I’ll be watching the Connecticut Senate race, where it’s popular Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) v. WWE magnate Linda McMahon (R). If Blumenthal gets into trouble in this heavily Democratic state, then it could be a blow-out for the Republicans nationally. Connecticut generally gets their poll results fast, so we should know quickly.
Liberal columnist Colin McEnroe of the Hartford Courant on Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumental’s campaign for Senate as a Democrat. Blumenthal should be coasting to victory against his Republican opponent, WWE magnate Linda McMahon, but he’s not. He was ahead by upwards of 32 points, now he’s ahead by just a few and McMahon is surging.
What Blumenthal Should Do
I have no idea, actually.
I suppose that first you have to admit that your current strategy isn’t working. You need sets of eyes and ears on what you’ve been doing. You have be decisively superior in your debates.
You have to decide — if you haven’t already — whether to write a check to your own campaign.
But the drift of this campaign is like climate change. At a certain point, the trends are so steep that it doesn’t matter whether we recycle or not.
It hasn’t gotten that bad yet, but it’s getting there. Blumenthal has just a few days to find a new message and a media strategy that fits his persona and then a month in which to pound it home.
There are so many Democratic campaigns like this now. They don’t know what they stand for, and are getting pulverized by anti-incumbency fever and Republicans who take a stand, noxious as their stand might be.
If a popular Democrat can’t win in a heavily Democratic state, then the Democratic Party is in big trouble.
Colin McEnroe writing for the Hartford Courant. ( CT Atty Gen Richard Blumenthal is running for Senate against Linda McMahon, WWE mogul)
17 percent of likely voters in Connecticut consider themselves members of the Tea Party movement. That’s a lot higher than I would have guessed. Is it a sampling fluke, or is voter restlessness and anger flowing in this surprising direction?
I grew up in Connecticut and lived there for a year in 2007. That so many in a prosperous, supposed Yankee blueblood state would identify with the Tea Party is quite extraordinary. But Democrats mostly have themselves to blame. They don’t know what they stand for.
This is starting to look — for Obama and Blumenthal – like a Yeats election. The best lack all intensity and the worst are full of passionate conviction. Blumenthal needs money and a narrative that connects him, as a human being, to the people. Today, he sees what a lackluster self-presentation gets you — a six-point lead with the consistency of a Chips Ahoy cookie. He needs to remind people of why they used to like him so much.