Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Moneyball Rejected?Richard Just, Managing Editor of The New Republic, sees a silver lining in the results in New Jersey and New York City. Have people had enough of political office as a privilege of wealth?
I will admit that I was holding my nose and hoping that Corzine would win tonight, just as I have held my nose and hoped for him to win past general elections. But, as a New Jersey native, I never liked him. There was always something vaguely repulsive about the way he showed up on the political scene in 2000 to purchase a Senate seat...Corzine ended up buying two elections: the 2000 Senate race and the 2005 gubernatorial election. He tried to buy this year's race as well, spending $24 million--the vast majority of it his own money--to his opponent's $9 million. Arguably, one of the messages sent by New Jersey voters tonight was that a politician only gets to buy so many elections before he has to rise or fall on his actual performance.[snip]
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That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
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