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How are you better off than four years ago?

In case you haven’t heard, Mitt Romney – first presidential candidate to purchase a trending topic on Twitter – saw #AreYouBetterOff blow up in his face when the Twitterverse responded with a tsunami of assorted versions of YES. And it cost Romney more than egg on his face. You have to shell out $120,000/day to buy a trending topic. (Undeterred, Koch-flavored Americans for Prosperity bought one today with mixed results: #FailingAgenda. But you know, this is a good question ….  promoted by Rosi

A few campaign officials had trouble answering if America is better off than it was four years ago. We all know we are, here’s mine!

I’m better off than I was four years ago because President Obama reopened stem cell research that has lead to the FDA approving the first human tests of Schwann cells on spinal cord injuries.

It’d be great if other Blue Jerseyans could throw in their experiences, we can all tell real stories when the question is asked.

After Christie bombs, Romney brings in a better actor … but then, WTF?

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ICYMI: Here is Clint Eastwood talking to a chair.

So, it wasn’t just us who thought Christie’s vaunted keynote tanked – Politico called it “a prime-time belly-flop,” the Washington Post said “Christie speech bombs”. He directly contradicted the speaker before him, only the nominee’s wife, and simply couldn’t shut up about himself. What he was meant to do Tuesday night, set the excitement level high in Tampa, he clearly didn’t do.

Right now, we’re watching the Republicans’ Plan B, a “surprise” appearance we’ve all known about all day, by Clint Eastwood. Pro-choice, pro-marriage equality Clint Eastwood.

I was about to write how desperate a choice that was, given how obvious a decision it was to get somebody likeable onto that stage tonight. And how that only makes Romney look duller, and less likable.

All true.

But we just watched Eastwood’s speech. And WTF was that? It was just weird. He carried on like he was having a conversation with Barack Obama in an empty chair, indulged in some loopy stand-up comedy (or whatever that was) and pointedly said we didn’t need an attorney to be president, and maybe we need a businessman. Romney is an attorney.

You could almost hear them backstage tearing their hair out and shoving Marco Rubio out into the light. Another guy with a higher likability quotient than Mitt. This is a weird freaking convention.

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for …

Taegan Goddard picked up on a point made by Huffington Post today, about the words not uttered by any of the RNC’s Day One speakers, including Gov. Christie in his much ballyhooed keynote: Bain Capital. Here’s the key paragraph:

“Not a single speaker was heard mentioning the name of the private equity firm founded by the Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney… It shows how toxic Bain has become for the former Massachusetts governor after sustaining attacks both from fellow Republicans during a vicious primary race and more recently from President Barack Obama’s campaign, which highlighted Bain’s investment in companies that sent American jobs overseas.”

Yesssss. Jedi mind-trick. I should have known.

They don’t want to talk about it. So it never happened. Not even Christie, who’s squandered the honor of the first-ever NJ Lieutenant Governor by deploying her to virtually nothing beyond making nice-nice with business. Not even Christie, ally to Cory Booker, who told Meet the Press that Obama’s harsh light on Romney’s Bain record was “nauseating” (mark 2:20). Not even Christie, who leads a state at 47th in economic growth, 4th-highest unemployment, lost the most jobs in the country last month and ranked 44th in personal income growth in the country.

Oh, wait. Now I see why Christie never mentioned Bain Capital, founded by Romney, debt-creator, destroyer of middle-class jobs, and cold dismantler of middle class family lives. I think I’m getting why Gov. Christie, with his own history and contempt for working people advocating for their own rights, would slip us right by that. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.  

Elizabeth Warren Responds to Chris Christie

I thought you might like to read what Elizabeth Warren wrote to her supporters after watching Chris Christie’s much-vaunted RNC moment in the GOP spotlight. It’s refreshing. Hell, it’s cleansing after the animated bullshit we sat through last night. Want a better, more constructive view of America? Here it is:

Elizabeth Warren

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a speech tonight at the Republican National Convention about the Greatest Generation. Let’s talk about what really made the Greatest Generation so great.

Read the rest of what Warren has to say below the fold …

Chris Christie: Not Ready For His Close-Up, Just A Presidential Wannabe With A Dark Vision

“If you’re willing to stand up with me for America’s future, I will stand up with you.”

The above words, suitable for the Republican Party nominee, were instead uttered by a presidential wannabe, who in his teleprompter, scripted speech was uncomfortable, unsmiling, and relentless. It was not his role to ask America to stand up with him but to ask America to stand up with Romney. He even went so far as to be insulting when after Ann Romney spoke about “love,” he said, “I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved.” Whether his comment was inadvertent or just tone deaf Governor Christie gave short shrift to the actual candidate and instead talked about … guess whom? … Governor Christie. In doing so, however, he showed he was not ready for his close-up.

He began speaking about his parents. “Dad grew up in poverty. Mom also came from nothing.” What he seems to have learned from this experience and his desire for his children and grandchildren is a paltry vision of a “Second American Century” to be created his way: “cut federal spending and fundamentally reduce the size of government.” The fact that his father benefitted from the G.I. bill and that government was instrumental in creating the earlier American Century plays no part in his vision – red meat for Republicans, but a limited and dark way forward.  

Christie Keynote Word Cloud

This is a word cloud of the top 50 words of Gov. Christie’s keynote; we have an advanced copy. There’s a lot of America and American. And you’ll see the word Believe show up big. Ever hear the saying about not trusting a person who begs you to trust him? to believe him?


Christie’s no comeback kid

Promoted by Rosi – – Rob Duffey is policy and communications coordinator for the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, a coalition of community and labor groups dedicated to taking back NJ for the 99%.

A funny thing happened on the way to Tampa. Even as Governor Christie prepares for his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention in Florida, he is being forced to confront his own failed record here at home.

After news broke that the state’s sky-high jobless numbers had ticked up to nearly ten percent, Christie revealed that the fictitious “New Jersey comeback” he couldn’t stop talking about for months won’t even rate a mention in the most important speech of his life.  

Wind, Water and Hypocrisy at the Republican National Convention in Tampa

Mentsh trakht, Got lakht.

                               – Yiddish proverb

So people are making jokes about God sending Hurricane Isaac to mess with the Republicans in Tampa. Come on. This is a party that deals in God like agitprop; selling the suggestion that its self-conscious self-exceptionalism is God-given. Most of the 2012 GOP presidential contenders swear God whispers in their ear. Looking at you, Herman Cain. Rick Perry. Rick Santorum. Michele Bachmann – hell, Bachmann’s on record that hurricanes are God’s warning to Washington for liberal hijinks.

Grover Norquist is an Asshole.I don’t believe in divine intervention. And hurricanes are serious business not to be wished on anybody, even fools.

But there’s no escaping the hypocrisy. During the convention, we’ll mark the 7th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Good time to remember the last Republican president and how he bungled the last beautiful American city hit with a wall of wind and water I hope Tampa escapes. The GOP’s still run by the same characters so determined to shrink government that far too many of them simply don’t care if Americans slip through cracks, or slip underwater. Many of the GOP’s headliners, including Chris Christie, made their bones in this GOP, which pets the wealthy at the expense of everybody else, often claiming God-given authority to do so.

The storm isn’t payback. It’s only wind and water. And it’s only irony that defines the fact that tomorrow it slams into the largest pod of climate science deniers and kill-the-government fools ever gathered under one roof. May they be safe.

Chris Christie’s still on the schedule Tuesday night (far as we know). The GOP will tout their theme, We Built This in an arena built with public funds, and a speaker who built this herself, as it turns out, with plenty of help from you.

Hypocrisy. Nothing Christie can say, or Romney or Ryan, can erase it. We hope our New Jersey GOP delegates stay safe in Tampa. They make our case for us.  

New Jersey Delegates to the Democratic National Convention

I’ve been meaning to post the now-certified list of NJ delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte NC. So here they are.

NJ Democratic State Committee Chair John Wisniewski is Delegation Chair; his vice-chair Dana Redd also serves in that capacity for the delegation. Honorary Chair for the New Jersey delegation is Sen. Bob Menenedez, who is up for re-election this year.

And Mayor Cory Booker is co-Chair of the DNC’s platform committee, a statement of faith in Newark’s mayor from the Obama campaign, which was yanked off message 2 months ago when Booker went on Meet the Press and said he found the Obama campaign attacks on Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital tenure “nauseating.” The Dems have already drafted a marriage equality plank for their platform – big news, and a big shift forward following Obama’s statement that he himself had ‘evolved’ to accept same-sex marriage. (We may have a blogger, Joe Sudbay, to thank for helping spur that evolution).

Some useful sites to follow the Convention Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, NC:

Democratic National Conventionconvention schedule, Twitter, delegate profiles, photos, convention history.

Charlotte in 2012the city’s hub for the Democratic onslaught.

Obama websitehow to hook in, stories from the road, positions & accomplishments, how to host an event, myth-busting the Romney campaign.

Here’s the delegation list below the fold. You’ll see some names you know:

BCDO Convention Results: No Surprises

What I find interesting about last night’s BCDO convention – besides reluctance to put somebody up against Scott Garrett – is that of about 1,350 county committee members, only about 800 showed up to vote, and 14% didn’t bother to vote for McNerney. Ruh-roh! – – promoted by Rosi

This year, the BCDO power players really did panic, but they circled the wagons effectively for their Joe Ferriero candidates.  

The two Congressmen in BCDO territory currently are Garrett and Rothman.  The BCDO put up NOBODY for Garrett’s seat.  They don’t even pretend to care anymore.

First, the preliminary (not verified)  results:

Total votes (voters):  800

McNerney:  710

McGuire:  710

Carroll:  592

Calabrese:  659

Hogan:  620

Belfon:  174

Kovic:  159

McCall:  157

Unspecified number of write-ins for Wilson

District 9:  

Rothman:  479  

District 5: no votes because the BCDO doesn’t want to waste precious money on Congress.

Lets start at the beginning with the event that threw the BCDO into panic.  Freeholder Thomas Padilla announced he is stepping down.  That one event caused an election where a third seat needed to be filled.  When voting for three seats, the top vote getters in the pool get the nod.  You don’t just vote for each seat separately. So, more candidates in the pool, the least popular ones will lose.  Everyone knew that James Carroll, the most identifiable Joe Ferriero supported candidate was the most endangered incumbent this year.  

With Julie O’Brien, the defeated candidate from last year in the mix, as well as the popular Mayor Birkner of Westwood, who was endorsed by Senators Loretta Weinberg and Paul Sarlo, and Maywood Mayor Eustace, as well as Ferriero-crat Cid Wilson in the pool, the chances of a Carroll win went down exponentially.

And so, in order to really make sure that their incumbents were safe, the other candidates were made to sign a promise that they would NOT run in the Dem Primary in June if they lost at the convention.  In fact, they had no choice.  In order to attend the convention and throw their hats in the ring, they had to give up any right to run off the line in the Primary.  

Now the stage is set, to avoid the Dem voters of Bergen County having a choice that wasn’t made for them at 50 Main St. in Hackensack.

BUT, that damned third seat.  They still had to fill it.  What to do, what to do.  They had to PICK the third guy.  That is what Joe would have done.  But this is the NEW BCDO.  Can’t have the sheep thinking that the decision was made for them already.  So, the other candidates start suspiciously dropping like flies.  Eustace, O’Brien, Birkner.  We won’t tell them who to vote for, we’ll just take their choices away in the name of “unity”  which Joe Ariyan brings up while extolling the virtues of Birkner as a “unifier” who puts his party ahead of himself.  That’s BCDO speak for he dropped out due to BCDO pressure.  When O’Brien dropped out and Ariyan read her email at the Candidates Night, she mentioned that Hogan was the Chairman’s pick – to the utter dismay of Kasparian, who was hoping to appear as neutral as Switzerland.

So, OBVIOUS pressure to clear the field for the two incumbents.  Then the snowstorm hits and Hackensack shows a tremendous reluctance to cancel the Convention last Thursday.  After all, the only folks that matter are in Hackensack, THEY can get to the convention.  But after some Committee members call them on it, they relent and reschedule the event to this Thursday.  It is telling that they refused to put up a Candidate against Garrett, because they thought it would boost Rep turnout and hurt their “local” candidates”.  Who knew big Jim Carroll was so precious that he would prevent us from putting up a candidate to possibly win the seat of the Social Darwinist against Evolution?  They obviously like low turnout elections and were hoping there would be one last Thursday, but they had to have a real convention.  

This week, really only three Ferriero-crat choices, and only three non-Ferriero-crat choices.  The goons had their marching orders and they executed perfectly.  The “outsiders” Belfon, McHale, Kovic lost to the “insiders”.

The really interesting thing is the numbers:  

Out of 800 voters, the results show a less than lock step following of orders.  McGuire and McNerney did well, but Hogan, the new candidate got more votes than Carroll.  Carroll would probably NOT have gotten the nod if the others had not dropped out and Hogan was not touted as the Chairman’s pick.  

What I find fascinating is the spread between Calabrese and Carroll.  It appears that their are cracks in the armor there.  Perhaps a realization that dual-office holder Carroll is the most visible standard bearer for the Joe Ferriero legacy.  Some BCDO members appear to realize that the Convention is just one battle.  To win the war, you need to let the voters actually do the choosing in November.

The BCDO thinks they can control everything, right down to making sure there is an uncontested primary, but they cannot control the fact that the Chairman they adored and emulated and loyally followed to the bitter end, is now a convicted felon.  They LOST two seats last year and by not picking a fresh face, they are sealing their fate in November.  

There were reports of some folks voting who did not have the correct paperwork.  However, Lynn Hurwitz and friends stacked the deck enough in their favor that it wouldn’t have changed to outcome.  Joe Ferriero would be proud.