Monday, August 14, 2006

Bush Won't Back Schlesinger

PoliticalWire reports Another setback for Alan Schlesinger:
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said this morning that President Bush will not endorse Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Alan Schlesinger (R) over Sen. Joe Lieberman even though he's the Republican nominee.

And this after Schlesinger was pretty much the only Republican in Connecticut not desperately trying to distance himself from Bush:
I am one Republican who does not run away from the president," said Schlesinger, adding that he would welcome a chance to campaign in Connecticut with Bush.

All this for Joe Lieberman? Or is all this just to create as much discord in the Democratic ranks as possible?

49 comments:

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

The other shoe hasn't dropped yet; and Bush knows it.

GMR said...

I just can't imagine what Schlesinger is doing staying in the race. I mean, at this point, he must know he won't win. Does he think that this will still help his name recognition for some other office he could be appointed to? Does he just want to be on TV? Is he delusional enough to think that things will come around, the polls are wrong, and so on?

I mean seriously, what in the world is he thinking? Is there anyone in the state who thinks he has a chance?

bluecoat said...

Schlesinger was endorsed by all of the delegates who stayed around anyway at the GOP nominating convention. They all knew what they were doing because they are in touch with the people of CT. Once everybody gets to know Alan Gold, he'll be a big winner. He's the creme de la creme.

cgg said...

The plan seems to be to create discord, and not just with the party but all Connecticut voters. I think we're smart enough to see through Karl Rove's game though.

The True Gentleman said...

I see the Lamont supporters, much like Lamont, still think that everything is a game run by Karl Rove...that's sad.

bluecoat said...

the CT GOP told Mehlman to stay out of the Alan Gold affair according to what I heard Mehlman say on the meet the Preess yesterday but I didn't listen to the whole interview since I have heard Mehlman's rote before. I would say from my own informal surveys (that has included U's and D's) that a Lamont win over Lieberman doesn't seem all that sure. There are still people like Finch and Ammann who are leaning to Lieberman; you can expect the same from less high profile D's.

BRubenstein said...

Ken Melhman the RNC Chairman also on sunday declined to endorse AS...he said it was " at the request of the Ct Republicans.."

Anonymous said...

Come on....even if the plan is to create discord, i don't see ho wit works or benefits the GOP.

The real reason is: Alan Schlesinger is a world-class boob-job and doesn't have a snowball's chance in winning. He does, however, figure mightily into a Lamont victory and the prospect of a Senator Lamont at 8:01pm on Nov. 7th is enough to scare anyone straight.

Don't be surprised if Lamont NEVER badmouths Schlesinger, and even says some things that paint him as a good, viable, moderate Republican candidate. If Schlesinger gets more than 15%, we're looking at Sen. Ned Lamont.

Alan is just waiting for the big pay-off to get him out of the race, and even though I support Joe, I hope it never comes.

Anonymous said...

Dick Foley--political GENIUS!

he won't be satisfied until he's bilked every penny out of Schlesinger and sized him up for his old cell at Danbury Minimum Security.

Anonymous said...

Sad to say, but Schlesinger has gone from Repubs feeling ambivalent about him to outright despising him in record speed, one might even say "ludicrous speed"...aka, he's gone plaid.

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon 107:

How does AS staying in mean a Lamont win? Weak Republican candidate means more votes for Joe...put a decent "R" in and he takes votes from Joe...

Weicker Liker said...

It might be beneficial to check the Transcript of the White House Briefing to clarify what Tony Snow actually said.

Anonymous said...

DR--who said Repubs woudl even putup another candidate in AS's absence?

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

I did not post this:

Anonymous said...
Dick Foley--political GENIUS!

he won't be satisfied until he's bilked every penny out of Schlesinger and sized him up for his old cell at Danbury Minimum Security.
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I need more trouble out of Foley like a hole in the head and a few members and employees of CT GOP ST CENTRAL have already figured out who I am.

cgg said...

TrueGent, everything isn't a game. This particular race is. Republicans had their talking points about the primary out there with lightening speed. If only Democrats could ever manage such effiency!

Anonymous said...

ACR---you may not have posted it, but you sure RE-POSTED it.

Lock your doors tonight, and if you hear the sound of nicorette being chewed by the handful, stay away from the windows!

bluecoat said...

Stae Central still has this picture ofJodi and Alan side by side under the Candidates headline. Schlesinger is just warming up.

disgruntled_republican said...

Fair enough Anon but AS's precence certainly doesn't damage Joe's shot, I honestly think it helps it...with or without a replacement. Absence of a candidate would create complacancy.

CGG-

Not everything is a conspiracy. This is one of the occasions it is not. Most Republicans (and yes, I am generalizing) hate Lamont...pretty simple. And since AS has about a good a chance of winning this race as I do of becoming Prime Minister of Canada, we naturally shift our support to the next best thing...Joe. Republicans as a whole, here in CT and throughout the US, don't want Lamont. Just as Lamont won with a strong anti-Joe vote, Joe could win with a strong anti-Lamont vote.

If the White House can aide this by not backing AS, more power to OUR cause. Aren't we (Republicans) allowed one too?

The True Gentleman said...

bluecoat, unless that picture changes, that is not Alan Schlesinger.

The True Gentleman said...

DR, we are only allowed a cause if it is orchestrated by Karl Rove...

Anonymous said...

There are also highly placed Republicans that want a Lamont win...figuring he would be a light weight and a decent republican candidate could knock him out in 2112..whereas if Lieberman wins no republican candidate is likely to knock him out..

disgruntled_republican said...

That's definetly not AS...

disgruntled_republican said...

Couldn't disagree more again Anon-
If Joe wins this year, we can knock him off in 2012 with a good candidate. We have 6 years to groom that candidate and George at the helm, pretty good chance of it happening. He won't allow this to happen again.

bluecoat said...

DG: anyway you want to spin it is fine with me but the Republicans totally screwed up; I am U but I have never voted fro Joe and I never will just because he won't criticize Bush on the piss poor job he has done in the Middle East and in securing our nation - and I am being polite. Mehlam was on with his idiotice "the Democrats want to cut and run" focus group nonsense yesterday and he is an embarrassment to any R with half a brain - almost as bad as Howard Dean to the left..

Anonymous said...

that's middletown mayor seb giuliano--not ASs

bluecoat said...

Looks like Alan Gold to me!!!

disgruntled_republican said...

bluecoat-

I was a delegate who voted for AS. We screwed up, you are 100% correct. There is your crow, OK. I am over it and since you AREN'T a Republican, let us worry about it. If you want to vote for Ned, go right ahead (pardon the poetry) but I certainly will not.

I dont mean to be harsh but for crying out loud, this is the umpteenth time you have said it...we got it.

Anonymous said...

DG...if you think Lieberman is beatable 1 on 1 then why havent the R's put up decent strong candidates in the past? The reason they havent is because he is still strong..your logic is incorrect and your R candidate i submit would have an easier time against Lamont..

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon -

I re-thought after I posted my thought...I would agree (on beating Joe v. Ned only) but I still don't want Ned there at all.

cgg said...

DR when did I say anything about a conspiracy? If you ask me it's damn smart strategy.

REDELEPHANT said...

It makes me wonder if Joe wasn't really a republican, and the is part of the Centrist dysfunction in the Democratic Party.

If Rove ever endorses you, you've crossed to the dark side.

I thought he was of integrity, not now.

disgruntled_republican said...

cgg -

I guess I misinterpited your comments...

GMR said...

(First, it's 2012 not 2112 that Lamont or whomever would be up for reëlection. Hopefully, we can get a Republican elected to the Senate before 2112! :-) ).

I don't know why many Republicans believe that Lamont would lose in 2012 after he'd have the power of incumbency and no three-way race. You'd think the time would be now. Some Republicans may have come to the conclusion that Lamont winning may help other Republicans, even if this seat is gone. Lamont and Lieberman probably vote together 95% of the time. But while Lieberman is regarded as something of a statesman and talks of bipartisanship, Lamont clearly doesn't look like he's headed in that direction, with Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc. being top supporters. Lamont has also come out and said he'd be against earmarks, any maybe someone that the right can rally against, much like they do with Ted Kennedy or Hillary now. I hardly get any direct mail these days, but I imagine that Kennedy and Hillary are often featured in direct mail by the right, and I also imagine that Lamont could be another bogeyman. In other words, Lamont may be something of a liability for the Democrats because of his perceived close association with MoveOn and DailyKos (and with the far left being his core support, he may become one of the 5 or so most left-leaning Senators, as this is where his donor base will lie).

Lamont is certainly going to try to be less bipartisan sounding than Joe. Interestingly, in Hawaii, Daniel Akaka is under fire from a more moderate sounding Democrat...

Anonymous said...

If anyone's interested- the open forum section under congressional races is getting heated. I do love a good debate.

bluecoat said...

DG: there is an option to simply not vote for anyone for a particular office and I have done that in the past and I am sure I will do it again - maybe even this time around. And I know you get it that you screwed up but your party leaders have yet to acknowledge it. Denial is never good for anything and free speech has a way of getting it to go away..

Weicker Liker said...

Here is the Transcript Of Tony Snow's Briefing this morning.

Tony Snow really tap dances around this issue...
Q Does the President support the Republican candidate for Senate in Connecticut?

MR. SNOW: The President supports the democratic process in the state of Connecticut, and wishes them a successful election in November.

Q Wait a minute. I realize he supports democracy, but I'm wondering, does he actually support his own party's candidate?

MR. SNOW: I know that's not news --
Q Why aren't you committing -- why wouldn't the President commit support for the Republican candidate in that --

MR. SNOW: I don't know. Why do you ask? Is there something about the candidate that I should know about that would lead to judgments?

Q I'm just asking you --

MR. SNOW: No, that's just a --

Q -- it seems like a very natural thing, why wouldn't he support a member of his own party? Is it because he's well behind in the polls? Is it because the President likes Joe Lieberman? What's -- why not?

MR. SNOW: There may be -- there are a whole host of reasons the President -- I'm just not going to play.

Q It's not really a game --

MR. SNOW: It's not a game. It's not a game, but I'll -- okay, I'll tell you what. I'll refer you to the political office to give you the full judgments on that. I think you know the situation in Connecticut.

Q Following on Keith's question, so we should not routinely assume that the President is supporting the Republican nominee --

MR. SNOW: I think there's some peculiar characteristics going on in the Republican Party with the President (did he mean present) candidate, and why don't you wait and see what happens?

Q What are those characteristics?

MR. SNOW: I think I was asking you and you wouldn't play, so --

Q Are there any other states where there are peculiar characteristics, or is this one unique?

MR. SNOW: I think this one may be unique. But we'll find out. Look, I know what you're trying to do and it's great and it's great fun, but --

Q -- get an answer.

MR. SNOW: Yes, well, they know the answer.

Anonymous said...

Bluecoat...what should we do differently in the Middle East?

disgruntled_republican said...

They can't admit it bluecoat. They started when Rell asked him to back out and George followed suit, as he has to. Then they had their powwow and left a big happy family.

Like sand in the hour glass, these are days of our lives...

Anonymous said...

Weiker Liker -

Now that's some good stuff. Nice find.

bluecoat said...

anon @;24 asks:Bluecoat...what should we do differently in the Middle East? and I'll borrow from Tony Snow:Look, I know what you're trying to do and it's great and it's great fun, but -- it ain't solved with a sound bite but I;ll tell you that military wars are fought against countires not radical Islamic Fundamentalism nor any other ideology as Bush seems to think they are.

bluecoat said...

Lamont has also come out and said he'd be against earmarks the problem isn't earmarks themselves; the problem is the earmarks that are busied in usually an unrelated bill and not disclosed. This anti-earmarks thing sounds lie a Swann song. CT benefits in the Senate where the state gets a bigger vote than it does in the House. There are a lot of things Ned doesn't get about the role of the US Senate and a US Senator from CT.

Anonymous said...

Small observation - How great is it that JDS has to toss out al his signs and buy new ones with Glassman's name on them!

Cash down the toilet!

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon -

I said that the day after. No money as it is...the guy is screwed!

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

How great is that for the struggling CT lawn sign industry?

They must be backing this ticket.

Mr X said...

Bush wants a strong GOP Candidate to replace Schlesinger who isnt going anywhere.

They need to run a strong GOP Candidate I know Jodi will not give up the Governor's chair but she is the best and brighest who could win and beat both Ned and Joe. She has a 75% approval rating she would beat both hands down.

Let them put someone else up for Governor- Nancy Johnson or Kevin O'Connor.This would be a GOP winner Anyone else I say no chance stay with Alan.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Think Connecticut Republicans have problems?

Ohio Dems have it worse.

Chris MC said...

ACR -
Check out the called "Stephanie's Watch Dog Team".

And that picture of her from the Sheriff's Department. Is she drunk?

Think that race is over?

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Chris MC said... And that picture of her from the Sheriff's Department. Is she drunk?

Beats me.

Think that race is over?

Don't you?


Here we've got ourselves an Hamas supporter running in the 1st (and besides that he's really crazy!); all sorts of trouble and more coming with Alan in the senate race; how I'd love a diversion like this from the Dems here in CT.






Hmmmmmm, does Rosa drink at all do you know?

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Anonymous said...
Lock your doors tonight, and if you hear the sound of nicorette being chewed by the handful, stay away from the windows!


Hmmmmm, you do know him don't you?


I'm keeping my son who can shoot like Annie Oakly nearby at all times.