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One of my favorite college professors told me the following joke:
“There was once a college professor in Boston who was denied tenure and had to take up driving a cab, and there was a Kansas farmer who saved up for years to go to Boston for a real fish dinner. The two met when the professor picked the farmer up at the train. ‘Where to?’ said the prof. ‘Take me where I can get scrod,’ said the farmer. ‘Well, I’ve never heard that form of that verb, but I know where to take you.’
You have to wonder if Bob Torricelli feels the same way.
The worst-kept secret in New Jersey politics is the fact that the Torch wants back in. He ain’t saying it, but it couldn’t be more obvious. From a rather well curated Facebook page to strong appearances on MSNBC, he’s out and about, and he’s been on the fundraiser circuit for other candidates since at least the summer of ’16.
When last in the game, Torricelli set the parameters for Bush 43’s choice for a new NJ USA—an up-and-coming Chris Christie—requiring him to take on a trial-experienced AUSA as training wheels on Christie’s slim experience.
Shortly thereafter, the Torch became embroiled in a fairly low-bore ethics scandal. The Dems fancy footwork in replacing him in the 11th electoral hour is now the legal standard for replacing a candidate, and was the ruination of Senator Lautenberg’s retirement.
Christie went on to sit on the beach.
One couldn’t blame the Torch for looking at the current ethical climate—and Senator Menendez’s Teflon act—and feeling like he got screwed all those years ago. Who knows.
But Friday on MSNBC, Torricelli looked unusually strong. The typical Dem strategy as to Donald Trump has been to assume Catastrophe Trump will win the Dems the day. His batshit act will eventually tank him; Mueller will take him down; his base will abandon him. The Torch knows better. Last week on MSNBC, he articulated a better understanding of the danger of Trump than anybody I’ve seen so far. If the goal is to get this Russian agent out of the oval office, the Torch looks like he is auditioning to lead the charge.
He gets it. Some “expert” suggested that a trade war with China would be Trump’s undoing. The Torch wasn’t having it. Trump just needs to outlast China, who needs our buyers to finance its deficit spending more than we need their cheap goods. If he forces them back to the table and has some concessions to sell … who knows? And, as if to prove the point, cut to the CNBC market report for healthy gains just days after the sanctions kicked in.
The Torch has Trump’s number. He’s seen the Trump act from across the Hudson and next to him on the tabloid pages. He knows Trump doesn’t have to outrun the bear, he just has to outrun YOU. Does Torricelli know what to do about Trump? Maybe, maybe not. But Friday he looked like he understood the game, and he wanted in.