Ah, there's something in the American psyche that loves a loser. We feel sorry for them, have compassion and oftentimes mutter "There, but for the grace of God, goes I." Actually, the correct quote is "There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford" but that's another story. The idea is right for this purpose.
The Tea Party has seemingly adopted that mantra as its very own. And the John Bradford from the original quote has become three time loser, Steve Lonegan.
Does that name sound familiar? A quick refresher. He recently was headline news as he campaigned for the New Jersey senate seat as the Tea Party candidate who lost by double digits to Cory Booker. Lonegan was the outspoken opponent of women's rights, LGBT rights, immigration reform, financial reform, and just about any other common sense measure. Can you blame him? He was running on the Tea Party Express platform.
So, how does this recent losing candidate take on his latest senatorial defeat? The same way he did his last two losing gubernatorial campaigns -- by picking another office and running for that. He's announced he's in the race for the 3rd N.J. district congressional seat . I wonder if he loses that, if he'll step back and run for a county commissioner and if unsuccessful there, will try for the Trenton or Hoboken city dog catcher. There's definitely got to be a place for such a strong willed, yet ignorant man. If at first you don't succeed, right?
Wrong, at least according to HuffPo:
TRENTON -- Steve Lonegan, the conservative firebrand who ran unsuccessfully last summer in New Jersey's special U.S. Senate election, launched his campaign Thursday for a South Jersey congressional seat.
His announcement in Toms River drew immediate rebukes, however, from a Republican state senator in the district and a tea party group.
Slow down, Moses. Can this really be? The Tea Party doesn't want their multi-times losing candidate to run? This makes news as he's the highest profile Tea Party candidate in the Garden State. What's going on here?
[the Lonegan candidacy] threatened to plunge the Third District race into a grueling Republican primary reminiscent of the 2008 campaign that helped Democrats win the seat in a mild upset before losing it two years later to Republican Jon Runyan.
Runyan is retiring this year, and the Democrats have a strong candidate in Aimee Belgard. This is a seat the Dems are looking to recapture in a Republican district. So it's quite interesting that the GOP Tea Party wing wants its best foot forward in this one -- and three time loser Steve Lonegan isn't their man. (I would have said woman, but this is the Tea Party. They don't have women candidates.)
So keep an eye on this one. It could be the Tea Party shooting another toe off their foot once again if they do vote to make Lonegan their candidate in their general election. They lose another toe and they won't have a foot to stand on, only a stump.
With all the problems Chris Christie's already having, can you see him having to come out on stage once again and promote this Lonegan lunatic? Christie did it for Lonegan against Booker and that was extremely awkward. Now seeing him do it again might be just the panacea a Democrat needs in this Blue leaning state. That event could kill two birds with one stone -- the Republican seat in Congress and what's left of Christie's standing with the nation.