Which fact is more pathetic?

Which is worse: Christie crawling for truth-telling, or Christie crawling to Xi Jinping’s business partner?

This is a hard one. You’ll want to think about it carefully.

The two candidates for “most pathetic fact I’ve encountered today”:

1. That fake tough-guy Chris Christie had to – and did – offer a grovelling apology for calling Israeli-occupied territory on the West Bank “occupied territory.”

2. That the Republican kingmaker Christie had to crawl to owes most of his wealth to a deal with the Chinese government. (Whether or not that deal was secured corruptly is a separate question.) Adelson’s heart may be in Jerusalem, but his bankroll is in Macau, entirely at the mercy of Xi Jinping.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

One thought on “Which fact is more pathetic?”

  1. "Whether or not that deal was secured corruptly is a separate question."

    Was there ever a casino/gambling deal which was not secured corruptly?

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