Now, if you live in the Eastern Seaboard’s squiggle of a state, our New Jersey, here are some mighty pretty maps. We’re reliably blue Jersey whether our women or our men call the shots. So says FiveThirtyEight.
As good as that news is, and it is, what’s next – what could be next – is a state not run by a bullshitting bully surrounded by liars and plotters. Or a powerful phalanx of Democrats willing for their own political benefit to chuck core values to build that governor’s power. What could be next is a state devoted to public education, to a livable wage, and an investment in the natural environment we’ll leave to kids. Where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does his or her fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. Where our Democrats don’t cynically use the term progressive if they’re ignoring the bedrock values they talk about in speeches. Where the party’s tendency to value concentrations of power over responsibilities of that power – and the exercise of that power over small-d democracy and empowering voters – is rethought, or its practitioners thrown out. Where public education is prioritized because it’s the right thing to do, not because somebody wants to make a buck off kids. Where people’s civil and human rights are recognized and defended. Where we send to Washington leaders who don’t just look out for our place in the world but look out for the world. Where love wins.
That’s my Blue Jersey. And there’s a lot of work to do.
Maps – credit FiveThirtyEight.