Start off the new year at a reorganization meeting for your municipality or county. The experience won’t match Times Square for excitement, but if you’re cynical about government (and who isn’t these days), these sessions are feel-good events. Smiles, handshakes, hugs and promises of working cooperatively toward common goals are the order of the day. It’s a bit like the coin toss before the start of a football game – a few moments of courtesy and civility between opponents before they start trash talking and beating out each other’s brains.
Politics is a full-contact sport. If you let your defenses down or make even the slightest misstep, your opponents are going to take full advantage of the opportunity to score political points.
So it comes as no surprise that, after repeatedly ending up with the short end of the stick in their battles with Republican Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey Democrats are slamming Christie and his Lieutenant Governor for being out-of-state while a massive snowstorm pummeled the East Coast.
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Barack Obama did not become President of the United States by conventional means.
And if he is re-elected to a second term in 2012, it won’t be by conventional means either.
This became apparent this week when he reached agreement with congressional Republicans to extend Bush-era tax cuts for households earning more than $250,000. Continue reading