Author Archive: JRB

You Don’t Have To Be A Rocket Scientist To Know Nazi Reenactors Are Bad

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Remember when Scott Sipprelle’s allies were asking New Jersey, “What does Rush Holt have against Israel?” by running an ad full of bogus numbers?

Well, if Scott Sipprelle gets elected to Congress on Tuesday, the man he’ll be voting for as Speaker of the House is John Boehner. The same John Boehner who is spending the weekend before election day campaigning alongside someone who belonged to a club where men dress up like Nazi SS officers.



Ohio Republican House candidate Rich Iott, center

The Republican claims it’s history, but the behavior is considered so horrendous that it is illegal in Germany.

So if Scott Sipprelle and his friends want to ask what Rush Holt has against the state of Israel, perhaps he ought to be asked what makes his friends think it’s OK to pretend they’re Nazis?

You Don’t Have To Be A Rocket Scientist To Know Nazi Reenactors Are Bad

Remember when Scott Sipprelle’s allies were asking New Jersey, “What does Rush Holt have against Israel?” by running an ad full of bogus numbers?

Well, if Scott Sipprelle gets elected to Congress on Tuesday, the man he’ll be voting for as Speaker of the House is John Boehner. The same John Boehner who is spending the weekend before election day campaigning alongside someone who belonged to a club where men dress up like Nazi SS officers.



Ohio Republican House candidate Rich Iott, center

The Republican claims it’s history, but the behavior is considered so horrendous that it is illegal in Germany.

So if Scott Sipprelle and his friends want to ask what Rush Holt has against the state of Israel, perhaps he ought to be asked what makes his friends think it’s OK to pretend they’re Nazis?

#ChristieDoesntCareAboutJersey

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Early last week, you would have found most of New Jersey’s school teachers in their classrooms, cleaning up, decorating, unloading school supplies that they bought with their own money, and preparing for another year of doing something that is a lot harder than it looks, and therefore doesn’t receive the respect it deserves.

And none of them were required to be there. None of them were paid for being there. They do it because they care about their work, and they care about their kids — your kids, kids they didn’t even know yet.

This week, their governor and aspiring National Politician™, Chris Christie, once again insulted their commitment to their classrooms, made a YouTube video out of it and had his staff gleefully distribute it around the web. Apparently it’s entertaining for some people in this country to watch a powerful man tell some middle-aged women that they’re garbage.

It’s off-putting to watch Chris Christie trying to be America’s first viral video, YouTube president. And it’s especially disappointing that he does it on the backs of dedicated, hard-working members of the middle class in the state he was elected to represent.

So, if going viral is the only way to get a message across to you, Governor, here’s one: #ChristieDoesntCareAboutJersey.

Scott Sipprelle advertises like Blagojevich

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Scott Sipprelle just released a new radio ad, blasting Rush Holt for saying that government spending has made us a “richer country.”

Not the best sound bite, I’ll admit, but consider this from Jonathan Alter:

The economy was losing 740,000 jobs a month in January 2009, when Obama took office. If we stayed on the pace we were on, we would have had — without exaggeration — another Great Depression, with 20 percent unemployment by the end of 2009.

Like it or not, the February 2009 stimulus spending/tax relief bill curtailed the gusher that was the Bush era job-hemorrhaging. And it might have been more effective had it been bigger. Do not forget that the stimulus was limited to $787 billion in the Democrats’ (unsuccessful) effort to attract Republican votes in the House.

And while Sipprelle wants to heap more tax cuts on the wealthiest, keep in mind that the stimulus bill was the biggest middle class tax cut since Ronald Reagan was president.

Sipprelle’s knock on Holt kind of reminds me of Republican’s contention that, ‘Government spending didn’t end the Great Depression — World War II did.’ (Because those battleships were built by tax cuts for the wealthiest, right?)

But in any case, it’s especially entertaining how Sipprelle’s ad men are bilking him with unnecessary time. The name is “SIPPRELLE” for crying out loud. It’s about average length, and not at all hard to pronounce. Unlike other names:

And Blago’s is more believable because it’s a kid! You have two grown ladies who don’t know how to pronounce SIPPRELLE? Come on.

Scott, for a self-proclaimed fiscal conservative, you ought to know when to close your wallet.

Dear Gov. Christie: Can the 2012 VP campaign (for now)

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Dear Gov. Christie (and whoever is manning your YouTube account),

Whoa, buddy! Did you have a good week? A poll says you’re more popular than President Obama, you looked good on the Muslim issue and a bunch of people in Washington are shelling out big bucks to have a movie made about you. I even dedicated an entire column to praising you (to be posted at The Aquarian sometime soon)!

But look dude: you have to chill.

I could not believe my eyes when this came up on First Read:

“I think the party is where Chris Christie is,” said NBC’s Andrea Mitchell Wednesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “There are people like Chris Christie who are the future leaders of the Republican Party.” To which Joe Scarborough responded that Christie “is going to be on everybody’s short ticket (for vice president) in 2012” – a clip that Christie’s staff touts on the governor’s Youtube site.

(Emphasis: mine)

I know I’ve said some pretty harsh things about you, Guv, but I think you’re an OK guy. You’re Jersey! And that’s awesome. And I think you would be a good representative of our state as a person, though I disagree with you politically.

Today, you’ve been governor for seven months and one day. You don’t need to toot your own horn for 2012. Not now. Not for a while, OK? So take that thing down from YouTube, put it in your ‘Best Of’ folder and save it for later.

Truly,

JRB

How much Chris Christie is like Eliot Spitzer

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By all means, check out Steve Kornacki’s excellent piece about whether New York gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Cuomo is the next Chris Christie or the next Eliot Spitzer. One of its knocks against Andrew is that while Christie traumatized Trenton, Albany seems perfectly ready for another Governor Cuomo.

Though I couldn’t help but notice how many victory laps Governor Christie has taken for someone who has been in office for such a short time. With every step forward with his agenda, he does a tour of national media outlets. Just today he was celebrating his first six months as governor with a rally in Ocean County. Claire Heninger reports back that President Obama’s name was booed out there in Republican country, and Christie responded:

“I hear you. We’ll get to that in 2012.”

Of course, he denied interest in a presidential candidacy (and he ought to be taken at his word, seeing as how he doesn’t have the cash to be a contender). Still, comments like these and the constant pat-myself-on-the-backism coming out of Camp Christie is starting to go from slightly obnoxious (even for politics) to absolutely grating.

Which brings this back to Eliot Spitzer. Unlike Christie, he began his governorship facing off against entrenched state legislative leaders who could tie him up like a pretzel. Spitzer’s pride and temper took over, and it ended up poisoning much of his political capital.

As Christie begins to face more experienced, more capable leaders in Trenton, he is not going to have such an easy time. And then we’ll get to see what he’s really made of. He’s shown an awful amount of hubris for someone whose approval ratings are only so-so. I doubt he will take the inevitable defeat with much grace. And then we wil get tol see how much Christie is like Spitzer.

Tea Party Can’t Even Criticize Menendez Correctly

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Yesterday, I noted that the Tea Party is mad at Senator Menendez for — get this — leading the charge to re-imprison the bomber of Pan Am Flight 103  and investigate BP’s part in trading justice for oil drilling contracts in Libya.

The tea partiers, who often chide others as neglectful of the text of the U.S. Constitution, are angry that Menendez is pursuing the Lockerbie/BP criminals when he didn’t give the federal government greater surveillance powers (but that was during the Bush administration, so it’s OK!). Never mind that pursuing a mass-murderer and reducing civil liberties are not one in the same — they think he’s a hypocrite.

Of course, they also think there’s nothing hypocritical about pocket-constitution-thumping when they’re trying to disrupt more than two centuries of the constitutionally designated six-year Senate term. Whatever suits their partisan agenda.

And — surprise! — the Tea Party also cited a vote that was wrong, wrong, wrong. They claimed Menendez voted against implementing the 9/11 commission recommendations. Except he didn’t. Not in the least. He voted against a motion that would gut the bill. He happened to be a co-sponsor of the bill that passed the Senate, and the original sponsor of the bill introduced in the House in 2006.

In response came this gem from Rob Asaro-Angelo: “If this Tea Party organization misrepresents a fact so basic as Senator Menendez’s leadership on the 9/11 Commission bill, it has to make people wonder what else they are misleading about. You have to fact-check what you read on the internet, but I guess that’s too much to ask from the folks who founded Conservapedia.”

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Christie belittles Booker’s bipartisanship

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Hate to say I told you so

Politico had an interview with Gov. Christie as he peddled his magical elixirs to national media outlets after the state budget’s approval this week. One of the topics that didn’t make the final cut was his take on Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Booker, Christie says, was respectful during the 2009 campaign and is very deferential to the Front Office. So, Christie feels that they have a good thing going, and Booker wouldn’t ruin it by doing something stupid like, say, running against him in 2013.

“We agree on so much that I don’t think you’re going to see that. Politics is politics and ambition is ambition so I never know anything for sure…(but) I just don’t see it.”

He added, “The idea of running against each other probably isn’t really appetizing to either one of us.”

Note that last part. Christie says that everything is hunky dory just the way it is — for both of them! Booker is in charge of a city and Christie is in charge of the state which contains that city (and crucial leverage over its finances). How could Booker possibly want anything more?

So Christie thinks that Booker is getting too close to challenge him in 2013. Three years is a long time in politics, and who knows what the future holds? It seems to be a double-edged sword for the Mayor, mostly based on his trust that the Governor won’t run him through. But as I wrote in this week’s issue of The Aquarian, “while Christie enjoys the support of Mayor Booker and other prominent Democrats, they are totally expendable to him.”

Now it turns out he barely even notices it. When asked whether he could ever envision himself backing Booker for a U.S. Senate seat, Christie said probably not. That’s understandable. But he didn’t stop there:

“Let’s face it, he’s been very nice to me but he’s never crossed the aisle to support me either.

Christie will probably say that he meant that comment only in the context of elections, but ouch. That’s got to hurt. Perhaps the next time that state Democrats are standing on one side of a major issue while Mayor Booker is standing next to Governor Christie, he should tug on the big man’s shirtsleeve or something. You know: to remind him he’s there.