With the races heating up this august, and only to get more intense leading up to the November election, Connecticut politics are all over the radio, television, and wait, I think I hear someone at the door. That’s right even canvassers are already out knocking on doors and doing their best attempt to convince voters to support their candidate. Yet when do we, as voters, draw the line between normal propaganda (I.E. a newsletter or flier), and well, thousands of radio and TV messages?
It is important to understand that yes, maybe if we as voters are too busy to update ourselves with useful campaign and candidate information that the messages are advantageous. Yet constantly hearing about how bad a candidate is from the other candidate seems to be just downright annoying. Although talking face to face with a representative from a campaign makes it a big more personal. Truly, the good old knock on the door does seem necessary and for those of whom are actually doing the knocking, it is commendable to be able to stand in front of someone around 6 PM and ask them who they are voting for. Yet as the radio waves are filled with messages by those who can afford the air time, it is necessary to ask ourselves how far are candidates going to win? Are they willing to spend all of their money both personal and fundraised to send negative messages about their opponent? The answer is yes, many of the candidates are willing to spend every last dollar they have on making themselves seem like great politicians simply by sending messages out that reflect the negative attributes of their candidate. Who better to exemplify this than the always willing-to-spend Linda McMahon who seems to be going all in so early in the hand.
Mrs. McMahon and Democrat Richard Blumenthal are facing off in the hottest race that Connecticut has to offer, the fight for Chris Dodd’s senate seat. With the polls constantly being updated it seems that Mrs. McMahon is chipping away at the slight advantage Mr. Blumenthal has. How is she doing this? Well for starters she is constantly coming between Mr. Anderson Cooper and anyone else CNN has to offer during the commercial breaks, she is also flooding the radio from the always popular 99.1 WPLR to the more subtle sounds of 105.9 the River. The ads she is sending out, for the most part, are quoting Mr. Blumenthal and calling him a career politician while simultaneously saying that there needs to be a change in Washington and she can bring it.
It seems that this battle is just getting started and Mrs. McMahon, through these messages, is gradually taking the top spot in the senate race. The only question left is, hey Mr. B, where are you?