What’s Up, Democrats?

I’m a Democrat. I can’t remember the last time I found a Republican who deserved my vote. I’m active in local Democratic politics. But when Democrats do things that are counterproductive, they should be called out. For everyone’s good.

There are two initiatives backed by Democrats that have me concerned, one on the national level and one here in New Jersey.

I receive many emails from a “Draft Biden” movement. Joe Biden would be a great president. He has devoted his life to public service, is an expert on foreign affairs, and has the empathy and compassion to be on the right side of social issues. I’ve met the Vice President and in one respect he reminds me of Bernie Sanders – he says what he believes, not necessarily what is popular. But he’s not running. So the Draft Biden movement simply takes dollars and energy away from the campaigns of Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, and the rest of the Democratic field. Wouldn’t it be better if the Draft Biden people put their effort behind one of the candidates who has the fire in his or her belly to jump on the presidential bandwagon?

On the state level, two of the senators I admire are pushing a bill to force Chris Christie to resign. The bill (which would have to be signed by Christie) would require a sitting governor to quit if he or she became a presidential candidate. It’s political theater that can easily backfire. Democrats would be better served if they started a recall initiative, although I doubt that a governor even as unpopular as Christie could be recalled (see: Scott Walker 2012).

The way the state government is set up, New Jersey’s governor wields more power than most of his counterparts in other states. The Republicans in the legislature don’t have the cojones to stray from Christie’s powerful (and often unethical) influence. Even though the legislative Democrats are in the majority, they are not in a position of strength. This legislation, which has no chance of becoming law, further polarizes Trenton and makes bipartisan opposition to Christie’s most egregious actions more difficult.

Comments (7)

  1. 12mileseastofTrenton

    I don’t think the bill will have an effect, one way or another.  They’re just trying to troll Christie, and get a one day headline out of it.

    As for Biden, I agree.  He should serve as backup in case some disaster befalls one of the candidates.  But he shouldn’t run.  There’s no niche for him in this race.

  2. josef

    A Biden candidacy would be just about as exciting as the Gore candidacy, and we know what happened there. Bernie Sanders is doing something Democrats are usually bad at: appealing to people’s emotions. I don’t think anyone else is going to do as well at that as Sanders, and you know that that’s the only thing Republicans will be doing.

  3. Tom Paine

    and oversight of the Christie administration is a ataget rich environment.

    Stunts are counter-rpodut: they miss opporutnties to do real work and they further undermine public credibility is the politic process because these are transparently political stunts.

    Progressives and Dems have suffered because they have abandoned the defense of liberal/progressive values and the voter is totally disengaged from how politics and government effect their lives.

    Christie is out there talking about issues and being given a free pass.

    No wonder the public is lost.

  4. CreedPogue

    for out of state trips?  Sunshine is the best disinfectant.

  5. Erik Preuss

    Obviously it won’t happen because there aren’t people really mobilizing to get signatures for this. But in the event it did, i don’t think beating Christie would be an impossibility. Walker was much more popular in Wisconsin at the time he was recalled than Christie is in NJ now. Don’t forget Walker won re-election fairly easily two years after the recall.


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