No it’s not just the polls. Although the Rasmussen and Q Polls certainly indicate he is. It’s the way the Media and the DSCC are reacting, kinda like stuck pigs. Oink! The first bit of news comes from Jim Geraghty at National Review. It’s been reported that the DSCC, The Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee) has decided to pump a half a million dollars into Blumenthal’s fading campaign, money I assure you they had not counted on spending here. But this afternoon Jim Geraghty reports that after Monday’s debate debacle, more money from the national party is on the way.
After reserving roughly $500,000 in television advertising a couple days ago, the DSCC added yesterday $1.2 million to its ad buy for the remaining three weeks, according to the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake.
Now why would the national party need to spend $2 million dollars on a campaign in a blue state? Maybe Blumy’s debate performance has something to do with that.
Point two: Speaking of squealing, the McMahon campaign points out this article from Paul Bass at the NY Times:
Ms. McMahon has never called for lowering the minimum wage. In fact, she has repeatedly said she does not support lowering it. But the Blumenthal camp made the accusation stick, and many press accounts made it the story of the debate.
The charge stems from Ms. McMahon’s reaction at a news conference last week when she was asked if the minimum wage should be lowered. Here is what she said: “The minimum wage now in our country, I think we’ve set that and a lot of people have benefited from it in our country, but I think we ought to review how much it ought to be, and whether or not we ought to have increases in the minimum wage.”
She never said that, but that did not stop the Democrats from issuing press releases claiming she did.
Today Rick Green of the Courant (bless his heart), uses the NYT catch on the The Day’s false and misleading headline to try and pin the “blame the media” charge on McMahon.
And now, from the Spiro Agnew/John Rowland playbook of convict politicians: there is more evidence of a campaign-in-crisis. This just in from Team McMahon spokesman Ed Patru, who basically blames everything on the New London Day reporter Ted Mann.This is the oldest. most expected and least effective trick in the book. It was McMahon who brought up the entire issue in the first place, raising questions about the minumum wage. I don’t disagree with her, personally, but she entered radioactive territory when she did this.
Two points, Ed doesn’t blame everything on The Day, just the headline, one it manufactured, not Linda, who didn’t bring up the minimum wage but rather, was responding to a question from the media which then used her response to generate a false headline. Everyone follow?
The media’s squealing and the DSCC is panicking and all is right with the world.
NOTE: More evidence? Faced with two polls making the race a dead heat, suddenly October dawns and the media jumps on two polls that are in fact, Democrat leaning. The PPP is a nortoriously unreliable Democrat polling machine and the Merriman poll, that for some strange reason asks us the believe that Democrat voters will race to the polls this year in a percentage reflecting their 2008 registrations (for those of you who believe Dem registrations have held steady) … while undercounting independents, who make up 41% of the electorate, by ten points, in a year when independents are fired up and moving heavy to Linda.
I would say there’s a lot of shaking going on over at Dem central and it’s caught them completely off guard.