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  •  NJ-Gov Don’t validate Booker’s path of least (3+ / 0-)
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    Marcus Graly, xcave, WilliamE

    Don’t validate Booker’s path of least resistance

    In order for Booker to re-establish his profile as somebody deserving support from Progressive Democrats, after his nauseating TV undercutting of Obama’s successful targeting of Bain, Booker needs to help the Democratic Party by challenging Christie. (Yes, Bill Clinton said something similar at the time, and look what Bill did to redeem himself during Obama’s re-election home stretch).

    It appears that Booker is best placed to give Christie a serious challenge, which should pressure Christie to take moderate positions that would disqualify him in the eyes of Republican primary voters. A weak gubernatorial challenger would allow Christie to be vaguer, which would ease his path onto the Republican ticket, where he would probably have more chance of winning than anybody else on the horizon.

    Softening up Christie in this way would do Booker’s future career a lot more good than pushing aside Frank Lautenberg to get into the Senate in 2014.  A strong (even if losing) gubernatorial race against Christie in 2013 should leave Booker as the natural successor to the governorship in 2017 (or earlier if Christie departs for a national office or appointment).  If Booker wants to run for President, the best way to get there is not to hang around the Senate for the six years to 2020 or the ten years to 2024.  Instead, he should make his Presidential run either directly from the governor’s position, or (like Obama) quickly after joining the Senate.

    Even if Booker wants to keep open the option of challenging Lautenberg in the 2014 primary, the best way to prepare for that would be to run against Christie in the mean time.

    •  Very well thought out argument (0+ / 0-)

      You've convinced me, for what that's worth

      "Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian."

      by xcave on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:20:41 AM PST

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    •  I actually (0+ / 0-)

      have been wondering, if Booker runs for governor, if that means Lautenberg plans on running again if Christie loses.  After all, it'd be better to have Booker there to appoint a replacement should Lautenberg die in office than Christie.

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