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The Brothers Grinn present
our Nov. 8, 2005, mailing!
Our special "Hobson's Electoral Choice" mailing!

"Two really wealthy men ran against each other and the wealthier man won. What this election showed is that you have to be rich to run and even richer to win."
    - Brigid Harrison, political science professor, as quoted in the Star-Ledger


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IMPORTANT LESSONS FROM NEW JERSEY'S ELECTION

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Closely watched because of its potential significance for setting the tone and expectations of next year's congressional races, the state of New Jersey has just wrapped up its race between multimillionaires Jon Corzine, a Democrat, and Doug Forrester, a Republican. Take heed, gentle reader, and learn these important lessons from the New Jersey gubernatorial campaign:

    1.. New Jersey: Putting the "goober" back in gubernatorial.
    2.. Poor ethics? No ethics? No problem!
    3.. Insults and personal slurs are great filler material when you've misplaced your list of talking points (or never bothered to draw one up).
    4.. Any schmuck can roll up his sleeves and work at resolving issues like tax relief and political reform, but it takes a special type of candidate to draw more than 40 percent of the vote with vague and insubstantial promises while having no clue about how to implement them.
    5.. Unemployed multimillionaires bored after buying a U.S. Senate seat can still add a little spice to their lives by buying a governorship.
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    6.. Party solidarity, high-ranking connections, and a personal fortune to oil the party machinery trump popularity and quality every time.
    7.. Contrary to the popular wisdom, nuclear power and toxic waste are not the most hazardous risks to living in New Jersey.
    8.. Maybe it is wasting your ballot to vote for an acting governor who's not running, but it is infinitely more satisfying than going with one of the official choices.
    9.. Purchase a house for the boss of the state's biggest labor union - heck, even make a habit of repeatedly "christening" it with her - and by Election Day, still no one will care.
    10.. Remember, you're not spending $73 million on campaigns filled with mean-spirited, personally offensive attack ads - you're using millions of dollars to stimulate the economy!
    11.. If this is democracy, maybe Iraq was better off without it.
    12.. You're better off living in Sandusky, Ohio



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<DIV><FONT size=2>The Brothers Grinn present<BR>our Nov. 8, 2005,
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<P><FONT size=2>Our special "Hobson's Electoral Choice" mailing!</FONT></P><FONT
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<DIV>"Two really wealthy men ran against each other and the wealthier man won.
What this election showed is that you have to be rich to run and even richer to
win." </DIV>
<DIV>    <EM>— Brigid Harrison, </EM><EM>political science
professor, </EM><FONT size=2>as </FONT>quoted in the <A
href="http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-0/113152143842680.xml&;coll=1">Star-Ledger</A></DIV></FONT>
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IMPORTANT LESSONS FROM NEW JERSEY'S ELECTION<BR>
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<P>Closely watched because of its potential significance for setting the tone
and expectations of next year's congressional races, the state of New Jersey has
just wrapped up its race between multimillionaires Jon Corzine, a Democrat, and
Doug Forrester, a Republican. Take heed, gentle reader, and learn these
important lessons from the <A
href="http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-0/113152143842680.xml&;coll=1"><FONT
face=Verdana color=#000080 size=2>New Jersey gubernatorial
campaign</FONT></A><FONT face=Verdana color=#000080 size=2>:</P></FONT>
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    <LI>New Jersey: Putting the "goober" back in gubernatorial.
    <LI>Poor ethics? No ethics? No problem!
    <LI>Insults and personal slurs are great filler material when you’ve
    misplaced your list of talking points (or never bothered to draw one up).
    <LI>Any schmuck can roll up his sleeves and work at resolving issues like
    tax relief and political reform, but it takes a special type of candidate to
    draw more than 40 percent of the vote with vague and insubstantial promises
    while having no clue about how to implement them.
    <LI>Unemployed multimillionaires bored after buying a U.S. Senate seat can
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    <LI>Party solidarity, high-ranking connections, and a personal fortune to
    oil the party machinery trump popularity and quality every time.
    <LI>Contrary to the popular wisdom, nuclear power and toxic waste are not
    the most hazardous risks to living in New Jersey.
    <LI>Maybe it <EM>is</EM> wasting your ballot to vote for an acting governor
    who's not running, but it is infinitely more satisfying than going with one
    of the official choices.</LI>
    <LI>Purchase a house for the boss of the state's biggest labor union — heck,
    even make a habit of repeatedly "christening" it with her – and by Election
    Day, still no one will care.
    <LI>Remember, you're not spending $73 million on campaigns filled with
    mean-spirited, personally offensive attack ads — you're using millions of
    dollars to stimulate the economy!
    <LI>If this is democracy, maybe Iraq <I>was</I> better off without it.
    <LI>You're better off living in Sandusky, Ohio</LI></OL></OL>
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