Would-be Jon Corzines are quaking in their boots (and heels). Having watched firsthand an unpopular Democratic Governor win reelection in the Golden State in 2002 by trashing his opponent, I thought the New Jersey Democrat’s nasty campaign might have worked.
My opinion of Garden State voters improved dramatically last night. They are not as numbed by images on the boob tube as are their counterparts in California. Or maybe it’s the times. The way we get our news has changed dramatically in the last 7 years.
Despite spending $20 million in ads trashing Chris Christie, Jon Corzine lost to that good Republican. That conscientious prosecutor won with the largest margin of victory of any New Jersey Republican in 24 years — since the very popular Governor Thomas Kean’s reelection in 1985.
With unemployment in the Golden State the highest it’s been since World War II, having increased by 33% since the state’s junior Senator, Ma’am Barbara Boxer, was first elected during a recession in 1992, that Democrat is going to have a hard time running on her record and is likely to pull a tactic (or two) from the bag of tricks she used in her successful 1992 and 1998 campaigns, trash her opponent and avoid taking questions from the media.
But, will she be able to succeed in a political world reshaped by blogs and the internet?