Last fall over dinner in NYC, a friend asked what I thought of Chris Christie for 2016. I told her that I didn’t think he had the temperament for the White House, because he was, essentially, a bully.
“But during Hurricane Sandy, he seemed like such a leader,” my friend argued.
I agreed. But one performance during a natural disaster doesn’t compensate for a political lifetime.
“But maybe we need a bully in office,” this friend argued. “Bullies get things done.”
I disagreed — because while bullies might “get things done,” they do so at a very high cost.
I’m being reminded of this conversation pretty much daily at the moment as I get emails and blog post responses from Malloy supporters wondering why I, as a “progressive” (with the quotation marks my credentials are even being attacked), would act as a “spoiler,” “kneecapping” a Malloy win by criticizing him, or by even the mere contemplation of support for a third-party candidate with views closer to my own.
Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning columnist and novelist of books for teens. A former securities analyst, she’s now an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU, and enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at the Writopia Lab.
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