No one should be too surprised that newcomer to political campaigning Leora Levy gained Party primary vote to run against U.S. Senator Dick Blumenthal. Levy won the contest by a comfortable margin – 50.5 % to Themis Klarides’ 40.1%.
The question of the moment, post-primary, is: What are Levy’s chances of unhorsing Blumenthal?
Dick Morris, the campaign manager of Bill Clinton's successful 1996 bid for re-election as President, endorsed Levy’s campaign on select radio stations a few days before former President Donald Trump formally endorsed her candidacy at a Republican Town Committee gathering in Montville on August 5th, four days before Republicans were due to vote in primary elections.
Both endorsements may have come too close to primary voting to sway many people, but there is little doubt the endorsements solidified support among Trump loyalists in the state. The heartiest of Trump loyalists are not put off by his unorthodox campaign style – rough-house 24/7 -- or the less than tender treatment the twice impeached Trump has receive at the hands of his political adversaries, which include a majority of the nation’s left of center media. The only punishment assigned for impeachment is removal from office, which requires both an indictment in the U.S. House and a conviction after a trial in the U.S. Senate of House charges. Both conviction attempts in the Senate failed.
The day before Republican nutmeggers were to vote in their primary, the news crackled with reports of a raid on Trump’s primary residence. Thirty plainclothes FBI agents were dispatched to Mar-a-Lago in Florida to recover documentation that should have reposed in the national archives. Trump already had returned more than a dozen boxes of documents, and the FBI carted off a few more boxes.
The warrant that allowed the intrusion and the affidavits supporting the warrant were not publically released, but the always entertaining New York Post reported that agents had “scoured Melania Trump’s wardrobe.” The paper did not report whether the agents broke into the former First Lady’s more intimate drawers. None of the suspected criminals in the house were injured, and the thirty agents emerged unscathed.
Republican Party state chairman Ben Pronto, never given to alarmism, told a reporter moments after primary polls closed, that the raid, “solidified and energized Trump supporters. And I also think it might have energized people who might not have been Trump supporters who looked at that and said, ‘This is off the rails.’”
Right. The sense among the general public is that this time the notoriously incompetent, politically partisan FBI had better find the dead body under Trump’s bed. The nation does not need yet another four year inconclusive romp through the soul of Trump. Comedic satirist Greg Gutfeld put it this way: Following the heavily scripted raid on Mar-a-Lago, he joked, “The FBI just nominated Trump as President.”
Morris, now peddling his book The Return, has said Blumenthal is vulnerable. Polls show deterioration in Blumenthal’s approval rating in Connecticut, and the Senator’s lower than usual rating likely is related to President Joe Biden’s abysmally low poll ratings.
Biden’s approval rating, many polls have disclosed, is hovering around 40 percent. Even some prominent Democrat influencers are advising the President not to run for reelection. And the same influencers are cautioning incumbent Democrats to put some distance between themselves and the foundering Biden.
Trump has always been a useful distraction for Democrats, and one can understand the necessity for a, so far, seven year distraction. Biden did not cover himself in glory when he hastily withdrew from Afghanistan, leaving behind numberless Americans and Afghan associates who had for ten years helped Americans forestall a Taliban takeover. Most recently, the Biden administration sent an “over the horizon” drone to dispatch Osama bin Laden’s second in command, Al Qaeda chieftain Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the plotters behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, then living sumptuously in Afghanistan sometime after Biden had insisted that one of the reasons he precipitously withdrew from Afghanistan was that Al Qaeda had no presence in the country.
When Texas Governor Greg Abbott shipped illegal aliens from Texas to New York City, a sanctuary city, New York Mayor Eric Adams exploded in wrath. Really, how dare Texas send tempest tossed illegal aliens to the Big Apple, home to the Statue of Liberty, on the base of which is engraved Emma Lazarus’s often quoted poem: Give me your tired,/ your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,/ The wretched refuse of your teeming shore./ Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,/ I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
About 14 of the tempest tossed illegal aliens made it to the New York City sanctuary on a first resettlement, causing a frenzy of indignation from its new mayor, determined not to accept his “fair share” of illegal aliens pouring through Biden’s fictitious border.
Every week or so in one of Connecticut’s major cities, shots ring out, often fired by young African American boys entering their teens. The sound of gunfire has not yet penetrated the stone walls of the State Capitol building, and such events are routinely ignored by the Democrat majority in the General Assembly. As time progresses, it is becoming increasingly difficult to convince the victims of urban violence that gun laws championed by left-leaning politicians such as Blumenthal are convincing urban shooters to lay down their illegally acquired arms.
And yes – inflation, which inequitably takes its worse toll on the poor in urban welfare ghettoes, is caused by excessive taxation, regulation and spending.
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.