Friday, January 10, 2014
On being vindictive. On being a woman. On being a vindictive woman.
Bridget Anne Kelly's traffic snarling payback is being parlayed as evidence of a bullying mentality in Chris Christie's organization. A swagger that we see in him, and fear in him. It has to do with his size, his confidence. It probably has to do with New Jersey, and the mob. It has to do with a lot of things. But that's not what I see.
I see a pretty little girl with two rough-and-tumble brothers who learned how to put them in their place. I see a smart girl who wasn't taken seriously because she was short and she was blonde. I see a woman who learned how to be tough and play with the big boys in New Jersey, and sometimes that meant taking chances. I see the men around her saying admiringly, "Damn that took balls."
I've known a thousand women who would have done the same thing she did. Just to get the boys to slap her on the back.
Ah, but that's why I write novels. I make shit up about everything I see. But this time, I feel like I'm right.