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October 05, 2010

Blumenthal vs. McMahon Debate

The local news lefties are reporting that there were 'no real zingers' during the debate last night but that is not really true.

There was a self-inflicted zinger earlier on by Blumenthal that NOBODY is mentioning this morning. I can't seem to find video of this moment: At one point McMahon said over and over again that Blumenthal knew absolutely nothing about business.

His response?
(I'm paraphrasing, since I can't find a transcript.)

"I know a lot more about business than my opponent thinks, since my position has been...prosecuting businesses and others.."

So, everything he knows about business has to do with his being an anti-business attack dog for twenty years? Nice.

And then there was this:

Ouch.
Very ouch, baby.

Blumenthal countered that he was not going to be an entrepreneur as a Senator. True. But the point was made; this guy has been trying to governmentally micromanage other people's entrepreneurial activities to a bloody pulp for twenty years.
He only views economic activity through the lens of What Government Will Allow, and as something that requires government intervention. The idea of a hands-off approach, leaving a business alone to live or die on its own merits, could never occur in this man's brain.

Blumenthal continually wore a very odd rictus grin and his hands shook uncontrollably at times. I'm inclined to think he has a health problem that causes that. He is too notorious a camera whore to get so nervous, is my assumption. Dunno, YMMV.

McMahon had some moments of halting speech, but for the most part she seemed focused and feisty. She was able to respond to most of the flung mud. She disappointed too, by missing a vital point occasionally. It was annoying that she had to continually defend specific business decisions in her past, while Blumenthal was never really challenged about any specific cases prosecuted by his office.

He seems to have pulled it out at the end and if I weren't a grotesque partisan hack (I am) I would probably conclude that the debate ended up a draw.


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