September 25, 2006


Corzine's gambit: Dems fear pick to fill Sen. seat big blunder (Ben Smith, 9/25/06, NY Daily News)

New Jersey Democrats are privately expressing buyers' remorse over Gov. Jon Corzine's decision to appoint then-Rep. Robert Menendez to an open Senate seat last year.

Public polls show a tight race between Menendez and Republican Tom Kean Jr., despite a national mood that favors Democrats. And the polls suggest most voters haven't yet focused on a federal investigation that touches on Menendez's personal finances.

Some now worry that New Jersey could be a rare exception in an election that seems poised to bring Democrats back to power in at least one house of Congress. "There's the feeling that Jon Corzine's now blown it twice. He blew it in ‘04 as chairman of the DSCC [Democratic Senate Campaign Committee], and now he may have blown it again," said a Democrat who was involved in the process by which Menendez was selected.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 25, 2006 7:52 AM

What do they expect? He was busy canoodling with the union lawyer, wasn't he?

Posted by: ratbert at September 25, 2006 11:24 AM

They expect their good little lemmings to follow them into to the voting booth and vote for the Democratic candidates -- no matter who they may be.

There have been some cracks in this system past few elections, so they've started shrieking voter fraud when the election doesn't go their way.

When the new ID card goes into effect, I don't think the Dems will ever win an election again.

Posted by: erp at September 25, 2006 1:24 PM

For a party so tied to the "soak the rich" idea, under the guise they have too much money they never earned, it's amazing how much the Democrats drool whenever anyone with lots of cash from the business world shows up on their side. They think money=brains=political accumen, and believed that if Corzine could succeed in the business world and then make it into the Senate (where he never was more than a back-bencher), he could handle the executive duties as governor without any problems. Instead, they've gotten a guy who if there was an "R" next to his name would have been branded selazy, corrupt and/or inept by all the media outlets by now.

All will be foregiven of course if Menendez pulls out his race against Kean, or if the Democrats can pull a Torecelli switch and find a replacement in the next six weeks. But you would like to think that coming on the heels of Torecelli, and McGreevy, and Corzine's own problems, the voters of New Jersey might start to wonder if they're being played for suckers time and time again by the Democrats they elect to statewide office.

Posted by: John at September 25, 2006 3:36 PM