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50%: Here’s how the State Dems are dogging Chris Christie today

We get a graphic from NJDSC, which the State Dems hope you’ll share around, with some of the places Gov. Christie’s been trying to get a bigger job – so he didn’t have to be here failing at the job he actually has.

More damning is the math; gone 64 of the first 139 days of 2015. And the quote – pulled from coverage of the Gov’s New Hampshire town hall Monday. Christie was paying tribute to Maryland’s Republican governor (who he helped elect) in the Baltimore uprising: “I think when you’re the leader, you have to be present.”

He says this out loud and in front of press not realizing – not caring? – that the same rubric applied to his own performance marks him a failure; feeding his own political ambition with half the time we’re paying him for and leaving a mess behind him.

Of course, the only reason Christie can mount any kind of credible White House run is because of the assistance of Christiecrat Dems who enabled Christie’s union-busting and built his street cred as a bi-partisan leader. You won’t see any of that in a state Dems’ graphic, but they’ve been dealing with its fallout for years now, and will right smack up to the 2017 NJ Gov Democratic primary. And so it goes.

NJDSC’s Christie graphic is below the fold – it’s pretty good, share at will.

Howard Dean to headline NJ Dems State Conference in May

HowardDeanDNC-croppedAnnual Democratic State Conference

Keynote & Progressive Issues Roundtable: Governor Howard Dean

May 14-16 at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City

Conference Schedule

Tickets     Hotel special rates

This morning, on Morning Joe, Howard Dean got into a ferocious argument with both Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Dean was defending Hillary Clinton against allegations in a new book – Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer – that the Clinton Global Initiative took undisclosed funds from a Russian oil company as that company was securing State Department approval for deals in the U.S..

Gov. Dean is emerging as an important surrogate for Clinton. Their relationship goes back decades to Clinton’s failed healthcare reform efforts as First Lady. And it’s an interesting juxtaposition, given that the organization Dean founded – Democracy for America, of which I am both a member and a leader – has put resources behind the quixotic efforts to draft Elizabeth Warren to challenge Clinton.

In her downsized Iowa rollout, Clinton paraphrased Warren talking points on income inequality, though it remains to be seen if Clinton, more identified with Wall Street money than Main Street problems, will learn to make that case authentically (I think she can). One direction Campaign Clinton is making – a happy surprise – is a return to Howard Dean’s 50-State Stragegy, which will send paid staffers to both blue and red states, D.C. and the territories to ramp up grassroots organizing – trainings, local meetings, events. 50-State Strategy was Dean’s baby as DNC chair (2005-2009). The potential of this is more than just the optics of populism one might expect around a Warren candidacy, more than a Clinton one. A true 50-State Strategy, well-resourced and with advice from Dean, may have the potential to convince Democrats unmoved by dynasty politics and the “inevitability” factor of Clinton (which was also pushed in 2008) that there’s something more organic – maybe even exciting – happening in Clinton’s campaign. If they mean it, it’s smart.

We’ll have to see. But expect Gov. Dean to talk about it in Atlantic City.  

On the jump, Clinton’s video, The Power of Organizing. Worth a look.

Memo to the DNC: Calm the f**k down.

Here’s the subject field of an email I got last night from the DNC:

Screen shot from DNC email

Inside was this gigantic poster-like image, which is – no kidding – too large to get all of it into a screenshot, even after shrinking my screen down as far as it goes. First of all, notice who doesn’t make their cut for Republican manly-manly men who wanna mess with Hillary – one Chris Christie. Now, the rest of the graphic – it’s lurking in your Inbox, too – informs you these guyz are gonna do whatever they can to make sure “a Democrat” isn’t the 45th President of the United States. But unless you’re dense, you know they don’t mean “a Democrat”, they mean her.

I get it. No other serious Dem contenders are in the game – yet. Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, Lincoln Chaffee – all just mulling. Just like HRC was about 48 hours ago. Ditto Biden. But given the giddiness, the veritable fainting couch moment the DNC is having right now for Hillary Clinton, does anybody really believe any other candidate will get this kind of hoopla? This kind of fanboy/girl wet-lipped anticipation?

The DNC chair, and staff – per DNC bylaws – are supposed to exercise impartiality and evenhandedness between presidential candidates & campaigns during the nominating process (Article 5, Section 4).

We may be too early in the process for Blue Jersey to formally suggest DNC is stacking the deck for Clinton, like NJDSC did in 2008. But it’s not too early to point out the danger of jumping the shark, before the shark even wins Iowa. DNC needs to settle down.

Ginormous poster-like DNC graphic, on jump page.

May 14-16 NJDSC State Conference in AC

2015 NJDSC state conference Rollout of this year’s NJ Democrats’ state conference feels a little short notice for me, so I wanted to make sure the event was highlighted for those who want to go.

Register here.

Need a room at the conference hotel?

Questions? Hit up NJDSC (609) 392-3367. Margaret will probably answer. She’s awesome and can direct your Q.

Yo. NJDSC.org needs some updating:

Rob Andrews and Rush Holt are still listed as NJ Congressmen on the “Party” page. And “Campaigns” lists 2014 candidates, but no 2015 races.

On the “Vote” page, the upcoming election trumpeted is the 2013 General (which I prefer to forget).

One thing not easy to find on the website (unless you already have the URL, it’s not in any pull-down menu) is their upcoming training for operatives (we wrote about it here). The date of the training’s not on the graphic. I’m assuming it’s during the conference.  

Backing Menendez: It’s a dangerous game NJ Democrats are playing tonight

Read the 68-page indictment.

The problem with being a party activist is that sometimes you get stuck having to defend people, or situations, before you’re in any kind of position to know whether you should.

Tonight, we saw:

  • an avalanche of clamorous, full-throated confidence in New Jersey’s senior senator, expressed in official statements from NJ Dem electeds.
  • Twitter account @IStandWithBob with only 35 followers (mostly reporters).

    Calls for resignation The loyalty’s all very nice. And I hope to hell he’s innocent; he’s my senator, too. But  – – at the same time, two powerfully-written editorials came out – Star-Ledger and APP – both calling for Menendez to resign. The Ledger calls him a “tarnished defendant,” notes the legal fight could go on for years, and implores Menendez to “spare us the drama.” APP’s is rough stuff, telling Menendez he’s “done,” and “don’t play the aggrieved public figure fighting for justice, and don’t pretend that you have some overarching obligation to your supporters to stay on the job.”

    Ouch. But that’s what voters who read newspapers are going to be absorbing with their coffee in the morning. And I would bet that those sentiments will have a great deal more to do with shaping how voters see all this than the all the energetic Democratic party attaboys.

    Backlash risk This Democratic display carries a backlash risk – if it ends up that Menendez is found guilty, or has to resign. New Jersey Democrats, particularly those from North Jersey, are already perceived by many voters as corrupt. And only some of that due to Gov. Christie’s political targeting as U.S. Attorney.

    You’ve got to have sympathy for some of these folks who were so vocal tonight for Menendez. It comes with the territory. They have little choice. But Democrats, and the NJDSC itself, risk being seen as out of step with most New Jerseyans. Most people will either take a wait-and-see attitude, or outright want anybody staggering under that many federal corruption charges to step aside and let somebody govern who isn’t also battling in court.

    2015 races And with every Assembly seat up in November, and even the looming question of who’s next for governor, this is not a good time for Democrats to be fundamentally out of step with NJ voters. Not on something as big as the leader of NJ’s congressional delegation. And not on something as sensitive to weary Jersey voters as corruption.

    Wild clapping & hooting Tonight, I watched Menendez’ press conference. Have to say, it was a little weird. There was wild clapping, hooting and cheering at everything he said. And that’s because crowded in with the reporters were Democratic loyalists, plus people billed as anti-FEMA activists. The anti-FEMA folks were apparently organized by Menendez staff to rally at the same hotel one hour before the Senator’s statement, with flyers that promised “food will be served”.  

    I’m sure it was good staff work to make all that happen. But frankly, it struck me as kind of Hudson County. All this loud, unquestioning devotion seems dissonant. And I hope as Assembly campaigns heat up, and posturing begins in earnest to replace Christie, that voters don’t look at Democrats and remember a night they tripped over each other to support the powerful guy who … just … might … be …guilty.