By now, Gov. Chris Christie's "Bridgegate" scandal hardly needs introduction. Christie has been accused of shutting down lanes on the George Washington Bridge -- the busiest bridge on the planet -- during rush hour to cause a traffic jam for the purpose of punishing an ideologically opposed mayor.
Apparently, Brit Hume of Fox News is one of the few people in the country who has not heard about this yet.
According to Hume, Christie's problem isn't that he has a reputation of being a bully, or even just this one single example of possible bullying. It's that society became "feminized" into a place where people like Christie are no longer free to be bullies.
"Well, I would have to say that in this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist today," Hume said on Fox News' Media Buzz, "guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct, kind of old-fashioned tough guys, run some risk."
This left even both of Hume's co-contributors, Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn, at a loss for words and asking for clarification.
"By which I mean that men today have learned the lesson the hard way that if you act like a kind of an old fashioned guy's guy," he elaborated, "you're in constant danger of slipping out and saying something that's going to get you in trouble and make you look like a sexist or make you look like you seem thuggish or whatever.
"That's the atmosphere in which he operates. This guy is very much an old fashioned masculine, muscular guy, and there are political risks associated with that. Maybe it shouldn't be, but that's how it is."
Ignoring Hume's constant insistence on describing Gov. Christie as "muscular," his reputation as a bully had been established long before his successful 2012 reelection.
The problem is not that Christie is a bully. It's that he may very well have deliberately sabotaged an entire city just for the purpose of being a bully.
What about that is so difficult to understand?