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Morning Fix: A McMahon in the Senate?

World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon is running for the Senate. AP Photo/Douglas Healey

World Wresting Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) will formally enter the Connecticut Senate race today, adding a celebrity element to a contest that promises to be among the most competitive in the country.

"Washington is out of control, and sadly, Senator Chris Dodd has lost his way and our trust," McMahon will say, according to a copy of her remarks obtained by the Fix. "I can't sit by on the sidelines anymore knowing that I have both the experience and the strength to stand up to special interests and bring badly needed change to Washington."

McMahon, who is one half of the husband and wife duo that run the WWE wresting empire out of Stamford, Conn., brings deep pockets and potentially heavy baggage to the race.

WWE is a multimillion dollar, publicly traded company and those familiar with McMahon's candidacy insist she will spend heavily from her personal wealth. McMahon plans to take no cash from political action committees or special interests and is limiting private donations to her campaign to just $100 -- the sort of pledges that only wealthy candidates can afford to make

On the other hand, professional wrestling -- particularly the sort purveyed by Linda's husband Vince -- is heavy on lewd storylines and the constant whispers of steroid abuse. While Linda McMahon has stayed almost entirely behind the scenes -- the Fix is a longtime devotee of the squared circle so trust us on this one -- she will stay have to answer for some of the more questionable actions of the company she heads.

McMahon is clearly aware of the sense that her candidacy is a publicity stunt and, perhaps to counteract those concerns, she has brought in a top notch consulting team to guide her bid.

Mike Slanker, the former political director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the 2006 cycle, will be McMahon's general consultant. Scott Howell & Associates will handle media for the race while Hans Kaiser will be the pollster. Ed Patru, who spent time at the National Republican Congressional Committee, will serve as a communications adviser to McMahon.

McMahon joins former representative Rob Simmons, former ambassador Tom Foley and state Sen. Sam Caliguri in the race to defeat Dodd. Investor Peter Schiff, who served as an adviser to Rep. Ron Paul's (Texas) presidential campaign, is likely to run as well.

It remains to be seen how serious a candidate McMahon will be and how her candidacy will affect the current field. Her ability to self-fund forces the other candidates to take her seriously but her association with a company that has built its success on excess will be a major liability.

Dodd, damaged by his association with Countrywide Financial and an ill-conceived presidential bid in 2008, is among the most vulnerable senators up for re-election next November although a new poll conducted by Research 2000 for the liberal Daily Kos blog suggests the Democratic incumbent may be on the comeback trail.

In that survey, Dodd trailed Simmons 46 percent to 42 percent, a significant improvement on polls conducted in spring and early summer that showed the Democrat trailing by double digits. More Connecticut voters (47 percent) still view Dodd unfavorably than see him in a favorable light (43 percent), however.

While Dodd is still in deep when it comes to his reelection prospects, the entrance of McMahon (and, potentially, Schiff) could help him right himself. The more crowded the Republican field is -- and the more it starts to take on the appearance of a circus -- the more the eventual nominee will have to spend to win and the less time they will have to focus their fire on Dodd.

Expect Dodd to run on his seniority in the Senate and the seriousness with which he takes the job, attempting, in doing so, to draw a bright contrast with the Republican field.

Wednesday's Must-Reads: Hump day!

1. President Bush: Revisited (Again).
2. Joe Wilson: Rebuked!
3. President Obama does Letterman.
4. Why Bill Clinton endorsed Gavin Newsom.
5. The trouble with Twitter.

Pagliuca Brings on Benenson, Devine: Steve Pagliuca (D), a managing partner at Bain Capital and soon to be Senate candidate in Massachusetts, has brought on two campaign veterans to shepherd his candidacy. Joel Benenson, who oversaw polling for President Obama's campaign in 2008, will handle survey research for Pagliuca's bid while Tad Devine, a longtime Democratic operative who served as a senior adviser to Sen. John Kerry's (Mass.) 2004 presidential campaign, will oversee the ads. Pagliuca, who will announce in short order, is expected to spend heavily from his own pocket to get his name known in the state in advance of the Dec. 8 Democratic primary.

RNC Dumps Cash into Virginia: Making clear that electing former state attorney general Bob McDonnell governor is the party's number one priority this year, the Republican National Committee plans to spend more than $7 million in the gubernatorial race over the final six weeks. The RNC has already spent roughly $2.5 million on McDonnell's behalf to date. Of the huge cash investment, RNC spokeswoman Katie Wright said that her organization is "fully committed to ensuring that the campaign has the resources necessary to elect Bob McDonnell the next Governor of Virginia." The RNC, which has performed surprisingly well on the fundraising front under chairman Michael Steele, ended July with nearly $22 million on hand. The committee has drawn some criticism already this year for not spending its cash on key races with the special election in New York's 20th district commonly cited as a missed opportunity.

Strickland Edges Upward: A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) has widened his lead over former Rep. John Kasich (R) over the last two months. Strickland leads Kasich 46 percent to 36 percent in the survey, an improvement from the five-point margin the Democratic incumbent held in a July Quinnipiac poll. Strickland's favorable numbers have also improved with 43 percent seeing him in a positive light as compared to 34 percent who viewed the incumbent unfavorably; back in July Strickland carried a less robust 42/37 fav/unfav rating.

Whitman Funds Registration Efforts: Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman donated $250,000 to the California Republican Party to help register more voters in advance of the 2010 elections. "To rebuild California with a Republican vision, we must first rebuild the Republican Party," Whitman said in a release. Her act is not entirely (at all?) selfless, however, as Whitman is running to be the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2010 and needs to find ways to grow the GOP electorate (in addition to appealing to independents and disgruntled Democrats) if she has any hope of beating San Franscisco Mayor Gavin Newsom or state Attorney General Jerry Brown. Whitman's vast personal wealth could well help revive what has been a somewhat listless state party in recent years in much the same way that Jon Corzine's Senate bid in 2000 helped fund a variety of voter registration and get out the vote efforts that helped Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.

Click It!: Health Care for Americans Now (HCAN), a coalition arguing for President Obama's plan with a public option, is spending $1.2 million on two weeks of national cable ads that seek to vilify the insurance industry. The ad hammers the insurers for raising premiums far faster than wages have increased and doling out a salary of $24 million to one CEO. "if the insurance companies win, you lose," says the ad's narrator.

A Hazelwood Offspring!: Blaise Hazelwood, former Republican National Committee political director, and her husband, GOP direct mail guru Dan, had a daughter early Tuesday morning. Lindley Allene Hazelwood weighed in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces (two pounds -- exactly -- less than Charlie Fix). "She more than proved her stubbornness by starting early and then refusing to meet the world," wrote the proud papa of his new daughter.

Lopez to R&R: John Lopez, who left his post as chief of staff to embattled Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) in late July, has signed on to run the D.C. office of R&R Partners -- a powerhouse Las Vegas advertising agency. (R&R came up with the "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" slogan.) R&R CEO Bill Vassiliadis, one of the premier movers and shakers in Nevada politics, praised Lopez for his "two decades of experience on Capitol Hill and the respect he has garnered from both sides of the political aisle." In addition to his time spent with Ensign, Lopez also did stints in the offices of former representatives Barbara Vucanovich (R-Nev.) and Anne Northrup (R-Ky.).

Say What?: "I'm not going to get into what the President had to say in an off-the-record conversation." -- White House spokesman Bill Burton avoids a question on what the president had to say about rapper Kanye West.

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It's not that he's biased, that is now trivial. It's that back before he was so over-the-top GOP he did much better reporting.

Stuff about Mitch Daniels rescuing the GOP is just insulting to the intelligence.

I miss the CC of the campaign. Republican Resurgence is three levels of quality below what CC did in 2008.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 16, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

It was only a matter of time until we saw body slams, hits with folding chairs, and scantily clad babes running around in the senate. A real circus.

Posted by: Thinker1 | September 16, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Attacks on CC as hopelessly biased are tiresome and boring. Working the ref is an exercise best reserved to college coaches. If you've nothing to post than he's a right wing hack or a left wing stooge, go find something better to do.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 16, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Under normal circumstances, I would say that this is wrong and she is insane.. but since it is Dodd.. I say.. how bad can she be?

Posted by: newbeeboy | September 16, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Many Democrats are changing their party affiliation because they are so fed up.


(shades eyes, rotates head)

Name three

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 16, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people just don't want to be associated with Obama,Pelosi,Frank and Reed. Many Democrats are changing their party affiliation because they are so fed up. Unless Democrats shape up, 2010 will be a big year for Republicans and not because people will like Republicans but because they will hate Democrats more.

Posted by: targa47 | September 16, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

You really have to wonder about the morals and the good sense of ANYONE who would still be in the Republican camp these days.

I mean, OK, if you're a billionaire and have zero civic sense then fine, you're motivated by the desire to keep "your money" out of the Treasury. But anyone else? Completely stupid choice to back these bozos.

Or shill for them.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 16, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

From the number of illiterate wingnut morons on today, guess Drudge musta linked to this. The Fix, of course, treasures the ground Drudge walks on, even though the rest of the sane world no longer knows or cares if he is aiive.

Posted by: drindl | September 16, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

there are already enough fake actors in congress...the republicans don't need to match the democrats with her.

Posted by: JWx2 | September 16, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

This is all a joke, isn't it?

What's next, Britney Spears for Congresswoman?

The GOP must be in even worse shape than I thought.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 16, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

vuac writes
"Jesse Ventura won the governorship in Minnesota back in 1998. He did benefit from that state's rather unusual election laws that helped him surge on election day with same day registered new voters.

Linda McMahon understands business and entrepeneurship. I think she could be a feasible candidate."

vuac- that's only part of the story. Ventura was also mayor of a reasonably large city and, most importantly, was a radio personality which allowed him to build a significant following before declaring his candidacy. For all that her business is wrestling, she doesn't have much in common with Ventura.

Posted by: bsimon1 | September 16, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse


Your an idiot.


"You're" one

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 16, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Substantial experience in marketing insane, violent fantasies to a gullible public can only be advantageous to a Republican candidate. She's perfect.

Posted by: nodebris | September 16, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"It's funny if you watch the WWE..."

It could be where Dick Cheney got his signature expression, the snarl.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 16, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

kicking a gentleman in the groin. So this is what the Senate has come down to.

that must be al Franken's committee.

Posted by: snowbama | September 16, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

No chance, that's what she's got. No chance in Hell.

(It's funny if you watch the WWE. At least a little funny.)

Posted by: Blarg | September 16, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"This CT Senate nonsense would be over in an eyeblink if former Republican representative Chris Shays declared his candidacy for the Senate."

I think this is probably true.
But he is, also probably, traumatized.
Fund raising is hard enough even without embezzlement by people he trusted "like family".

Posted by: shrink2 | September 16, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Now on this thread we have the usual gang of idiots, trading in slime and innuendo.

Life is a carnival, but especially on this blog.

Posted by: snowbama | September 16, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Without ever having been reviewed by either the New York Times or the Washington Post, Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto has now sold one million copies, according to its publisher, Threshold Editions. Levin is a nationally syndicated radio host, president of the Landmark Legal Foundation, and served as chief of staff to Atty. Gen. Ed Meese in the Reagan Justice Department

Posted by: snowbama | September 16, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse


Your an idiot.

Posted by: dashriprock | September 16, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse


I can't believe I know this, but Don King is married and has at least two kids (sons) that I know of. He has also killed at least two people, only one of which he served time in jail.

Posted by: mnteng | September 16, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I like it. Ric Flair for Senate! He could re-united the Freebirds (back from the NWA days).

On a more serious note, here's a good illustration as to why we need to uncap campaign contributions. Enough of the Kohls, Corzines, and now a McMahon. For a chuckle, search on Enid Green Waldholtz sometime. No one can make a convincing argument that a self-funded campaign is kosher, but getting money from a relative or a deep pocketed contributer is any different.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 16, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse


You don't think that he will be asked ANY of those questions on the FIVE Sunday shows? I guess I wouldn't be surprised.

Posted by: JakeD | September 16, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse


Will Dave bring up the "jackass" remark Monday night, perhaps in the context of Rep. Wilson's "you lie!" insult?

Will Dave quiz Obama about President Carter's contention that the vitriol against Obama has roots in white racism?

Or will the Obama White House try to impose subject restrictions on the notoriously uncontrollable Letterman?

Will any TV or political writer ask the Letterman show about the terms of engagement?

Media overexposure is risky for Obama; another "Special Olympics"- type gaffe would detract attention from a health care message that's already getting repetitive.

Where is Obama's Col. Tom Parker?

Wouldn't it be politically wise for Obama to suddenly have a "schedule conflict" that puts off the Letterman appearance until the current media circus abates?

Just how important is Letterman's audience in shaping the debate in Congress, coming jsut a day after a "full Ginsburg" Sunday talk blitz? Just wondering...

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 16, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

This CT Senate nonsense would be over in an eyeblink if former Republican representative Chris Shays declared his candidacy for the Senate. Every Democrat disgusted by Dodd's financial shenanigans--and every suburban Republican--would vote for Shays.

Posted by: purdyjack | September 16, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

There are also numerous storylines that depict men harassing and humiliating women, and imposing their will on women’s bodies – often in sexually graphic ways. There are numerous instances of men forcing kisses on women, pouring beer down their throats, and commanding them to perform simulated sex acts. In one scene involving two popular characters, the woman is obviously passed out and lying on the ground. The man gets on top of her to simulate rape as the announcers shriek with delight about how much she enjoys it. “She’s liking it,” one of them exclaims. “She’s euphoric.”

Sounds like a Kennedy family reunion.

Posted by: snowbama | September 16, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

to mikeinmidland:

who is this rude joe miller of whom you speak?

Posted by: lookersmom | September 16, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I love the self-righteousness on the political right about Linda McMahon's possible Senate run. When Jerry Springer (who falls on the same niche as the WWE in the TV ecosystem) explored the possibility of running to become governor of Ohio, the same indignation we now see from the left emanated from the right. Perhaps, despite the low approval ratings and shennanigans like the one last week, this country still believes that certain people's career paths are not ideal for a Senate.

However, if the Connecticut Republican Party voters choose Ms. McMahon as their Senate candidate, it could make for a pretty interesting campaign. Perhaps the word "smackdown" might formally enter our political lexicon. Personally, I am shaking my head at this, but part of me is also giving this run the benefit of the doubt. Yes the WWE might be somewhat low-brow, but Ms. McMahon could susprise people. After all, Minnesota elected a comedian and he seems to be doing a pretty decent job not mugging the spotlight and acting as if he were on the SNL stage. There's a possibility (if she actually joins the Senate) that both might end up being good Senators.

Posted by: Kruhn1 | September 16, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I just came in here to point out how completely moronic this column is. Connecticut is going to elect a Republican senator? Okay there....

Seriously, what IS Cillizza on? And which powerful pundit is protecting him from getting fired like any other idiot writing what he does would be? I'm guessing Kristol or Krauthammer.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | September 16, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse


Much as I find wrestling entertaining, I do think Ms McMahon's entry into the race injects (dare I use that expression?) an element of farce into the event. With candidates like Stormy Daniels in LA, and the admittedly managerial Ms McMahon in races, 2010 will be an interesting election cycle.

That said, what are we...14 months out from the 2010 election? Dodd seems to already be pulling himself together. A gap of 4 percent is all that separates Dodd from his closest rival at this stage. That's usually (as I need hardly remind you) practically within the margin of error.

I'm sure that if he reminds himself not to talk in 'Senate-speak' on the hustings, Dodd will be able to remind the voters of what he's done for Connecticut (don't ask me what).

Of course, all he needs is one slip, one scandal, and he's history, but I have a feeling that Dodd knows what he's up against. As a former Connecticut resident, how do YOU feel about him?

Posted by: sverigegrabb | September 16, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Dumbcrapschlock wrote: "So stop with the Bull 5hit, the dim-o-crats are the party of lewd behavior. Just Look at going-on's out in Cali."

You mean goings-on like the California Family Values Republican Assemblyman caught on an open mike bragging about his affairs? Is that what you mean, you freaking moron?

Seriously, could you be any dumber?

BTW, McMahon is not a Democrat, she's a Republican, so try to stay in the real world, ok freakazoid?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | September 16, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Jesse Ventura won the governorship in Minnesota back in 1998. He did benefit from that state's rather unusual election laws that helped him surge on election day with same day registered new voters.

Linda McMahon understands business and entrepeneurship. I think she could be a feasible candidate. However if the economy improves, Connecticut will likely remain with Dodd.

Posted by: vuac | September 16, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I love the phony indignation from the left.
Who are you fools, trying to Kidd ?

You slobs, don't like McMahon, because the letter (R) follows her name. It has nothing to do with the company she runs and/ or how she runs it.

Moreover, its your "loose" liberal laws that you dim-o-crats, insist on imposing on people, that gave the WWE the latitude to perform "racy" skits on TV in the first place.

Now if the letter (D) followed her name. You clowns would be falling all over yourselves to lend support.

So stop with the Bull 5hit, the dim-o-crats are the party of lewd behavior. Just Look at going-on's out in Cali.

Posted by: dashriprock | September 16, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

So, will McMahon be a featured speaker at the Family Research Council's "values voters" summit this weekend?

No doubt O'Reilly et al will declare the WWE spectacle harmless entertainment.

In fact, the bloody, decadent WWE circus is a sign post: where we went wrong.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 16, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

My take is that her candidacy will be woven into a WWE storyline. Maybe that is all she really intends to achieve.

In any case, she will need to answer some important questions about having an MD at every performance. While anyone with a brain realizes it is staged entertainment with a predetermined outcome, they have resisted having an MD to check out real injuries, that occur, etc.

Dodd will squeak by in the general election, regardless of the opponent.

Posted by: cyberfool | September 16, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

drindl, it gets worse,
it is violent pornography.

You may wish to avoid scarring your brain doing further research (misanthropy is something smart people have to fight)and just understand this company and the people who run it for what they are.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 16, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know much about WWF, so I googled it. Interesting.

"Media coverage of WWE star Chris Benoit's murder of his 7-year-old son and wife last week, followed by his own suicide, has largely focused on the wrestler's use of steroids. Numerous commentators have failed to point out that this tragic incident contains many characteristics of a classic domestic violence murder/suicide. It is even more rare in media coverage of the Benoit case to find any discussion of the virulent misogyny in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This omission is disturbing, although not all that surprising, as mainstream media have long ignored the incredible sexism, racism and homophobia of Vince McMahon's billion-dollar enterprise.


There are also numerous storylines that depict men harassing and humiliating women, and imposing their will on women’s bodies – often in sexually graphic ways. There are numerous instances of men forcing kisses on women, pouring beer down their throats, and commanding them to perform simulated sex acts. In one scene involving two popular characters, the woman is obviously passed out and lying on the ground. The man gets on top of her to simulate rape as the announcers shriek with delight about how much she enjoys it. “She’s liking it,” one of them exclaims. “She’s euphoric.”

So that's her experience. Wow.

Posted by: drindl | September 16, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I just sent the following email to Candice Miller (no relation), my Representative.

Ms. Miller,

While I do not doubt that Joe Miller served his country and is a patriot, that does not excuse boorish behavior. I do not even quibble with his sentiment--Mr. Obama's rhetoric does not match up with the contents of HR 3200 as it now stands.

Nevertheless, when Rep. Miller (like yourself) took the oath of office, you agreed to abide by the rules of the House of Representatives. Mr. Miller did not, and although he did apologize to the president, he did not apologize to the body.

Please tell me, how do I convince my children that they are not to "talk back" to their teachers, when such behavior is tolerated and even celebrated in the highest chambers of American democracy?

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 16, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

A quick scan of utube finds Ms. McCahon in the wrestling ring, kicking a gentleman in the groin. So this is what the Senate has come down to. Sad. Why must republicans infantilize every thing they touch?

Posted by: drindl | September 16, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse


Maybe Ric Flair, once billed as "co-owner" of WWE, should come out of retirement from North Carolina and carpetbag a GOP primary challenge to Mrs. McMahon -- to avenge her husband's scripted war against "the Nature Boy." WOOOOOOOOO!


Where is the DOJ Civil Rights Division investigation into the use of silent, harmful microwave/laser directed energy weapons and government-enabled community stalking terrorism in a covert war on thousands of unjustly targeted Americans?


Posted by: scrivener50 | September 16, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Regarding fix pick #2:

At least since the election, Kathleen Parker has become my favorite conservative voice--perhaps because she's one of the few encouraging responsibility and a positive agenda on the right.

I really would have preferred that the House didn't make a martyr of this guy, but I'm glad they did it quickly at least.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 16, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

She knows how to market herself all right.
Juiced women dressed in dental floss pretending to beat the silicon out of each other.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 16, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

If the stock market is twenty five to thirty percent higher and there is meaningful regulation of banks, Dodd will not lose. Dodd can promote himself well if he can get the regulation though the senate.

That kind of gain seems more likely than not but the regulation legislation, that is another matter.

BTW, I am one who holds Dodd as a major culprit in this financial mess. I am not advocating for him, just saying what I think will matter at the macroscopic level.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 16, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

The candidate steroids built.

whispers? huh?
How about the kids murdered by the WWE
"champion" Chris Benoit?

The bodies are piling up.
Time to buy a Senate seat.
I'll pay for it myself, thanks.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 16, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with Margaret here. This is a credible candidate? Where is her experience? That she knows how to put on a gaudy, sleazy corrupt entertainment?

Posted by: drindl | September 16, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

FYI, has the same top three, except Dodd's seat is #3, with the open seats in NH and MO being most likely to switch.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 16, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Fix has long considered Dodd's seat to be the most vulnerable. This is due mostly to his high negatives.

Now look at his Senate Line (over there, to the Right, of course). The next three seats most likely to switch parties are currently held by Republicans. The fifth is Specter's PA seat. I think the consensus around here is that Specter or Sestak will win over Toomey.

I'm not sure Dodd is DOA, but even assuming he is, by CC's own logic the Dems are likely to pick up a seat or two.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 16, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Republican Rising!

Posted by: shrink2 | September 16, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Margaret, CC's link to "Why Bill Clinton endorsed Gavin Newsom",

fleshes out the unprettiness of the endorsement.

We learn in the body of the article that

"the Fix is a longtime devotee of the squared circle...".

For those of us who are not, how about some background on the education and the relevant experience of Ms. McMahon? That she is the wife of a rassling promoter and is vaguely connected to that business "behind the scenes" is damnation by faint praise. Is Don King married?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | September 16, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

She will make a great candidate...
she has at least run a multi billion corporation...
and she knows how to market herself...
she could beat dodd...
she is welcome...

Posted by: DwightCollins | September 16, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse

McMahon is one of the resons I have a hard time seeing the Democrats as the party that is on the ropes.

The Republicans are plagued by incumbents who withdraw from reelection (and some that should but haven't), or they have slots against incumbents that are truly exposed (Dodd is one)and this is the kind of candidate they have attracted to their ballot.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 16, 2009 6:16 AM | Report abuse

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