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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Won’t Get Fooled Again

While putting this post together a song came to mind we hadn’t thought of in years - Won’t Get Fooled Again - by the Who. Thus the title for this post. A few word changes, a little remix and it would make an excellent theme song for the New Jersey Republicans this election year.

We can just picture rock star, Bret Schundler leading the charge with the Assembly candidates right behind belting out Won’t Get Fooled Again.

Anyway, for the sake of all New Jersey citizens let’s hope the Republican Party won’t make the same mistakes twice. Hello, is anyone out there?
Still, had Franks been able to raise a little more money, a little earlier, from GOP loyalists and interests who prematurely wrote him off he may have prevailed.

One Democratic operative, who spoke on condition of anonymity, reinforces the notion of Franks as a lost GOP opportunity. "We were always scared the Republicans would catch on to how vulnerable Corzine would be to a well focused campaign. We were very surprised at how little money they put into this race. Polls showed that as people saw and heard Franks, they liked him and voted for him, especially in comparison with our guy [Corzine]. Thank goodness they fell for the bluff early on -and ran out of time in the end."

That was the irony of the 2000 New Jersey Senate race: Jon Corzine's extraordinary campaign, with its record-breaking spending, probably could have been stopped by money, and relatively little of it, at the right time.



2 Comments:

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous roberto said...

The only other big race in 2005 is Virginia governor, and that one may get all the attention and outside money. Unfortunately, they may look at the NJ race, see money bags Corzine with his 15 point lead, see Schundler or Forrester and decide that it's a wasted cause, particularly if it's Bret who is disliked by the NJ GOP hierarchy.

That 2000 race was a tragedy. For all his bucks, Corzine got 51% of the vote. Franks was so close.

What's tragic is the NJ GOP hierarchy has destroyed the state party to the point that it's a laughing stock of the nation. If Bret's the man, they will treat him like a skunk who shows up at a family picnic. They don't seem to mind losing as long as the democrats throw them a few patronage crumbs. And they don't want to fight to change the rules because they dream that one day they'll be in power again and they want all the pay to play cash going their way.

 
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