Wednesday, October 25, 2006

NYT Endorses Farrell

In a strongly worded editorial, the New York Times endorsed 4th district Congressional challenger Diane Farrell today.

From the Editorial:

When Ms. Farrell first challenged Mr. Shays two years ago, The Times chose to endorse him as a rare voice for moderation within a Republican caucus that seemed bent on distracting the electorate with assaults on gay marriage, flag burning and abortion while running up the deficit, encouraging a ruinous war in Iraq and supporting a White House bent on exalting the power of the president at the expense of the Constitution.

Now it is time to draw the line. Mr. Shays may be a beacon of integrity, but if he is re-elected, he will vote to continue House control by a party that has repeatedly sold out the country to special-interest lobbyists. His position on Iraq, which has gone through tortuous re-evaluations, now seems basically sensible. But if he is re-elected, he will support a Republican leadership that has refused to question even the most ruinous decisions by George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld about the conduct of American foreign policy.


I predict victory for Farrell.

Source

Editorial. "A Congressional Endorsement". New York Times. 10/25/06

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Read the editorial GC. Basically the NYT took a position against re-electing any Republican member of Congress. Shocking!

Gabe said...

You can be flippant, but the NYT has consistently endorsed Shays...

Anonymous said...

Newspaper Endorsements don't win you elections. Ask Dan Malloy.


This one is going to be TIIIIIGHT.

Genghis Conn said...

I didn't write this one, CGG did, but I also think that Farrell has a very good chance at victory.

Anonymous said...

Given that they said all of these things about Shays - which are all correct in my view - it's going to be very interesting to see now The Times rationalizes their forthcoming endorsment of Stay The Course Joe...

Anonymous said...

NYT has endorsed Chris Shays for every single term. I know that paper endorsements down vote, but maybe they push over the fence? We shall see.

By the way, is CT Local's crew going to do predictions or endorsements, etc.? I think one or the other would be interesting and give me reason to blow off an hour or so of work.

Anonymous said...

Farrell will win this seat. I have put my money where my mouth is with like-minded political junkies. She will win because a large number, enough to make the difference, of GOP coaltions seeking a new candidate in 2008 will vote against their own nominee. Keep your eyes on the vote disparity in Norwalk this year as opposed to two years ago and compare it to the overall numbers district wide. Do the same in Fairfield and to a lesser extent NW Stamford. If you are a Republican you will be disgusted - If you are a liberal you will be thrilled.

brickbat said...

Diane Farrell's a great lady, and an excellent candidate.

Chris Shays sealed his own doom last week with his meltdowns about Abu Ghraib and Ted Kennedy.

If nothing else, that should have caused enough people to throw up their hands and say "this guy's done."

Anonymous said...

Anon. 3:50 - or should I say, anonymous Democrat - you have no idea what you are talking about. Republicans are not going to vote for Farrell and against Shays? Republicans may have cost Weicker the Senate race in 1988 (a lesson for us all), but they will not do the same to Shays. In fact, Shays' support among Republicans district-wide is as high as it has ever been.

If Farrell wins - and I think she loses by appx. 5,000 votes - it will be because of George Bush and Shays' position on the War in Iraq.

"It's the war stupid!"

Anonymous said...

Review the numbers after election day. Coalitions who have been waiting to jump at an opportunity for upward mobility in their own party are licking their chops - In a race this close a 1/4 percent here and a 1/4 percent there begin to add up. This inside baseball is never evident in polling.

As I said, review the numbers after election day - you won't have to admit you were wrong - A raising of your eyebrows will be good enough for me.

Undercurrents kill.