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Tea Party: If At First You Don't Succeed, Lose, Lose Again

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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.

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Cory Booker Is In Da House -- Well, In Da Senate

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Today Cory Booker was sworn in as the newest U.S. senator. He's only the fourth Black elected senator in US history. And he promises to be a great asset to the floundering political scene in Washington.

Booker, 44, was sworn in at noon by Vice President Biden. With his arrival, the Senate Democratic caucus now includes 55 senators — 53 Democrats and two independents — and Republicans have 45 seats. Take a look at history:

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New Jersey -- There's No Christ In Christie

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Who Am I

Who am I?

I defunded planned parenthood, I oppose abortion rights, I vetoed gay marriage in my state, I stand with the gun lobby on gun background checks, I brought the poverty rate in my state to an all-time high, I raised taxes on the working poor,I refused tax increases on millionaires, and I am looking for reelection so I can run for president in 2016.

The answer is everyone's nightmare, but New Jersey's own, Chris Christie. Despite his infamous short fuse and illegally using police helicopters for his own personal purposes (coptergate), this questionably corrupt individual is is an overwhelming favorite. This is truly amazing as he's a Republican in a Democratic leaning state. What is in the post-Sandy water the people are drinking there?

How devious and calculating is Christie? Just ask the New York Times:

Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, called for the special election, at a projected cost of $24 million, in June, following the death of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, who represented the state for five terms. Mr. Christie himself is up for re-election in three weeks. That election will be more typical, on a Tuesday. Mr. Christie vetoed a bill that would have consolidated the two days, arguing it would cause “unnecessary voter confusion.”

The New Jersey governor added $24 million in costs to an already cash strapped state. Why? Because he was afraid that Cory Booker, the extremely popular Democratic Newark Mayor's candidacy for Senator would bring a lot of Democratic voters out to the polls. If Democrats showed up in large numbers for this combined gubernatorial/senate off-year election, they might vote for Christie's opponent, Democratic State Senator Barbara Buono. This woman:

Tragically for the Garden State, every poll shows Christie is a shoe-in. But when you look at what this man stands for, he casts a long and wide shadow of questionable character and self-serving motives. When confronted for his take on the government shutdown, he sloughed it off as he's glad he's not there. But what we'd all like to know is what would he have done if he was?

The election is around the corner. And the Christie machine will most likely prevail. You have to scratch your head and ask why? Who does this bombast have naked pictures or illegal wire-tapped conversations of? He's not winning on personality alone. And Barbara Buono certainly represents the democratic stand on so many issues. Can you solve this conundrum?

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