I don’t know whether to be revolted that Matt Bai is slobbering all over Chris Christie or happy that he’s honest about conservative political games:
Yet it’s hard to see Christie getting so much traction if he were out there castigating, say, immigrants or Wall Street bankers. What makes Christie compelling to so many people isn’t simply plain talk or swagger, but also the fact that he has found the ideal adversary for this moment of economic vertigo. Ronald Reagan had his “welfare queens,” Rudy Giuliani had his criminals and “squeegee men,” and now Chris Christie has his sprawling and powerful public-sector unions — teachers, cops and firefighters who Christie says are driving up local taxes beyond what the citizenry can afford, while also demanding the kind of lifetime security that most private-sector workers have already lost.
The trick won’t work as well this time because unlike mythical “welfare queens” and “squeegee men”, mythical teat-sucking public union members are often white. So, no, public union members are not the ideal adversary here. It will take years of propaganda to make bitching about public sector unions as effective as bitching about teh black and teh brown.
Republicans jumped the gun this time.
Also too, it is stunning how much the media loves a governor who uses “plain talk” to fuck over the middle-class.