“I’ll stand by my point that Torricelli would have preferred Lautenberg if only because Lautenberg isn’t so pious that he’d badmouth Bob on the stump,” says one New Jersey Democratic operative.
Well, so much for that. No sooner was Lautenberg asked to comment about his feelings on having to clean up after The Torch, Lautenberg told friends, “I’m not going to gloat.” As he gloated.
The animus between the two men appears to have come to a fore back in 1999, when the two hurled insults and vulgarity at each other during a closed door Democratic Senate Caucus meeting, where Lautenberg criticized this junior senator for saying nice things about then-Gov. Christie Todd Whitman. The Torch was said at the time to have threatened Lautenberg with, shall we say, physical reprisals. (See here.)
As reported here yesterday, in meeting with New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Torricelli was willing to resign his Senate seat immediately in return for having a say in his successor. But as the clock ticked down on his early evening press conference, talks broke down, and Torricelli simply agreed to announce that he would not seek re-election.
“At that point, the picking was out of his hands. He was through,” says a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee staffer. “Terry McAuliffe, Daschle and the state party were in control.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?