Drooling on the Pillow

Monday, May 23, 2005

Find His Fuse, Light It 

PropertyTaxNJ quotes Steve Kornacki at PoliticsNJ on the disconnect between the relative merits and the impact of the property tax plans of Schundler and Forrester:

Schundler may have spent the last year preaching
the virtues of his plan to roomful after roomful of
party activists, but Forrester, who snappily dubbed his
proposal "the 30-in-3" plan, easily reached more
people in one round of TV ads.

Sluggo is going to vote for Schundler, but has to admit it's discouraging when a guy who's been around the block as many times as Bret still comes off like a policy geek.
"I feel a little bad for Schundler," said David Rebovich,
the director of Rider University's Institute for New
Jersey Politics. "It's the power of simplicity and
television. It's a simple concept and it's easy to
understand, whereas Schundler's is more fiscally
sound in the end but is also more complicated."
Schundler's fatal flaw may be that he believes in the intelligence of the average person. One on one, that faith may be justified, but you get us in a group and we're pretty goddam dumb. He sat next to me in a hockey rink a year or so ago and totally sold me on his tax plan. But in large groups or on TV there is a MEGO factor.

He's a smart guy. He's a daring thinker and a capable administrator. I'm just hoping something happens in the next week or so to make him an angry guy.
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