Gulp! She’s got him in a hammer lock. He’s down. There’s one shoulder on the mat. Ooooooooooh, the Attorney General is looking for someone to tag. Linda McMahon continues to prove the experts (other than moi) wrong, wrong, wrong and more proof that even in Connecticut, no Democrat is safe.
And why should they be? Democrats have controlled the Connecticut State House and Senate and the state is swimming in debt that’s approaching more than $3 billion. Like other states, it only could balance the budget by postponing payments to the state pension fund. It’s Congressional delegation all voted for the stimulus and the porkapalooza and Obamacare (which even here is getting a thumbs down). And along comes Mr. “More of the Same”.
Propelled by Connecticut likely voters who say they are “angry” with government, former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate, is closing in on Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the Democrat, and now trails just 49 – 46 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
This compares to a 51 – 45 percent Blumenthal lead in a September 14 likely voter survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll, conducted by live interviewers.
The internals are interesting too, as independents and voters “angry with the government” swing toward McMahon.
In today’s survey, 4 percent are undecided and 9 percent of voters who name a candidate say they could change their mind by Election Day. Blumenthal leads 89 – 9 percent among Democrats. McMahon leads 80 – 16 percent among Republicans. Independent voters shift from 47 – 46 percent for Blumenthal September 14 to 49 – 44 percent for McMahon today. In a gender reversal, women back Blumenthal 56 – 39 percent while men back McMahon 52 – 44 percent
The 33 percent of likely voters who say they are “angry” with the federal government support McMahon 78 – 20 percent.
Blumenthal has no one to blame except himself and … well the President, whose left wing agenda that has turned the stomachs of even Connecticut yankees. He lied on his Vietnam service and then denied he lied which even cost him Chris Matthews:
Then he lied about his support of cap and tax. And his idea of creating jobs for Connecticut is to sue business. Oh brother. Remember? From the Connecticut Senate Primary debate with Merrick Alpert
Meanwhile, Linda has run a smart, unrelenting campaign. She’s hit him hard on his “mis-statesments”, first on Vietnam and then on Cap and Tax, which first he denied he supported, then when confronted with his own words, told Connecticut he supported another version. And then, while he stood there stunned, she calmly presented her views on the issues: repeal Obamacare, extend the current tax rates, and stop Government spending.
She’s pro-choice, which for me is disappointing, but I guess in Connecticut, it’s a popular postion. But on everything else she’s running a smaller, less intrusive government campaign that resonates, as it should, with cranky Yankees.
I’ve been saying for sometime now that scratch a New Englander and underneath you find a libertarian, if not a conservatarian, yearning to break out. This may just be the year.
UPDATE: This one’s too easy, but I thought appropriate.