It’s Special General Election Day—Get Out and Vote

cory booker and steve loneganIt’s Special General Election Day for U.S. Senator today. Polling places are open now—from 6 am to 8 pm. Polling locations are listed at the top of your sample ballot you should have received in the mail. You may also search for your polling place on the NJ Department of State website.

Cory Booker (D) and Steve Lonegan (R) are running to fill the last 15 months of the late Senator. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-N.J.) unexpired term.

A poll publicized yesterday morning from Monmouth University shows Booker leading 52 percent to 42 percent.

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  1. Vote? It’s Wednesday. In October. Vote?

    This can’t be right. I thought there was an election in a few weeks- in November. This can’t be right.

    Why would a State hold two State-wide elections just a few weeks apart? What a waste. No State is that dumb, and wasteful.

    This can’t be right.

  2. I can’t bring myself to vote for such a total jerk as Lonegan.Now if Joe Cupoli was running against Booker, I would feel differently. I like his socially progressive, fiscally conservative views.

  3. Most likely, Cory Booker will win, no surprises there. And no, Lonegan is not my dream guy but I will still vote for him because I see it as my protest against the Obama administration.

  4. Yes, those ‘protest’ votes have gotten us a bunch of loonies in the House who are bound to stay around thanks to gerrymandering. We don’t need more of them in the Senate.

  5. Most likely, Cory Booker will win, no surprises there. And no, Booker is not my dream guy but I will still vote for him because I see it as my protest against the loonies in the House.

  6. And those votes of “support” got us a guy who has shown no ability to lead, or work with those of opposing views.

    Compare Obama with Clinton in that regard, and you see what I mean. (And they even impeached Clinton!)

  7. Most likely, Cory Booker will win, no surprises there. And no, Lonegan is not my dream guy but I will still vote for him because I see it as my protest against the Obama administration.

    I agree

  8. Lonegan’s positions:

    –Eliminate / privatize Medicare and Medicaid (“I’d hate to see you get cancer, but that’s your problem, not mine”);

    –Eliminate / privatize Social Security (“It’s a ponzi scheme.”);

    –Sunset (i.e. allow to lapse) most (all?–it’s unclear) EPA and OSHA regulations;

    –Eliminate FEMA / disaster relief (“Every day around this country, somewhere, somebody is suffering a tragedy of equal or worse impact and we don’t run and hand them a check.”);

    –Eliminate all forms of progressive taxation & replace with a flat tax (“Does this mean a tax increase on the poor? Yes, it does.”);

    –Eliminate any minimum wage laws (“I’m a right-wing radical. I don’t believe there should be any minimum wage laws.”);

    Some protest you’ve got there.

  9. “Looney, as is beauty, is in the eye of the beholder after all.”

    —fortunately, martta, that is not the case. there are clinical definitions of aberrant psychological behavior. many focus on destructive behavior, either towards oneself or to others. one cannot objectively look at the actions of the radical wing of the republican party and not conclude that their destructive behavior is borderline clinical at this point.

    as Charles Pierce points out:

    “In reality, what this is about is a rump faction of one of our two major political parties that doesn’t think we should have a federal government at all, that wants to roll back its functions to a state half-past the Articles of Confederation, and that is doing so while believing itself to be some unholy combination of the Founding Fathers and the X-Men. They have cast themselves in their own action adventure movie, and the rest of us serve pretty much the same function as New York City does in The Avengers. We’re the set decoration that gets demolished as Our Heroes fight evil. These are pathetic, worthless children, playing dress-up, and smashing things because they like the sound of things breaking…”

  10. Lonegan. He also supports the House holding the country hostage. His views are beyond right of mainstream, they are radical. If you want to protest, there are other people on the ballot who aren’t out to deliberately wreck our democracy so they can continue to be financed by the Koch Brothers.

  11. Steve Lonegan was the candidate for one reason only, he had the best campaign staff and ground game in place at the time Sen. Lautenberg passed. Many libertarian candidates do. They have ground game that astonishes most. The individuals they attract like their anti-statist, populist message, and it motivates people. There is an ideological fight coming to this country. The larger and more intrusive the Federal Government becomes, the more their message will grow stronger. No amount of negative media attention or moral outrage will change these individuals minds. They are principled, almost stubbornly!

    Most of them believe they have no social connection to community or society through the Federal Government. They disavow taxation for social safety nets or entitlements. They believe strongly in individualism and despise reading and seeing things like:

    “Population management can’t do it all; we need a full-court press on all fronts. But if we want a secure future, we need to start with the fastest, most affordable way we know to limit carbon emissions: by bringing fewer emitters into the world”

    “We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had a private notion of children, your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children. So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”

    Back door Population Management through Government by giving away birth control??????

    Your kids are not your kids, they belong to society??????

    Some wonder why this part of the Republican party is growing, because they have fuel for the fire…

  12. I like your comment, MM. “Loonie is in the eye of the beholder”. It reminds me of that poster “Beer – helping ugly people have sex since 1862”. The update could be “Tea – helping loonie people hold political office since 2008”.

  13. JG, I’ll take 1, just 1 quote from that article which after reading shows how ignorant the author might be if he truly believes what he wrote:

    “But taxes are collected in return for services provided, often more effectively and at lower cost than the “privatized” alternative.”

  14. Kyle,

    Easy there, tiger.

    Re: the first article, the point is that in societies where women are educated and have unobstructed access to contraception (i.e., are at *liberty* to obtain it with minimal regulatory (i.e., governmental) interference), average family size decreases. The aggregate result of these individual behaviors is slower population growth. Here’s the key, non-inflammatory, quotation:

    “Providing access to contraception and educating women may be the fastest path to giving our planet a break.”

    Re: the second one, it’s clear that she’s not saying that one’s kids “belong to society.” She’s saying that it’s all of our responsibility to invest in / educate all of the children in the country (not just narrowly look out for the interests of our own kids).

    You know who else said something similar? John Adams, in a letter to John Webb in September of 1785:

    “The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.”

  15. Kyle, yes, that’s why Medicare works. Surely even you wouldn’t want to see a corporate army, private schools, privatized highways, and transportation systems, varying local currencies..the most basic needs of any society require some pooled resources in order to be efficient.

  16. willjames,

    Maybe you missed this: ” Every woman, everywhere, could have contraception.”

    Sure, WHO THE F*** IS GOING TO PAY FOR THAT(Product, Distribution, Doctors for Administration)! We cant even feed, let alone educate the worlds population.

    Plus this little line: “Third, we can use incentives such as carbon taxes and moral persuasion to bring down energy consumption.”

    Moral Persuasion, more fuel for the fire!

  17. Lonegan’s positions:

    The candidate for those that long for the carefree days of the 19th century!

    Keep up the good fight Kyle! Perhaps the Republicans can get the presidency back in 2184 or so.

  18. Moral persuasion is what you’re attempting to use when you argue that “we” can’t afford this or that. It’s part of every single person’s rhetorical toolkit. There’s no evil subtext lurking behind that phrase.

    And anyway, perhaps you can tell me what elected office either of the people you’ve quoted currently holds? If ‘none,’ then what on earth does either of their statements have to do with the supposed attractions of the Republican party in elections such as the one we’ve all been forced by our governor to hold today here in good old NJ?

  19. This ridiculous didn’t-need-to-have-it election is costing everyone $24 million. It was done in the hopes that few people would actually come and and vote.

    Don’t waste this money and don’t prove Christy right — get out and vote!!!

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