George Norcross III, who once owned and nearly ruined the Philadelphia Inquirer, is taken to task in the paper this morning as a political dinosaur whose time controlling South Jersey politics is coming – and should come – to an end. Why? Because things are changing – and his “entrenched political monoculture” is uglier the closer you get to it. For 3 decades, knocking everybody out of its way – mercilessly dispatching with local GOP, and independent Democrats on election day or by co-opting them with jobs and other opportunities a machine can dole out. Posted this AM, it’s called: The machine age of politics should be over in N.J.
The Norcross machine controls troops of
good Democrats willing puppets who can be assembled for operations like one reported in Politico today, of “phantom candidates” with no apparent interest in actually serving, whose appearance on the ballot is engineered to relegate legitimate challengers to “ballot Siberia”. Better the Dem machine make your choice for you, South Jersey Dems. You might make the wrong one! Here’s a pullout quote from Philadelphia Inquirer, they nail it:
“In Philly as well as South Jersey, there’s more going on politically than merely what entrenched and insulated party leaders tend to dismiss as static emanating from the usual losers. A top-down, if not authoritarian, party apparatus that demands/enforces loyalty and marginalizes newcomers belongs to another time. Party officials everywhere should take note of the national political upheavals and local demographic changes of the last few years that have inspired citizens new to politics to seek – and win – public office, despite the fact they often encounter an insular process unwelcoming or even hostile to them.”
Change is coming, says the Inquirer. So is challenge to the Boss. More candidates, more organizing. This is the Trump effect on progressive Dems, coalition-building like mad. Shout out to my sisters in South Jersey Progressive Women for Change (SJWPC) – I see you and so does the Inky.