U.S. Senator Dick Blumenthal has been in the public eye in Connecticut for thirty seven years, and there are signs that the public eye is weary and wary of him.
Blumenthal’s approval ratings, like those of President Joe Biden, have softened. In many ways, Connecticut’s senior U.S. Senator is tied inescapably to Biden short coattails by his affirming and negative votes in the Senate and his long standing cordial relations with the President, former President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State in the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton.
Republican Party challengers in the past, some tougher and more resilient than had been supposed by Connecticut’s left of center media, had effectively played on that particular organ stop – Blumenthal’s long standing friendships with power brokers in his party. He went to Yale with both Clintons, and his relationship with Biden has been amorous and only a touch less critical than that of the average Connecticut political commentator.
Blumenthal was silent when Biden turned the keys of Afghanistan over to Taliban terrorists; silent when Biden assured temperamental Americans that citizens of the United States abandoned in Afghanistan would swiftly return home safely; silent when, reversing former President Donald Trump’s largely successful southern border policies, citizens of numerous foreign nations poured through a poorly defended open border, skirting the usual immigrant processing protocols; silent when Biden pledged to shut down fossil fuel production in the United States – “You can count on it!”; silent when Biden falsely claimed that he had inflation on the run; and unavailable for press availabilities when the family members of two assassinated police officers in Bristol, Connecticut announced that funeral orations by Governor Ned Lamont would not be permitted, possibly because Lamont had earlier signed into law a bill that had eliminated partial immunity for police officers, a measure that needlessly exposes their personal assets to legal seizure.
Blumenthal has never been questioned closely by Connecticut’s reporters concerning Hunter Biden’s corrupt “business relationships” with Chinese Communist officials whose ambition it is to replace the United States as a leading world power – and not only in the Far East. No contrarian reporter has publicly confronted Blumenthal during his frequent media availabilities in the state to ask whether he would care to comment on reliable but compromising documentation recovered from Hunter’s laptop. Some of that documentation would appear to implicate President Biden in his son’s wayward and remunerative secret business relationships with hostile foreign agents in China, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
Whenever the Democrat entourage has set down in Connecticut to squeeze campaign contributions from Gold Coast millionaires, prominent Democrat visitors to the state have rarely been asked critical questions by Connecticut’s media, a good part of which is heavily invested in the success of Connecticut’s Democrat Party political hegemony.
After all, you cannot do business with out of power Republicans, and Connecticut’s media has long operated on the principle that Joseph Pulitzer, after whom the Pulitzer Prize in journalism is named, was all wet when he said that a good newspaper “should have no friends.” William Randolph Hearst made the same point more vigorously: “News is what people don't want you to print. Everything else is ads.”
The Democrat Party in Connecticut has ruled the roost for decades. All the members of Connecticut’s U.S. Congressional Delegation are Democrats, the last “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” Republican Congressman, Chis Shays, having been purged more than 13 years ago after having served 22 years in Washington D.C. Democrats boast of a near veto proof majority in the General Assembly. Connecticut’s last two governors have been Democrats. All the Constitutional offices in Connecticut are held by Democrats. Connecticut’s largest crumbling cities have for nearly half a century been ruled by rusting Democrat Party machines barely distinguishable from Tammany Hall.
A friend on the vanishing liberal side of the political barricades tells me that the state is swimming in a sea of ambiguity and uncertainty. Over the past decade, liberals have been supplanted by Marxist tinged progressives. But one thing is not ambiguous, not uncertain: We have the state we have, swimming in debt, gnawing its fingers in quiet desperation, because we cling uncritically to the politicians we have, and the state’s media has abandoned its primary (pun intended) mission – to say the truth and shame the devil.
Don Pesci is a political columnist of long standing, about 40 years, who has written for various state newspapers, among them The Journal Inquirer, the Waterbury Republican American, the New London Day, the Litchfield County Times, the Torrington Register Citizen and other Register Citizen papers. He maintains a blog, among the oldest of its kind in Connecticut, which serves as a repository and archive, for his columns; there are approximately 3,000 entrees in Connecticut Commentary: Red Notes From A Blue State, virtually all of them political columns stretching back to 2004. He also appears once a week Wednesdays on 1080 WTIC Newstalk radio with Will Marotti.