Chris Hayes re-tweeted this article about Rahm Emanuel. I recognize the style and the rationale. He's a wonderful fellow with all the best intentions, and if you disagree with him about anything at all, you are stupid and evil. As a tweeter puts it, there is nothing charming about being a total a**hole for no reason. In that reporter's place I would have retaliated with both barrels. Called him a p**ck or a prancing ninny, maybe.
Emanuel seems so out of control that he can't even attempt ingratiation but escalates immediately. This is a technique, of course and a deliberate one. The mark is supposed to wimp out and back down and the aggressor wins by default. Emanuel is a deeply dishonest person trying to confuse his interviewer with bizarre behavior and unprovoked verbal attacks.
Nobody try that on me! Unless you want to draw back a bloody stump!!!