Sunday, October 22, 2006

Endorsements

As you no doubt remember, this site endorsed candidates for Governor and U.S. Senate during the primary season. Reaction was mixed, and I've been doing a lot of thinking about whether we ought to be endorsing candidates. If we did, we'd only be endorsing candidates for state offices and Congress: no state rep or state senate races.

So let me put the matter to you:

Should CT Local Politics Endorse Candidates?
Yes
Maybe
No
I have no idea
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Let us know what you think! Otherwise, this can be an open forum.

22 comments:

Jim said...

oh, if only to end the mystery about which candidate Turfgirl supports for Senate.

the suspense is killing us

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

I would say no.

I think that newspaper endorsements are ridiculous, why carry them over here.

The media attaches undue importance to the endorsements that THEY HAVE MADE!

Anonymous said...

I love the pontification of the press. The Courant compares today to 1994: re "time for a change". Well, it is similar, as I recall correctly that year they endorsed all the incumbent Democrats. The only challnger I think they endorsed was Jim Maloney, who would have added to the hindsight enhanced inept Democratic house majority.

NewLondonDem said...

I prefer to let us all make our best cases, without any authority stepping in and telling us who's right.

Thanks for asking.

Anonymous said...

I suggest CTLP as a whole does not but EACH of your contributors (GC, turfgrl, Disgruntled, Chris MC, ACR, etc. each post their personal endorsements and their reasons for picking. They can each have their own thread and go race by race (plus 3 state house/senate races each, so its not overkill on those/for those who dont care)... I think you/they put so much effort into making this site what it is, you deserve to have your opinion heard. THIS is how it should be done. Please seriously consider this.

Jim said...

Anonymous said...
I suggest CTLP as a whole does not but EACH of your contributors (GC, turfgrl, Disgruntled, Chris MC, ACR, etc. each post their personal endorsements and their reasons


Hear hear, I think this is a great idea, and if I may add one more suggestion:

I'd like to see arguments for candidates, rather than screeds against their opponents.

Anonymous said...

GC...this is your blog, do as you please. If you want to make endorsements then go for it. If you don't want to make endrosements then don't do it. It doesn't matter what I think or any of the other individuals who come to the sight. Do as you please as you are the reason we have all been brought together to this wonderful website (even if it has unfortunately become a liberal group gathering). Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

If this site were to post clear, fair, non partisan logic for each endorsement I would be interested. Except in the 5th congressional district. There, the level of discussion this campaign has been so pathetically adolescent that an endorsement of either candidate would only cast doubt on all the rest.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I suggest CTLP as a whole does not but EACH of your contributors (GC, turfgrl, Disgruntled, Chris MC, ACR, etc. each post their personal endorsements and their reasons





I third this notion.

Anonymous said...

Prove Goebbels was right.

The BIG LIE LIVES!!

VOTE REPUBLICAN!!

Practical Voter said...

Endorsing candidates will only cheapen the site, making it more a political vehicle rather than a place to exchange ideas. Good of you to ask this question. Thoughtful ought to be your objective, not persuasion.

Anonymous said...

We don't need to read CLP's endorsement of Democrat or otherwise liberal candidates...it's already overly implied.

TrueBlueCT said...

GENGHIS-

I don't care to hear too much from the Quinns and Turfgirls of this world, but I would be interested to hear how you'd be voting.

Certainly I'd expect you to join me in voting for change and against Incumbency. There is a revolution afoot, and I presume you're one of the good guys.

Anyway, it would be good to hear where you stand vis-a-vis Lamont/Lieberman and the governor's race.

ken krayeske said...

Genghis -

With all due respect - I don't believe it would be appropriate for CTLP to endorse candidates. I voted no on your poll, and I was glad to see an overwhelming majority clicking the same way.

Keep this a forum for ideas. Please don't tell me how to think, avail me to arguments and I'll decide for myself.

KK

Anonymous said...

Anyone that does an internal poll that has Lamont at 63% should not be endorsing anyone.

Anonymous said...

Haven't we already decided on having a defacto endorsement on this page. His name is Ned Lamont.

Shadow said...

I also support the multiple endorsement idea; a single monolithic CLP endorsement would open you up to ignorant accusations such as the following:

> We don't need to read CLP's endorsement of Democrat or otherwise liberal
> candidates...it's already overly implied.

Out of the permanent bloggers I see regularly post political opinions here, two are conservative (Authentic Connecticut Republican and Disgruntled Republican), and two are progressive (Bobby McGee and CGG). Then there is Turfgirl, whose unequivocal support of Lieberman would suggest she is neo-con/far right on foreign policy, but more moderate on domestic issues. Finally, there is Genghis, who from every vantage point appears to cover everything down the middle. If he leans one way or the other, I sure as hell haven't been able to tell.

So out of those five permanent bloggers here (two right, two left, one center, one center/right), the balance is definitely in the center, and if anything tilts a bit to the right, not left.

As far as all other posters/bloggers who make up the rest of the discussion here, I hear a healthy amount of center, right, and left opinions every day. That's why I come here; it would be boring to go on a blog and debate with people who agree with me on everything.

Anonymous said...

Then True Blue- I'm anticipating you advocate for Rob Russo for the State Senate.

Anonymous said...

and Lou DeLuca should go too by that reasoning.

Anonymous said...

a summary matrix of which news outlet endorsed which statewide candidate might be helpful from CTLP.

Anonymous said...

How about instead of endorsements, do predictions? We can see how good the political instincts really are!

cgg said...

That's not a bad idea Anon 10:45. We could probably get something up later this week. Feel free to email me with a reminder if I forget.