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(Cross-posted from MyDD.com)
Yesterday afternoon, I had the great good fortune of attending the Corzine for Governor rally with President Bill Clinton at Kean University in Union. It was, in a word, awesome.
Kean’s Harwood Arena was packed to capacity. I’ve seen reported in the press that there were over 3,000 Corzine supporters in attendance. I’m a terrible judge of crowds, but that sounds about right. There was a huge line — literally around the block — to get into the arena. We were already packed in pretty tight, but still the event organizers asked us repeatedly to try to squeeze together as much as possible to make room for the huge number of people still waiting to get in. I know what you’re thinking — of course there were tons of people; Clinton was speaking. On line, people did mention that they were excited to see Clinton. But most of the talk was actually about Corzine and how pumped up everyone is for November.
In an open letter to Condoleeza Rice in the Trenton Times today, to coincide with her visit to Princeton (link not available, so I’m reproducing it all), NJ Congressman (and rocket scientist) Rush Holt called for a withdrawal of US troops from Iraq to begin on October 16, 2005 – the day after the national referendum on the draft Iraqi constitution.
His letter below the fold…
Tom DeLay’s indictment earlier this week, has a bigger impact on New Jersey then anyone could imagine. More specifically, NJ’s 7th Congressional District, currently occupied by Mike Ferguson. Ferguson just happens to be the biggest recipient of contributons from DeLay totaling $54,403. And oh wow, DeLay has been funding Ferguson’s campaigns since he ran against Frank Pallone in NJ-6 and won against Maryanne Connelly in NJ-7. A TEXAN IS BUYING NJ ELECTIONS. Somthing has to be done about this. It doesnt make sense to me how someone not even from our state can buy this much influence and effect our elections. But hopefully, 2006 will be a rude awakining to Ferguson and we will take back the district with Joe Tricarico in the forefront.
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“It doesn’t help any that the Democrats haven’t been able to speak plainly in decades. Because if under George W. Bush the Republican Party has become heartless, the Democratic Party has become spineless. “
Jennifer Moses profiles some well-meaning (if misguided) Bush supporters among her neighbors in Baton Rouge. I suspect there are many more like them, including in the red areas of NJ.
Bottom line is that many voters will support a clear-spoken (truthful or not) heartless Republican even if they don’t agree with him “because at least I know where he stands” … over a spineless Dem that they can’t pin down.
Condi Rice will deliver the keynote address at the Wilson School at Princeton University on Friday. The Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action is organizing a protest against the Bush administration’s failed Iraq policy, which she played a key role in developing and selling to the American people:
We know that he has the infrastructure, nuclear scientists to make a nuclear weapon…
The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”
– Condoleeza Rice, Sept 8, 2003
Details of the protest on the other side…
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