...

Wonderful to see someone get "up on his hind legs" and strike back. There was no blow up there. As Ann says this is Joisey!

Krumhorn said...

But I'm a woman, and I have no problem with that kind of vigor

Well, you're also a law professor and blogress. You're used to give and take in the debate. But librul activist with tender sensibilities and their media enablers would prefer a more "moderate" and deferential approach because, after all, they feel oh-so strongly and are suffused with the glow of righteousness.

Christie has often found a way to thoroughly piss me off, but I sure admire his willingness to take it to 'em. We need more of THAT from conservative politicians and candidates. It always feels as if we freely yield the task of battlefield preparation to the loony left.

I say, bring it! Our arguments are better than theirs. Make them strongly, and don't flinch from the combat.

-Krumhorn

khesanh0802 said...

Kludt does look like a very confused farm boy. There are definitely pockets of liberals in SD, more than you would think there should be. A lot of the farmers depend on government largesse for their substantial profits. They are not as "hardy and self-reliant" as you might expect. Uncle Sugar is very important on the plains. South Dakotans elected Tom Daschle a bunch of times, after all!

garage mahal said...

Give credit to Christie for doing townhalls. Walker never would in a million years.

Drago said...

Garage demands openness from politicians.

Which is why garage supports obama.

Because obama's admin has been the least transparent and most punishing of whistleblowers and most destructive of records of all modern presidents.

Yes.

That is contradictory.

Not that garage notices.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Ann Althouse said... People adopt a gentler tone in the Midwest and it can sound saccharine or wimpy to someone from northern New Jersey or Brooklyn or the Bronx. And in the reverse direction, the perception may be that someone is crass or rude. I'm not disputing that regional styles exist nor that those styles can influence one's interpretations. I do heartily dispute that a regional bias is the primary one responsible for this writer's biased interpretation of this politician's speech. From a reporter for TPM. If the politician was a (D) from NJ, do you really think his/her speech would have been characterized as a blow up by this reporter?

John Christopher said...

Althouse noticed this a long time ago.

People who have to work for a living gain weight and then lose weight as they have time.

Politicians can use work time to work out. They control their own schedule. Anthony Weiner etc.

Thus, fat politicans belong to a special sub-set of lard-asses.

Wilbur said...

Christie's willingness to return fire at liberal whiners is the only reason I would consider voting for him. That, and now the fact that Crack considers him done for. I did like the "Rudy in Disguise" joke.

On the regional language front, I found when I moved to South Florida from central Illinois, a number of the NYC attorneys here mistook courtesy and ethics for weakness.

Marty Keller said...

Is "Rudy" code for "white people"?

CWJ said...

Tom Kludt -

Another article written by a child; with the expected level of insight and understanding.

Fandor said...

Get a life!

retired said...

I think it's pretty disgusting to get bariatric surgery.... I question his sanity."

Cheap shot, Ann. Those are shoes you have not walked in. Your veil of objectivity slips yet again.

Fandor said...

I'm with Ann. I question the sanity of anyone in elected office.

Fandor said...

It's better to be a puppet master and pull the strings.

ganderson said...
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ganderson said...

Small sample size, but I know a number (5 or so) who have gotten the surgery- I remain skeptical of it's effectiveness. The people I know who've gotten it have not changed their eating/exercise habits much at all. I think if you get the surgery it suggests that you are looking for the easy way to lose weight. I've been pretty heavy in my adult life , not Christie-like, but fat enough. The only way I've found that works is to conrol myself. It ain't easy!

Kirk Parker said...

"South Dakotans elected Tom Daschle a bunch of times, after all!"

Oh please, what are you trying to do? Make me hate the South Dakotans as much as I hate the Massholes?

I will say this for Daschle, though: as far as I know he never drowned anybody.

Biff said...

HoodlumDoodlum asked..."If the politician was a (D) from NJ, do you really think his/her speech would have been characterized as a blow up by this reporter?":

It would have been something like: "Governor Schools Crazed Tea Partier."