While talking with a colleague yesterday, he mentioned the importance of the Massachusetts Senate race between Senator Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Of course, I know the importance of the race — I’m from Massachusetts. And while this is a key race not only to preserve conservative values in the most liberal state in the union, but there is another, less-promoted senate race which deserves equal, if not more, attention this fall.
Linda McMahon garnered 75% of Republican votes last month when she captured the nomination with a landslide victory. She now faces Congressman Chris Murphy in a battle to win the open seat formally held by independent statesman Joe Lieberman. When McMahon ran in 2010, she lost by eleven points. Those assuming 2012 will be a similar defeat, think again.
In a poll released last week by Quinnipiac University, McMahon held a three-point edge on Murphy. The same poll also gave Obama a relatively small seven-point lead when compared to his twenty-three-point landslide gained over McCain in 2008.
State party Chairman, Jerry Labriola has already pitched the idea to the Republican National Committee that the once solidly blue state could possibly come into play, even going so far as advocating on behalf of McMahon during the Republican National Convention last week when Connecticut delegates endorsed Mitt Romney for President.
Connecticut has been a reliably blue state for the past twenty years yet, like most Americans, even the most liberal states are beginning to realize President Obama’s tactics, and the tactics of all socialist liberals, are not working. By far my favorite example would be Brown’s win in Massachusetts in 2010. In the most liberal state in the United States, Brown ran a campaign promising to be the forty-first vote to defeat “Obamacare”. That January, with the election of Brown, the most liberal of liberals sent Washington and President Obama a message: no one wants the Affordable Care Act.
The Connecticut senate seat may not be an easy win, but it won’t be an easy defeat either. With enough action by the McMahon campaign, Congressman Chris Murphy will be out of money and out of a job by November. McMahon has the resources to run a campaign without the aid of the National Republican Committee, allowing them to put their resources to where we need it most: Mitt Romney.
We can’t afford to send another liberal to Washington who votes with the Democratic majority 98% of the time and proudly admits being a progressive. During his tenure in the House of Representatives, Murphy missed 80% of his committee meetings, a fact his campaign has not denied. Murphy is just another voice to the liberal machine. Supporting McMahon gives a voice to a state which has largely been ignored.
Connecticut is by no means a swing state, and having one Republican senator will not make it reliably red. However, we should look at the changing perspective as we looked at Massachusetts in 2010 — most Americans are moderate on either side and recognize the disastrous impact the Obama administration has caused to the middle class, the upper class, and the elderly. Just like Brown, McMahon has the power to revitalize and reinvigorate the fading conservatism of Connecticut and because of that, her race deserves our utmost attention and support of conservatives.
Caitlyn Jarvis | St. Anselm College | @CaitlynJarvis