Corzine, that most tone deaf of political maestros, turned an ordinary blunder into a fiasco when he appointed Bob Franks to sell his monitization plan to an already hostile public. The plan itself is so idiotic as to need no description beyond the word gimmick.
If he's trying to sell this creation, worthy of Baron von Munchhausen, to a skeptical legislature, why did he pick a notorious political opportunist like Franks as his salesman? Franks, a former legislator/Congressman of no known principles who is famously untrustworthy, and who now looks like a Wagnerian troll, will convince no one of anything, except that the plan must be even worse than it sounds.
I got to know Franks during the early Kean years and worked on his Study Commission on Regulation. I soon learned to believe nothing he said. It's said that politics is just a form of show business for the ugly. A corollary would be that for all too many Baby Boom Republicans like Franks, politics is a branch of advertising for the uncreative. Franks was always on the make, a polished salesman of nothing in particular, except himself and his own vanity and advancement. By turns a Reagan Conservative, a Kean Republican, a Gingrich Conservative and finally the great white hope of the GOP moderates; was he any of these things, or none?
So on second thought, Corzine has found the perfect messenger for this plan.