Sure, John Corzine… you do seem like a real loser right now. As MF Global’s former CEO, misplacing 1.2 billion dollars and causing all those farmers to lose their life savings was pretty tacky. Being New Jersey’s disgraced ex-Gov doesn’t help either.
But cheer up! The future looks bright ahead — you can always run for President of the USA!
No, I’m not delusional. If you think no political party would nominate its most unsavory member to run for President, look no further than what Newt’s doing now among Republicans! All it takes is partisan pandering, and you’ve been good at that, too! After all, this is the land of opportunity. You’ll just have to wait until 2016, after Barack ends his second term.
You’re rotten, it’s true, but partisans seem to love that kind of person to run for President! If even someone like Newt can have so much success among Republicans despite all the baggage that he lugs around, surely you can get Democrats to nominate you, too!
Of course you’d lose the general election. Only Democrats would be so blind as to vote for somebody like you, just as only blinded Republicans will vote for Newt. But the fact that nominating Newt is sure to prove suicidal in a general election where most voters aren’t blind partisans hasn’t derailed his train that looks like it might be heading to the nomination. Pandering to blind partisans works!
And smart guys like you and Newt surely will find lots of ways to get even richer while leading your parties down in flames.
So, given your lack of decency, integrity, honor and scruples, there’s no reason not to go for it, Jon. With Newt as the pathfinder, unsavory character and horrendous baggage are finally enjoying their day in the sun.
About Ray Noble
Deus et Patria -- A Website for Americans Who Enjoy Being Catholic ... and Vice Versa.
Retired lawyer-law professor-author. Raised in NJ, now living in Florida.
Widower and Father.
EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENTS: Summa Cum Laude, Undergrad debating scholarship, Fulbright scholarship, Campion Scholar at Oxford University, Presidential Scholar at Boston College Law School, law review editor.
DIVERSE PROFESSIONAL LIFE: Corporate lawyer, state (NJ) Deputy Atty General for Civil Rights, Law school associate professor (St. John's University), legal writer, author of guide for women at the request of the New Jersey League of Women Voters, state judiciary's chief of long range planning, state bar association's chief counsel, USIA law reform rep in Gaza and the West Bank, co-founder and overseer of 9/11 Mass Disaster relief program for World Trade Center victims.
In 2001, after 33 years of marriage and 8 children (6 living daughters), Alice, the love of my life (my high school sweetheart), died when she was only 55 years old. I still miss her deeply and always will.
But in 2002, an unexpected, new chapter began when I left the practice of law and became a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal for 3 blessed years. I served in the Hispanic apostolate and the pro-life ministry, counseling outside abortion mills in Manhattan and the Bronx. I loved the CFRs' radical commitment to poverty. I also treasured the abundant daily prayer that included Mass, the Divine Office, daily Eucharistic adoration and rosary, and both communal and private contemplative prayer.
But in 2005, while I was still in temporary vows, one of my daughters was hospitalized, with long term needs. It became clear to others and to me that my 3 years as a friar.was to become a prelude to other things.
Retiring to central Florida, I continue to see my daughter's needs as my first commitment. I also work to combat human trafficking. In my parish ministries and in my life as a single senior citizen, I try to continue the life I knew as a friar as much as I can. This website is a recent development. I hope you find it helpful and, at least occasionally, fun. I do.