Winning Is For Losers
Now that Cory Booker, whom the progressives tell me is just Barack Obummerdroner in blackface, has secured the Democratic nomination for the open Senate seat in New Jersey, people are making plans for what to do, oh lordy, what to do. The Blue America people at Down With Tyranny have decided to sit this one out, not that Booker will have to go begging for scraps, and will instead devote their energies to helping Barbara Buono take on Chris Christie. Their case:
The rest of us, especially those in New Jersey, need to get behind Barbara Buono and dump Christie. That’s a priority! Barbara was born in Newark to parents who immigrated to this country from a small town right outside of Naples. Her dad was a union butcher and her mom worked two jobs to make ends meet. “We lost dad,” she told me “when I was 19, but I never forgot how hard he and mom worked to provide for our family. I had to put myself through college while working three jobs to make ends meet. My husband Martin and I are parents to six amazing children, all of whom are grown now. But we raised them with the same can-do attitude that my mom and dad raised me with.”
The quest to elect Buono is well intentioned but, much like Ahab’s similar determination to nail the whale, doomed – but the progressive heart wants what the progressive wants so whaddya gonna do? I mean besides finding other worthy progressive candidates throughout the country who are at least within spitting distance of actually being elected thereby helping to create a solid base of card-carrying progressive members in Congress who could advocate for a better America. There’s that.
Meh. Sounds like work.
Instead, right out of the gate, the first commenter at DWT has a plan that just… could … just … work … this … time:
My understanding of this election is that the winner will serve from when the election is certified and they are seated by the Senate only for the balance of the 113th Congress. A regular election will be held in November 2014.
I have not been able to determine if there will be any third party or independent candidates on the special election ballot.
Progressives need to walk away from an execrable candidate like Booker. It seems to me that going en masse for the Green or simply boycotting Booker and letting the GOP win would improve the odds of getting a better candidate in 2014. An incumbent Booker would be a slam dunk for six more years.
This is what I recommended for folks to do in the 2012 WA-01 election, but progressives tucked their tail between their legs and voted for DelBene. I was amazed that she had the gall to join Barbara Lee’s SNAP diet protest, despite not caring one bit about poor folks. Probably figured it would be good publicity and she needed to drop a few pounds anyway. But it looks like we’ll be stuck with her for as long as she wants to be in Congress now. Should have let the lunatic Koster beat her and then gotten rid of him next year. –
I know. DelBene, who supports gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, medical marijuana and this is just awful. PRIMARY HER!
But hey, how about letting that GOP guy in Jersey win to teach the Democrats a lesson, I mean, how bad can he possibly be?
I’ll be as callous and uncaring as you can imagine. I have no interest in paying for your health care. I’d hate to see you get cancer, but that’s your problem, not mine. I’m going to pay for my health care, I’m going to take care of my children’s health care and tend to my wife. And when I stand for charity care (inaudible), you [and] no one else has the authority to infringe on my right (inaudible) dig into my pocket and my ability to pay for your health care or anybody else’s.
… and there’s this:
Lonegan does not like Social Security. In October 2011, he lamented that Texas Gov. Rick Perry “didn’t stick to his guns” when he called Social Security a Ponzi scheme. He later added during that same interview that Social Security “was the biggest single threat facing America today. More than half of the federal government is Social Security and Medicare, and it’s going to bankrupt this country.”
… and also this:
While Christie was running around New Jersey in his monogrammed fleece consoling Sandy victims, Lonegan was far from sympathetic. “That is tragic for them to see their home being destroyed,” he said, “but remember that every day around this country, somewhere, somebody is suffering a tragedy of equal or worse impact and we don’t run and hand them a check.”
So remember, to attain peak progressivism: It takes a village to burn down a village in order to save a village.
Or something like that…