Denounces New Jersey’s weak Dems: Yesterday afternoon, Rep. Bill Pascrell guested on the Ed Show.
Pascrell, a New Jersey Dem, has served in the House since 1997. Before that, he was mayor of Paterson.
At one point, Big Ed floated a big ball of fluff at Pascrell. Instead of reciting the memorized script, Pascrell told the truth about his state’s spineless party:
SCHULTZ (1/14/14): Governor Christie said that he hasn’t spoken to David Wildstein “in a long time.” This picture from the Wall Street Journal that was published today really gives an impression of something much different. Your reaction to that.We share Pascrell’s sense of annoyance. How weak and inept must a party be to let a guy like Christie sweep to a massive re-election in a Democratic-leaning state?
PASCRELL: Well, first, let me say this: Some of my buddies and my friends on the Democratic side are trying to make this a political issue. There’s no gain in this thing. I can ensure them.
PASCRELL: Democrats are not going to come out of this thing ahead because some of us enabled him to do what he is doing. Republicans are not going to come out ahead, obviously. This is sticking to the facts and trying to find out what really happened. That’s what I mentioned here (inaudible).
SCHULTZ: But what Democrats failed?
PASCRELL: Beginning four years ago, they failed. There’s a difference between bipartisanship and stroking the other person to get what you want, even though other people are going to get shafted in the process. And that’s what happened in this situation. Many of the mayors are finally speaking out about what happened to them.
Now, if you can get my endorsement, and you can get me to jump parties, Democrat and Republican is immaterial.
PASCRELL: In order to support you, that tells me that you’re creating a culture where you’ll pass it off as bipartisanship. A lot of this was not bipartisanship. It was back-scratching at its worst. And that’s why none of us come out of this looking good.
Pascrell described his fellow Democrats as “enablers” several times in this segment. One disgraceful example:
Imagine a party which lets someone like Christie get away with that two-election solution! In effect, he stole $12 million from the state treasury to run a pair of separate-but-equal elections last fall.
In the first election, black Democrats turned out to vote for Cory Booker. As everyone always understood, Christie staged that as a separate election in order to reduce black turnout in his own triumphant slaughter of Barbara Buono.
Why would anyone vote for a party which rolls over for that?
In the main, Pascrell was referring to the way many Democrats endorsed Christie so their cities could score all the state and federal loot. But it took a truly spineless bunch to roll over and play dead for those apartheid elections.
Even with all our skill with R-bombs, we sat back and let that proceed! No one comes out of the show looking good, as Pascrell told Big Ed.
Big Ed lobbed a big soft pitch. Ignoring the sign which told him to bunt, Pascrell hit it out of the park.