Christie’s Crackup

Tuesday night’s Republic debate came and went. By now it’s been sliced and diced every which way – save one.

In his opening statement, designed to do nothing so much as gin up fear, Governor Chris Christie said this:

“America has been betrayed,” he began, not by our sworn enemies, but by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Then he went on to draw a dark and dire picture of life in America post San Bernadino. “Think about the mothers who will take those children tomorrow morning to the bus stop wondering whether their children will arrive back on that bus safe and sound. Think about the fathers of Los Angeles who tomorrow will head off to work and wonder about the safety of their wives and their children.”

What’s striking about these opening lines is not their fear-mongering. Fear and loathing have become commonplace. No, what’s striking is that the New Jersey Governor imagines the 21st century family a 20th century construction.  The woman stays home, minds the kids, and does the housework. The man leaves home, brings home the bacon, and returns when day is done in time for dinner.

Guess what, Governor Christie! The number of stay-at-home moms is less than one third. This means that more than two thirds of mothers are unlikely to be able to “take those children tomorrow morning to the bus stop.” And it means that you, Governor, are woefully out of step, stuck in the 1950s and early ‘60s, when “Leave It to Beaver” ruled the airwaves, and Ward Cleaver (Dad) and June Cleaver (Mom) presided as perfect couple.

This alone should disqualify you from being president. This alone should disqualify you from leading anything – given the demographics have departed dramatically from your archaic ideal.

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