Over the next few years we’re going to find out how insane the Connecticut Republican Party really is.
If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results, the brain trust behind the once successful party of Yankee moderation should be locked up in a padded room to protect the rest of Connecticut from it.
For the past four years, we’ve seen a party led by people as creative as stick-figure drawings run out two Greenwich millionaires with no experience or plan not just one time each — but twice. Twice!
Yes, four times total — in 2010, 2012 and 2014 — a state that used to regularly elect one or two Republicans every two years, has given up on the cynical choices made underneath the Grand Old Bubble that is the Connecticut Republican Party.
“We did as well as a Republican can do in Connecticut,” Tom Foley said after losing for the second time to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
That is not the best a Republican can do, Mr. Foley, that is the best you can do.
Bored millionaires with no plan
Apparently the Republican Party thinks that the best it has to offer are candidates like Foley and Linda McMahon, the Greenwich millionaire who wasted $100 million in 2010 and 2012 to lose two U.S. Senate races.
Least she could have done is donate half that money to the state’s eternal budget deficit that the Democrats keep kicking down the road.
All four times that the Republican Party picked one of these bored Greenwich millionaires with no plan, the GOP passed over some of its best leaders and winners.
In 2010, then-Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele was the other choice for governor. He was a well respected former legislator from Stamford who knew how Hartford worked. That same year, the GOP passed over Rob Simmons, a war hero and popular former congressman from eastern Connecticut who was seeking the U.S. Senate nomination.
In 2012 for the Senate, the GOP passed over former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, possibly the most popular politician in southwestern Connecticut history who for years drew votes from Democrats, independents and Republicans.
And this year, the GOP passed over state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield, a man who knows more about state government and its problems than most Connecticut politicians.
Lack of vision or hope
Instead, this year Connecticut voters were forced to choose between an unpopular governor who enacted the largest tax increase in state history and lived up to few if any of his 2010 campaign promises, and a man with no plan other than he wasn’t Dan Malloy.
If you are a Republican, don’t be upset that the Democrats keep winning, be upset that the Republicans think so little of you and this wonderful state that they are picking not only bad candidates, but candidates with no vision or hope beyond not being a Democrat.
Joshua Fisher is editor of the New Canaan Advertiser, another Hersam Acorn publication.