Cory Booker: For Whom the Bell Tolls
11:44 PM, Jun 3, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
In the March 10 WEEKLY STANDARD, we wrote ("Get Off the Sidelines," TWS March 10, 2014):
Tonight, in a close four-way primary, Jeff Bell completed a come-from-behind surge to win the Republican nomination for Senate in New Jersey. Now the fun begins.
Cory Booker starts out way ahead in the general election campaign. But Bell will run as an intelligent and aggressive full-spectrum conservative. He'll emphasize his pro-growth, pro-Main Street agenda, with a focus on monetary policy, in particular a return to the gold standard. This message will bewilder the elites. But it helped Bell win the primary against better known opponents.
If Bell can get enough funding, his populist and thoughtful conservatism could pose a real challenge to Booker's elitist and shallow liberalism. In which case, Bell could—amazingly—win the same Senate seat he lost to Bill Bradley 36 years ago.
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