Change! Blumenthal widens lead over McMahon

How? Why? Because he knows the economy so well? Because his cure for unemployment is sue the companies that provide the jobs? No, wait. It’s wrestling. Yeah, that’s it. Wrestling? This, my friends, is scary.

The latest Quinnipiac Poll has AG Richard “I’ll sue your ass” Blumenthal with an 11 point lead over Linda McMahon, as Democrats, Independents and … women, flock to the man who thinks only government can create a job. Egads.

After Linda McMahon had climbed to within 3 points of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, he has stopped her momentum and increased his lead by 8 points in two weeks. While September wasn’t very good for Blumenthal, perhaps like Reggie Jackson, he could be called ‘Mr. October,'” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. “Fueled by a surge in support from women, Democrats and independents, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has his best poll numbers since the start of the fall campaign.

So Q shows, people like him better now, now that they’ve heard him stumble his way through business and economic issues? No, not really. Forget the Democrat strength. The key here is McMahon’s standing among women.

Linda McMahon may have peaked too soon and her advertising saturation could be causing ‘McMahon fatigue. Blumenthal is running stronger among Democrats than McMahon is running among Republicans. He is winning women by an overwhelming 31-point margin, while McMahon has struggled with women throughout the campaign. They have a negative image of her but like him by more than 2-1,” Dr. Schwartz added.

I like Doug Schwartz’s poll. I do, so I don’t doubt the results but I wonder if this is how the election actually plays out and here’s why.

Blumenthal has 95% of Democrats in the latest poll, while McMahon captures 87% of the Republican vote. That means a good chunk of this margin is Democrats in a year when it’s the Republicans who are energized.  The other big base of support comes from women who support Blumenthal by 63 to 32. 2 to 1? Is it wrestling? In this economy, it’s wrestling? Well the NYT thinks so.

We have larger concerns with the Republican, Linda McMahon. She made her name and lots of money by running World Wrestling Entertainment, a noisy, demeaning business. Her policy positions, when you can discern them, are remixes of failed trickle-down ideas.

Well ladies … remember this is the party that called the Republican woman Gubernatorial Candidate in California a “whore”, and the party that demeaned the 2008 Republican woman VP candidate by attacking her special needs child, and the party that attacked the South Carolina Republican candidate for Governor for having an affair that never happened, and the party that told the Republican senatorial candidate in Connecticut HE would not be lectured by a ….. woman.


I don’t have the internals on this poll yet … but when I get them I will update. My guess is a lot of these numbers will depend on turnout and if it’s the Democrats alone that are giving him this boost, this race is much tighter then the poll suggests. Or am I just being a Pollyanna?

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  1. winnie888 on October 14, 2010 at 3:07 am

    This is so disheartening.  That WWE is the central issue for nearly all democrats (and democrat womyn) who despise Linda, and that Dick keeps harping on it, possibly (?) in an attempt to avoid discussing issues or answering questions during a debate, is astounding to me.  And after that minimum wage gotcha question for Linda, I love how Dick has identified it as one of the key issues of this senate race.

    So, am I to understand that Dick's platform is "I'm anti-WWE"?  I haven't heard anything issue-related come out of his mouth…he just toots his own horn for doing his JOB and really, didn't he get paid for that?  Is he that needy that he has to get an "atta boy" every time he stands at a podium?  Gimme a break.

    Nov. 2nd can't get here soon enough.

  2. Plainvillian on October 14, 2010 at 3:19 am

    In the "Land of Steady Handouts" that the one party state of Corrupticut has become, the mechanical cadaver is entitled to any office he wants so Blumenthal will become Senator For Life.  I said this before the primaries.  I think the final vote will be closer than 12 points, but the useful idiots will send the lefty to Washington.

    One party rule has created urban sewers of once great cities all over the country and our little state is fast becoming a state wide example of the results of long one party rule.  Mr. Blumenthal should be comfortable in the cesspool that is Washington DC where liars abound and thrive.

  3. Lynn on October 14, 2010 at 3:32 am

    I did phoning last night to Independants, it was alarming! If what I saw of the responses is indicative of the state, we are in trouble. Granted there were only a few of us and we were calling Haddam and Chester, which may not be conservative country, but the Union support is a very scary thing in Connecticut. Conservatives are babes in the woods when it comes to political activism. Nothing is sacred, it is all out war! Blumenthal wasn't in Vietnam, but he was a trained Marine and he has remained in office forever.




  4. sammy22 on October 14, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Did not know that the WWE was quality, family entertainment. Glad Linda set me straight.

  5. chris-os on October 14, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Don't know why women cannot vote for Mcmahon.

    Maybe because of her depicting men beating women…maybe women being made to get on all fours and bark like a dog-I do not know.
    (Don't watch this if your children are in the room.)

    But, it's only entertainment.

    And , btw, her own daughter is in this video-her daughter..

    Is nothing sacred indeed.

  6. TomL on October 14, 2010 at 3:59 am

    You can watch all the video's of the WWE you want, but remember they are being paid big $$$$ to do so.

  7. sammy22 on October 14, 2010 at 5:22 am

    I suppose something is left over for Ms. McMahon so she can spend it on her campaign. Is it $50,000,000 or so that she expected to spend? Hope she has some left over for groceries!

  8. rickyrock on October 14, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Something is very odd when someone will spend 50 million for a job that pays 144,000 that's spending 347  times more than you'll make in a year.There has to be some other reason.Linda McMahon doesn't have any definite plans that I heard for dealing with social security,medicare,health care.You can't just bash the other opponent ad nauseum ………it never works.With all her millions,all her advisers she hasn't figured it out.

  9. Erik Blazynski on October 14, 2010 at 8:34 am

    strangely I think that people feel sorry for him.

  10. Lynn on October 14, 2010 at 9:04 am

    rickyrock, I assume you went to the debate, did you not hear Mrs. McMahon (also known as Mrs. Blumenthal by Anne Nyberg) say that she wants to work towards a bi-partisan approach to solving the Social Security, Medicare and (in my words hideous debacle of) Healthcare. This is one of the reasons why I do support her. The Democrats thought it made sense to hide behind closed doors and hobble together pork, entitlements, and a ton of mandates to help REDUCE Healthcare costs. When indeed, there are no provisions to reduce the cost of healthcare ie. TORT Reform, selling insurance across state lines or allowing citizens to pick and choose from a variety of insurance plans that would meet their specific needs. Instead in 2012, we have to buy a one size-fits-all insurance plan of doubtful quality. I don't want one party to solve these complicated problems. She said (and I paraphrase) that she doesn't want to get a mindset on one plan right now until all reasonable options are examined in a BI-Partisan approach to solve these plans. And what is Blumenthal's plan to solve these problems? Sue them away, I presume.

  11. sammy22 on October 14, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Neither candidate can come up with anything more than platitudes for these issues. What to do is easy. HOW to do it is hard, and candidates simply do not have the guts to take controversial stands. And neither of them is Mr. or Ms. excitement!

  12. pauldow on October 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I've got to believe that people who vote for Blumenthal actually believe that every business is run by greedy, evil people, whose sole purpose is to lie and cheat to build their wealth at the expense of the poor people. The world to them would be a much better place if there were no businesses to take advantage of "hard working" Americans who want the benevolent giverment take care of all their needs.

  13. porschepete on October 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    This poll will get angry masses out to vote, maybe liberal voters stay home if the pollas have him ahead. 

  14. JollyRoger on October 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I think there are lots of zombies out there who support Bloomie- they don't want hope and change because they like things just the way they are…  Linda is like Marcia-the-shark, so the jury weighs in twelve to zero!  It doesn't matter if we're murdering business in this state- the feds will bail us out!

  15. rickyrock on October 14, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    LYNNE ………telling us that she will work in a bi-partisan manner on these issues is not an answer it's more bs………anyone can answer in this vague way.Again it's not an answer …she relied on negative ads and it's simply not enough .The polls notwithstanding ,many people I know .even conservatives don't like the negative message. Interestingly the polls also show that tea partiers do like some aspect of the health care bill namely pre-existing condition coverage. This woman is spending this enormous amount of help change the laws to favor big business….end of story.

  16. joe_m on October 15, 2010 at 3:10 am

    The issue is that McMahon is a RINO. She has my vote only because Blumenthal is so much worse.

    So, voting for the lessor of 2 evils does not generate much support

  17. rjan on October 15, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Linda will never win because she doesn't stand for anything but herself.She will go down like Ned

    Lamont the other phony millionaire, and like Foley who is as shady as Rowland. 

  18. Dimsdale on October 15, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Could someone please get rid of my phony millionaire, John Kerry?


    As an outsider, I can't see how you can say Malloy is any less shady than Foley, or that McMahon is spending any less money than Rambo.  It just happens to be her own.


    If you like what the Democrat Party is doing to you, then vote for them.  Just don't complain later.

  19. Lynn on October 17, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Rickyrock, Again, I do not want a political soundbite by candidates when they are discussing Healthcare. The govt. has no business providing us with Healthcare, with our tax dollars. I want Healthcare Reform, not a PLAN forced down our throat. So, I want Congress to go back, repeal the Frankenstein they have created and allow states to handle the reform. I think everyone likes pre-existing condition coverage, it is the ONLY aspect of that "obamanation" of a bill that is helpful. However, the devil is in the details. Connecticut has policies available for people with pre-existing conditions. I know first hand how expensive they are, but states could be reimbursed for partial coverage for this pool of people. This would lower the cost of healthcare with the other suggestions above which were made by Republicans. After all that was the original purpose of Healthcare Reform.

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