Is Chris Christie just too manly?


So, here’s a theory.  All the drama surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has nothing to do with traffic tie-ups or hardball politics run amok.  Nope.  It’s all about this “feminized” culture we live in, where, apparently, folks just can’t seem to handle all the manliness that Christie apparently throws around in the Garden State.

This explanation comes courtesy of Brit Hume, who shared his thoughts on Fox News Sunday show MediaBuzz:

Asked by host Howard Kurtz, about the “bully narrative” cropping up around Christie, Hume pushed back with this:

“I have to say that in this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist today, guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct and are kind of old-fashioned tough guys run some risks,” Hume said.

“Feminized?!” Lauren Ashburn interjected.

Hume pressed his point:

“By which I mean that men today have learned the lesson the hard way that if you act like kind of an old-fashioned guy’s guy, you’re in constant danger of slipping out and saying something that’s going to get you in trouble and make you look like a sexist or make you look like you seem thuggish or whatever. That’s the atmosphere in which we operate.”

So, according to Hume, men are unsophisticated, unpolished brutes, prone to bullying and traffic tie-up schemes.  And women (except maybe for Bridget Anne Kelly who Christie suggested organized the whole thing) are apparently something else. Soft, shrinking violets, delicate and easily offended?  Hard to attach any of those descriptions to New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, or Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

How about tough as nails Nancy Pelosi?

In the rough and tumble, highly partisan world that is politics, women and men of all stripes and temperament have succeeded. Even John Boehner, who isn’t afraid to shed a few at nothing in particular.  But, nice try, Brit.

Nia-Malika Henderson is a political reporter for The Fix.



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