A slightly longer list of not-so random thoughts (yes, another one)
I’ve had a busy two days but promise to have some stuff up soon. For now though, the list:
* Dawn, Ari, PN and I are friends with Mr. and Mrs. Jake, an amazing couple from Minnesota that treat us like royalty when they come to NY. Dawn writes up their last visit which included a limo, a broadway show, a gangster steakhouse, new ipod nanos, dancing teacups, a Russian-accented rendition of “New York, New York”, vodka, vodka and more vodka. We love the Jakes.
* I am hosting a blogger gathering at my apartment this Thursday for fellow blogger and candidate for NY State Senate, Flip Pidot. I’ve never done anything like this but Flip is my favorite local candidate running this season, and I love that he’s running in my district. I will have a full report on Friday as will, hopefully, the bloggers attending.
* If and when Senator Lieberman is re-elected to the U.S Senate, I wonder if Republicans will look back at the race as a lost opportunity to, you know, elect a Republican.
* Speaking of bloggers running for office, my friend Mark Harris of Save the GOP is running for State Representative in Pennsylvania. Mark is an amazing young guy who is the truest conservative. He knocked off a do-nothing 10 year incumbent to get here and he deserves to win in the general election. Check out his ad here and think about throwing him a donation.
* The independent Young Republican Club in NY is having a Capitalist’s Ball this Thursday with an 80’s theme which looks like it should be a good time. Break out the shoulder pads and leg warmers.
*Ace of Spades compares Republican chances in this election to a poker hand. Not a very good poker hand, but nevertheless. I like poker.
Posted by Karol at 09:16 AM
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Why didn’t the Republicans run a real senator in CT?
1. Nobody a year ago could have guessed that this would be a three way race.
2. With the exception of Gov. Rell, there really are not that many popular Republicans in Connecticut.
3. Even in Republican years, Lieberman does well with Republican voters. He was able to get more than a few GOP votes from Lowell Weicker in 88 and Jerry Labriola in 94.
4. Connecticut is getting bluer with each passing year. This was a state that went for Bush over Dukakis in 88. With even stalwart experience GOP Reps like Chris Shays and Nancy Johnson in deep trouble, there does not seem to be a groundswell for any Republican outside Rell.
The only Republican who could have run a credible race in CT is Rell. Had she made that run, the Dems would very likely have taken the governor’s mansion back. It was a hobson’s choice though I think Rell made the right one.
If the Dems get 51 senate seats (for what it is worth, I have them at 49), I’m sure there will be some bitching about CT. But if the Dems actually get 51, before the GOP starts whining about CT, they should first cry about races where they could have won but bungled badly by choosing bad candidates (WV, NE, FL, WA), overestimated their chances (MN, TN, MD), had an entire state party that was worthless (OH), or had incumbents who were either out of touch with their constituents (PA, RI, MO) or shot themselves in the foot too many times (VA, MONT). While the Republicans could have played their cards better in CT, they had better chances in a lot of other stands and squandered a lot of them.
Soooo love the Jakes. They are simply amazing. The weekend was def. amongst one of the best ever. Again you rocked out choicewise – Saturday night was wildly fun.
MOSCOW, MOSCOW, MOSCOW, MOSSSSSSSSSSSSSCOOWWW