Friday, December 22, 2006

Weekend Open Forum

I'm in Kentucky visiting family for the holidays. I haven't even looked at a newspaper in 24 hours. We did discuss the upcoming presidential race during dinner tonight. My mother likes Hillary, while my younger brother prefers Obama. Other than me and my husband no one has even heard of Chris Dodd.

What's going on in Connecticut?

52 comments:

MikeCT said...

While not traveling to Kentucky and not reading newspapers, CGG appeared on the Colin McEnroe show this week to discuss Blog Wars.

TrueBlueCT said...

Spazeboy got himself engaged to the wonderful Miss Amy, who is far too good for him.

Anonymous said...

After Dodd gives his 'presidential run' some serious thought over the holiday, he will NOT run. It would take money he doesn't have and can't raise to make him a household word. We residents of CT need Dodd at home to watch the state. He's the ONLY ONE watching. Lieberman is lost in his own self serving world and republican Rell is an example of stupidity in motion.

tessa said...

Nobody in Connecticut has ever heard of Chris Dodd either. When we mention him as a candidate (at every gathering of more than 4 people in the past month), everyone looks baffled.

GMR said...

In 1996, the media had a big infatuation with a Colin Powell presidency. This essentially prevented most Republicans from gaining name recognition or more importantly, raising money. Yet Colin didn't run, which left Bob Dole as the only candidate with enough name recognition and money (Steve Forbes had money, but was too much of a fringe candidate to get widespread support).

The media seems to be doing the same thing with Barack Obama this time. They're giving him a lot of attention, yet when the public takes a serious look at him, they'll see someone who is much more liberal than the American public, and has no foreign policy experience. This will leave Hillary as the only candidate standing. It's going to be very difficult for someone like Richardson to get a campaign going with the media so focused on Obama.

Anonymous said...

Dodd is just feeding his ego. It doesn't surprise me that he used the image of looking at a mirror. My guess is that is all he does.

cgg said...

MikeCT, if I ever need a PR person I'm going to hire you. Thanks for finding the link.

TrueblueCT, I am also very happy for Spazeboy and his Spazefiance.

GMR, Obama has yet to have A 'Flop Moment'. The real test of him as a candidate will be how he recovers from that. I'd also really like to know where he stands on more issues.

I still don't know who I'll be supporting but I'd put money on Edwards winning the nomination. He's a charismatic guy with populist street cred. Economic issues are likely to be a big issuse for Democratic primary voters and John Edwards will be best able to run on those issues.

Shadow said...

> GMR said: The media seems to be doing the same thing with Barack Obama this time.
> They're giving him a lot of attention, yet when the public takes a serious
> look at him, they'll see someone who is much more liberal than the American public,
> and has no foreign policy experience.

These are all just misleading talking points.

Obama has more experience and background in foreign culture and perspective than any candidate who has ever run for President; that's one of the things that makes him so interesting to people.

Speaking to his foreign policy record in office specifically, which is admittedly much less overwhelming, he will still have four years in the Senate by the end of 2008, not to mention his seat on the Foreign Relations Committee. That would give him FAR more foreign policy experience than four of our five last Presidents: Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and GWB; all of whom served ZERO days in federal office.

If that wasn't enough, Obama was also able, before having any of that foreign policy experience, to describe the Iraq war perfectly before we even went in there; more importantly, if you bother to listen to the man discuss policy in detail, it's hard to deny that he is one of the smartest men in our lifetime to seek this position. And that's what makes him so inspiring to people, regardless of their political affiliation.

Nonetheless, these talking points have been sprinkled about by mainstream journalists looking to balance their positive story, nervous Republican strategists baffled by the Obama phenenomenon, and most vocally, if you can believe it, a decent chunk of Daily Kos bloggers who just tear Obama apart.

And yet, none of it has gotten any traction. Why? It's because whether it be the left, right, or center, everyone who repeats this unfounded talking point diminishes their own credibility, because it only takes five minutes to go on Obama's website and see that claims of "no substance" are ridiculous. This whole culture of people having the time to go on a blog or a TV show and complain about a guy for twice as long as it would take to do a little research on him is just embarassing.

I was hoping GMR, that instead of jumping on to that ill-fated bandwagon, you would prefer the words of conservative columnist David Brooks, who said this past Sunday that although they disagree on a lot of things, Obama is really impressive beacuse he has the ability to "reflect your argument in it's best light".

Anonymous said...

Has anybody checked out today's Stamford Advocate? The Lieberman blogmaster seems baffled by the exoneration of the Lamont destructers.

LitchfieldAngelina said...

So, now I've made two posts that the moderators have refused to show ... I guess this blog does not want views from conservatives ... not very classy ... maybe I won't return -- then you can keep the blog to fewer conservatives ... very typical of most media sources ...

LitchfieldAngelina said...

Maybe the libs who control this blog have blocked other conservatives from posting ... and now they must only do it as "anonymous" contributors ... this blog is definitely taking a turn for the worse ...

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard of YURPAC in CT? Who do they represent...

Weicker Liker said...

YUR PAC is short for the Young Urban Republicans Political Action Committee.

Their Treasurer is Armando Gonzales. He lists his address at 27 Arnold Street, Hartford.

Interestingly, they filed a Campaign Finance Statement for 10/10/2006 - But Had NO MONEY.

The Committtee was formed June 28, 2006.

Weicker Liker said...

YUR PAC, Part II....

In 2002, the State Elections Enforcement Commission suspended the Young Urban Republican PAC's operations due to issues related to filing financial disclosures.

It appears they were reinstated this year.

It gets worse.

The Chairman of YURPAC at the time was Angel Morales.

Morales was the controversial head of Miriam Masullo's Congressional Campaign in 2002.

Masullo was defeated by Phil Steele in a Republican Primary.

Morales resigned as her Campaign Manager after attempting to "muscle" then Governor John Rowland into endorsing his favored hispanic candidates.

I hear Morales served time in prison and is out of jail.

Weicker Liker said...

Anon 1L34...

The interesting thing about YURPAC is they had their operations suspended by the State Elections Enforcement Commission in 2002.

They failed to file Campaign Finance Statements.

They must have reinstated themselves.

What is troubling is the Chairman of YURPAC at that time was Angel Morales.

He is bad news.

Morales had to resign as the Campaign Manager of Miriam Masullo's failed 2002 Congressional Campaign in the 1st District.

Morales and Masullo were connected to an effort to shame then Governor John Rowland into endorsing hispanic candidates for Congress.

I understand Morales served time in prison and is now out.

Where did you run into YUR PAC????

way2moderate said...

Meanwhile, I'm fuming over the fact that Roraback and McKinney seem to think the most pressing matter for republican legislators this session is trans-fats! Good grief!

Anonymous said...

you nuts...hillary or obama??? we need mccain or rudy!!!

Anonymous said...

Dodd is done. The race is between Hillary and Obama. The media is enthralled with the idea of a woman or a black candidate. Nobody much cares about issues or positions or experience. It is already a horse race and a popularity contest.

As for Angelina, I sure hope we are not experiencing censorship.

Anonymous said...

We've already wasted too much time over YURpac. The GOP trans-fat thing is troubling. Whatever happened to free choice? If anything, tax the use of trans-fat. And get on to something worthwhile.

Anonymous said...

I can remember when the Republicans were concerned about fat in government... even won a few elections on that platform

Let's see how many voters these guys bring to the fold playing head chef

LitchfieldAngelina said...

OK -- the liberal moderators win ... this will be my last posting on this blog ... you've succeeded at keeping one more conservative away ... I made one more posting this afternoon (before the most recent postings that you've shown) and you apparently will not show it ... this blog is a waste of my time and I do not plan to pay attention to it in the future ... congratulations, libs!

Genghis Conn said...

Angelina,

Not sure what you're talking about. As far as I can see, there aren't any posts of yours that haven't been allowed.

Genghis Conn said...

LitchfieldAngelina,

Email me--we'll try to sort this out. I have an email record of all posts, and I can't find any of yours that haven't been posted. There is also somewhat of a slowdown in moderation this weekend due to the fact that few of us are around.

We're certainly not censoring conservative views that comply with other rules about civility. That is against our policy and always has been.

Mr X said...

Chris Dodd has no chance to be President. He has Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in front of him and even possibly John Edwards.

Chris should stay in The US Senate support the Democratic Nominee and perhaps take a cabinet job Maybe Secretary of Defense or something of that caliber.

I think 2008 The Dems will support a southerner or a Midwestern Candidate which would bode well for Edwards, Obama and perhaps Vilsack.

ctkeith said...

Mr. X,

Theres nobody "in front of" anybody on the Democratic side of the equation. The ability to raise the money neccasary to run is what kept the feild limited before 2004 but Dean raising 50 million over the internet blew that OLD idea out of the water.

If Chris Dodd comes back from his midde east trip and starts saying the bold things the American People are yearning for he may very well spark something.

The smart money says Clinton and Obama will be EARLY speakers at the next Democratic National Convention.

Anonymous said...

The moderators here have always been fair...I think people just need to be patient. That said, it would be nice if the party stranglehold on the process could be broken - just once - so that a centrist represnting the views of a majority of Americans could be elected President. The country could take a page from our great state, which has elected the likes of Weicker and Lieberman. Like that silent majority, I am just so tired of the party people and would welcome another end-run...this time on a national basis.

Anonymous said...

Obama has more experience and background in foreign culture and perspective than any candidate who has ever run for President

Geo Washington (and several of the other founding fathers / presidents) would wipe Obama off the map.

Shadow said...

I have endless respect for the Founding Fathers, but when it comes to background in foreign culture and perspectives, they are in no position to compete with Obama, and this a matter of technology and practicality; in the days before air travel, it was much more time consuming to get around, so the amount of overall long distance travel was much less. Although it is true than Ben Franklin spent years in France, and Alexander Hamilton was born in the islands, NO founding father had a history remotely as diverse as being born in Hawaii, living in Kenya and Indonesia, volunteering in Chicago slums, and traveling to Russia.

You say that Washington and the founding fathers would wipe Obama off the map when it comes to foreign culture and perspective, but I assure you none of them had a Kenyan father, or a Muslim grandfather, or an Indonesian half sister married to a Chinese Canadian - let alone all three.

Furthermore, the world in the late 1700's was not nearly as complicated as it is now simply due to the drastically fewer number of countries and peoples we were aware of at the time, let alone the limited amount of knowledge we had about most of the countries we WERE aware of.

So on all three fronts your argument fails.

Mirror said...

Apre pro of nothing else, I just remembered an incident in Hartford soon after 9-11 when a group of peace protestors from a local college were set upon by the less than honest hartford cops and charged with a variety of overblown charges. The local persecutors went along with the the PC assault and then the case faded. The kids were facing some real hard time. Anyone know the outcome??

Anonymous said...

George Washington performed one of the greatest acts in history.

George Washington could have been King. Instead, he chose a peaceful transfer of power. He knew that no man was greater than the institutions of government.

Obama may someday be President. But I doubt he'll ever have the opportunity to prove if he is worth remembering.

Connecticut Man 1 said...

I hope you guys at CLP don't mind... But I took some time this weekend to add a page to your ct elections Wiki. New Milford has a page now.

If you live in any of the towns that don't have a page yet it takes a bit of time but is pretty easy to do if you just copy'n'paste the formats of pages that are already done. Then you can just insert info relevent to your town into the tables and stuff.

Gabe said...

CM1 - At the risk of speaking for anyone else, I imagine that we are thrilled that someone took the time.

If anyone else adds to their town's page (or creates a page) we will be equally thrilled...

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone!

Gabe

Connecticut Man 1 said...

The way I look at it is that it is a very useful tool. And if people keep posting rminders that it is building it will remind others that they too can add to it.

Merry Christmas to you all...

And a very special Merry Christmas to Jodi Rell... (**Warning**: Links to seasonal profanity. lol)

Anonymous said...

I look at the democratic field and voters want to make a major stand. I see Obama getting the presidential nomination a year from now.

I am confident Obama will survive Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. I am very confident that Obama/Edwards will be the last two standing.

Edwards will get the labor vote and OBama will get everyone else who is passionate for change.

Shadow said...

> George Washington performed one of the greatest acts in history.
>
> George Washington could have been King. Instead, he chose a peaceful transfer of power.
> He knew that no man was greater than the institutions of government.

I agree 100% with this statement. I have always argued that for this very reason, Washington will always be the greatest American President, above even Lincoln; every previous revolution inevitably got hijacked by forces other than that which began it, but the American Revolution was the first to avoid this pitfall and successfully aspire to its ideals.

Anonymous said...

we all live in progressive CT - so the common tread that someone who has a diverse background is asn assett is great but what about those great steas like Mis or Missourior north dakoda , etc. etc. will He do as well?

Brassett said...

Allow me to add to the praise of George Washington. His personal humility allowed this nation's government to become a true republic.

Mirror said...

No doubt Washington deserves the special place in American History he now holds but how he did it is not very well understood.
He was not an inovator but more of a facilator - He held, for the time, liberal and generous faith in popular rule and he knew how to NOT to push himself in front of his object but to work around it.
Washington never lived in the White House. In fact, he never entered the building. On his way back from New York, after passing the presidency onward, he stopped outside the building for a short ceremony of welcome and then rode on home to Mount Vernon. In doing so he left behind a building that established the preminence of the the institution he, more than anyone, created - the Presidency.
When the capital was being designed, Washington took the strongest supervisory role in laying out the city and in particular the president's house. He actually went to the building site and walking the area, selected and using his cane, marked the dimensions of the constructed.
That building was the largest house in the Americas and was designed thus by Wasington as a counterpoint to the Capitol down the road. Yes, Washington refused the kingship of United States but he, more than anyone set a pattern of strong central leadership centered in the executive branch.

Anonymous said...

"which has elected the likes of Weicker and Lieberman."

Ah yes... Weicker.

The fellow who shoved the state income tax... well... you know where... after publicly stating there would be none.

No thanks, we don't need any more Weickers.

Anonymous said...

> George Washington could have been King. Instead, he chose a peaceful transfer of power.
> He knew that no man was greater than the institutions of government.

Bubba & Dubya could take a lesson from him.

Anonymous said...

genghis, you got rid of acr and turfgirl, despite your denials you have eliminated diversity on this blog and it has suffered for it. Please let angelina post.

MikeCT said...

Anon (5:44),
That you could accuse Genghis (who endorsed Rell and Schlesinger) of banning comments from Republicans is merely a testament to your ignorance and paranoia.

Anonymous said...

Genghis also bans Conservative Democrats and Unaffiliateds as well.

Anonymous said...

moderates, anybody who his liberal blogger friends don't approve of really. too bad, he seemed like a stand up kind of guy.

Mr X said...

Anon 1130 Pm- There are two people who are his Liberal Friends who influence who gets to post and who doesnt get to post on CTLP.

Genghis,Gabe and CGG can all deny they dont censor people But they do.

You see they want to know who everyone is so they can criticize them.

I post anonymously Because it is no one's business who I am.

Because they are Liberal and want everyone on the planet to know it and that is their choice but Mr X chooses to keep his identity a secret.

Anonymous said...

Mike Ct- I have to reply to your post. That is great that Genghis did support Rell and Schlesinger.

I was a Democrat on Election Day and I voted for Rell also Because I couldnt stand DeStefano.

However Genghis and The Board as it is currently comprised are way to the Left and will block anyone who isnt on the same page(Liberal) as they are.

Also there are several of their friends who are also Liberal who influence who gets published and who doesnt. Thedumpjoe.com founder and his brother come immediately to mind but there are others as well.

So I feel in my opinion that Conservatives, Moderates and others are blocked from posting if it doesnt meet with approval of The Liberals in the blogosphere who seem to think they own it all.

Well they don't!!!

disgruntled_republican said...

Look, its simple folks. The RULES are pretty clear. I am quite confident that the 4 of us follow these rules to the T when moderating comments so if your comment was deleted you more than likely violated one of the rules. As far as content goes, I have published numerous comments where the content runs counter to my opinion, and I am positive we all do. At the same time, I have deleted comments that are similar to my views but have violated the rules in some way.

This site is for debate of issues and is for all audiences. If you follow the rules, you won't have a problem; it really is that simple.

Anonymous said...

That is great coming from a RINO.

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon,

Far from it my friend. Far from it. And you can beleive what you want but what relevance does that have anyway? None.

Anonymous said...

This blog blocks Conservative Viewpoint ever since this comment moderation feature was started It allows for censorship of certain people who post anonymously or Mr X who has his viewpoint that isnt Liberal. Yet he isnt and others who agree with that viewpoint.

It is sad that CTLP has to lean towards the ideology of the dumpjoe.com founder and his little brother.

Anonymous said...

While I don't believe that Ghengis or those who moderate discriminate against conservatives, your comment about it being sad that CTLP has to lean toward dumpjoe, etc shows a lack of understanding of what blogs are. This Ghengis' blog. He determines what goes on here. Blog owners are not required to let all and sundry post on their blogs. Those who are so offended by the majority of sentiment on this blog should perhaps start their own blog which can be a free for all, or a conservative zone, or whatever you would like.

Anonymous said...

Anon 703 PM- You sound like the rest of the liberals. It seems like you are defending The dumpjoe.com founder.

No you Liberals just want full control and screw everybody else who has an opinion.

This is Communist Behavior and totally Unacceptable.

Let everyone express their viewpoint Lets cut the censorship Garbage is what I am saying.