It’s understandable why his advisors might not want him to tinker with his natural demeanor. And you can imagine the “let Christie be Christie” headlines that would surely emerge where he to tone down his style and fall flat. But conservatives who have seen the media turn on Republicans once they become a viable threat to a Democrat like Hillary Clinton worry his behavior will gradually go from being portrayed as “colorful” or charming to erratic and dangerous.
“If Christie yells at a teacher at a town hall in Iowa, that teacher is going to get a lot of time on television afterwards — in a way that these people [who] get berated in New Jersey don’t,” says my liberal sparring partner Bill Scher.
This is a good point. In recent years, we’ve seen “civilians” like Joe the Plumber and Sandra Fluke elevated to rock star status. One can easily imagine Christie telling some teacher in Davenport to ‘Do your job!’ But what happens when she goes on to become a cause célèbre? The media would then parade this “victim” around as an excuse to talk about Christie’s “bullying” and Christie’s “war on women.”