Game on: Linda vs Dick

She ran away with the primary and she’s gaining on the man who would create jobs by suing businesses. It’s gunna be delicious. I may be the only one saying this … but I smell Scott Brown and my guess is Blumy does too.

Despite the constant, and I do mean constant whacking from the mainstream media on her Wrestling background, Linda McMahon put away her opponents and don’t think for one minute it was the money, although it helped. It helped her get the message out that she is the one to help change the overspending, special interest spending in Washington.

Last night, after burying her opponents with 49% of the vote which is amazing in a three way race … she went right after her Democrat Opponent … going after him on the special interest dough he once pledged he would never take.


She will not take prisoners I can assure you, and the media will remind us everyday of her wrestling empire. Maybe they should remind the electorate of this one:


Or maybe this one:


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Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. OkieJim on August 11, 2010 at 4:28 am

    When you invoke Scott Brown, let's not forget that since his election, he's sided with the Dems just about every time. Can you spell RINO?


    Good lord, not another RINO.

  2. Tim-in-Alabama on August 11, 2010 at 4:45 am

    I think the time has come for the good of the people … for Blumie to launch an investigation into pro wrestling.

  3. TomL on August 11, 2010 at 5:07 am

    As a CEO of a billion dollar enterprise she's had to deal with all kinds of people and was quite succesful at it. I say lets give her the chance to deal with Washington.

  4. chris-os on August 11, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Ok, so Healy's strategy: putting up unqualified candidates banking on a win by name recognition alone (Peckinpaugh, McMahon).

    Lessee, she touts how she once declared bankruptcy-and then she sits there and talks about reckless spending in Washington?

    How does she fit into the GOP slogan "Just say NO to drugs?" Oh, wait, only say no if your drug use doesn't make me rich.

    Seriously, she couldn't win against a Dem in a "red" state.

    • scottm on August 11, 2010 at 6:49 am

      Well said Chris, at this particular moment I am watching an ad by Mcmahon which prominently features a manufacturing company that has a history of hiring illegal immigrants and pays them under the table at the expense of people here legally.  This is a practice that has gone on for years in good times and bad.  She also features an ad that states that Blumenthal lied when he said he had never taken money from special interests, he made those statements in January, at that time he had not taken any money.  He apparently has now taken some money but he does not have the funds to keep up with a Greenwich multi millionare who is trying to buy her way in to feed her ego. 

    • Dimsdale on August 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm

      "…putting up unqualified candidates…"?  What do you call Øbama?  The guy with a resume so thin it could cut a tomato thinner than a Ginsu knife?  How thin is the glass in that glass house?


      Are all bankruptcies a result of "reckless spending", o  Just wondering.  The Courant said "McMahon and her husband, Vincent K. McMahon, had just lost a lot of money in a series of bad investments, ranging from a construction company that went belly up, to a money-losing deal to simulcast motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel's jump across the Snake River Canyon in Idaho."  Reckless or some bad choices?


      How much of McMahon's fortune, i.e. ability to buy advertising, is offset by Blumenthal getting free face time every time there is an announcement from the AG's office?  Since we are on the topic, should every candidate be limited to spending the same amount of money on ads etc. as the one with the smallest war chest?


      Are PACs Blumenthal's only funding option?  Can he simply get donors to fund his campaign?  When he said "I've never taken PAC money and I have rejected all special interest money because I have stood strong and have taken legal action against many of those special interests." does that mean he has succumbed to those special interests and can no longer work against them as senator?  And last time I looked, he is still AG, so is he now unable to pursue action against donor firms?  Perhaps he should resign to resolve this conflict of interests.


      "Just say no to drugs".  When steroids became illegal substances in 1988, Linda effectively severed ties to the doctor involved with that.  Her husband was accused of promoting steroid use and was acquitted of all charges.  The jury ruled that steroid use had been an individual choice, not a company policy.  A "GOP" slogan?  Not really, but since it was started by Nancy Reagan in the 80's, it could be.  Apparently, the Democrat party encourages drug use, given the derision they deal out about this slogan.  Whatever works for you.


      If McMahon, like Palin, is such a losing proposition for Republicans, why do you guys complain about her so?

    • socialenemy on August 12, 2010 at 2:55 am

      And lets not forget, to use Obama's own words, her and her husband brought the WWE back "from the brink" in a time when there was no national or even world renowned wrestling company. They built their company from the ground up, made it into a billion dollar corporation that has now expanded into so many other areas besides sports entertainment. To wack her because she's a successful business person who knows what it's like to stare over the cliff of bankruptcy (LIKE WE NOW ARE THANKS OBAMA!!!!) is to blind yourself to the reality that of the two possible candidates for senate she is obviously the more qualified one.

      What would you rather have, a guy who sues cornflakes because they aren't corny enough or someone who can grab this country by the belt and truly bring us back from Obama's brink?

    • chris-os on August 12, 2010 at 3:06 am

      Wow, where do you get your info-Mcmahon's website? She refused to allow drug testing from 1996 only to resume on 2006 from the outrage over the deaths of 10 young men.. There was a WWE MD. When she got wind that the organization was about to be investigated on the allegations of providing steroids to the wrestlers, she tipped off her MD to stop the steroids. By the way, illness and deaths of employees, do you know with all the money she was making off these young men, she refused to provide health care or give pensions for any of her employees?

      Producing soft porn, encouraging hatred of gays and denigration of women…all part of the WWE empire.

      I just love this. You get all high and mighty about the sanctity of life, marriage is a sacrament…pontificating on and on -the right is truly the party of family values…of all that is just and good…and now McMahon is being glorified? Wow.

      BTW, I have said several times that I am a proponent of Palin 2012!

      And, really McMahon is a gift to the dems-just had to comment on the hypocrisy.

    • Dimsdale on August 12, 2010 at 3:50 am

      Okay, could you post a few sources?  Wikipedia, no friend to the conservative, tells a different story, but we know that Wiki is subject to both contributor and editorial abuse.  I need specifics please.  Who knows?  Maybe I will agree with you!


      And "soft porn"?  Have you seen any network TV lately?  Okay, let's say that the Republicans are just serving up lip service about some of the thing you have said (although you might have a tough time with the abortion/sanctity of life thing).  Tell me: what is the Democrat party for that they haven't been serving up as pure lip service?  Just so I won't think they are being hypocritical or anything.


      I would never glorify any politician.  McMahon is simply the lesser of two evils.  Now get out there and start pumping for McMahon and Palin!!!

  5. Army Strong on August 11, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Where was the "Tea Party" patriots yesterday? , out of the whole state yesterday we only had a 25-30% voter turnout, at a time when the future of this country is hanging on the edge of a cliff??  to me all we got yesterday was the same old politics as usual, Powerful, Rich, Politicians who are going to have control of our lives yet again. I thought the tea Party was about going out and replacing these people with hard working people from the streets of America, with Fresh Ideas? . Obama needs that seat filled by Blumenthal, and you can bet your hard earned dollar, that he and the party is going to flood this state with money, for adds, and there will be a line up of powerful Dems. including Obama, that will be making appearences here for Blumenthal.  We had a very low voter turnout in connecticut yesterday, and my guess is, it will carry over come Nov. 2nd, and the Democrats will be in contol , going forward, as we all know that a low voter turnout is a huge victory for Democrats. The Tea Party in my view, is not going to have the impact that everybody thinks it's going to , didn't show me much yesterday! They did show me that they do not have the stomach for the tuff fight ahead, and this is exactly what Obama is banking on. When the going gets tuff, the tuff?? go home. My polling place was a "Ghost Town" yesterday!  Pathetic!   Connecticut will "Never" change!  Won't be long now, before we fall off the "edge of that Cliff!" Linda McMahon is just another Rich powerful washington Business person who will keep the same old nonsense of business as usual going. Scott brown has done nothing but vote on the side of the dems, since he arrived there, another Fraud perpetraded on the american voter. They tell you what you want to hear to get them there, then the gloves and masks come off!

    • Delta on August 11, 2010 at 6:48 am

      You don't have to be a member of the Tea Party to cast your individual vote for whichever person you choose, and the election turnout could very well be different than the primary turnout, especially since it was noted that because of the weather and vacation season, voter turnout was going to be low anyway. The fact that you are linking your "disappointment" that Tea Party members were not out promoting their candidates with the "downfall of Connecticut" is silly, as the two are not mutually exclusive. Plenty of folks went out and voted for their choice and those choices were realized as someone won and someone lost. Now that we know who is running this November, the real game will start, and I imagine folks, be they Tea Party members or not, will do their best to support and generate support for their respective candidates.

    • Army Strong on August 11, 2010 at 7:31 am

      Well Delta!, it's heart warming to know that with the unemployment being what it is in this state, and so many people are out of work, that they can still find time to go on vacation and spend "Money" that they supposedly do not have, and have a great time. I have been laid off for almost a year now, spend everyday looking for a JOB!, have not even thought of taking a Vacation!, nor would I , and I took and made the time, to go and cast my votes for whom I believed who have made a difference in this state, and in this country. You want to know why voter turnout was so low, and just now was reported to be at only {20%}, it's because everybody body is to caught up in there own damn selves, and selfish, and can not take the time to do the things that will hopefully make there lives better for themselves and for the betterment of this nation, it's alway's ME, ME, ME! . I as a Veteran, find it deeply disturbing, that when you see on T.V., More Illegal Immigrants show up at rallies for there cause, then you see say for the " Tea Party Movement", tells me that this country doesn't get it, and will never get it!  everybody just wants to sit back and let someone else do the hard work for them, and then they will sit around and bragg to everybody how they were so involved in making change, when they never got up off of there butt's to do so. I am a visionary Delta!, I see things for what they really are, not some cooked up idea of what They seem to be on there Face. Most Americans can't deal with reality, thats why they do Drugs and become Alcoholics, can't deal with the every day realities of Life, so they need an cave to hide in!  And how much money has Linda spent so far to just get where she is???, $ 50 million was reported last night, and she is expexted to spend at least that much in the next two months alone if not more. Over $ One Hundred Million Plus, to have a seat in the halls of the Senate, seems to me like a really Huge Ego to me, and you want me to believe that she is really going to truely represent the people of this state, with Vigor, and Real Honesty. I was born at Night!, But not last night. I have no issues with People who made them self wealthy, I'm all for that aspect of life. Oh!, and By the way, why do we not see her Husband Vince McMahon, any where around her at any given time, he was not even at her acceptence speech last night?????, and I'm to believe that she is going to be Honest!, she does not even want her hasband anywhere near her , for fear of the News media ! I'm Glad she made  a great life for herself, and is a great provider for her family, but she will never see my vote!

    • Army Strong on August 11, 2010 at 7:40 am

      Oh!, and just so you Know!, I voted for  "Peter Schiff" . I am not a Blumenthal Backer!. Not all veterans are Dick Blumenthal Voters. Yes!, he has always been there for the Veterans and is a huge supporter of them, and he will alway's be respected for that , even me!  But not all of the vets in this state are going to flood the ballot box for him, trust me!

    • DanWH on August 11, 2010 at 11:53 am

      Army Strong, a few things.

      Voter turnout- It was a very respectable turnout for an off year primary, especially on the Republican side. For the Dems 175k  voted for Governor, in 06 it was 167k. Republican's didn't have a primary for Gov in 06, so lets compare yesterday to the 2008 Presidential primary (not a fair fight because Presidential election cycles have 10-15% higher voter turnout) 151k voted in the primary in 2008, 212k voted for Governor yesterday. With a 60k increase in Republican turnout, I would say the Tea Party was busy voting.


      Linda has actually spend 16 Million, she has said she would spend up to 50 million total. Her Husband the Vin Man has a job, He was busy running Smackdown  yesterday and lets face it winning the primary isn't exactly a huge deal, I'm sure he will show up in Nov when she wins. (coincidentally Raw is in New Jersey the day before the election) If she was  trying to avoid the wrestling connection her son-in-law Paul aka The Game aka HHH wouldn't have been by her side last night.



    • socialenemy on August 12, 2010 at 3:06 am

      "Linda McMahon is just another Rich powerful washington Business person"

      What are you talking about? When has she ever been to washington as anything more than a visitor? God, if all you lefties are going to do is fault her because she is a self made millionare then you need to go peddle your goods some place else. I don't want to hear it. I have supported Linda from the moment she announce she was running. I'm a long time fan of WWe, since I was 4, I'm 24 now. I've seen this woman on TV, I've spent money at her shows, and now I'm supporter her as she pile drives Blumey back to where he came from.

      Honestly, this is truly bothering me that the only thing anyone has against her is she's rich. Dick isn't rich? Dick hasn't admitted to being a lier? Sorry, mis remembering key facts about his time in/around/near vietnam? Well when someone can bring me some actual facts about how Linda is going to be just another fat cat politician and not random speculation, I'll take a listen. From where I sit the only fat cat politician in this race is the dirty little lier that is Dick Blumenthal and all his friends in DC.

      As for voter turnout, what did you expect? All the polls showed Linda crushing her opponents, all the polls showed Foley beating Fedele, the only surprise was Malloy, and considering he was losing in a poll released earlier this week I feel like the only people you should be mad at is the rest of the Dems who decidedto mail it in as opposed to support Lamont.

      I'll tell you one thing, come November, if they have an "R" next to their name, their getting my vote.

      And now to channel some WWE, I've got two words for you…


  6. winnie888 on August 11, 2010 at 5:58 am

    I really believe she's gonna pull it off…I reeeeeeeeeally do.  And I'm SOOOO lookin' forward to it!  I sure voted for her…bankruptcy doesn't make you an idiot business owner; circumstances can often conspire to drive you to claiming bankruptcy.  She sure has turned it around for herself, she sure can do it for the state!

  7. Army Strong on August 11, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Also Jim as a foot note here, if any body was watching the local news coverage of the Election results last night, at Dan Malloy's election headquaters, right there, out in plain view for the whole state to see, was SEIU and there members !  Now you have to remind yourself, who does SEIU support , Obama, therefore, Dan Malloy is going to be an extention of the Obama White House, so where have we changed aything here in conn. In my humble opinion, not only will we be finished in this country, if the Tea Party does not make a far better showing then it did here yesterday in conn, but we as a state are finished as well, more overreach, more taxes, way more spending. When will the madness in this state ever come to an End???   Fear the "Unkown" with Optimism!

  8. Delta on August 11, 2010 at 6:37 am

    I especially like some of the blog comments on blog.courant that attempt to defend Dick Dasterdy as some sort of good guy protecting consumers from corporate plundering. He wastes time and money launching investigations and suing companies just because a few folks didn't take the time to read the fine print, or research what they were getting into, or whatever.

    Now he is going to repeat California and other states actions and waste money fighting the video game industry over the sale of violent video games. It's a waste of time and money and only proves he is a nanny-state liberal who feels you don't need personal freedom or wealth for that matter, and if you do, share it with the other poor saps that don't have jobs because they don't want them anyway when they're living off the government.

  9. sammy22 on August 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Seems nobody of the CT Right is agreeing w/ Army Strong. I do, the facts of the turnout speak for themselves. Seems like it's easier to make pronouncements on this blog than to really walk the walk.

    • DanWH on August 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm

      The facts of the turnout do speak for themselves, over 50% of Republicans showed up to vote in the primary, more people showed up in this off year primary than showed up for presidential primary's in 2000 and 2008.

    • Delta on August 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm

      It's not as if I am agreeing or disagreeing, I actually agree with most of what Army said, we are a nation of selfish people. Since our country's founding, and especially over the last 40 years, this country's freedom and values have empowered people to seek their own freedom, happiness, wealth, and purposes from life. Civil rights, women's rights, homosexual rights, everything has evolved from this country's enormous will to connect with new facets of each others lives. I watched a thing earlier today on social empathy and how online communications has helped strengthen humanity's empathy towards others. The earthquake in Hatti, Iran, Russia vs. Georgia, 50 years ago our grandparents only knew their communities and what news was given through the radio, TV, or newspaper. Today when disaster strikes from halfway around the world, our smart phones ring moments after it happens.

      However, personal freedom comes with the cost of defending it, and people go to great lengths to secure their own happiness, be it wealth or otherwise. Traditional values and customs, like marriage and religion, have eroded and given rise to more divorces, more children born out of wedlock, violence, and other things. People are selfish by design, we always want what we should not have, and the government has responded to this by "buying your freedom" much like a parent would buy a crying child a candy bar so they stop crying. The more and more you give in to this selfishness, the more you risk that child growing up not ever learning responsibility, empathy, or to value their fellow man, they will simply line up and take the nearest handout in order to keep living their lives comfortably.

      None of this will get solved overnight, but we need to start making changes now to the way we live and govern our society so that our children and grand-children know the value of life and what it really means to be defending the freedom our forefathers fought and died for to give us from Britain. We are a nation of different races, different languages, and different ideals, but we're all American, and it's high time we started acting that way.

  10. sammy22 on August 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    BTW, I thought Rob Simmons was the darling of the Jim V. bandwagon. What happened? Threw him under the bus?

    • Dimsdale on August 11, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      I think he might have thrown himself under the bus by suspending his candidacy for so long.

    • winnie888 on August 11, 2010 at 11:55 pm

      "darling of the Jim V. bandwagon"?   hahahahahahaha!  As if Jim tells us how to vote!?!?!?!?!?!!?  The very concept is laughable!  Contrary to popular liberal belief, agreeing w/ Jim on most issues doesn't make someone incapable of independent/intelligent thought.

    • chris-os on August 12, 2010 at 2:11 am

      Sammy, you aren't the only one confused! I thought all here (specially the tea partiers and Jim0 were Shiff supporters. Day after the primary, when Jim says McMahon is thee best thing since sliced bread, everyone brags they voted McMahon!

    • Army Strong on August 13, 2010 at 7:14 am

      Touche' Sammy!  I agree! He also said that he liked Peter Schiff alot as well, but I guess the fact that peter was so far behind in the polls, and was not willing to put "His Own Money" where his mouth was, he , I'm led to believe, I guess, he voted for the Obvious in linda Mcmahon. Money and success follows each other. I vote for a candidate no matter where he or she is in the polls, if they win, obviously , is great, but if they don't , oh well, there is alway's the next election hopefully. I love Jim and his show, and I'm proud of the fact that he has made a very successful life for himself and for his family, But to walk away from a candidate solely because he or she has no shot at winning, so you now go with the populis vote, just to beat the democratic, or republican canidate is really foolish! Your just following the rest of the crowd, you won't stand on your own beliefs and the man or woman for whom you were willing to vote for, but did not make it!

  11. steve418r on August 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Wow, I think Linda is doing teriffic so far. I agree that Dick is a likable guy, but I can't see him doing us any favors as a Domocratic Senator. It will always be about voting along party lines and giving to the "downtrodden". I think that if Ted Kennedy and the liberals want to donate their money to the poor, they should do so and feel good about it. It isn't right for them to TAKE the money from those of us who work hard and don't like to see our tax dollars given to people who are cabable of fending for themselves but choose not to. Ounce an individual gets entitlements they become vicious and angry when there is talk of cutting back. Theyactually feel they have not gotten enough! I have been told "dont invite the bear to lunch because he will come back for dinner. If there is no dinner, he is going to be mad" 

  12. TomL on August 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    What some of you are missing is that many TeaParty people are independent and could not vote in the primary.

    • Army Strong on August 13, 2010 at 7:24 am

      Jeeze tom!, I thought alot of national Tea Party Independents  registered to change there affiliation, Voted, to get a certain candidate to win, so that there real Tea party  Candidate had a much better chance of winning???, where have you been. This has been going on all over the country!,  Didn't the Secretary of the state, Susan have a commercial on T.V., asking voter's  who were indepentents, that if they wanted to vote, they had to register with a  Specific party to do so!  , you do not think that they changed  there party status to vote, and will now go back to where they were, this goes on all the time! 

  13. TomL on August 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

    TeaParty people are independent thinkers from all parties. They back candidates not parties. Ideals, The Constitution, smaller government and less spending come to mind. Why would I go down to town hall and change my affiliation to vote in a primary. If I was going to do that i'd register as democrat so I could vote against candidates. In my town everyone knows one another so me changing my stripes would spread quickly and I would have no credibility when I need to talk to someone its called remaining true to your convictions. Character is better than words.

  14. TomL on August 15, 2010 at 4:47 am

    I keep listening to the 2nd video and listen to the BS that flows from the mouth of Dickh###. I can't believe that he is basically saying,  I was unaware that I was lying (being a politician and a lawyer he lies all the time) then he says he was unaware that anyone was actually listening when I was lying and I can't be held responsible how my lies are interpreted by the media who is so tired of listening to my BS that they don't even show up to listen anymore. Still more of the same BS that flows out of Washington and he's not even there yet. Next he'll be blaming Bush for his mis-spoken mis-placed words.

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