Suburban Democrats ran and won on property taxes.
Has Fred Snowflake ever run a political campaign in his life? We suspect not.
If he had, he’d spend less time in the shithouse dreaming and more time paying attention to how campaigns are run and what’s said. But Snowflake – who writes for a website owned by a slimebag vendor who sells shit to governments that spend taxpayers’ money – does most of his work behind the latrine door these days. His latest spin is that taxes don’t matter… especially property taxes.
Did Snowflake deliberately forget about the Trump tax cut and SALT? Was it not discussed enough for him? Did property taxes not emerge as a central issue in the congressional campaigns in New Jersey?
As “proof” for his silly argument he offers us the Democrats elected to Congress from Northwest New Jersey – Josh Gottheimer and Mikie Sherrill. According to Snowflake…
“taxes are high in New Jersey. But taxes are not the only issue. More and more it seems that suburbanites are voting in favor of issues unrelated to taxes. They are voting in favor of abortion rights for women, a more welcoming policy toward immigrants, stronger gun control laws and an environmental policy based on science. That seemed to drive this year’s election in New Jersey…”
Seemed? Only if you were in the shithouse.
We looked… but cannot find a Democrat cable or broadcast advertisement that unpacks that particular issues grid. Apparently, it wasn’t in their armory.
What we actually got was this: Democrats cleverly portraying themselves as Republicans on all the most important issues. Hey, check it out for yourselves. Go to Josh Gottheimer or Mikie Sherrill’s YouTube pages and watch the ads.
Immigration? Are you kidding? What you will find it this…
“Lower Taxes. Jersey Values.”
“Cut Property Taxes”
“Think your property taxes are too high?”
“Navy Pilot – Prosecutor – Mom”
“I’ll fight to restore your property tax deduction.”
Josh Gottheimer’s campaign doesn’t post any ads that could reasonably be called liberal. Mikie Sherrill’s posts two conservative ads for every liberal ad. And nobody says shit about immigration.
See what Snowflake is doing here?
Snowflake’s vendor owner – a Hillary Clinton insider – is trying to convince New Jersey Republicans to screw themselves again, even as they pull that old Bill Clinton maneuver of co-opting and running on Republicans issues. Anyone remember welfare-reform? Or how about “the era of big government is over”?
It’s an old trick. And a good one. Almost as good as the one Mikie Sherrill pulled on the constituents she’s about to represent. Who is she? Really?
In common with most of Democrat moes who ran this year, they all started out dancing in the street with pussy hats on, attending protests, and pretending they were back in the 1960’s (which none of them were in the first place). The heady days of the Women’s March was that kind of Disneyland. Then, after winning their primaries, they all suddenly became centrists and “bi-partisan”. Not a mention of transgender anything. Republican Bob Hugin spent more promoting abortion and gay marriage than all the Democrats put together. Mikie Sherrill became “Navy Pilot – Prosecutor – Mom” in other words “War – Cops – and Motherhood”. That ain’t a liberal message.
In the aftermath of Sherrill’s victory last week, most commentators missed the real reason why she won: She got to pick her opponent for the General Election(and it was anyone other than the incumbent, Rodney Frelinghuysen). Yep, her pussy hatted minions pushed the incumbent Republican out of the race (a fact Jay Webber should have played on). You know, that well-respected, well-heeled, bi-partisan Vietnam War vet… yeah, him.
For that, she needed her grassroots. All those crazies who pissed and moaned and carried on, and who, like a switch, suddenly dropped out of sight to return as blandly suburban or mildly eccentric door-to-door volunteers spitting out the party line. Admirable discipline.
We can only speculate as to what would have happened had the Navy pilot come up against someone who had actually tasted war. Someone with a real record of bi-partisan accomplishment. Who had attended to constituent service. Or, if the incumbent had departed in a more timely fashion, a new candidate – without the encumbrance of a messy primary – who would have had the time and resources to use all those individual crazies as the means to define just who Mikie Sherrill really is. We can only speculate.
Still, the road is long. The opportunity will present itself again.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill