Democrats predict [Rell] will follow a template used by governors everywhere when the polls are favorable: travel the state announcing state-funded projects, act gubernatorial and refrain from acknowledging the existence of one's opponents.
"What she is going to do is bake cookies, welcome people to the mansion, rush to the scene of big fires and natural disasters and generally look well-turned-out for staged photographs for the next year," said John F. Droney Jr., who was Democratic state chairman under Gov. William A. O'Neill. "That's what I'd do."
It is a classic Rose Garden strategy, named for presidents who beef up for campaigns on a steady diet of photo opportunities and announcements from the safe confines of the White House Rose Garden.
"It's going to be terribly effective," Droney said. "If the Democrats can't lure her out of the Rose Garden and engage her in meaningful debate, they can't win." (Pazniokas)
So how do Democrats plan to lure her out? So far, their strategy seems to be simply criticizing every move she makes. It hasn't worked too well, yet, as Rell's approval remains high and the state does not appear to be in any sort of immediate and visible crisis. Malloy and DeStefano hope that if they keep up the criticism, the media will start asking Rell the questions Democrats want asked, which at this point are almost all economic in nature.
I'm not holding my breath, though.
Pazniokas, Mark. "Gracious Hostess Welcomes State." Hartford Courant 4 December, 2005.