Tuesday, October 01, 2002

The Spirit of Gore Lives On - Desperate to keep their single-seat majority in the Senate, New Jersey Democrats scrambled Tuesday to come up with someone to replace scandal-tainted Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-New Jersey ) on the November ballot. Under New Jersey law, a party can replace a statewide nominee on the ballot if the person drops out at least 51 days before the election. However, Torricelli missed the deadline by 15 days. Democrats counter by saying that previous state court decisions put voters' rights above filing deadlines and other technical guidelines. They are asking the NJ Supreme Court, which is every bit as liberal as the Florida Supreme Court to reinterpret existing state law in their favor.

Somehow, someway, the Democrats always come up with a way to top themselves when it comes to corruption and immorality. As bad as the 2000 election was, I knew, in the back of my mind, that it was only the tip of the iceberg, the start of an avalanche of corruption which would result in the ruination of our electoral process. The Democrats realized that Torricelli was about to go down in flames, and with him possibly their hopes of hanging on to their majority in the Senate. Therefore they forced Torricelli out of the race and are trying to replace him with another candidate at the last moment. Of course, it goes without saying that this effort is in direct contradiction of existing New Jersey State law.

For Democrats, the bizarre becomes routine. Who can predict the outcome? The only thing that can be hoped for is that the NJ Supreme Court does their duty and upholds the law as written. But look where we are: we are reduced to hoping and praying that our judiciary will do what is right instead of expecting it as a matter of course. That in and of itself speaks volumes about the state of political discourse in our nation. It also reveals the ruthlessness that Democrats display in their quest for power. Law and precedent mean nothing. Results are all that matter.

In the end, the NJ Supreme Court may surprise us all, and do the right thing--follow a clearly written State Law without trying to rewrite it, like they did in Florida.


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