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Monday, November 06, 2006

In The Hands Of The American People

A platform that consists of a “planned” defeat in Iraq, increased taxes and we hate President Bush, in retrospect, may not be as appealing as Democrat Party leaders had hoped. Here’s what the liberal pundits from the New Republic have to say on election eve polls:

John Judis and I have been e-mailing about the alarming Pew poll that came out today. It reflects the same trends captured by that earlier Washington Post/ABC poll, except that the trends are, gulp, even more pronounced. Worse, the folks at Pew have graciously posted their cross-tabs, which makes it nearly impossible to rationalize the lousy results. As John points out, the fact that Democrats' 15-point advantage among white women last month has turned into a 2-point disadvantage today is incredibly ominous. Unfortunately, it's not quite as ominous as the erosion in the Democrats' advantage among Northeasterners: from 26 points to 9. The Northeast is, of course, a region where Democrats are banking on roughly half a dozen pick-ups. That kind of dropoff isn't going to get the job done.
Are the polls right or wrong? Who knows, but we do know this:

The economy: Most Americans want a strong and growing economy. The country has produced 19 consecutive quarters of economic growth since the “Bush tax cuts” were enacted. The nation’s unemployment rate is low at 4.4 percent, federal tax revenues are at record levels, the budget deficit has been cut in half since the recession of 2001 and every taxpayer has received federal tax relief. In New Jersey the average federal tax cut has been between $1,700 and $4,800.

Iraq: Most Americans want the country to win the war on terrorism. A premature withdraw from Iraq is a defeat for the United States and a win for Islamofascist terrorists. Iran and Osama bin Laden’s followers would be emboldened. North Korea would rightly see our retreat as a sign of weakness to be exploited with nuclear blackmail.

“Redeployment” would leave Iraqis with little chance of developing a democratic country and would almost certainly condemn them to a future similar to Afghanistan under the Taliban and Iran under Ahmadinejad. Providing a safe haven for terrorists to plot and prepare attacks against the United States and our allies clearly would not make the U.S. or the world a safer place.

As for the troops, they recognize the importance of their mission in Iraq and want to finish the job. Soldiers in Iraq Say Pullout Would Have Devastating Results according to today’s Washington Post.


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At 1:57 PM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

NJCU Hudson County Poll: Menendez 52% Kean 12% with 24% undecided.

I somehow get the feeling that Bob is looking a bit like Fred Sanford right now.

At 10:39 PM, Blogger Ken Adams said...

Menendez is only getting 52% in his home county???? This should be HUGE news!

At 7:29 AM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

Quite frankly, I'm surprised that the Jersey Journal even reported this since their so in lockstep the the Hudson County machine.

In Jersey City there are people who have Menendez signs with signs that say "Remember Glenn" attached to them.

There are still many bitter people in Jersey City and Bayonne who feel that Bob Menendez is responsible for the death of Glenn Cunningham who was significantly cutting into Menendez's power in Hudson before his untimely demise. That land deal in Bayonne also doesn't score him any points in a town that President Bush only lost by a narrow margin.

Bob Menendez has stepped on a lot of toes and screwed a lot of people over to get to where he is in Hudson County today and he's made a lot of enemies with excellent long term memories.

The last thing the Journal wants is to make a huge deal out of it.

The interesting thing is that if Menendez is polling that badly in Hudson, what's Bergen going to be like?

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was standing in the booth this morning thinking, "I sure wish that Enlighten NJ had done something on these ballot initiatives here."

Any insight?


At 12:33 PM, Blogger KingDrudge said...

WOW, I am shocked to be hearing this Dino. I thought Mendenez was loved and reveared in good ol' Hudson County. That "Remember Glenn" sounds like one hell of a battle cry dont cha think.

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

After Bret Schundler broke Jersey City from the HCDO's Kung Fu grip, the Jersey City/Bayonne area of Hudson doesn't "follow the leader" 100% of the time like the Northern region of the county i.e. Union City/West New York.

In J.C., Sandra Bolden-Cunningham has been a staunch opponent of Bob Menendez as well as his allies like Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop who ran against Menendez in the 13th CD in the '04 Democratic Primary, Assemblyman Louis Manzo and former Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone. Bob Menendez was also instrumental in Albio Sires replacing Bayonne Mayor/State Senator Joseph Doria as Speaker of the Assembly in '01 who later lost the seat to Chiapponne in a tight race in '04.

So needless to say, Bob has plenty of enemies in Hudson. If anything, at the end of the night when the results are final, we could be asking the question, "Who Shot Boss Bob"?


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