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Are you ready for Senator Geraldo? (RINO in the making)
Hotair.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Allahpundit

Posted on 01/31/2013 2:13:59 PM PST by Kaslin

Boy, I sure am. If there’s one thing the GOP needs now, it’s another senator who’s famously soft on immigration. Imagine these words ringing off the walls in the Senate chamber: “[A]ny Latino who votes for a Republican or a Democrat who opposes rational immigration reform is an Uncle Tom.” He’ll make a fine third in the McCain/Graham alliance.

“I mention this only briefly, fasten your seatbelt,” Rivera said on his radio show. “I mentioned this only briefly to my wife … but I am and I’ve been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker.”…

“I’m not going to drill this out, because obviously I’ve got commitments to Fox and to here at the radio program and I’m really having a great time,” Rivera added. “But I figure at my age, if I’m going to do it I’ve got to do it. And there doesn’t seem to be any Republicans ready to work against or run against Corey Booker, the popular Newark mayor.”

Rivera could face a tough primary challenge, however, with reports suggesting that Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick of Westfield, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos of Monmouth County and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno are all weighing bids for the GOP ticket.

No, the part about him running as a Republican is no typo:

Wondering how folks feel about me running in N.J. under GOP banner against either Lautenberg or Booker for U.S. Senate?

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) January 31, 2013

To give you a sense of the trouble he’ll have being taken seriously, CNN’s headline for this story is “Geraldo Rivera has campaign plans in the vault.” Two things here. One: Isn’t he a little old to break into politics? He’ll be 70 on election day. I realize we’ve nominated guys older than that for president, but McCain had spent decades in the Senate and could at least boast that age in his case came with experience. As it is, if you’re an independent in Jersey and inclined to roll the dice on a “new guy,” why not roll it on the much younger, charismatic Cory Booker? And if you’re of the mind that age doesn’t matter at all, why not send Lautenberg back for his thousandth term? He’s a state institution and has a winning reelection pitch as the New Jersey senator who hasn’t been linked to underaged hookers.

Two: What’s the case for Geraldo over either of those two? The issue he’s most closely associated with is immigration and that’s likely to be done with, one way or another, by the time he’d enter the Senate. It’s not impossible to win statewide office in Jersey as a Republican but it’s hard: Christie’s cruising along to reelection only because of his surge in popularity after Sandy. Geraldo’s one big advantage is name recognition, but not all of that recognition is good — re-read that CNN headline — and Democrats will work overtime to boost Booker’s profile ahead of the election given his national potential. So how does he win? A massive self-funded campaign a la Bloomberg circa 2002, who also avoided the difficulties of a Democratic primary by running as an, ahem, “Republican”?

One way or another, I’m curious to hear if the candidate’s finally reached any firm conclusions about what brought down WTC 7. Here’s the audio, via Mediaite.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alfranken; senatorgeraldo

1 posted on 01/31/2013 2:14:04 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Even Geraldo would be an improvement over Lautenberg.


2 posted on 01/31/2013 2:23:39 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Kaslin

I am ready as Al Capon’s safe.


3 posted on 01/31/2013 2:24:14 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: smoothsailing

They should have never taken him out of retirement


4 posted on 01/31/2013 2:27:55 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

If gerald runs as an R, he loses 60-40.

If he runs as a democrat, he wins 70-30

The hatred of the democrats for the name republican has gone off the charts.


5 posted on 01/31/2013 2:28:00 PM PST by staytrue
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To: smoothsailing

They should have never taken him out of retirement


6 posted on 01/31/2013 2:28:16 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Who the heck thinks Jerry Rivers is a Repub? Besides, possibly, Dems, of course.....


7 posted on 01/31/2013 2:30:30 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: jeffc

Probably the tards in the RNC. those jackoffs don’t get it. They still think the base voted in 2012 and the problem is the party is not liberal enough.


8 posted on 01/31/2013 2:35:24 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Kaslin

Rivera- Springer 2016!


9 posted on 01/31/2013 2:40:42 PM PST by OKRA2012
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To: Kaslin
campaign plans in the vault....
Clever dig at Geraldo by the liberal cellar-dweller CNN mocking his infamous Al Capone vault ratings disaster. Are they implying his own political vault is as empty as well?

Geraldo would fit right in as Senator. With his own butt fat injected into his far head on live-TV, he won't seem all that different than other senatorial buttheads.

With Al Franken,senatorial comedian and the Mass. Gay Goddess, Barney Frankenfag, Geraldo can't feel out of place as PT Rivera on the senatorial floor. The only problem I see is during speaking engagements, saying things like,I defer to the gentleman from New York.

That's no gentleman, that's Senator Butthead.

10 posted on 01/31/2013 2:40:50 PM PST by lbryce (BHO:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds by way Oppenheiner at Trinity NM)
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To: Kaslin

Wow! A racist, pro-choice, pro taxes, pro affirmative action, anti-2nd Amendment, anti-5th Amendment, anti-borders republican. Sounds like Colin Powell.


11 posted on 01/31/2013 2:45:04 PM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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To: Kaslin

“I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker.””

In the Dem primary one must assume...


12 posted on 01/31/2013 2:46:16 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: svcw

lol Perfect response.


13 posted on 01/31/2013 2:52:43 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Kaslin
They should have never taken him out of retirement

Which one, Geraldo or Lautenberg? :)

14 posted on 01/31/2013 2:55:27 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Kaslin

Why not? He’s got lots of experience in exposing sensitive material to the enemy, lying and threatening to spit on those who disagree with him.

The senate is a perfect place for him, he’ll fit right in with the rest of the garbage.


15 posted on 01/31/2013 2:55:38 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (John Winthrop's "City upon a Hill" just became a midden heap. Infested with rats and other vermin.)
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To: Kaslin

RINO??? He’s a full-blooded RAT if I ever saw one.


16 posted on 01/31/2013 3:16:40 PM PST by RatRipper (Self-centeredness, greed, envy, deceit and lawless corruption has killed this once great nation.)
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To: Kaslin
In an electronic medium once described by an FCC official as “a vast wasteland” Geraldo is considered a “bottom feeder.” I guess that qualifies him for the U.S. Senate.
17 posted on 01/31/2013 3:56:53 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Kaslin

Geraldo is a registered democrat per his own admission....


18 posted on 01/31/2013 3:58:05 PM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Kaslin

Geraldo is a left leaning libertarian. How is he going to get elected as a Republican in Florida?


19 posted on 01/31/2013 4:01:14 PM PST by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: Kaslin

I should have read the article first. I thought he lived in Florida...guess he resides in Jersey. We may have a problem then.


20 posted on 01/31/2013 4:04:42 PM PST by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: Baynative
A racist, pro-choice, pro taxes, pro affirmative action, anti-2nd Amendment, anti-5th Amendment, anti-borders republican.

No doubt his views are still "evolving." By the election, he'll also be anti-Christian, pro-incest, and pro-pedophilia.

21 posted on 01/31/2013 4:15:10 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
In an electronic medium once described by an FCC official as “a vast wasteland” Geraldo is considered a “bottom feeder.” I guess that qualifies him for the U.S. Senate.

There are many intestinal parasites who refuse to associate with Geraldo.
22 posted on 01/31/2013 4:15:57 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (John Winthrop's "City upon a Hill" just became a midden heap. Infested with rats and other vermin.)
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To: smoothsailing

No, he wouldn’t. Geraldo is a leftist democrat. Not a republican or moderate.

I hope he runs as a democrat and wins so it would get him off Fox News... although, he would be a camera hound and always giving interviews.

He is jerk and needs to go away.


23 posted on 01/31/2013 5:36:46 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: FreeAtlanta

He won’t run as a dem, he’d never make it through the primary. Running as a pub is his best shot at making it to the general election.

He’d be better than Lautenberg because by beating him he would be decreasing the dem majority in the Senate.

Other than that, Geraldo is totally worthless.


24 posted on 01/31/2013 6:02:17 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Kaslin

IF Jerry Rivers does this, under the Republican banner, I will change my 52 year long registration as a Republican voter. Period.


25 posted on 02/01/2013 9:57:22 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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