Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
People get angry. They shout and scream and say they can't take it any more.
They decry the high taxes, the wasteful spending, the corruption, the sheer arrogance of state "leaders." They swear they will rebel at the ballot box.
That's what they say. That's what they always seem to say in New Jersey.
And then they get snookered. They get conned. They get fooled. They get distracted. They get bought. And they wind up falling into the same old senseless pattern while reinforcing the state's image as the "dumb belt."
And the state's mainstream media are complicit in this dastardly scheme.
Yes, they're complicit.
Right now the media are pushing this line: "We really, really don't like Corzine (believe us, please - we really, really, REALLY don't like him) and we know he's a failure BUT that doesn't mean that we (or you) have to turn to Chris Christie,
No, no -- because there's a third, nondescript, seemingly affable, somewhat naive candidate who most people don't know but who still shows promise. And, if only you did know this third guy better, you'd probably like him and want to vote for him."
This is where the media are moving. This is what they seem to be thinking. And this is where a lot of them seem to want to take the state's many "independent" voters. And this is why I believe that many of the state's newspapers may actually endorse the third guy.
But what's really behind all of this?
Here it is: Pushing Chris Daggett (who has absolutely NO chance of being elected) is the one sure way to guarantee the re-election of Corzine and give us four more years of high taxes, runaway spending, corruption and iron-fisted Democrat boss rule. Because Daggett takes votes away from Christie. He can't win. No third-party candidate has ever won the Governor's seat. But Daggett can be a spoiler.
In fact, since we don't have runoff elections in New Jersey, a vote for Daggett allows Corzine to retain the Governor's office without attaining a majority of the votes. It effectively robs you and I of majority rule.
Think of it this way: Daggett is a dagger to the heart of all those who want to see an end to Corzine's reign.
But the media don't mind. In fact, if Daggett guarantees the election of Corzine that would be just fine with them. Because they could then have it both ways: not endorsing Corzine while keeping Christie out of the Governor's Office. Be sure of this: One thing most traditional media types probably don't want to see is the election of a real outsider, a real independent-minded leader who isn't a died-in-the-wool liberal. And that would be - Christie!
So, now you must ask yourself: Do I really want to change New Jersey?
Or do I want to be conned again, fooled again and bought again by a man who has already spent more than $100 million "purchasing" elective office?
Ask yourself: What's the only real way to get off this merry go round where I'm jerked around while others benefit?
There's only one answer: Chris Christie.