While reading updates of Bob Inlgle's and Sandy McClure's The Soprano State it occurred to me that there is another musical metaphor appropriate for New Jersey politics, especially under the Corzine administration: The Falsetto State.
Falsetto is that high pitched singing that makes men sound like girls, i.e. men performing with no balls.
Let's face it, if Jon Corzine was who he said he was and did what he promised he would do during his 2005 campaign for Governor he would be a shoo-in for re-election, rather than trailing in all the polls just 80 days before the election.
The issues in the current campaign are much the same as the issues were in the 2005 campaign and the 2001 campaign and the 1997 campaign... The issues will always be the same until we have a governor with the balls to say NO to the legislature, the unions, the party bosses, the NJ Supreme Court, the education establishment and the rest of the trough swillers.
Jon Corzine has proven that he is not that Governor. Almost from the moment he implored us to hold him accountable, he started to cave to party bosses and special interests. He had the balls to shut down the government when the legislature wouldn't pass his sales tax increase, but blinked and gave away half the increase for Christmas Tree items. Since then, his administration has been a litany of capitulation.
Corzine bought the poltical support of the Trenton Sopranos but he didn't have the fortitude to stand up to them when it became apparent that they took his money for their own gain, not to support his policy initiatives.
He just doesn't have the balls for the job.
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