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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Monday, October 21, 2013

Blue Jersey

So, Jersey just legalized gay marriage via the courts.  I prefer it when it happens via the legislature, but unlike - say - Roe v Wade this is not a court decision that will polarize America for years.  This will stick, it's a good thing and it's important.

But I'm fascinated by the fact that Chris Christie will likely be re-elected governor of New Jersey.  I know Jersey is kind of idiosyncratic.  They have a large Italian-American population that I tend to think leans GOP nationally and in the Northeast in particular.  African-Americans are an important voting bloc, but not a determinant one.

Still, I would love to see Christie either go down in flames (insert Hindenburg joke) or at least come very close.  Christie is a bully and an asshole.  And that's not necessarily a detriment in New Jersey.  In fact, co-assholes are probably his base.

We are going to be hearing a lot in the next two years about the GOP's need to find a moderate presidential candidate, and Christie is kind of all they have.

It would be hilarious if he got upset.

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