Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Open Forum

Alan Schlesinger says he wants to pull half of the troops out of Iraq by the end of the year. Maybe that's just what he actually, honestly wants to see happen, but I don't think it'll help him politically.

Dan Malloy points to manufacturing job losses in Enfield and Groton as a sign of Gov. Rell's weakness on jobs. I don't think we at the state level can do anything about jobs going to Mexico... and at least more R&D is coming to Groton.

Lewis the Cat is spared, striking fear into the hearts of Avon ladies everywhere.

What else is happening?

13 comments:

cgg said...

Glad Lewis's life was spared. His story makes me feel better about my own psycho cat. :)

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

I believe Lewis is allowed to leave the house only in this approved cat carrier

cgg said...

Focus on the Feline. I like that.

I wonder if any bloggers have demanded to know who Lewis will support in the primary.

BRubenstein said...

PSSSSTTT..Lewis the cat just asked for an absentee ballot...seems he is a big fan of Lamont and doesnt like Joementum catting around with Sean Hannity,Jerry Falwell or his close friend Bill Bennett.

Chris MC said...

"My presence here today has to do with the war, the war, the war," said former Gov. Lowell Weicker, introducing Lamont in Chester. "I am not a Democratic activist. I am an anti-war activist."

I'm just sayin'.

Chris MC said...

...selling their message outside the liberal and anti-Lieberman wing of the Democratic Party. Can they get a mass of people energized who aren't already with them? If they can't, the Connecticut Senate race may be the place where Democrats learn first about the promise of blog politics, and then learn second about its limits.

George notwithstanding. Again, I'm just sayin'...

(both links from the Slate piece which is very good, IMO).

MikeCT said...

Frank Farricker, State Senate candidate challenging Nickerson, has a video, courtesy of Aldon.

Aldon Hynes said...

Thanks for the Hat Tip, MikeCT.

I've also put up a video of Ed Krumeich on YouTube.

It would be great to see more videos of local candidates online. If any candidates are speaking, preferably in the Fairfield County area, let me know, and I'll put videos online.

Also, for those interested in expanding the use of citizen videos, please check out the Media Giraffe Project Summit. If you're interested in finding out more, please contact me.

bluecoat said...

GC: Schlesinger was talking about pulling half of the troops out of iraq and redploying them to the borders before he was nominated at the convention...I think his comments/plan is naive because he didn't mention the work needed by DOS but I don't think it will hurt him with Republicans...

TSCowperthwait said...

Bluecoat and GC, Schlesinger's position on troop withdrawal has already hurt him with Republicans...

bluecoat said...

TSC: understood on that; I meant as far as the voting public and not those who would help out with his campaigns....I don't think he is a very strong candididate....but I also don't think the final answer in Iraq is the military and quite frankly neither do they but their job is once an order is given to salute, say 'aye,aye..' and execute, which they have doen superbly despite Condi's statement that "tactical errors", which meant the military ops, were made....BTW that comment by Rice was actually the last straw that brought the retired ground fighting generals to speak out...

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GMR said...

I don't know what kind of strategy this is, but is it based on any military assessment? Why half? Why not a quarter or three quarters? Was half just pulled out of the air, or is it based on some sort of military planning?

If you're for this war, then you either need to commit to letting someone who is military-qualified to figure out what type of troops we need, how they should be armed and armoured, and so on, or you need to have a sufficient background to figure this out yourself.

What's the right amount of troops there? I have no idea, it could be half of what we have or double the number we have. But I doubt that the mayor of Derby, Connecticut has any idea either.

What was the basis of this comment that Schlesinger made? Why did he think it would help?