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Flailing Corzine Tries Tying Rival to Mark Sanford

Wow. I knew that New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, trailing badly in polls and with abysmal approval ratings, was going to try to persuade New Jersey voters he was running against George W. Bush. But Mark Sanford? That’s desperation, man.
But a Corzine web ad features GOP rival Chris Christie with Rudy Giuliani (fair game, as Rudy has campaigned with Christie), RNC chairman Michael Steele (sorta fair game), Mitt Romney (unsure if those two men have ever met), Sarah Palin (doubtful those two have ever met), and South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (almost certain those two have never met).

Corzine tries to argue Chris Christie

The comparison to Sanford, in the news for his Argentinean journey to explore foreign affairs, is particularly ironic, since it’s being used to defend a man whose marriage of 33 years fell apart after an affair with a union president – at least as the former Mrs. Corzine tells it.

The ad links to a Star-Ledger article about how ”Christie has restored to his website a section discussing his positions on social issues.” I guess the idea is to tell voters that Christie is one of those right-wing social conservatives, and to do so, they put up a picture of . . . Rudy Giuliani. Apparently all Republicans are indistinguishable to the Corzine campaign.

I realize we’re in an era where politicians will do anything to win, but Jon Corzine probably ought to ask himself whether he wants to come through this process with any molecules of dignity intact.

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