When I was a youngster at summer camp, we would sometimes engage in insult wars.
Mothers were always in bounds, as was a camper’s athletic prowess. But if a joke was made about a physical deformity, or someone’s mentally deficient older brother – well, that kinda crossed the line. Suddenly the gallery that had been laughing and cheering on the insulter turned on him rather quickly. There was indeed such a thing as a point of no return. A moment when the game is over.
Did the Gubernatorial race just go there? Chris Christie seems to think so. It’s hard to accuse someone of false outrage who’s mother had breast cancer.
The Corzine campaign has accused Christie of not supporting state-imposed mandates on insurance coverage. That presumably could apply to early screenings, specifically mammograms. Christie has said that he wants to permit competing coverage strictly for the uninsured. That means allowing the market to take hold, which could result in the denial of certain procedures…perhaps even mammograms. On the flip side, people who are uninsured would probably appreciate any coverage at all, even it didn’t go the extra mile and cover mammograms for young women.
So, then the Democrats got nasty right back…releasing this web video.
It’s an exchange between Christie and an unidentified woman at a Rider University forum. We have tried to track this woman down but were unsuccessful. Democrats say it shows Christie at his worst – having disdain for people who disagree with him ( in this case a cancer survivor ). Christie says it was a long back and forth, and this snippet was taken out of context.
Yikes. Actually the second vid has been up for awhile, but the Corzine campaign recently sent it directly to their supporters…and there has been some grumbling about it within the rank and file who will be critical to getting out the vote on election day. Ah, the miracle of the internet. It has truly changed the way campaigns are waged.
So, is all of this fair? Sure it is. The question is does it cross the line. That will of course be for voters to decide. It appears as though both sides are at least flirting with that “line” right now.