This article shown in part, raises the same question I’ve had of late. Is State Attorney Richard Blumenthals quest for the U.S. Senate seat slipping through his fingers.
Was The New York Times on target in the spring when the newspaper reported that some Democrats were wringing their hands, worrying that Blumenthal was “Martha Coakley in pants,” a longtime attorney general about to squander a popular career on a lame political campaign, like his counterpart in Massachusetts.
That was back in April, of course, long before McMahon finished off her Republican challengers and began to focus squarely on Coakley, er, Blumenthal.
Some ads have surfaced, in the meantime, from Democrats willing to jab McMahon where she seems most vulnerable. One, for instance, features her husband in the ring, demanding that a woman before him strip down and bark like a dog.
Indeed, much of the WWE programming should be an anathema to Republicans who espouse core family values, and yet voters, including many hardcore Republicans, continue to successfully look away when these issues are raised against McMahon.
She still trails in the polls, but has been gaining ground and does remarkably well at the moment against a Democrat who has polished his Connecticut credentials and popularity for so long.
So is the attorney general wise in staying above the fray? Why is he not fighting back?
The article goes on to suggest that Blumenthal should focus on directly addressing the issues of the campaign and the differences between him and McMahon. But even there he is at a disadvantage. Blumenthal to put it bluntly is a horrible speaker. The lawyer in him is translated in the overly measured responses he gives, as to make sure he says nothing that may be misconstrued. His robotic monotone delivery is void of any excitement, fire, motivation, or even expectations and he needs to jazz up his style or risk putting the voters to sleep. McMahon by contrast is just the opposite, straightforward, fiery, direct, and confident of her postions. The election is getting closer, and the polls are too, so now is the time for Blumenthal to change his course of action.