Friday, August 13, 2010

Conservative cannidate wins Connecticut primary

- elites fall to the ground in paroxysms of foaming madness

From American Thinker:

The professional politicians mocked her. The mainstream media spent each week finding new ways to paint her as the greatest threat ever to Obama's government. Never mind that she had built an entertainment empire worth more than $1.1 billion, and created more private sector jobs in the state of Connecticut than the combined efforts of its Republican and Democratic elites over the past two decades. No, leave it to the wisdom and might of professional politicians and mainstream media: no amateurs need apply.

Linda McMahon refused to give in, forging ahead in her quest for the seat now held by Democratic Senator Chris Dodd. Nasty? Sure, but nothing she had not seen during 30 years creating and heading one of the nation's most successful entertainment companies, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). But she kept going, and this week received 49% of the votes in a three-way primary, with 28% going to the unanimous choice of the political and media elites, a former RINO congressman and Yale professor. Today the ruling class is in mourning.

They tried, and tried hard. The Hearst newspapers, which before the Internet age had dominated the southern portion of the state bordering metropolitan New York City, repeatedly attacked her, citing lack of government experience. Anyone can make money, they said; except, of course, the Hearst newspaper operations, which would no longer exist were it not for the magazine and broadcast divisions.

The New York Times, in particular, used the combined influence of its Manhattan flagship and its fast-disappearing Boson Globe on the northeast border of the state to oppose her. Wrestling, they said, is a nasty business that caters to lowlifes -- you know, the kind of people who live in Queens and are not allowed in the newspaper's taxpayer-subsidized Manhattan headquarters, thanks to lease covenants insisted upon by Times management. She just won't fit in Obama's Washington, they repeatedly told Connecticut primary voters. This week, the Times received a reply: "And your point is...?"

Next up: Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a friend of disgraced New York governor Eliot Spitzer who has made a career of suing corporations operating in the state. "I would hope they do a better job of digging into his background, his career of chasing jobs away from the state," she told American Thinker, her voice rising for emphasis. "He knows how to squeeze and stifle business -- is that what we want?"

She just laughs at the wrestling references. She's a "grilled chicken" and "hamburger" kind of lady, she tells us, who has "a better understanding" of where the money for the expense accounts of career politicians like Blumenthal comes from. Blumenthal is nothing if not a career politician with the kind of Ivy League and "anti-business" credentials that would guarantee him a warm welcome in Obama's Washington.

McMahon laughs again. This has been a good week for her. "It's a clear choice between someone who creates jobs, and someone who kills jobs." Someone must be listening. A new Quinnipiac poll shows Blumenthal leading McMahon 50%-40%, a ten point difference. Two weeks ago, the difference was 17 points, and at the beginning of June 23 points.

This is good news indeed.

One of the few times I have been truly disappointed with Ann Coulter was when she jumped on the ruling party bandwagon against Ms. McMahon. But no one is perfect and Ms. Coulter's great flaw is that she is an elitist (remember her great objection to George W Bush's Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers was that she didn't attend an Ivy League law school, but rather graduated from a "cow college").

We are told that Connecticut is the richest and most highly educated state in the Union and for that reason they will never elect a "professional wrestler" to the Senate.

I could point out that people who would ever will elect Chris Dodd to anything have to be immune to shame, but I won't. I have to remind myself that while Chris Dodd has always looked like a pathetic half-wit and clown to real Americans (you know, people who live in "flyover country", go to church, own guns and didn't attend Harvard) to the elites he has always looked like one of them.

That is until he and his good buddy Barny Frank orchestrated the financial meltdown which has all those rich and well educated Connecticut elites looking at their shrinking net worth and casting about for someone - anyone - who can fix the fraking economy.

And into that environment steps a woman who has already built a billion-dollar business from the ground up and who therefore can be expected to understand a thing or two about economics.

In this election year I (and Connecticut Republicans) believe that even East Coast snobs will hold their noses and vote for someone who is actually competent to do the job (rather than the ruling class drone they would normally prefer to vote for).

If I and the Connecticut GOP is wrong the Senate will get another member who votes with the Democrats all of the time instead of only when it really counts (like John McCain and Lindsey Graham).

But if I and the Connecticut GOP are correct think about what a message that will send to the elite inside-the-beltway ruling class member wannabe RINO establishment (talk about gnashing teeth and staining underwear).

I think it's a gamble worth taking.