Coulter writes: Dear Sarah Palin, Please endorse Rob Simmons
Now this is a wake up call Connecticut and tells you that some people still consider Connecticut important. Ann Coulter in her column this morning is pleading with Sarah Palin, the Queen maker, to make a new King in … Connecticut, former Congressman Rob Simmons. Coulter is from Connecticut and has a stake in this one, but is the timing too late?
We all know Simmons has withdrawn from the race. He saw that without the cash the WWE champion brought to the table, he had little chance of escaping the primary. But Coulter makes her plea based on the assumption that Linda McMahon can’t win and Simmons can. I mean the choice right now is between a man who not only lied about his service but also believes suing large corporations “create or save” jobs. Her argument is persuasive. But it hinges on Palin.
Any half-wit knows Connecticut will not vote for a professional wrestling “impresario” for the U.S. Senate. So unless Republicans have secret information that Blumenthal does enjoy dressing up in diapers, Republicans are forfeiting a Senate seat for no reason.
By contrast, Rob Simmons, who recently suspended his primary campaign against McMahon for lack of money, is a Haverford College graduate, a former Yale professor and an Army colonel. Unlike fantasist Blumenthal, Simmons really did serve in Vietnam, coming home with two Bronze Stars.
And Simmons, who remains on the Aug. 9 primary ballot, can win even in moderate-Republican Connecticut. He’s good on taxes, he’s good on defense — and he’s the best Connecticut is ever going to get.
Simmons was elected to Congress three times from a very liberal Connecticut district, beating an incumbent Democrat in his first run. As a result, he had the distinction of representing the largest number of Democrats of any Republican in the House of Representatives. Even in the dark Republican year of 2006, Simmons lost to his Democratic challenger by only 83 votes.
When Simmons left the race polls showed he was trailing Blumenthal badly, but then, so was McMahaon. And he trailed Blumenthal by just 11 points right after “the lie”. Sure, folks in Connecticut have settled in with their comfortable shoe, but given the volatility of the electorate, a strong campaign and a strong candidate speaking “truth to power”, or rather “truth to the sleepy”, could make a difference. Read the whole thing. What say you?
Maybe a Sarah Palin endorsement COULD, and I center it around the word COULD get Rob Simmons campaign going again. There is just something in what Sarah Palin does that brings life to good conservative/libertarian canidates for public office. Just a few thoughts Jim. :)=^..^=
Thanks Jim, Our Conservative Women's Group from Essex, just sent this out. I am a huge Simmons supporter and plan to continue my support of him until the Primary (or after if he can pull off the win) as a volunteer. However, I disagree with Ann Coulter on one point. I don't think Palin resonates with the majority of Connecticut voters. We need to get the Independents vote. Connecticut is too blue to listen to Palin! Lynn
OK. What about Peter Schiff? Is there a reason Coulter did not even mention him in her article? Polls seem to show Schiff and McMahon at least have an even shot up against Blumenthal.
She does have a point that Simmons may have a better chance – in blue Connecticut – as compared to McMahon, and that may be the case with Schiff since he's more in the wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee mode that may not suit Connecticut voters.
As a reminder, Simmons is – for now at least – out of it by choice.
Hummm… What if Sarah Palin endorsed Schiff?
Don't hold your breath.
See the tuesday primaries. Sarah has endorsed only those with double digit leads and GOP party choices.
Most shocking was her choice of Branstad in Iowa-very moderate governor over the very conservative Van Der Plaats.
Too late Coulter. As qualified as he is, Simmons does not exude strength. McMahon's lewd entertainment business is her biggest liability. Schiff is a question mark to most citizens. Blumenthal is a legend in his own mind. Connecticut deserves a better choice. We need someone not tied to unions or big business. We need someone who understands the Constitution from the Constitution state. Who will lead this country and our state towards fiscal sanity and national security???? Who???
Money talks, and McMahon has it. I agree with Coulter – if anyone knew about Linda's husband, Vince, and the controversy surrounding him, they wouldn't vote for McMahon for Senate. No Connecticut resident would want to have to say, "Yeah, we have a professional wrestling imprisario as our Senator. We were hoping Hulk Hogan would move to the state, but that didn't work out, so we had to settle for what we could get." Yet, we do live in Connecticut, and a Palin endorsement could do more harm than good because the Democrats would have a field day. I don't think we need to give them any more ammunition than they already have.
Disappointed that Jim hung up on me. The fact remains that Linda McMahon defeated Rob Simmons AND Peter Schiff at the convention. I was there. I voted for Linda. Simmons suspended his campaign AFTER the defeat, but kept his name on the ballot. Schiff is trying to petition his way to a primary.
The real news is that McMahon, starting from scratch just ten months ago, caught up with and defeated a career politician — Rob Simmons — who was a former U.S. Congressman and statewide small business advocate for the Rell administration. Saying McMahon can't win is just not supported by the facts.
I was there too George, as a delegate, and I voted for Linda. I have met both candidates on numerous occasions and have had good talks with them to form an opinion. I lean toward McMahon because of her outsider, business savvy, and freedom from special interests. I realize her past may influence some narrow minded people but if you look into every candidates past there is always some sort of skeleton lurking around. We need to look forward and grasp reality and in Connecticut right now, reality is JOBS!
Personally, I think our best bet is still Schiff.
Rob Simmons… I met the man once when he came to speak to my town committee and the impression that came screaming at me was that, whatever his good points, he's another goverment-centered politician. His record seems to indicate that too – the solutions aren't statist, but they are still centered in a government can fix it mindset. I'm not exactly an old guy (26) but I'm sick and tired of seeing candidates chosen based on being inoffensive enough that we feel people will vote for them, rather than someone who actually believes in limited government.
I live in the 2nd Congressional District, and though I like Rob Simmons, enjoy his radio appearances, appreciate his knowledge, wish he were our rep over Courtney, I still lean to Linda McMahon for the Senate. We need the fresh blood who understand staying in a budget and is not a career politician.
I asked my husband what he thought of Simmons running for Senate and he said he would be little different than a Democrat. My husband is a Democrat–calls himself a "Zel Miller Democrat".
Why am I having such a difficult with this race? So much about it bothers me…Would be happy to vote for Simmons or Schiff but no one bothered to ask me what I wanted! How rude!
I still say that it doesn't matter who the Republicans run against Blumie…he's going to win and we'll be stuck with him for many years to come…just as we were with Dodd.
Ugh…Starting to lose enthusiasm for November…
Then maybe Ann can find Rob Simmons a campaign manager that can run a campaign and sell the candidate on his accomplishments, stance and what he can do. Honestly, I got dosed with so many emails, twit messages, etc., from the Simmons campaign "all" complaining about Linda McMahon. His campaign and reason for suspending it, was "all" about Linda McMahon. Talk about free PR for the opponent. The only good news about this race is that we definitely know Chris Dodd won't be back. Now we are forced to choose between candidates that most of us would rather not.
April Lynn, Yes, you are right about a better Campaign Manager. Simmons was running on a shoe string. He had a very young campaign staff. They were enthusiastic, but naive and spent way too much time countering Linda instead of attacking the issues. I was thrilled to see Simmons could attract so many young, loyal workers and they did their very best. But they needed a little seasoning. Schiff is my second choice but he reminds me of George H. W. Bush, smart, extremely capable, great debater but no fire in the belly.
Rob Simmons, nice guy but part of the problem. Politicians are the problem, we do not need any more.
Schiff is the best candidate but people do not like to hear the truth.
Let's see what happens with the primary, where, maybe, the people will get to choose a candidate instead of the bought party hacks.