[November 6, 2021] America is undoubtedly the land of the free and a nation that rewards those that work hard. I live in the state of New Jersey. Waking up Wednesday morning, I had an email from a friend who wrote that NJ Democrat Senator Steve Sweeney lost the election to a Republican trucker driver named Edward Durr. “Get real,” I wrote back, “impossible.”
Sure enough, he was right. But Sweeny has yet to concede; he wants to “wait for the final results.” The New York Times story (behind a paywall) reports the election as a done deal based on AP’s reporting.
“First reports indicated that Durr’s campaign spending was limited to $153, nearly half of it at Dunkin’ Donuts. In its story on Durr’s victory, however, the AP sets Durr’s campaign spending at $2,300. The Times adds the piquant detail that Durr’s campaign video was shot on a smartphone (and provides a link to the video below). In its own way this is an inspirational story reflecting the present discontents. It is David versus Goliath, American style.” – Scott Johnson at PowerLineBlog.com
You can access the video in a Tweet by Phil Kerpen (link here).
Steve Sweeney is, undoubtedly, the second most powerful politician in New Jersey, only behind Governor Murphy (who is not well like and barely squeaked by in his reelection). This election sent shockwaves throughout the state and was not just confined to our state’s Democratic Party. The “Party” here is heavily influenced by the Teachers Unions and is accountable to them. Their power, as well, is weakening, a good thing for the state.
What other shockwaves will come of this is hard to predict. This latest election also wiped out several Democrats down to the town council level. In my town, all four Democrats lost by wide margins (two were incumbents, one the mayor).
What was the cause of Sweeney’s failure to get re-elected? Was it overconfidence? Was it dissatisfaction with his performance? I don’t think so.
Sweeney’s failure had more to do with national politics and that people wanted to send a message to Washington that they are tired of being called racists, being told to stay out of their kids’ education, broken promises by Joe Biden, illegal immigrants being brought into our state in the dark of the night, rising prices on basic food and necessities, etc.
Maybe, just maybe, this is a wake-up call to leftist politicians in Washington that ordinary people have had enough with the “woke” agenda.
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