The Washington Post reported a remarkable admission on Friday from one of the U.S. Senate’s most obnoxious leftists, Save Jerseyans:
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) says he would be open to a brief delay in the individual mandate if the problems with HealthCare.gov aren’t fixed by the end of the month, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
“I think then we have to consider extending the deadline for the mandate, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen,” Franken told MPR.
Franken has so far been relatively quiet about potential changes to the health-care law, but he now joins a growing group of Senate Democrats in seats that could be targeted by the GOP in 2014 who are speaking up on the issue.
Are you listening, Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic) and Cory Booker (D-Twitter)? Start representing your constituents and quit defending the indefensible. Even Stuart Smalley tacitly acknowledges that the Obamacare experiment in socialized medicine is going off the rails. It’s implementation has been neither good enough nor smart enough and, gosh darn it, people hate this law!
Then after having viewed this short video, please ask yourselves… have you EVER seen a member of the mainstream media question a member of the Obama Administration like this? Over the Benghazi attacks? Its sequester exaggerations? The Fast and Furious scandal? Any number of debacles over the past 4+ years?
Good grief; I’m embarrassed for them! Video below the fold…
And just when you thought the Bob Menendez saga couldn’t get any uglier, Save Jerseyans, here’s another news wrinkle that’ll make you feel like you need a long shower.
The Daily Callerclaims “[a] professional escort who travels the East Coast seeing clients in cities from Miami to Boston has identified a photo of Senator Bob Menendez as a man who paid her for sex. The woman, in her late 30s, told The Daily Caller prior to seeing Menendez’s photo that she had been paid to provide sexual favors to several U.S. senators, including a New Jersey Democrat and other politicians who are no longer living.”
It’s a constant “drip drip drip” of ugliness such that even the liberal New York Times believes it’s time for a full-scale congressional investigation into the Democratic Senator’s activities (and for Menendez to step aside from his chairmanship until it’s allowed to run its course).
But let’s be honest with ourselves… he’s not going anywhere.
The hyper-partisan Democrat leadership is standing lock-step behind their boyand, back here at home in the Garden State, apparently no one is paying attention. Or more accurately, not nearly enough New Jersey voters are engaged to develop a meaningful consensus against this creep.
Two thirds (68%) of New Jersey voters have heard about Sen. Menendez’s trips to the Dominican Republic on a donor’s plane. However, few have formed an opinion on Sen. Menendez’s involvement in any potential illegal or unethical activity. Just 24% believe he was involved in wrong-doing while 11% say he was not. Another 65% don’t know enough to form an opinion or have not heard about the issue at all.”
The end result of this mass apathy/ignorance is a job approval rating for Menendez that looks a lot like it did before the 2012 Election cycle…
I won’t even be surprised if somehow the Cuban government is involved in this to try to damage Bob Menendez because he’s been so steadfast against the Castro government. He’s been a critic all his political life. I would not be surprised if they are behind some of this stuff, some of these allegations. The Dominican Republic has a lot of relationships with Cuba.”
This one would be funny if it wasn’t so absolutely NUTS, Save Jerseyans.
But are you starting to see how this works?
When Democrats screw up on character issues, they’re hailed as heroes (like Jim “Gay American” McGreevey), given a pass altogether (see Barney Frank), or declared sympathetic victims of a vast right win conspiracy (good ‘ole Slick Willie). The rules are a little different for Republicans…
Republicans are likely going to have to find a way to win their first New Jersey U.S. Senate seat since 1972. Bob Menendez is a known fighter who worked his tail off to win reelection in 2012; unless the law or his colleagues intervene, don’t expect the mounting Dominican Republican travel/prostitution allegations — however salacious — to drive him from office under his own power.
For now, I’m going to focus on the “who” question since, at the end of the day, Governor Chris Christie would choose a Republican replacement in the unlikely event that Bob Menendez becomes a “former” senator:
1. Jon Bramnick
The Union County Assemblyman and current GOP Minority Leader is considered by many insiders to be the most likely contender to face Frank Lautenberg (or his Democrat successor) in 2014. That makes him a leading contender should a vacancy occur in the interim.
Strengths: The charismatic, affable 60-year old Bramnick is a part-time comedian and well-liked by his colleagues. The establishment GOP appreciates his ample fundraising prowess, and the Administration values his loyalty and ability to keep the Assembly GOP caucus moving in the same direction. He’s also a socially liberal legislator and right-of-center on fiscal/economic issues, a combination which many pundits/consultants/decision makers in Trenton and other halls of power believe is an ideal fit for the blue New Jersey electorate.
Weaknesses:One biggie to note out of many strengths… he’s an ardent social liberal; it’s a double-edged sword in NJ, folks. In the past, some have even perceived Bramnick’s comments about social conservatism to be downright hostile. That means he could run into trouble in a future contested primary with a Lonegan/Doherty/[insert conservative/libertarian challenger here] and, when the general election finally arrives, experience more trouble keeping the base intact than the uniquely-skilled Christie. His name recognition is also next to nothing outside of NJGOP circles and his home district. That can be fixed, most definitely, but in an expensive state like NJ, it’s not an easy task.
Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, to start hauling away potential evidence in several vans.
The investigation is believed to be focusing on Melgen’s finances and the allegations about Menendez’s trips and contact with prostitutes. A spokesman for Menendez could not be reached for comment, nor could Melgen.
But with John Kerry “reporting for duty” at Foggy Bottom in the very near future, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is expected to take over Kerry’s role as chairman of the influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee (as first reported by The Hill this week).
Character evidently isn’t a prerequisite for the post. Menendez has been dogged by two separate scandals in recent weeks, and the Hudson County politician’s ethics (or lack thereof) are no secret around town, but neither recent story has found its legs with a media inclined to look the other way when a “D” follows the member-in-question’s name. We’ve also been told by Democrats in-the-know that the Obama folks are concerned about the hyper-partisan, machine-bred Menendez’s competency; why they didn’t have the same concerns about Susan Rice is a mystery to me.
Hold on, folks. 2013 is already shaping up to be a real headache…