Glenn Beck: We desperately need more Chris Christie “common sense porn”

posted at 5:31 pm on May 14, 2010 by Allahpundit

Two tributes, the second chuckleworthy, to last night’s media harangue heard ’round the world via the Right Scoop. Even Dave Weigel of WaPo’s “Those Darned Wingnuts” beat seems to have enjoyed it, although he wonders why Christie tearing a reporter to pieces is super cool on the right while Obama occasionally getting snotty with his opponents is grounds for outrageous outrage. Quote:

I can’t help but notice, however, the difference between the reaction Christie’s getting and the reaction President Obama gets when he rips into reporters, either to their faces or at rallies. Obviously, you expect conservative partisans to like Christie and liberal partisans to like Obama. But we’ve seen conservatives deride Obama’s “lecturing tone,” to Republicans, exhibit outrage when he reportedly used the word “teabagger,” accuse him of stiffing the press when he told a reporter his question was a “waste” — in other words, no atta-boys for Christie-esque behavior.

There are a lot of reasons for this. Obama’s tone is not Christie’s tone, and Obama’s rationale for office was not Christie’s. Obama ran explicitly as a uniter, so any swing at the opposition or his critics gives conservatives the opportunity to be “deeply disappointed” at Obama’s rhetoric. Christie has less to lose — despite defeating an unpopular incumbent, he’s not all that popular in his state. But the split reaction is interesting.

Some of the difference is due to pure partisanship, of course. Remember how John McCain’s temper supposedly made him a borderline lunatic who might push the button on a whim if elected president? Meanwhile, people like Rahm Emanuel and David Obey who are famous on the Hill for spitting F-bombs in people’s faces are just “colorful” or whatever. Part of it too is wanting to hold Obama accountable for the aura he’s built up around him. After the millionth fawning media tribute to his “first-class temperament” and Obama’s own tedious above-the-fray tut-tutting about civility, rubbing his face in his own displays of incivility is irresistible. He’s entitled to sell himself as a mix of Jesus and Bambi, but that’s going to raise the bar of expectations a bit, yes? Plus, as president, more decorum is expected of him simply by virtue of the office he holds.

There’s another explanation for the difference, though. One of the reasons righties dig Christie, I think, is the perception that he’s on something of a one-man mission. As a deep red governor in a deep blue state with a blue media haunting him, he’s besieged on all sides. His pugnaciousness seems like a virtue because it shows his determination to confront entrenched liberal interests in New Jersey notwithstanding the armies arrayed against him. The One, by contrast, has most of the media in his pocket and giant Democratic majorities in both houses (albeit not for long). He’s got it made, for the moment. No wonder, then, that when he gets irritated, it seems not so much pugnacious as … peevish, and petty.


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Christie would not use the term “teabagger”.

John the Libertarian on May 14, 2010 at 5:35 PM

LOL – I will always maintain – Beck’s radio show is FAR superior to his TV show and always has been (even though the TV stint is much shorter).

Good Lt on May 14, 2010 at 5:38 PM

LOL! Not a Beck fan but I’ll admit it when he’s funny.

terryannonline on May 14, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Christie’s popular here because after the disaster of McGreevey and Corzine having a guy willing to take on the entrenched problems of Trenton and the unions shows he’s got some stones, and partisanship aside, he’s a likable guy doing the dirty work that has to be done if the state if to survive. We’re not exactly as blue as New York of California. Outside the urban areas he’s got huge support and after that video clip the guy’s a national hero on the right.

JammieWearingFool on May 14, 2010 at 5:40 PM

The main difference between Chris Christie and Obama is that the One is a compulsive liar and deceives at every turn where Christie tells it like it is and lets the truth rule out. It is really that simple.

volsense on May 14, 2010 at 5:40 PM

…although he wonders why Christie tearing a reporter to pieces is super cool on the right while Obama occasionally getting snotty with his opponents is grounds for outrageous outrage….

Christie comes across as a serious adult, while Barry comes across as a bitter, hurt whiner.

Patrick S on May 14, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Who else is lovin’ the fat man?!?!

abobo on May 14, 2010 at 5:42 PM

hehe. common sense porn is right. good line.

ted c on May 14, 2010 at 5:42 PM

GIMME MORE PORN

blatantblue on May 14, 2010 at 5:43 PM

The difference for me between Obama and Christie is the fact that Obama starts a war with Fox News, talk radio, has most of the journalists in his back pocket, lies about the opposition instead of stating where he differs from them. Christie clearly states there are differences of beliefs, they believe one way, he believes the other. He’s not going to BS around it and start saying the democrats aren’t offering anything; he’s saying the democrats are offering bigger government, more taxes, less freedom. Obama just lies to the America people because he has to. You think Obama is going to stand up there and say I’m going to grow government and raise your taxes?

deidre on May 14, 2010 at 5:44 PM

…although he wonders why Christie tearing a reporter to pieces is super cool on the right while Obama occasionally getting snotty with his opponents is grounds for outrageous outrage….

Christie is a man, Obama is a man-child

ladyingray on May 14, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Keep f**cking that chicken, Weigel. Obama even gets snotty with the media who wuvs him so much.

JavelinaBomb on May 14, 2010 at 5:45 PM

There was no reporter “torn to shreds”…that’s the reaction Christie was specifically talking about. His comments were more about the media’s distaste/fear of argument/disagreement.

winston on May 14, 2010 at 5:47 PM

The letter that Glenn talked about on his shows today deserves to be a story on the front of HA much more than this Christie story does… love Christie, but this letter is opening up a can of worms that is going to expose the biggest scam in the history of the world. No exaggeration.

Chaffetz and Issa Seek Information on Fannie Mae Executives Inventing New Cap & Trade System

Press release: http://chaffetz.house.gov/2010/05/chaffetz-and-issa-seek-information-on-fannie-mae-executives-inventing-new-cap-trade-system.shtml

Letter: http://chaffetz.house.gov/Letter.pdf

Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Chaffetz (R-UT), along with Rep. Issa (R-CA) sent a letter to David Kappos, the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as Michael Williams, President and CEO of Fannie Mae, seeking information concerning a patent issued to Fannie Mae regarding a residential Cap and Trade system.

On June 7, 2005, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued Patent No. 6,904,336 for a “System and Method for Residential Emissions Trading.” The patent was assigned to the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”) and CO2e.com, LLC of New York. The patent lists former Fannie Mae Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Franklin D. Raines as the primary inventor. Former Fannie Mae executives Scott Lesmes and Robert Sahadi are also listed as inventors.

“I have serious questions about why Fannie Mae, back in 2005, was working on a Cap and Trade scheme,” said Rep. Chaffetz. “Why would they be spending their resources on something that is well outside of the scope of Fannie Mae’s charter? We want to see all the information relating to the patents issued to these ‘inventive’ former Fannie Mae executives?”

“Having ventured far beyond sub-prime lending policies, Fannie Mae appears to have served as a full-blown liberal think tank for crony-capitalist ideas,” said Rep. Issa. “While the crony-capitalist Democrats who ran Fannie Mae like Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson used these kinds of ideas to enrich themselves, it was the American taxpayers who were left holding the bag after they failed. It’s disturbing that Fannie Mae executives were positioning themselves in 2005 for financial gain from an Obama Administration cap-and-trade system, but given the huge amount of campaign contributions Fannie Mae poured over President Obama it should be no surprise.”

Follow the money:
American Power Act
Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX)
Barack Obama
Valerie Jarrett
Goldman Sachs
Al Gore
Camco International Ltd
Fannie Mae
Franklin Raines
Emerald Cities
The Joyce Foundation
Apollo Alliance
Van Jones
Joel Rogers
Maurice Strong

I have yet to see a story on HA covering Beck’s shows about CRIME INC. Did I miss something??

painesright on May 14, 2010 at 5:47 PM

The One, by contrast, has most of the media in his pocket and giant Democratic majorities in both houses (albeit not for long). He’s got it made, for the moment. No wonder, then, that when he gets irritated, it seems not so much pugnacious as … peevish, and petty.

That’s it right there. In the media, ties always go to the liberal. It’s like Coach K working the refs. No one wants to see it, because no one believes it.

stldave on May 14, 2010 at 5:48 PM

There is also a difference of purpose between Obama and Christie.

With Obama, his belligerence is in defense of his own ego. With Christie it is in defense of his state and the people who live there.

Skandia Recluse on May 14, 2010 at 5:48 PM

the only people in NJ who don’t like Christie are in the teachers’ union or are related to someone or is best friends with someone in the teachers’ union!!

Willie on May 14, 2010 at 5:49 PM


One of the reasons righties dig Christie, I think, is the perception that he’s on something of a one-man mission. As a deep red governor in a deep blue state with a blue media haunting him, he’s besieged on all sides.

Yup, he’s Rambo, John J., and the Dems are the silly cops who arrested him for vagrancy.

Tony737 on May 14, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Who else is lovin’ the fat man?!?!

abobo on May 14, 2010 at 5:42 PM

He’s not fat. He’s just overstuffed with awesomeness.

JammieWearingFool on May 14, 2010 at 5:50 PM

I can’t help but notice, however, the difference between the reaction Christie’s getting and the reaction President Obama gets when he rips into reporters, either to their faces or at rallies.

Elitist liberal imbecil doesn’t know that Obama is supposed to be, and said he would be, president of all the people, and ran on “hope n’ change”.

Also, presidents are expected to be classy. Well, this one is a craven narcissistic pupil, who’s got this reporter and so many others sucking on his gummy snake.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Makes me proud to be a Jerseyite again.

Tony737 on May 14, 2010 at 5:51 PM

sucking on his gummy snake

HAHA!

Tony737 on May 14, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Who else is lovin’ the fat man?!?!

abobo on May 14, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Better question

“Who’s not loving him?”

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2010 at 5:55 PM

There are a lot of reasons for this. Obama’s tone is not Christie’s tone, and Obama’s rationale for office was not Christie’s.

Yes.

But FREQUENCY makes a huge impact.

One outburst, like “You Lie” to the potus, is different than repetitive, “You’re wrong, that’s not the truth” from the potus lying through his teeth on the record at Congressional hearings to cover his boney @ss, claiming erroneously that what he ought to be doing is what he has been and is doing.

maverick muse on May 14, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Better question

“Who’s not loving him?”

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Heh, the right people ;)

deidre on May 14, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Better question

“Who’s not loving him?”

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2010 at 5:55 PM

All the right people.

stldave on May 14, 2010 at 5:57 PM

“Sexiest fat man.” Ahahaha! So true. :D

Emily M. on May 14, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Heh, the right people ;)

deidre on May 14, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Heh, the wrond people ;)

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Heh, all the wrong people!

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2010 at 5:58 PM

He’s not fat. He’s just overstuffed with awesomeness.

JammieWearingFool on May 14, 2010 at 5:50 PM

That would make him fluffy!

upinak on May 14, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Obama is a gurlie boy. Christie is a strong man who is willing to stand for his principles. There’s the difference.

Key West Reader on May 14, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Heh, all the wrong people!

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2010 at 5:58 PM

and the middle… don’t forget that middle.

upinak on May 14, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Beck’s radio show is FAR superior to his TV show – Good LT

Yeah, so true. Stu cracks me up, he should be on the TV show as well.

Tony737 on May 14, 2010 at 6:01 PM

I can’t help but notice, however, the difference between the reaction Christie’s getting and the reaction President Obama gets when he rips into reporters, either to their faces or at rallies.

Now that’s funny, right there. Obama hasn’t said anything to a reporters face. As a matter of fact, he hasn’t held a Press Conference since last, what, July.

PappaMac on May 14, 2010 at 6:04 PM

I hereby nominate

*A*L*L*A*H*P*U*N*D*I*T*

as the DKos of HotAir.

His “critique” of Christie (vs. Obama)
oozes the same (albeit perhaps unintended, but real nonetheless)
smear of Arizona-as-Nazi.

Lockstein13 on May 14, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Here’s a difference:

Obama acts like a crybaby when the press doesn’t slobber over him.

With Christie, the press acts like a crybaby when he doesn’t slobber over them.

Then he has the chutzpa to tell them to deal with it.

MagicalPat on May 14, 2010 at 6:09 PM

No one can accuse Christie of being thin-skinned, that’s for sure. I heard Beck discuss this during his show today and it was hilarious. If Christie can pull NJ out of the ditch, he can get elected to a national office. He has the right attitude.

Philly on May 14, 2010 at 6:10 PM

… peevish, and petty

Could be said of your critique too AP.

jeanie on May 14, 2010 at 6:14 PM

I wish common sense were as addicting as Beck implies. Sadly, it is more pleasing to hear the pretty lies from the left.

How do you stream Glen Beck online? I mean the radio show.

petunia on May 14, 2010 at 6:15 PM

GIMME MORE PORN

blatantblue on May 14, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Ummm I think you maybe aren’t thinking of the same thing the rest of us are….=0

petunia on May 14, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Love him or hate him Glenn does seems to have a handle on what is happening in our Republic. His radio show is good, but his Fox show showing what this bho, team, and the d’s are up to is outstanding! If Glenn wasn’t giving this bho and team the ulcers, they would prove him wrong. The red phone is yet to ring!
L

letget on May 14, 2010 at 6:26 PM

I’m done with hotair

long_cat on May 14, 2010 at 6:26 PM

petunia on May 14, 2010 at 6:17 PM

lol no im thinking the same

I’m done with hotair

long_cat on May 14, 2010 at 6:26 PM

cool

blatantblue on May 14, 2010 at 6:27 PM

painesright on May 14, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Thanks for that link. You would think some intrepid young journalist might pick up that story, eh?

ctmom on May 14, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I’m done with hotair

And who might you be?

Good Lt on May 14, 2010 at 6:34 PM

After watching that video, I feel the need for a cigarette, and I don’t even smoke. Is it hot in here or is it me?

TxAnn56 on May 14, 2010 at 6:34 PM

hotair has become a vehicle for pundon’ts libtard agenda. I used to enjoy the format and the running commentary but there is no point in this anymore, every blog post has become a hit piece on conservatives, spirituality, the family, America, etc. I mean, there are more hit pieces on Sarah Palin here than even the ny times. Ridiculous. Ya’all have fun stroking each others egos. I’m out, had enough.

long_cat on May 14, 2010 at 6:34 PM

And who might you be?

Good Lt on May 14, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Another long time commenter who has gone galt.

PBWY long_cat.

Inanemergencydial on May 14, 2010 at 6:39 PM

I like Christie, but I am kind of surprised that Beck actually found a Republican he did not want to trash, stab in the back or run a third party candidate against. I can’t help it, Beck just annoys me anymore.

Terrye on May 14, 2010 at 6:39 PM

long_cat on May 14, 2010 at 6:34 PM

whoa whoa how is this post a hitpiece on conservatives?

blatantblue on May 14, 2010 at 6:39 PM

It’s cool when Cristie takes on the press, as it is a bit like one man standing off a pack of wolves.
When BHO takes on the press it is a bit like someone beating their pet Chihuahua.

Nathan_OH on May 14, 2010 at 6:39 PM

hotair has become a vehicle for pundon’ts libtard agenda.

your reading level must be quite elementary in nature, because libtard isn’t the word to describe the agenda on this website.

buzz off.

blatantblue on May 14, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Isn’t Christie a “Progressive” by Beck’s standards?

jp on May 14, 2010 at 6:45 PM

It may as well be porn for the non-play, behind the wall, burying of any and everything good and sensible.

In fact, I trotted that idea out a while back:

Indeed, the strength of the Blogosphere and its attendant Tea Party movement is that while our betters are doing their best to retain their patrimonial hold on public information and Truth, the children born of the Internet have raced to pull the political porn right off the library shelves. They have sneaked off to their rooms to pound their laptops and keyboards for even more information, and some sense of relief.

Joan of Argghh on May 14, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Beck’s ‘porn’ designation is quite apropos, since the Christie thread yesterday was filled with phrases like man-crush and having his babies. That is not a criticism but an observation. Others just wanted to clone him.

What was really being said is that this kind of openness and honesty needs to be replicated in our government. Teh Won can talk for 20 minutes and never say a thing. He gave a 17 minute answer to a question that did not answer the question. If he says a thing, you cannot trust him to do it.

We are forced to root around in the double-speak mud with our eyes closed, hoping to find a single nugget of truth.

GnuBreed on May 14, 2010 at 6:47 PM

He’s not fat. He’s just overstuffed with awesomeness.

JammieWearingFool on May 14, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Post Of The Day goes to…..

itsspideyman on May 14, 2010 at 6:50 PM

There is a big difference between the two. Christie, we can tell from many of his speeches and talks with reporters, is doing this in a semi joking tone. The guy self deprecates, talks to reporters how he would friends and shoots from the hip. Obama on the other hand creates boogie men for everything he doesn’t agree with, demeans and belittles those he doesn’t like and he talks down to everyone, not to mention how he does everything from a script and refuses to answer any tough questions.

The demeanor of these two couldn’t be further apart.

Rbastid on May 14, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Mmmm, that commom sense porn is why I have watched the Christie video several times in the last 24 hours. I can’t get enough of it.

redslippers on May 14, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Beck is an interesting guy, and has a compelling message at times. But, is it me, or is he sounding more and more like Howard Beale from the movie Network?

simkeith on May 14, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Christie isn’t fat. He just has some of the soul of Chuck Norris in him.

TiminPhx on May 14, 2010 at 7:34 PM

A bigger man for a smaller government.

Disturb the Universe on May 14, 2010 at 7:52 PM

The biggest difference between Obama and Christie is the press question Christie TO HIS FACE!! Something that would never happen to Obama, the press doesn’t even question him behind his back!

Come to think of it, the press never questioned Corzine’s “tone” or “arrogance” now did they?

Bicyea on May 14, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Plus, as president, more decorum is expected of him simply by virtue of the office he holds.

Clearly, this was never explained to Barack Obama.

redwhiteblue on May 14, 2010 at 8:28 PM

All I know is, if Christie is ever at my table, he buys no drinks and no food. And, he’d better get ready for a man-hug. From every guy (and gal) at the table.

TXUS on May 14, 2010 at 8:31 PM

More proof that conservative caricatures like Beck shouldn’t attempt comedy… they are comedy. Have a look at Lewis Black ripping Beck (another) new one on The Daily Show.

Constantine on May 14, 2010 at 9:51 PM

I don’t even understand the reporter’s question. I don’t see or hear anything confrontational about Gov. Christie. He seems like a happy warrior to me.

Cindy Munford on May 14, 2010 at 10:02 PM