Last year I wrote about the unsightly danger of Dan Malloy turning into a hockey goon for the national Democratic party.
Twelve months passed and — guess what? — here he is in full goon mode, lining up the same spindly opposition player.
“He must have been beaten up really bad on the playground. Really bad, I think,” Malloy told BuzzFeed News when describing Jindal’s demeanor and what he said was a similar sharp-elbowed persona on and off camera.
I cannot tell you how distasteful I find this. First, the smirking suggestion that kids who get bullied on the playground grow up to be men who merit our disdain is repellent coming from anybody but especially from a man who has whined ad nauseam about the treatment he received as a misunderstood, disability-laden boy. Make up your mind, Governor. Do wretched little creatures deserve our scorn or our understanding?
I also fail to see how this serves the people who elected Malloy. We elected him to do a job, and in no way does that job involve kicking Bobby Jindal around or carrying water for politicos in the other 49 states. In particular, I expect him to make at least some effort to work cooperatively with Republicans and forge compromises that serve everybody’s best interests.
Renting himself out as a Chris Christie-style jerk-provocateur, he is unlikely to do this. He already has pushed the drama button — which is a mile wide and set on a hair trigger — of Minority Leader Themis Klarides. How does this help us, here in Connecticut.