... he sucks up to folks whom he has UNMERCIFULLY walloped in the past!
That is being in control, IMV, but only to the point of trying to convince
others that he is not the cruel-spirited S.O.B. that he has made his
own self out to be over the course of these past five years or so.
Then when someone calls him on something, he'll very quickly
resort back to his old (and true???) ways! Unless of course
the person calling him on that something happens to be
someone he is sucking up to at that particular moment.
I SINCERELY feel for him, Nucc. Not too much, but it's
sincere all the same. What a sad existence: being at odds
with so many ... every single day of every single week ...!!