Connecticut Politics and Elections: Coverage, Analysis, Maps and Commentary
Geez,Everyone is lamenting the "death of the GOP" in Connecticut. Everything is practically the same as it was a month ago! Only difference is a loss of a couple of seats in the State House and two congressmen who were swept in the national anti-Bush tide (one of whom essentially tied).CT GOP does need a lot of the things in this list-- a coherent agenda, compelling leaders, etc. But they needed this two months ago as well.Let's hope they get it-- one party rule is not healthy for democracy.
CT GOP does need a lot of the things in this list-- a coherent agenda, compelling leaders, etc. But they needed this two months ago as well.I agree, Anonymous--things really aren't all that different. In fact, things have been bad for Republicans for a long, long time. But it's possible that there is a breaking point for them.
Things will stay this way until there is a Democrat governor. Once that happens, you watch the "shit storm" that pops up.
Okay.. I'm not a republican (I wasn't a Dem until August).. but I'm tired of the 'us vs them' mentality. It's about having at LEAST two candidates that are solid .. just once I'd like to have a problem choosing who to vote for. is that too much to ask? Have candidates that arent' so freaked out about OMG GAY MARRAIGE or OMG THE BAYIBEEEZ (abortion or stem cell) and are more concerned with my out of control taxes and universal health care/aid for those who are in need. AM I ASKING TOO MUCH? damn I hope not.
The problem is Republican office holders don't even care about the republican party i.e Jodi Rell, and Chris Shays. You think Jodi gives two craps about republicans? She would dump the whole party if it meant keeping her 85% approval rating and not an 84%. No one supports each other and the people at the top keep selecting poor candidates becuase they don't want to draw attention away from theirselves.
A healthy two-party system is important. Otherwise, we get internal bickering ala Lamont/Lieberman. If the GOP had someone other than Alan Gold run for Senate, certainly the process and very likely the outcome is different.
If the point is to win, Rell and Lieberman did it right, regardless of the tactics. If the point is to articulate and implement a vision, and a plan to achieve it, well, I'm not sure.
How about a party that would get the trains to run on time and the roads properly maintained? Or a party that didn't treat kids as adults just because they did something wrong?
A party that was more interested in a lean government instead of insulting parents with the "cupcake bill" to try and mandate lean kids might be a start
The CTGOP needs to recruit better candidates at the state legislative level. When one hears about a candidate knocking every door in the district, its rarely the GOP candidate. Shoe leather can win state House races even in districts where the numbers favor the other party. The Dems currently hold a number of seats that they have no right holding because their candidates outhustled their opponents.
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