Well, actually he’s a physicist, but that’s the slogan of a popular bumper sticker here in the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey. Rush Holt, the Democratic incumbent, won handily in yesterday’s election. I squirmed when voting for the Democratic senatorial candidate, Bob Menendez, who carries a whiff of the notorious Jersey political machine, but given the alternative (Kean, Jr., a Bush sycophant), the choice was clear. However, when casting my vote for Holt, I felt good. I confidently pressed the button next to Holt’s name on the electronic ballot, pumped my fist in the air and shouted, “G-o-o-o-o-o, Democracy!” OK, maybe I was more genteel than that, but that was my mental imagery in the voting booth.
Holt is a great representative. He’s wicked smart, has plenty of integrity and then some, and he’s a wonderful advocate for science. Congratulations, Rush!