World Wrestling Entertainment former CEO Linda McMahon has won the
Republican primary for Chris Dodd's Connecticut Senate seat. She will
face off against Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is still recovering
from the scandal
over his Vietnam service. McMahon defeated former
Congressman Rob Simmons for the GOP nod. Here's the opinion on her
- How She's Polling National Review's Robert Costa finds, "For now, Rasmussen's latest poll shows
Blumenthal up by three points on McMahon, 48 percent to 45 percent.
Another poll, released by Democratic pollsters Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research on Monday, shows Blumenthal
with a 15-point lead, 55 percent to 40 percent."
Odd Choice' Over Simmons Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall muses, "this
strikes me as a really poor choice for Republican chances. ... if
Republicans do make this race competitive it seems clear that it
will be the Vietnam controversy that brings Blumenthal down. Now,
between the two GOP candidates who can get more traction on this issue?
Not even close, it would seem. Simmons is a genuine Vietnam combat
veteran; he later served in the CIA and also in the Army reserves
(retiring as a Colonel in 2003). If anyone can make it an issue he can.
Meanwhile McMahon has basically spent her career as a sort of
executive/professional clown in an 'industry' which is almost synonymous
with fakery, nonsense and various other baggage you just don't want to
bring into a political campaign."
- Not Our Best Candidate
Conservative blogger Scott Johnson sighs, "I doubt
that former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon is
the right candidate to maximize Republican chances against. McMahon
apparently had a hand in dredging up Blumenthal's Vietnam deception, and
she emerged with the Republican endorsement at the party convention
last weekend; her financial resources were apparently a strong selling
point along with her outsider status."
- Huge Wealth Bolsters
Chances The Wall Street Journal's Susan Davis appraises,
"McMahon has significant personal wealth and has said she could spend as
much as $50 million of her own money on the race. Blumenthal has been
heavily favored to win in November, but the revelation that he misstated
his service in Vietnam has given the GOP an opportunity to make the
race more competitive."
- 'Caravan of Crazy' Liberal
blogger Mistermix shakes his head.
"Compared to this woman's caravan of crazy, Dick Blumenthal's Vietnam
fudging is about as politically interesting as a county commissioner
using the wrong fork at dinner." He lists her sins:
in multiple steroid scandals.
- Delivered a "low blow" to a
commentator on TV as part of his firing.
- Part of an organization
that condones "simulated rape, public sex and necrophilia."
Coulter Condemns Writing in Human Events: "Republicans are planning on
running a World Wrestling Entertainment 'impresario' against Blumenthal.
Yes, in Connecticut ... a state that is among the wealthiest and most
highly educated in the nation ... a state that isn't Minnesota. The
average Nutmegger doesn't even know what a turnbuckle is, and that
includes me. But defeat is so close! Republicans can almost taste the
bitterness of yet another crushing loss!"
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