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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?

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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BREAKING!! HOLY GOD!! Cory Booker wins New Jersey Senate seat

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I have no clue what it is, but Booker just gets a big ole "Meh" outta me. Something about him just doesn't gel. Glad he kept a blue seat blue though.

Democrat Cory Booker won the special election for New Jersey’s Senate seat on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. The Newark mayor and heavy favorite in the race defeated Republican and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Booker led Lonegan by just over 10 points, 54.6 percent to 44.4 percent.

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Cory Booker, On Our Radar, Don't Have Gaydar, And Why Should I Caredar?

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For the past few years I'd heard the name, Cory Booker, but being based in LA I wasn't exposed to very much coverage of the man. What I had heard about him, his mayoral position in New Jersey and the talk of his exceptional acts and feats of heroism sure made him sound like a refugee from a Horatio Alger novel.

The guy is either a real hero or he has the best public relations machinery in the world working for him. Here's a sampling of his "fabled" actions compiled by Time Magazine Online back in January of this year:

Cory Booker is the Chuck Norrisof U.S. mayors, and his list of real-life acts of heroism keeps growing. The latest feat of the 43-year-old Newark, N.J., mayor: rescuing a freezing pooch from the cold on Thursday after concerned locals tipped him off on Twitter.

Well, looks like the good mayor likes dogs, or at least he likes Twitter and isn't afraid to react to things he reads about current issues in his city.

Last April, when a neighbor’s home caught fire, Booker saved a woman from the blaze without hesitation.

When Hurricane Sandy struck this past fall, knocking out power for many New Jersey residents, Booker opened up his home to let folks hang out, watch DVDs and charge their devices. He even had lunch delivered.

During the winter blizzard of 2010:

When one man tweeted that his sister couldn’t make it through the snow to buy diapers, Booker showed up at her house with diapers. When locals were stuck in their cars (or, in one case, on a bus), Booker and his team helped dig them out the old-fashioned way: with shovels.

And in an effort to "walk a mile in my shoes,"

Booker took part in the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) challenge and vowed to spend $33 on food for a week.

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Those efforts aside, Mayor Booker is now taking hits for not coming forward and taking credit for another story, circulated by his opponent for New Jersey senator. The "Macho Man" he's running against is perennial wackadoodle,  Steve Lonegan and he's circulating thinly veiled accusations that Booker is gay. Gee, imagine that. The man who says that if you get cancer, that's your problem, not his. The man who said New Jersey should forgo federal aid after hurricane Sandy feels the mayor's sexuality, whatever it may be, should be a campaign issue? Giving an answer to this question would be easy. But that's not the route Booker's chosen. He's staying above the name-calling fray and taking the higher road. It doesn't matter. He's not running for the straight or gay senate. He's running for the US senate, and your sexual orientation has nothing to do with your qualifications.

According to Mayor Booker, on All In With Chris Hayes, (MSNBC)

“The question really should not be am I gay or straight," he responded. "The question should be, why the heck are you asking the question in the first place? It doesn’t make a whit of difference what kind of senator I’m going to be or not."

“We need to stop in America talking about anybody in a public realm, besides what is important–the content of their character, the quality of their ideas, the courage within their hearts to serve others. That’s what’s important,” Booker added.

By refusing to discuss it, Booker has shown he's a man of courage. Some will take his denial to address this as a confession. It may bite him a little, because there are bigots and ignorant people everywhere. But I laud the mayor for asking why it matters? Certainly he handled his sidestepping act with grace and charm and has done his best to keep non-issues out of the campaign. That's certainly what the people of New Jersey deserve and the rest of us need in our national senate chamber.

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VIDEO-- NJ GOP Sen. candidate Lonegan on "gay vote," Booker: "I like being a guy. I don’t like going out for manicures, pedicures."

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Here's what Chris Christie’s guy, GOP Senate candidate Steve Lonegan said:

“I have no interest in paying for your health care. I’d hate to see you get cancer but that’s your problem, not mine.”

Here more Lonegan upchuck:

  • “People are going to say, well doesn’t this mean a tax increase for the poor? And the answer is yes, it does.”
  • “… Medicare and Medicaid… both of these programs are destined for destruction for the next generation, and I think they should be done away with and privatized. That’s what I think.”

Now, per Think Progress, he's going after rival Cory Booker for being cool with anyone who might thing he's gay, accusing Booker of trying to cater to “the gay vote.”

Via Right Wing Watch:

Steve Lonegan thinks it's "weird" that Cory Booker won't answer if he is gay because "I personally like being a guy."

Did I mention that Lonegan is the former New Jersey head for the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity?

Here's what Steve "I'm No Icky Homo, I'm a Guy, Dammit!" Lonegan said to Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg:

As a guy, I personally like being a guy.

I don’t know if you saw the stories last year, they’ve been out quite a bit, about how he likes to go out at three-o’clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure.

Maybe that helps him get the gay vote, by acting ambiguous.

Although I don’t like going out in the middle of the night, or any time of day, for manicures and pedicures. It was described as his peculiar fetish, is how it was described.

I have a more peculiar fetish: I like a good Scotch and a cigar, that’s my fetish. But we’ll just compare the two.

Conclusion, if you're a conservative, Chris Christie-endorsed bigot named Steve Lonegan:

  • If you're a gay male, you're not really a guy.
  • If you get manicures or pedicures, you're gay and not really a guy.
  • If you drink Scotch and smoke smelly, cancer-causing cigars, you're straight and a guy, because no gay man would EVER do manly, macho, hairy-chested guy-things like that.
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