at 9:30 a.m. No line, and no one asked me or anyone else for ID.

Got into fight with Republican committeeman, told him the Republican state rep (who really is a decent guy, votes with the Dems much of the time, great on constituent service) would have to switch parties before I’d vote for him again. “They get to hide behind people like him,” I said. “He’s in the wrong party, tell him I said so. I’m tired of what the Republicans are doing to this state.”

He was very conciliatory. “I’m sorry you feel that way, why don’t you write him a letter?”

“No, I’m going to send him another kind of message. He knows how to read vote totals.”

But it was an empty threat. He’s very popular in the neighborhood.

The power of Bruce

I don’t know about you, but I need a little something to take my mind off today’s election, if only for a minute. So here it is: One of the greatest unrequited love affairs of our time is the one between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey’s beloved native son. But in light of the governor’s stepping up for the people of his native state and choosing to work with the president in the recovery efforts, the Big Guy finally got his special moment with the Boss:

After days touring the devastation at the Jersey Shore and across New Jersey, Governor Christie said there was a highlight to his emotional week: Finally getting the chance to talk to Bruce Springsteen, his music idol.

Christie and his family chatted with Springsteen at Radio City Friday night, where the musician was participating in NBC’s telethon to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“We hugged,” Christie said as a crowd of volunteers in Monmouth County cheered at the sound of Springsteen’s name Monday afternoon. “Yeah, we hugged and he told me it’s official – we’re friends.”

Until Friday, the conservative governor’s love of the liberal musician was unrequited. Being on opposite sides of the political aisle, the men had met twice before, but only exchanged formal pleasantries.

[…] Christie has been to more than 130 Springsteen concerts and despite their difference in political opinion, has held Springsteen in high regard. After returning from the Republican National Convention in late August, Christie went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and belted out “Thunder Road” with the talk show host, a performance that won the governor some praise.

But the destruction brought by Hurricane Sandy seems to have started a relationship between the two men who both love their home state.

Christie got to speak to Springsteen again Monday. The Boss happened to be flying on Air Force One with President Obama, getting in some last minute campaigning, when Christie was giving Obama an update on the recovery efforts in New Jersey

“I told the President today actually that the hug was great and that when we got home there was a lot of weeping because of the hug,” Christie said. “And the President said, “Why?” I said, “Well, to be honest, I was the one weeping, everyone else was fine.”


My niece wrote me this morning about her six-year-old:

A. informed me that she knows that it’s Election Day, and that if the guy you pick doesn’t win – “You get what you get, and you don’t get upset.”

Family values in Ohio

I just love this story. Talk about not agreeing with your in-laws! Josh Mandel is the Republican running against Sherrod Brown for his Senate seat, and some of his family members don’t like his position on gay marriage:

With days to go before the 2012 elections, Ohio Senate hopeful Josh Mandel is taking heat from an unexpected source: his in-laws.

On Monday, Mandel’s wife’s cousins took out an ad in the Cleveland Jewish News blasting Mandel for his anti-gay policies. Nine cousins signed the open letter, including members of the Ratner family, a prominent Jewish family in Cleveland that Mandel married into, according to Salon.

In the letter, Mandel’s relatives criticize his opposition to same-sex marriage and his stated belief that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the military policy overturned by Obama that prevented gays from serving openly in the military, should be reinstated. On both points, the letter turns personal, noting how Mandel’s anti-gay policies would directly affect members of his family.

“Your cousins, Ellen Ratner and Cholene Espinoza, are among the many wonderful couples whose rights you do not recognize,” the letter reads. “Their wedding, like yours, was a beautiful and happy occasion for all of us in our family. It hurts us that you would embrace discrimination against them and countless other loving couples in Ohio and around the country.


Now that’s some real family values!

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