Friday, October 30, 2015
Three more days before elections. I can never remember a pre-election period that has been as free of mud-slinging as this one has been. Of course I seem to be out of the loop having already cast my absentee ballot.
Cook School while not completely handicap unfriendly due to a ramp at the far end of the school from the polling booths, is not ideal for those who have walking difficulties. Thus the use of an absentee ballot and the hope that it will not be lost in the US mail.
I am amused by JG’s quote in today’s TAP into PLAINFIELD” “I’m a FULL-TIME politician, who dedicates 60 hours a week and earns a salary of $49,000 a year. In addition, I’m the chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee, where I do not receive a pay from the County. I mention this because I believe in transparency. Over the years, I have been accused of running the City of Plainfield. However, all I have done is supported Democrats at a state, county, and local levels, no different than my opponent who supported Governor Chris Christie and other right wing candidates. My job is to make sure that we vote for what’s good for the people of the State of New Jersey.”
We should feel sorry for this man whose earnings are just above poverty level. Like all politicians his words are at best half-truths that ignore realities of facts.
Dan Damon and the Mayor are right in questioning the legality of non-Republican (a dirty word) Independent John Campbell (Jr.) using school system property for a political event.
Obviously the BOE chaired by his mother and with his father also as a member had to approve the use. That no permission for such an event was sought from the city could be accounted for the fact that the BOE considers this to be a personal "private public property” not controlled by the city. Also no use of the streets is being requested.
Too bad the Mayor ala JG in his public letter accuses our Republican Governor of being a close associate of Campbell. Those dastardly Republicans.
I only wish that CC in his role as Federal District Attorney and now as Governor had paid some attention to Plainfield. Perhaps the rape of our Health Care system would not have taken place.
Since too many years in office tends to breed abuse of that power I would hope that the electorate give careful consideration as to the quality of all candidates and where even a Republican in this County or Assembly District offers the promise of a quality leadership not tainted by political baggage that person should receive their vote.
Another subject; I hope all have read the comments to Bernice’s “Withdrawn Post”. I would especially call attention to Robin’s commentary.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
I finally had a chance to view the tape of the Debate. Most columnists believe that Rubio and Cruz were the best and some also praised Chrisite.
Almost all feel that Bush again blew it. Trump also seems to have lost his luster. On looks alone; an angry unhappy man, he will lose more ground. That is good since the last thing we need is the possibility of a Trump presidency.
Fiorina did not hurt herself but got few Brownie points. Carson used only 8.4% of the time just above Christie’s last place 8.1%. Chris tie was being ignored by the panelists and only by jumping in did he receive any time.
The biggest time users were Rubio-15.8% of the allotted time. Hat is almost twice as much as Christie used. Trump was next with 11.1% of speaking time; most of it in the first hour of the debate.
Hasich with 9.8 % time usage made some good points but overall the quality was below the others. None the less he may be there at the end as a good old boy option.
As I noted these debates are more for the economic benefit of the Cable Channel sponsoring that particular session than to educate and give the public a viable choice. The party also benefits by the “sale “of its participation.
If there would to be a true “debate” and exposure of all the 10 candidates I would suggest that the 90 minutes for the debates be limited to three pertinent political questions and all the 10 have time to respond.
Two or three such format debates would be enough to separate the wheat from the chaff. Will his happen? Heck no, the show must go on.
Once again it is going to be “wait until next year”. And I missed the so called debate for that blow out. Great pitching is supposed to beat great hitting, but KC does not believe that is true.
As to the so called “Debate”. I only saw the first 30 minutes on a rerun last night so I will defer my opine comments until I have a chance to watch the tape today.
After the first three to date my impression is that these so called debates are the cable channels answer to network reality shows such as Survivor or New Jersey Housewives. The interest of the moderators is (a) show how important they are,(b) highlight the most attention getting candidates, (c)ignore fundamental questions, (d) avoid having all the candidates answer the same question,(e) control candidates sticking to answers to the question and permitting their favorites to say their propaganda instead. (f) The wing people get no true time; Christie for example had 6 minutes total out of the 90 in the debate. That at best was just 2/3rds of the time each one should have had.
Christie would not have had even anywhere near that amount of time except when once he interrupted to object to a stupid question that had to do with Fantasy Football” and stated that the questions should do with the “issues”. The other time when answering a question the moderator started talking over him.
The Washington Post thought that Christie made the most of his brief time and the Mulshein Ledger agreed. However Mulshein starting on the front page and a full early inside page about a friend who shot three bears that were threatening his home and was being prosecuted by the State Fish and Wildlife agency for hunting out of season, having a weapon etc. , found space at the start of his column to quote” And now he is being prosecuted by the administration of a certain governor who has been running around New Hampshire and Iowa telling gun owners he is on their side”.
Give me a break these agents are probably ‘civil service” following rules and exercising the powers delegated to them by The State Legislature which has been under Democrat control for eons. What is the relationship with Christie but just one man’s paranoia?
I plan to spend the first part of this afternoon watching the debate”