Clearly the Tea Party is so massively unpopular you figured Democrat dreamboat Cory Booker would have sailed to an easy landslide over an obscure candidate who was outspent by $10 million. Well, it didn’t quite happen as expected.
Booker won by double digits, but it wasn’t the landslide many had predicted at the beginning of the campaign. With 94 percent of the precincts reporting, he had about
55 percent of the vote to Lonegan’s 44 percent.
From the outset, the 44-year-old, two-term mayor had one advantage his conservative firebrand opponent could never hope to match: name recognition. From city hall to the morning talk shows, Booker’s good looks, big smile and his championing of his beleaguered city won him plenty of big name fans — and evidently the approval of Jersey voters who elected him in a rare October election with light turnout.
Booker’s victory thrilled about 200 supporters at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center tonight.
“Thank you New Jersey!” Booker shouted to the crowd.
He first paid tribute to Lautenberg, saying, “We are a better state, we are a better nation, because of his service.”
Then Booker stressed that despite the divisions in Washington, “We are all in this together.”
Booker spent his entire campaign demonizing the evil Tea Party but promises to work for everyone or something. Really? Even those rightwing extremists that apparently comprise 44% of the state’s population?
Ironically Booker’s margin of victory was slightly less than Frank Lautenberg’s 2008 win over Dick Zimmer, which predates the hugely unpopular Tea Party, so clearly it’s time for those nasty Tea Partiers to pack up and go away. We’re told by liberal pollsters how despised they are, yet oddly Lonegan kept this close. How can this be?
The Tea Party is less popular than ever, with even many Republicans now viewing the movement negatively. Overall, nearly half of the public (49%) has an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party, while 30% have a favorable opinion.
You know who has a higher unfavorable opinion than the Tea Party? The guy who shut down the government. Goes by the name of Obama.