A fiscal conservative, Levine promises to elevate the level of debate in the Republican race for the nomination. He promises to run a strong grassroots campaign and if that is true, there will be a lot activity in the grassrotts, maybe even enough to overcome the powerbrokers who are ignoring the roots of the party in New Jersey.
Currently all the existing candidates, except for one, are working hard with the grassroots. At the moment, that field consists of former Bogaota, N.J. Mayor, Steve Lonegan and Assemblyman Rick Merkt. The establishments choice, former federal prosecutor Chris Christie, has said he will formally declare his candidacy in February. He is alos the one that has done little with the grass root organization of the party.
With Levine in the race, some may find him to be an acceptable alternative to Lonegan who the left tries to paint as a radical extremists. Others may find Levine more electable than the virtually unknown, but also conservative, Merkt . The establishment, however, will continue lining up behind their choice, Chris Christie.
So what does Levine’s entry into the race actually do?
Well it forces all of the candidates and potential candidates to move more to the right, especially on fiscal issues and it is on the fiscal issues that the G.O.P. will have an advantage in the general election against Jon Corzine.
It would seem to me that the Republican field will have a lot of “I want to cut taxes more than you ” going around, which is a good thing. Especially in the case of Chris Christie who happens to be the blankest slate in the shaping field.
The addition of Brian Levine into the race will really help to gain attention. In fact there are some Republicans who I
know have been hoping that Levine would make his move and go for the nomination. These Republicans are not comfortable with Christie, believe Merkt is too unknown and unproven and that Lonegan is too easily painted as an extremist but they feel that Mayor Levine has what it takes to get elected Governor in New Jersey.
They believe he has the skills to manage and the philosophy we need and can catch on.
Of course this could mean that Steve Lonegan will have to work harder to prevent splitting his share of the conservative vote with Levine and Merkt, but that is where the race will get interesting.
As a movement conservative, Steve Lonegan brings more than just economic cultural thinking to the table he brings societal thinking to the table. A thinking that questions governments place in society and that is where the race for the Republican nomination can get real hot.
When all is said and done Chris Christie is still the man to beat. Weak kneed Republican legislators more concerned with their own power than the well being of the people have been declaring their support for him even before he becomes a candidate.
That is a mistake.
The field should fight it out. Let Republicans capture the headlines and attention. Let the debate raise questions and make New Jerseyans think. Let them pick the Republican best suited for the challenges that we face in this state. Let them pick the type of Republican that they want to be our standard bearer and has provem himself to be right for the job.
With Levine now in the race, Republicans will certainly have an array of good men with good ideas to choose from.
The bigger the ego the thicker the skin,
The bigger the lie the smoother the spin,
The more the disdain the wider the grin –
There’s only one goal and that is to win.
The promises made they never will keep,
The artful denial of prejudice deep,
The wondrous reforms that are not, but they’re cheap –
The goal is the same. Who cares if we weep?
When to serve all the people is to serve only one,
To distribute the wealth is something they shun,
And the cudgel of fear has only begun –
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